Lucknow – A city of Nawabs. A city which formally known as Awadh, a city which is famous for its old history, a city where Mughal architecture and lifestyle still alive in culture, a city which is full packed with top historical and best tourist places, a city where local foods are just awesome, and a city where peoples respect everyone even don’t know them. Lucknow, one of the top 10 historical places in India located in Uttar Pradesh where you can visit any time of the year.
So this time, I am going to share brief info about top 5 most popular tourist places of Lucknow (my hometown). This blog is all about historical monuments of Lucknow, not new emerging travel places. So if you are looking to know about the ancient tourist places & historical sites of Awadh (Lucknow), this blog post is just for you. Just check it out-
Best Historical Sites in Lucknow : Tourist Places
1. Bara Imambara (Asafi Imambara)
Located at the bank of Gomati River & surrounded by lush gardens, built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784, Bara Imambara is one of the top visited and most famous historical places of Lucknow. A unique structure of Mughals engineering which offers a spectacular view of Lucknow city from the terrace of the historical monument, contains world’s largest hall without any physical support (beams or pillar), courtyards, holy mosque, embellished entrance, and a mystery/confusing place ‘Bhul Bhullaiya‘ which is a must see tourist attraction in Lucknow. Generally it opens all days except Monday between 6 A.M. to 18 P.M. So I will strongly recommend you to visit Bara Imambara once to see the art, galleries, architecture and heritage sights of this masterpiece structure. Ticket cost is around 30/- only per person (Indian). Foreign tourist will have to pay more (More than 200 INR).
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2. Chota Imambara (Hussainabad Imambara)
Located near Bara Imambara, well recognized as the palace of lights, Chota Imambara is one of best tourist places of cultural and heritage city of India Lucknow, built by Muhammad Ali Shah in 1838. The handmade beauty over the marble and stone, superb gold-plated, striking interiors with gold edge mirrors & silver throne makes it more beautiful than a well decorated worth to visit palace, even more gorgeous than Bara Imambara. This majestic monument is blended with numbers of minarets and turrets surrounded by the well decorated garden. Unlike Asafi Imambara, Chota Imambara opens all days of the week between 6 A.M. to 17 P.M. Entry fee if only 10/- to 20/- per person. However, overseas travels will have to pay extra.
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A place which reflect the memories of wars and history, Lucknow Residency is the one of the best tourist places in Lucknow, built between 1700 to 1800 AD for the residence of British Resident General as Lucknow was hub of all British actions. But today, this heritage site is the main attraction of Lucknow city that is well decorated and maintained by the system as there are an old museum which offers glimpse of art (paining on wall), engineering and lifestyle of Nawabs & British period with the photographs of past eras. Besides, British Residency is also known as tomb of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan who was first Nawab of Awadh. So if you are planning to visit Lucknow for heritage tour, don’t forget to visit here. As it open all days in week between 10 AM to 15 PM, so you can visit time of the week. And entry fee is also very low, around 10/- per person. International visitor may have to pay 100/- to 150/- INR onwards.
Jama Masjid, As beautiful as Jama Masjid (Masjid-i-jahan-Numa, Delhi), one of the most beautiful, important and holy places in Lucknow which deserves a special mention because of its unique architecture and design. It is the symbol of believe, religion, unity and culture. It is also witness of many festivals and religion events of Muslims which celebrated throughout the year. Besides, the beautiful interior, gorgeous outdoor and splendid architecture makes it so special. This beautiful yellow sandstone mosque is simply magnificent, supported by 260 stone pillars and 15 arched domes which offer the very pleasing to the eyes. However, Jama Masjid opens all days, but it’s better to avoid during festivals and religion events if you are visiting for sightseeing tour in Lucknow as it becomes much crowded during festivals.
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Located adjacent to Bara Imambara, (Rumi Darwaza) built by Nawab Asaf-Ud-dowlah in 1784 which reveal the engineering of Awadh style architecture, now it has become logo of the Lucknow city. Rumi Darwaza, an extremely beautiful sixty feet tall gate, one of my all time favorite tourist places in Lucknow which I’ll definitely recommend for those who want to enjoy something adventure during historical tourism in Lucknow. However, travel guides and authorities generally do not allow that. But if you are little bit lucky, you can get the opportunity to go through the stairs and see the spectacular sight of the city from the terrace of the gate.
However it isn’t located in the center of the city, still intimate like Gateway of Lucknow I can bet you haven’t seen such a spectacular historical site during entire India trip. It is also very close to Lucknow famous shopping place – Chowk, so you can also enjoy some local shopping during travel in the city.
So, it’s done. However, this post is not as large as complete Lucknow tourist guide point of view. But it is still good effective if you want to know about best and totally worth to visit historical tourist sites in Lucknow.
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