Lucknow the only name arrives in our mind and that is “City of Nawabs”. Lucknow is one of those cities which is famous for its customs and hospitality. This city also a home of many famous poets and the center of Urdu poetry. Lucknow is also known for its historical monuments, arts, culture, dance, and cuisines. No introduction is completed without talking about the enjoyable taste of Delicious Awadhi and Mughlai food of this multicultural city which made the city a best-visited tourist destination.
1. Bara Imambara
Bara Imambara is one of the famous monuments in a city. This is also known as Asfi Imambara. It was established in the year of 1784 by the fourth Nawab of Awadha which is remembered as the Asaf-Ud-Daula. It is one of the most beautiful places for Muslims, who come here every year for celebrating the festival of Muharram. This bara imambara has a 1024 way to go inside but have only 2 way to go outside. It is one of the most beautiful and wonderful places of Lucknow which is the world’s largest structure that is unsupported by the beams. It was constructed as a marvel of engineering and a fine specimen of Mughal architectural. It has Bhool-Bhulaiya and a step well with running water. This place also has religious centuries like an Asifi Mosque, Shahi Bawani, Rumi Darwaja, etc. It is a perfect location for photography too.
2. Chota Imambara.
It is one of the oldest and beautiful buildings in the old Lucknow. Chota Imambara is further perceived as Imambara Hussainabad Mubarak. This structure is commonly associated with the palace of lights which implying the exotic furnishings and lights during special occasions. It is built on the high platform and beautifully decorated with floral designs and calligraphy. The architectural view of the place attracts most of the visitors towards it. It is also the best place for photography and to explore as well.
3. Lucknow Zoo.
Another name of Lucknow Zoo is Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Prani Udyan which was earlier known as the Prince of Wales zoological gardens. Located in the heart of Lucknow, nearby Hazratganj. The zoo is the only place where all the animals and birds of various regions are kept in a cage very safely. It is the best place for those who are animals and birds lovers.
4. Hazratganj Market
A popular and buzzing market place. Hazratganj is a place that every foodie and shopaholic will enjoy. The place was established by Nawab Nasiruddin Haidar where their goods sold from Belgium and Japan. Walkthrough inner novels and you will come to cross the typical Athar markets – perfumeries selling you scents that fascinated the Nawabs. Hazratganj is a complete sensory experience that you must have when you visit Lucknow.
5. Dr. Ambedkar Park.
Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal but referred to as a simply Ambedkar park. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar park is one of the most beautiful and wonderful parks, which is located in Gomti Nagar. It is a public park and one of the best tourist spots too. This park has lush greenery, flowers, fountains, and many more.
6. Marine Drive.
Named after the famous Marine Drive of Mumbai, a road in Gomtinagar, Lucknow is also known as Marine Drive and is quite popular amongst the locals as well as tourists. The Marine Drive is a long stretch of road that people walk on, right by the Gomti River. You can find a lot of youngsters and couples roaming around, taking a stroll, eating street food, and enjoying the view of the river. The long pathway looks stunning with the street lights glimmering in the night time.
7. Constantia House
If you want to see the rich legacy of the British, then Constantia House is the place to go in Lucknow. This building has the famous La Martinière College. A striking example of Italian architecture, Constantia House played an important role in the Revolt of 1857.
Inside, there is the tomb of the French General, Major Claude Martin, who constructed this grand building. French carpets, richly decorated mirrors, antique paintings, and many other vintage décors were imported from foreign countries to give a royal look to this illustrious building.
Chowk is the purchasing hub of Lucknow! Chowk is one of the oldest shops in the state of Uttar Pradesh with about 5000 shops in it. The Chowk is not only the purchasing hub but is additionally the traditional culture of Lucknow. This market is a center but it still retains a blend of Nawabi glamour which makes it one of the tourist places in Lucknow. The market is very famous for chikan clothes and ornaments. Apart from chikankari, it is also famous for the handicrafts items available in this market which makes it quite popular.
9. Gomti Riverfront
A perfect spot to unwind, the Gomti Riverfront Park is a popular tourist attraction, stretching around 2 km across the banks of the river Gomti. The park owes its popularity to its scenic location and pristine surroundings. Sit by the musical fountain and watch the park glitter in beautiful lights after the sunset or enjoy quality time with your loved ones at the riverside park.
10. Dilkusha Kothi
Of all the major places to visit in Lucknow, Dilkusha Kothi holds a special place. It is the ruins of a house that was built on the lines of baroque houses found in England. Although, this house was the summer resort for Nawabs, yet it was built by a Britisher, Major Gore Ouseley.
The house stands witness to the splendor of British India. It was designed on lines of the major palaces and halls in England. The Kothi is a beautiful culmination of Indian and British style of art and architecture.