The charismatic city of Nawabs-Lucknow, as commonly called can sweep you off your feet with its eclectic architectural elements and incredibly famous Chikankari. If you are visiting the city for the first time, there are 100% chances that you will be overwhelmed and charmed by the ‘Pahle App’ and ‘Janab’ culture! Lucknow gives you a number of reasons to pack your bags and head out to this place which is full of history, art and culture!
Bara & Chota Imambara- the Architectural Marvels
Bara Imambara is immensely popular for its Asfi Mosque and the spectacular maze called Bhool Bhulaiya or the Labyrinth. This magnificent structure was built in the year 1784 by Asaf-ud-Daula. The unique thing about this ‘big shrine’ is the huge main hall that too with no supporting pillars to hold the ceiling.
Another popular tourist spot in Lucknow is the Chota Imambara, which was built in 1838 by Nawab Muhammad Shah Ali. The sprawling gardens, the spectacular marble work and the remarkable interiors look superbly alluring!
Tunday Kababs- Heaven for Foodies!
It’s just difficult to find someone who hasn’t heard of Lucknow’s renowned-Tunday Kababi. The 112-year old heritage restaurant is truly a foodie’s paradise! Its signature dish- Galouti Kabab sells like hot cakes and is highly applauded for its melt-in-your-mouth flavour. These minced meat-kebabs when served with Parathas taste’s delicious and can make you repeat your order! Also, there are many delicacies listed on the menu, but this Kebab Paratha combo, you just can’t miss.
Chikankari- the Exquisite Embroidery Work!
The city can give you major shopping goals! Especially, when it comes to the much-adored embroidery work- Chikankari. The 400-year old art of Chikankari is hugely famous and you can shop Chikan clothing at pocket-friendly prices. Be it the intricately designed Chikan Kurtas available in a variety of designs and cuts, pretty summery dresses for girls, finely embroidered sarees and so on, there is so much to shop for! You will find the markets of Hazratganj, Kapoorthala, Janpath and Chowk dotted with a variety of Chikan shops.
Apart from the above mentioned, there is so much to explore in Lucknow! The street food, the elaborate Ambedkar Park, the imposing Rumi Darwaza or you can just loosen up in the charm of the city by night! So, whenever you are in Lucknow, make it a point to visit these places and enjoy your trip to the fullest!