Lucknow- the fabulous ‘City of Nawabs’ has long been venerated for its status as the artistic nucleus of North Indian and Mughalai culture. Unique travel experiences await tourists in Hazratganj that is riddled with pebbled trails, bejeweled with enticing piazzas that offer "Nawabi"-style cuisine. Travelers can enjoy witnessing the exquisiteness of the city's inimitable Nawabi blend of Mughlai and Turkish architectural styles.
The Fascinating Bara Imambara
Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula ordered the construction of Bara Imambara at a time when the region was famine stricken mainly to provide employment to 22,000 workers. The imposing structure built in 1784 still stands in Hussainabad as a testament to the benevolent ruler. It has been crafted devoid of exterior reinforcing from neither wooden beams nor steel. Thousands of travelers visit the city set on the northwestern bank of the Gomti River each year to witness the fascinating hall.
Tourism in Lucknow
Noteworthy places of interest include the Chota Imambara and the Alamgiri Mosque that tourists can visit by taking a charming Heritage Walk. Another popular attraction is the illustrious Rumi Darwaza that is an imposing 60 feet in height adorned with prolific decorations. Constructed by Nawab Asaf-ud-daula in the same year as the Bara Imambara; it is called the Turkish Gateway. It allows entry to the city and is actually the west doorway to the Bara Imambara.
Shopping for traditional Lucknowi textiles like the chikankari, zardozi, goldlace is advised. Sampling some of the Awadhi delicacies such as the savory biryanis, succulent kebabs and sweet Sheermal breads can be an utterly delightful experience.