Designated as the city of Nawabs, Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh is one of the most famous tourist destinations in India which is known for its multicultural mix of people who are extremely warm and respectful in their conduct.
The city is famous its historical monuments, its bustling shopping markets and the mouth-watering delicacies including very tasty street food. Lucknow undoubtedly is a tourist’s paradise, and your itinerary must include the following 11 places to visit in Lucknow:
1. Bara Imambara
Built by the fourth Nawab of Awadh, Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784, Bara Imambara is amongst the most famous tourist places in Lucknow. Built as part of famine relief program, this monument is said to be the largest arched hall in the World.
Apart from its intricate construction, the monument is also known for its ‘Bhubhulaiya’ an intricate labyrinth which challenges your wit to cross through.
2. Rumi Darwaza
Another monument commissioned by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula as a food for work program during the famine, Rumi Darwaza also referred to as the Turkish gate is a fine example of intricate Awadhi architecture.
The darwaza or the’ gateway’ was built in 1784 and has been modelled as per the gateways of Constantinople making Rumi darwaza one of the famous tourist places in Lucknow.
3. Husainabad Clock Tower
Not only is Husainabad one of the most famous places in Lucknow, but it is also famous country wide as the largest clock tower in the country.
A reflection of Victorian-Gothic design, the 221 feet tower has a 14 feet long pendulum and petal shaped dials that give it a royal look. The clock tower is thus amongst the famous tourist attractions in Lucknow.
4. Dilkusha Kothi
Built in 1800 by Major Gore, Dilkusha Kothi, now one of the best tourist places in Lucknow was built as a hunting lodge and later converted into a summer palace for the Royals. Built in Baroque style, Dilkusha Kothi should surely be a part of your list of places to visit in Lucknow.
5. Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary
Situated at a distance of 45 KM’s from Lucknow, the Nawabganj bird sanctuary plays host to many local and migratory birds especially during the winter season. Painted Stork, White Ibis, Dabchick, Whistling Teal are some of the many exotic birds that make this bird sanctuary one of the most important tourist places in Lucknow.
6. Chowk Market
Located in the older part of Lucknow, Chowk market is the oldest marketplace in the city and is known for the extremely famous ‘Chikan Kari’, the traditional, intricate embroidery style of Lucknow.
Chowk market is a colourful labyrinth of narrow streets famous for serving delicious authentic Lucknowi street food making it one of the most famous places in Lucknow.
7. British Residency
Also known as the Lucknow residency, this place was built by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan, the first Nawab of Lucknow in 1800 and is located on the banks of Gomti River.
Amongst the most interesting tourist places in Lucknow, the residency was used to protect close to 3000 British citizens during the 1857 revolt. The residency is certainly one of the important places to visit in Lucknow.
8. Dr. Ambedkar Park
Dedicated to those personalities who spent their lives fighting for justice for the poor and downtrodden, and commemorates legends like Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, Jyotirao Phule, Birsa Munda and Kanshi Ram amongst others.
It’s spectacular construction and vast size makes the memorial park is a sight worth beholding and one of the most famous places in Lucknow.
9. Chhota Imambara
Located near Bara Imambara, this place was built by Muhammad Ali Shah in 1838. The monument is a fine mix of Persian, Indo-Islamic and Charbagh structural designs and is famous for its gold-edged mirrors, golden dome and silver throne.
The intricate glass work light up the interiors of the monument making this iconic monument a famous tourist attraction in Lucknow.
10. Jama Masjid
Another fine specimen of the rich architecture that Lucknow boasts of, Jama Masjid is not just a religious worship place but also an architectural wonder for the visitors.
Supported by 260 stone pillars and 15 arched domes, the façade of the monument is as beautiful as the famous Jama Masjid of Delhi. The place wears a cheerful look during festivals and is definitely one of the places to visit in Lucknow.
11. Lucknow Zoo
One of the well-kept Zoo’s in the country, Lucknow Zoo houses a large range of animals and birds which include Royal Bengal Tigers, White Tigers, Lions, Wolves amongst other wild animals.
The Zoo also has a toy train which covers a distance of 1.5 KMs as an additional feature. The Zoo is a perfect place to spend some good time with your family and also amongst most visited tourist places in Lucknow.
A visit to Lucknow is sure to give the tourists a first-hand taste of the colourful and vibrant country that the India is. Explore the city and do share your experience with.