While visiting Lucknow (my home town) last weekend, I thought about the kind of people visiting Lucknow and realized that tourists normally do not travel specially to ‘see’ Lucknow but visit it for work or on the way to some other city as it has an Airport and a major Railway Station.
Being originally from lucknow, i thought of sharing some information which may be useful for people who are passing by and would like to get around the city in-between trains/flights/meetings.
Lucknow offers some interesting places, markets, gardens, eating joints but depending on the time on hand, one can choose among following, but remember if you need to catch a flight, do take some time buffer before going for any of these places as Airport is around 30-45 minutes (depending on traffic) away from central part of city.
Bara Imam Bara:
Chota Imam Bara:
The Chota Imambara, with its golden dome, silver throne and gold-edged mirrors, is the grander of the two Imambaras. To the east of the Chota Imambara’s is a representation of the Taj Mahal. The false gate near the main entrance was where musicians performed to venerate the departed. In the Victoria Park, near the Imambara, are tombs of the British. Other interesting monuments around the Chota Imambara are the Dargah (shrine) of the Sufi saint, Hazrat Abbas; the Nadan Mahal with the tomb of Shaikh Abdur Rahi, Governor of Oudh, appointed by Emperor Akbar, and the tomb of the Sufi saint Ibrahim Chisti’s son. This place in more towards old lucknow so will take more than an hr to station.
Its name is derived from the gilt dome with a covering umbrella, which provides a unique splendor to the complex. The European influence can clearly be seen in the architecture of this beautiful building. The building was used by Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI) for several years and few years back it was given back to its owners after shifting of CDRI to new building. This place is 30 minutes away from Railway station.
The Residency became the stronghold of the British for 87 days during the Revolt of 1857, and is now in ruins.
Within its walls are numerous stories related to the siege, when 3,000 British men, women and children escaped from their homes to seek refuge in these red brick buildings. They fought Indian soldiers, the blistering heat and disease, until Sir Colin Campbell defeated the Indian forces on November 17. Only 1,000 of those who had taken shelter in the Residency survived.
What remains of the Residency has now been converted into government offices and a museum. Within the complex are graves of British soldiers who died fighting the Indian troops. This place resides in central part of lucknow so not to worry :-)
Lucknow – Baagon ka Shehar (City of Parks):
Lucknow is called Baagon ka Sehar because most of the locality names end with baag eg ‘Charbag’, ‘Phoolbag’, ‘Kaiserbag’,’Alambag’, ‘Lalbag’ ;-). Yes, this can be stated as one of the reasons for calling Lucknow as City of Baags but the main reason is the numerous Parks in central part of the mainly around Kaiserbag. There are around 9 to 11 Parks of mid to large size in central part of the city.
Ravindralaya & Rai Uma Nath Bali Auditorium :
Ravindralaya is situated right next to Railway station at P.N Road, Charbagh. So you can easily check here for interesting scheduled Plays and other cultural activities. Rai Uma Nath Audi is around 4 Kms from Railway station at Kaiserbagh, Lucknow. It is next to Amiruddaula library and Baradari in Kaiserbagh. Here also you can get a chance to see performances usually at evenings.
Hazrat Ganj & Aminabad (Places for shopping and Eating, Central Lucknow):
The Hazratganj area also has an upscale shopping market with colonial- style buildings. Interestingly, a popular pastime among the locals is window-shopping in the Hazratganj market. It is popularly referred to in Hinglish as Ganjing. The Janpath market, Rovers, Lovers Lane, Mayfair building, Kwality, and Universal book store are some popular landmarks of the market.
I was not carrying my cam in my last visit so arranged some pictures from different websites. i will try to update these with newer ones after my next trip to Lucknow.