Popular as the land of Nawabs and Kebabs, Lucknow has a lot to offer to the world. The capital city of Uttar Pradesh, and one of the most happening cities in terms of Indian politics is all engrossed with compelling attractions. Be it the tourist places, the famous food destinations, festival celebrations, or the courteous people, the tourists get a whole lot of memories with them while on their way back to their place. Here are few of the enthralling temptations that keep the globetrotters glued to it throughout the year.
Lucknow is a perfect amalgamation of the traditional and modern architecture, which altogether makes it a fascinating destination to visit repeatedly. Among the traditional places that are worth visiting include Roomi Darwaza, Asafi Imambara (Bada Imambara), Hussainabad Imambara (Chota Imambara), Shah Najaf Imambara Hussainabad Picture Gallery Hussainabad Clock Tower British Residency, Begum Hazrat Mahal Park, Chattar Manzil (or Umbrella Palace), The Constantia ( La Martinere College Building), National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow Museum, and many more.
Likewise, the modern day Lucknow enthralls the attention of visitors with a host of fresh and enticing destinations. Prominent of these comprise Dr. Ambedkar Park, Ram Manohar Lohia Park, Janeshwar Mishra Park, Kukrail Picnic Spot, The River Retreat, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park, Hathi Park, Buddha Park, Planetarium, and more.
It won’t be wrong to call Lucknow as a paradise for the connoisseurs of good taste. Starting with non-veg dishes, places like Idrees ki Biryani at Chowk, Wahid’s shop at Aminabad for Mutton Chaap, Naushijaan at Hazratganj for Masala Chicken and Dastarkhwaan at Gomti Nagar qualify instantly for being an ardent gourmet’s delight. Tundey Kebabi at Aminabad remains the unparalleled eating hub of food lovers from the nook and cranny of the world, not only in India. It has now extended its branches to other parts of Lucknow and other cities as well. Besides this, you just can’t afford missing to taste the Kulcha and Nihari at Raheems, located in Akbari Gate, Chowk Bazar.
Moving over, you can get the spicy flavors of chat, paani bataasha at places like Royal Café at Hazratganj, Chappan Bhog at Sadar Bazar, and Bajpayee ki Kachauri again at Hazratganj. After tasting such fiery dishes, if you wish to cool down, Prakash Kulfi at Aminabad is the place to be in. Some of the famous food hangouts for sweets include Ritz and Classic at Mahanagar, Panchmukhi at Kursi Road near Vikas Nagar and more. If you are looking for some quality bakery to buy cookies and the other similar stuffs, names like Burma Bakery, JJ Bakery, Good Bakery, etc., are the best to bank upon.
Shopping in Lucknow
While you wish to shop on a busy day in Lucknow, there are plenty of options to visit both in the old and new Lucknow. Markets in Chowk and Aminabad are especially famous for Chicken clothing. While there are traditional markets in Aminabad, Hazratganj, Chowk, Bhootnath, Nakhas, and Alambagh among others, the number of shopping malls is also increasing with time. Names like Saharaganj, Fun Republic Mall, Wave Mall, Phoenix United Mall, are the best in this context. If you don’t want to expend high amount and wish to shop reasonably, Lucknow is gradually making way for a range budget friendly shopping malls as well. Some prominent names in this regard include Vishal Mega Mart, V Mart, 1 India Family Mart, and so on.
Festivals and culture
Apart from all these alluring attractions, Lucknow is home to the rich cultural heritage and communal harmony. You can find glimpse of the famous tahzeeb and tamaddun of the city in a variety of vivid festivals it celebrates beyond the barriers of race, religion, cast and creed. Festivals like Holi, Diwali, Id, Id Ul Zuha, Dushhehra, and more are celebrated with great zeal and fervor. The city also hosts Lucknow Mahotsav in November-Deccember every year, which depicts the culture of Lucknow in the best of spirits and includes participations from the crème de la crème of India.
Citizens here are courteous and of helping nature. While you ask for a particular route, they may even take you to the asked destination. With the changing times, it is likely to crop up slight difference in the attitude of the people the world over. However, when it comes to the people of Lucknow, they better know how to comply with the changing winds. Despite numerous cultural and social upheavals, they cease to compromise with their courteous, chivalrous, helpful and polite nature.
So what are you waiting for? If you are planning to visit Lucknow, do it now. You will surely be amazed by the courtesy it exhibits and the must-visit destinations it owns. No wonder, you may also come across a message anywhere in the city, which cites – Zara Muskraiye Aap Lucknow Mein Hain (Smile, because you are in Lucknow).