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Lucknow Travel Guide
The name can be traced to the epic Ramayana. After 14 years of send away when Lord Sri Ramchandra arrived at Ayodhya, he presented this place to his younger brother Lakshman. Lakshman is assumed to have stayed in Lakshman Teela, a lofty land near the banks of the river Gomti. Later the province was named after him; 'Lucknow' is resultant from the name Lakshman. There are other stories that do the rounds: Lucknow was named after a very dominant person called 'Lakhan Ahir' who built the citadel 'Qila Lakhan'. The name 'Qila Lakhan' later became Lucknow. Some other resources say that one Lakhu Khan who was previously a non-Muslim by name Laxman Singh has lent his name to Lucknow.
Lucknow, the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow is a city matching with the Nawabi culture. The finery and brilliance of the nawabi era has been overvalued and eulogized down the ages by writers, poets, and historians alike. At the same time its mystical elegance and amorous ethos has caught the fascination of many world famous romantics. Known for its 'Adab' and 'Tahjeeb' (cultural refinement), Lucknow is also connected with its legendary hospitality, leisurely moods of life, fabled edifices steeped in history, world-renowned cuisine and beautiful 'Sham-e-Avadh' (Evening in Lucknow). Shakes of time have not effaced Lucknow of its cultural heritage and traditions, which once contributed in creating the city unparalleled in its times.
PLACES OF INTEREST IN AND AROUND LUCKNOW
Bada Imambada: Bada Imambada was built by Asaf-ud-Daula in the year 1784 as a part of the famine relief project where a number of laborers were fixed to build this Imambada. It is a big arched hall with a length of 50 m and a height of 15 m. There is also the bhul bhulaiya-an amazing maze that might need a tourist guide to get through.
Hussainabad Imambara: This organization houses the tombs of Muhammad Ali Shah, its builder, and of his mother. Built between 1837 and 1842, it is also called the Chhota Imambara. It is approach through a fine garden. The Imambara has a white dome and numerous turrets and minarets. The walls of the catacomb are decorated with verses in Arabic. Chandeliers, gilded mirrors, colorful stucco, the King's throne and ornate tazia or replica of the tombs at Karbala adorn the inner regions of the tomb.
Residency: Built for the British dweller in 1780-1800, it was originally a very extensive and beautiful building; it was a landscape of dramatic events during the Mutiny of 1857. The pockmarked ruins tell the story of the British community besieged by the rebels. The main house overlooks the river and is enclosed by terraced lawns and gardens.
Picture Gallery: The picture gallery was built in the 19th century near the clock tower of Husainabad Imambada. The photograph gallery has a number of portraits of almost all the Nawabs of Lucknow. This picture gallery gives a good insight of the past when the Nawabs used to be the sole influence of the entire area.
Jami Masjid: To the western side of the Husainabad Imambada lies the Jami Masjid. The production of the Masjid was started by Mohammed Shah and was completed by his wife after his death in the 1840s. Jami Masjid is the principal mosque of Lucknow. Though non-Muslims are not permitted to worship here, one can see the wonderful paintings on the ceilings with the leaf and fruit bowl patterns. To the right side of the Bada Imambada lies another mosque named after Asaf-ud-Daula.
Rumi Darwaza: Asaf-ud-Daula built an amount of historical monuments during his time. The Rumi Darwaza was also built as a reprieve work during the famine of 1783. Said to be a facsimile of one of the gates of Constantinople, this towering edifice, which is 60 feet high, can match any analogous structure in point of beauty and splendor.
Kaiserbagh Palace Complex: The building of the Kaiserbagh Palaces was started in 1848 by Nawab Wajid Ali Shah and completed in 1850. They were built to create the eighth wonder of the world. The yellow structures on three sides of the quadrangle, now the property of Taluqdars, once provided quarters for the ladies of the harem. In the centre stands the Baradari, a scenic white stone edifice which was earlier paved with silver.
Best time to visit: Best time to travel Lucknow is between September and October.
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