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What to do in Lucknow

Lucknow travel will not let you get bogged down with the question of what to do in Lucknow. Lucknow is the city of historic heritages, whose exploration may take quite a long time and keep you busy during your Lucknow tours.

Lucknow has a host of historic places, whose tours would keep you busy. Nawab Asa-ud-Daula had made great contribution in making Lucknow a historic place. Bada Imambada was built by him as a part of the famine relief project in 1784. It has a big dome shaped hall with the length of 50 m and the height of 15 m. Bhul Bhulaiya at Bada Imambada is the real attraction for the enthusiastic tourists, which can be get through only with the help of a qualified tourist guide. There is a mosque at the Bada Imambada, but, non-Muslims are not allowed inside. Rumi Darwaza also built by Asaf-ud-Daula, for the same relief project in 1783, is another historical attraction of Lucknow. It is a facsimile of one of the gates of Constantinople, and is 60 feet high.

The Husainabad Imambada was the brainchild of Mohammad Ali Shah, who built it in 1837. It is known as Chhota Imambada. It is believed to be the tomb of Mohammad Ali Shah himself. The Chhota Imambada has a tank with small imitation of the Taj Mahal on either side. One of those imitations is the tomb of his daughter, and other is of his son-in-law. The main Imambada is at the top with golden dome, which houses the tomb of Mohammad Ali Shah and his mother. The Imambada is illuminated wonderfully during Muharram. If you have planned to visit Lucknow during Muharram then there is no question of What to do in Lucknow. It will be the lifetime memory for you.

Lucknow Residency is a clear depiction of the British rule in India. This dilapidated mansion was the residence of the agent of East India Company in Avadh. This monument is near Hazratganj area -the centre of the city. Jami Masjid is at the western side of Husainabad Imambada. The construction was started by Mohammad Shah and was completed by his wife, after his death in 1840. It is the largest mosque of Lucknow. Non Muslims are not allowed to worship here. The Picture Gallery, built near the clock tower of Husainabad Imambada in the 19th century, has collection of portraits of almost all the Nawabs of Lucknow.

The Banarsi Bagh is a zoo with lush green surroundings. Here there is a fabulous collection of stone sculptures brought from Mathura. There is also the statue of Queen Victoria and her court men. Beside these, there is an Egyptian mummy. Faizabad, Ayodhya, Sravasti and Kanpur are some other tourist destinations nearby Lucknow city.

After visiting historic places if you are still doubtful about what to do in Lucknow, then go for shopping in the Lucknow city. Though the city has many impressive malls and multiplexes, shopping at the little old markets leaves a unique experience. Some of the famous shopping places in Lucknow are Aminabad, Kapoorthala, Hazratganj and Janpath. Lucknow is famous for its chickan works. It is an intricate thread work with Zardosi and crystal, done by skilled craftsmen of Lucknow. Lucknow is also famous for jewelery and ornaments. For shopping of jewellery you can visit Gadbadjhala.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/16

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