Chhota Imambara (Hussainabad Imambara)
Kukrail Reserve Forest
Geology Museum of Lucknow University
Welcome to Lucknow,
Lucknow is the district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow has always been a multicultural city. Courtly manners, beautiful gardens, poetry, music and fine cuisine patronized by the Persian-loving Shia Nawabs of the city are well known amongst Indians and students of South Asian culture and history. Lucknow is popularly known as "The City of Nawabs". It is also known as the Golden City of the East.
Lucknow is placed among the fastest growing cities of India and is rapidly emerging as a manufacturing, commercial and retailing hub. This unique combination of rich cultural traditions and brisk economic growth provides Lucknow with an aura that refuses to fade away.
Alambagh is a large walled enclosure situated at about 4 miles from Lucknow. It contains a palace, a mosque and other buildings, as well as a beautiful garden. Alambagh was converted into a fort by Indian freedom fighters in 1857. After the British defeated the mutineers and took charge of the fort, it served as the military command center for Lucknow and the nearby towns. Now it is a part of Lucknow city and is one of the important commercial centres.
Bara Imambara is an imambara complex in Lucknow, India, built by Asaf-ud-daulah, Nawab of Lucknow, in 1784. It is also called the Asafi Imambara. Bara means big, and an imambara is a shrine built by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari. The Bara Imambara is among the grandest buildings of Lucknow.
The architecture of the complex reflects the maturation of ornamented Mughal design, namely the Badshahi Mosque - it is one of the last major projects not incorporating any European elements or the use of iron. The main imambara consists of a large vaulted central chamber containing the tomb of Asaf-ud-Daula. At 50 by 16 meters and over 15 meters tall, it has no beams supporting the ceiling, and is one of the largest such arched constructions in the world.
It is located in the heart of the city, Begum Hazrat Mahal Park once used to be a rally ground. It's been witness many Ravanas go up in fire during Dusshera and numerous Lucknow Mahotsavas have been hosted here. But what you see today is a totally different landmark, a walker's paradise. With pathways that are interwoven into the beautiful, green landscaping in the Park, it's also a visual delight of sorts.
Birbal Savitri Sahni Memorial Museum is located at Birbal Sahni Marg in Lucknow.It was established in the year of 1984. Eminnent professor and scientist B Sahni donated all his personal collection to the Museum. It is mainly a science Museum. Birbal Savitri Sahni Memorial Museum contains furniture, clothing, coins, manuscripts, research papers, valuable letters, and photographs and books on different subjects.
The full name of Plant Museum is Central Institute Of Medicinal And Aromatic Plants Museum. It is located at Ramsagar Misra Nagar in Lucknow.This Museum is the leading research institute in the field of bioinformatics, bioprospecting and medicinal plants. The Museum has outstanding insfrastructure on DNA Fingerprinting, proteomics and plant molecular biology. The Museum was established in the year 1983.The Museum exhibits various coloured photographs and live plants,which are used in the modern medical science and in indegenous system.
The Chattar Manzil or Umbrella Palace, was constructed by order of Nawab Ghazi Uddin Haider and completed after his death by his successor, Nawab Nasir Uddin Haider. The imposing building has large underground rooms and a dome surmounted by a gilt umbrella. From the time of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 it was often photographed by such figures as Felice Beato, Samuel Bourne, Darogha Ubbas Alli, and Thomas Rust. The palace now houses the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI).
Chhota Imambara, also known as Hussainabad Imambara is an imposing monument located in the city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. Built by Muhammad Ali Shah, The third Nawab of Avadh in 1838, it was to serve as his own mausoleum. It is also known as the Palace of Lights because of its decorations during special festivals. The chandeliers used to decorate the interior of this building was brought from Belgium. Thousands of labourers worked on the project to gain famine relief.
It has a gilded white dome and several turrets and minarets. The tombs of Muhammad Ali Shah and other members of his family are inside the imambara. The walls are decorated with Arabic calligraphy. Outside the imambara is the watch tower called Satkhanda or tower of seven storeys.
One of the most picturesque buildings in Lucknow is the Council House, which is located at the heart of the city. This beautiful building is also known as the Vidhan Sabha Bhawan. Sir Harcourt Butler laid the foundation stone of this grand looking building in the year 1922. It is learnt that the building took six years for its completion at a total cost of 18 lakhs.
Spectacular look of the building is mainly attributed by the use of Mirzapur Stones, which gives aesthetic elegance and grandeur to the entire ambiance. It is quite noteworthy that both interiors and exteriors of the building are amazingly awesome that would definitely catch the visitor's attention. Building shows an octagonal shape with a typical dome, which is highly embellished with the national bird peacock in an entirely plumed way.
Lucknow of Uttar Pradesh is known for its superb art and artisans. Several famous traditional art centers are located there. Since Mughal rule the town has been admired for its creation in the field of art. To preserve various art forms, Crafts Museum was established in the year of 1956.It is located on cantt. Road at central design center Lucknow. Crafts Museum exhibits Bidri work, metal, stone, cane and wooden objects, Ivory works ect. This museum also contains various terracottas, porcelains, brass objects, copper objects, soap stone objects, textiles, clay toys, and coins.
The crocodile sanctuary in the Kukrail Reserve Forest at the suburbs of the city is a pictorial holiday spot provided the visitors keep themselves away from the crawling lots. What makes this sanctuary so spectacular is that it stands in the midst of sprawling woods that provide its green shade all around.
The sanctuary serves as an asylum to other species like spotted deer, sambar deer, black buck along with a good number of feathering folks. It is a perfect spot for families since it provides excellent pastime with its children's park, cafeteria and rest house. Even though it lies on the outskirts, adventurous people move on to this sanctuary to explore.
To preserve the art and culture of Lucknow and nearby areas several Museums have been established. D N Majumdar Museum is one of the famous Museums of Lucknow, which was established in the year 1945. This is an Ethnographic Museum. It is situated at Aliganj Scheme in Lucknow. D N Majumdar Museum is the storehouse of art and craft of Lucknow and surrounding region. The Museum contains various ritual paintings, baskets, masks, toys weapons, dresses and headgears etc. This Museum also made two documentaries on the Tharu- the tribe of Uttar Pradesh.
Dewa Sharif is a pilgrimage town that is situated just 40 odd Kilometers from Lucknow and 12 kilometers from the district headquarter of Barabanki. This pilgrimage site has a special place in the history of Awadh because of its efforts towards secularism in an otherwise communally volatile province. The place is renowned as the birthplace of Hajji Waris Ali Shah who was to influence the lives of many generations of people with his message of universal love for humanity.
A big fair known by the name 'Dewa Mela ' is held to commemorate the Saints. Pilgrims from all over Uttar Pradesh and India come to pay their homage to the great Sufi Saints, Hajji Waris Ali Shah and his father Qurban Ali Shah. A big cattle market is the highlight of the Fair. Both Government of Uttar Pradesh as well as State Waqf Board organizes number of cultural programs during the Mela. Among others, it includes an All India Mushaira, Kavi Sammelan, Music performances, Manas Sammelan, Seeratun Nabi etc. The place also offers a good range of handicrafts for the tourists. A brilliant display of Fireworks marks the conclusion of the 10 days Fair.
A former hunting lodge of the ruling reign, Dilkusha Kothi on the riverbanks of Gomati shows unique architecture and exceptional structural designs. Dilkusha Kothi was later converted in to a summer palace of the royal family. Built in the year 1800 AD by Major Gore, this Baroque style citadel with excellent decorative walls stands elegantly in the midst of vibrant greenery. The specialty of this 18th century monument is the absence of inner courtyards with less significant trails. Though the monument is not extended in to a wide area like the typical buildings of that time, it looks taller than that of the traditional Indian buildings.
During the time of First war of Indian independence, Dilkusha Kothi had received heavy shelling. Now what remain is only a few towers and external walls along with the sprawling garden. Now this monument is under the control of ASI, which tries to restore its former glory.
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Park is constructed by LDA in Gomtinagar, Lucknow. This park is devoted to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia who was a great Socialist and Philosopher. This park is designed and constructed by Lucknow Development Authority and is spread over Eighty acres of land. An artificial lake is developed in the area of 15,000 Sq. Meters of land having one attractive tower in the park. The park is constructed under the norms and guidelines of ecology accordingly trees are planted all over in the garden.
Dudhwa National Park is stretched in an area across 810 square kilometers. The core area of the park itself is spanned around 650 square Kilometers. Although Dudhwa National Park has a range of animal as well as avian population, the park is famous as a perfect habitat for Swamp deer and Tigers. Dudhwa National Park was declared a national park in the year 1958. In the due course, keeping in mind its importance, it was first converted to a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1977 and was later declared a Project Tiger reserve in the year 1988.
The park shares its northern stretch with Nepal whereas its southern border stretches alongside River Suheli. The park is a brainchild of 'Billy' Arjan Singh, one of India's leading wildlife conservationists, who was instrumental in the creation of Dudhwa as a sanctuary of the Swamp Deer. Later he successfully hand-reared and introduced zoo-born Tigers and Leopards into the wilds of Dudhwa. The Major attractions of Dudhwa National Park are the Swamp Deer and Tigers. There are as many as 1500 deer and 100 tigers in the park when the last census was done. The park also boasts off a considerable number of the One-horned Rhino. Other major wildlife attractions are Elephants, Sloth bear, Jackal, Wild pig, Fishing cat, Leopard, Jungle cat and Civet apart from 40 odd species of mammals.
The park has a facility of Jeep safari that is primarily arranged on a 4X4 Customized Jeeps. A guide as well as a forest officer carrying tranquilizing gun will accompany you. Alternatively visitors can also opt for an Elephant safari.
This building belonged to a French businessman by name Neal, who had to given up his entire trade and belongings as per the royal decree. As the then law provides confiscation of the properties of a foreigner, all the properties of Neal automatically went in to the government treasury. Later during the reign of Aurangazeeb, this flamboyant house was given to his Islamic consultant Mullah Asad bin Qutab Shaheed and to his brother Mullah Asad bin Qutab uddin Shaheed. They developed this house into a full fledged Islamic school, which was often compared with Oxford and the Cambridge universities.
As a dominant Islamic institution of the 18th century, Firangi Mahal served a lot in preserving the long tradition of the rich Islamic culture wide its well oriented curriculum and broad syllabus. In fact the heads of this great institution helped the muslims of India to overcome the trauma of colonial exploration and to preserve their spiritually oriented lifestyle.
In Lucknow, visitors are offered with a wide assortment of picnic opportunities, which enrich their holidaying with fun and merry making. One among such favourite locations of the tourists as well as the locals is the Gautham Buddha Park that is nestled in the majestic ambiance of the Bara Imambara and the Martyrs memorial. It's pretty environ, exquisite charm and soothing atmosphere allures scores of visitors.
Children would be the happiest lots since they would find themselves engaged in the big rides and other recreational activities of the sports ground in the park. Nowadays this park is also used on political grounds in holding rallies and meetings. Paddle boating in the canal is another enjoyable pass time of the visitors.
The Department of Geology of Lucknow University runs a Geological Museum, which was established in the year1951. This educational museum contains several types of Indian rock, Indian minerals, Indian fossils slides of various fossil forms and many other things.
Gomti Nagar is an area in Lucknow consisting of both residential and business settlements. t is home to High-end premium residential projects, Malls, IT parks, Commercial property, SEZs, Plots, Business centers, Multiplexes, Clubs, Banks, Food courts, Entertainment centers and Finance institutions.
As an upcoming metro, Lucknow possesses so many shopping malls that maintains high standards like the shopping complexes in the metro cities. The shopping malls in the city proudly upkeeps its traditional and cultural values of Medieval times. Hazratganj market is one among the popular shopping areas in the city that reflects a classy look with lots of high class shops. Almost all major consumer merchandises in India have their outlets in Hazratganj. From automotives to antiques to jewellery stores, this market puts forth full of options before the shopper. One can find an array of Handloom houses that sells Lucknow Chikan material along with other hand made articles. The British Council Library, Wave, PVR movie theaters, Fun Cinemas and Sahara Ganj are the major crowd pullers in the market.
Shopping buffs can cherish a good enjoyable time in purchasing various things and while on shopping shed your inhibitions and try to be a good bargainer. A place where numerous textiles and food courts and other complexes where one would be provided with almost everything under a single roof is a worthy for a stride.
A lofty structure that stands high in the sky, Husainabad Clock Tower is one of the appealing facades of Lucknow. Located adjacent to the Rumi Darwaza, this clock tower is a perfect example to the artistic and structural skills of the Englishmen. Built in the year 1881, Husainabad clock tower is adjudged as the tallest among all the clock towers in India.
Roskell Payne designed this lofty structure of 67 meter high and it reflects Victorian-Gothic style structural designs. Gunmetal is used for building the clock parts. It's gigantic pendulum has a length of 14 feet and the dial of the clock is designed in the shape of a 12-petalled flower and bells around it.
Imambara Ghufran Ma'ab in Lucknow, India is an imambara (a building used to commemorate the Muharram commemoration period in with Muslims, particularly Shias mourning the tragedy of Karbala in which Imam Hussain was killed). Outside the Imambara is a graveyard (part of the Imambara) which was intended to be used as a place of burial for scholars.
The building is named after Ayatollah Ghufran Ma'ab and is run by his descendants. His descendant, Maulana Syed Kalbe Jawad addresses the majlis (gathering) there for the first 10 days of the holy month of Muharram. The title "Ghufran Ma'ab" was bestowed on him by scholars in Najaf, Iraq and means "the one who lives in heaven" due to his scholarly attributes. Among them, his most known work is "Imad-ul-Isl?m", in Arabic, which is a refutation of the anti-Shia arguments used by the famous Fakhr al-Din al-Razi. There is an Imambargah (A holy building) in his name (Imambara Ghufran Ma'ab) in the city of Lucknow and village-Nasirabad,uttar pradesh, India.
One among the proud testimonials of the Nawabian era, Jama Masjid in Lucknow shows exemplary artworks and marvelous structural designs. Superb in terms of planning Masjid's exquisite carvings and calligraphy in the external walls shows influence of Jain and Hindu temples. Interior walls are really stunning with silver pulpits, gilded mirrors, fine chandeliers and vibrant frescos in Mughal style. Its construction was started during the reign of Ahmed Shah and is completed by his wife.
A marvel in architecture, Juma Masjid is spread over a vast expansion of 4950 square meters. Its 15 arched domes in different altitudes makes the visitor astonished and is supported by 260 pillars that also support the 15 arched domes and at the different altitudes. The most imposing edifice in the Masjid is its western chamber, which is supported by 260 pillars. Eastern portion of the Masjid houses the tomb of Ahmed Shah.
Wajid Ali Shah of Lucknow is better known as an acclaimed singer and a poet rather than a good administrator. He devoted his life for fulfilling his artistic talents, which paved way for some of the prettiest monuments in the city. Kaiserbagh Palace was his dream project and the Nawab expected that it would be enlisted as the 8th wonder. Remarkable for its architectural excellence, the Kaiserbagh Palace proffers Hindu umbrellas, ionic columns, Moorish minarets, lanterns, banisters and pediments.
The center of the palace holds a highly decorated structure called Baradari, which was formerly covered with Silver. Elegant look of the palace is largely complimented by the Mughal style pavilions, gilt crowns and European style statues. During the first war of Independence the palace had been subjected to fierce attack and has lost much of its splendor. Though a relic of a past glory, this amazing citadel allures people with its never ending charm.
Kukrail Reserve Forest is located about 9 km from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The idea of setting up a breeding center for the endangered Crocodile species came after a study by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, UNO in 1975 which estimated that there were only 300 crocodile left in the open rivers of Uttar Pradesh.
Apart from breeding crocodiles in the park, Crocodile eggs are also collected from the amganga, Suheli, Girwa and Chambal river banks. When young crocodiles come out of these eggs after artificial hatching at the center, they are fed and looked after till they become capable of defending themselves against other predators. The young crocodiles are then released into the waters of Chambal, River Sharda, Ghaghra, Girwa, Ramganga and Ganges rivers.
The architectural skyline of Lucknow remains incomplete without the mention of La Martiniere-a funerary monument. Built at the end of the 18th century, it is said be the largest in Asia and houses the coffin of its builder, French Major General Claude Martim. Martim had come to India as a penniless soldier but gradually his luck and labor fetched him a fortune big enough to lend a princely amount of 250,000 pounds to the Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulah! La Martiniere is today a school of great repute.
Lok Kala Sangrahalaya is located at Kaiserbagh in Lucknow.the museum was established in the year 1989. It is mainly an art museum which houses various metal objects, terracotta, pottery, wooden objects, folk paintings, oil paintings, musical instruments, masks, soapstone objects, clay toys jewellery, basketry, mukuts, anthropological objects.
Chikankari is synonymous to Lucknow. Chikankari is to Lucknow what Coal is to Liverpool. A substantial part of the population in the old Lucknow area earns their livelihood engaging in some or other activity of related to Chikankari. Chikankari is actually a very complex and delicate form of embroidery that primarily uses muslin clothes. This kind of embroidery is only confined to the city of Lucknow. The term 'Chikankari' has originated from the Persian word Chikan that means muslin wrought with needlework. Nevertheless, this art has nothing to do with Persia. It developed in the courts of Nawabs and Masabdars. As Persian was the court language then, the art borrowed its name from that.
The Chikankari started in the courts of Awadh Nawabs and was patronized by them for many years. The Nawabs were the setter of fashion in those eras. The art remained confined to Nawabs and nobles for a long time but with the advent of British, the scenario changed. Due to the fall of Nawab system, the artisans started searching for newer avenues and then this art came to the masses. The design motifs in Chikankari are predominantly influenced by Mughal art. These motifs are similar to the one seen in Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Another important constituent of this art form is stitch. There are various stitches used in Chikankari. They vary according to the kind of designs and materials used. The most frequently used stitch is the satin stitch. Apart from that there are others like stem stitch and chain stitch etc.
Yet another interesting construction by the erstwhile Nawab of Oudh, Saadat Ali Khan Lucknow Residency is a cluster of builds that were constructed in 1800 AD. It was built as the residence of the British Resident General, who was the company representative to the Nawab's court. Residency buildings are placed on the beautiful banks of Gomati River and are encircled by lovely flowerbeds and vibrant lawns. Residency Building had a remarkable place in the freedom struggle of India, since it was here that the mutineers siege thousands of Englishmen and their family members. Month long cease fire claimed the lives of so many people. The bricks of the building echo the sad stories of the lost lives.
Remaining builds of the residency have been changed in to a museum and some government offices also functions from there. Museum showcases wide collection of paintings of 16th century and rare specimens of gold coins. The residency complex also houses the graves of the british soldiers who had lost their life in the siege. Other important testimonials within the complex are the tombs of Sadat Ali Khan and his family members, Kaisarbagh Palace, the Nur Baksh Kothi, Tarawali Kothi and an observatory.
Lucknow Zoo is a 71.6 acres (29 ha) zoo located in the heart of the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. Central Zoo Authority of India, categorizes it as a large zoo. The Zoo receives about 900,000-1,000,000 visitors annually. The Zoo is home to 440 mammals, 261 birds, and 40 reptiles representing 97 species, including the Royal Bengal Tiger, White Tiger, Lion, Wolf, Hoolock Gibbon, Himalayan Black Bear, Indian Rhinoceros, Black buck, Swamp Deer, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, Asiatic Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Common Otters, Hill Mynahs, Giant Squirrels, Great Pied Hornbill, Golden Pheasant, Silver Pheasant etc. The Zoo is successfully breeding Swamp Deer, Black Buck, Hog Deer and Barking Deer, White Tiger, Indian Wolf and several pheasants.
A Toy train was started in 1969. The rolling stock consisting of engine and two coaches is the gift of Railway Board. The train was inaugurated on the Children's Day Nov. 14, 1969 by the then Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. The track is 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) long and has crossings and signals. Rides start from Chandrapuri station and travels to almost every section of the zoo.
Museum of Pathology of Lucknow is located inside the campus of K.G. Medical College. It was established in the year 1913 with a view to provide practical knowledge to the medical student. It is under the Upgraded Department of Pathology and Bacteriology. The museum houses different types of Pathological specimens, charts, photographs, mounted X-rays, demonstration micro-scopes, models of clay, plastics mounted colored glass, transparencies of various systems and many other things.
College of Arts and Crafts of Lucknow houses its own museum. It was established in the year 1911.The museum houses has a rich collection of ancient art and crafts. The beautiful paintings especially miniature paintings will not fail to draw anyone`s attention. The terracotta objects, etchings, and ivory works form an integral part of that museum. The collection of wooden objects, porcelain, enamel, metal works deserve special mention.
National Botanical Research Institute of Lucknow houses its own museum, which is located at Rana Pratap Marg.The museum was established in the year 1982 to support various types of Botanical research. The museum contains a huge and rare collection of living botanical specimens. Apart from that it houses Charts, models, photographs, translights and many other elements, which are used in the field of Botanical research. The research and developing wing of that University is fully dependent on that museum.
It is said that Naimisaranya was the place where Bhagavatam was spoken. It is also said that a pilgrimage to Badrinath and Kedarnath is incomplete without a visit to Naimisaranya. In the Mahabharata it is said, "Anyone who fasts, prays, and attains perfection at Naimisaranya finds happiness in all the worlds." Lord Balarama, Dadhici Muni, the Pandavas, Prabhu Nityananda, and Ramanujacharya all came here. The Pandavas are said to have come here when they were in exile. This is the place where the demigods came to ask Dadhici for his body, to be able to create a weapon that would be able to kill the demon Vritrasura. Lord Rama is said to have performed a sacrifice here for killing Ravana.
It is said that if you bathe in Chakra-tirtha Kund and make an offering to the presiding deity, Lalita, on a full moon day that falls on a Monday, you will wash away all the sins committed in a lifetime.
Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary is a great excursion destination around Lucknow. Although Nawabganj Sanctuary is a small bird Sanctuary that is spread across 4 square kilometers, it attracts lots of migratory birds during winters. The sanctuary is precisely confined to an area that encloses the lake. This is a natural lake and has a very beautiful environ around it thus it attracts a lot of avian population. Keeping in view its importance, the government of Uttar Pradesh declared this as a Bird Sanctuary and a protected area in the year 1984.
The picturesque sanctuary is an ideal for photographers and picnic lovers. To enhance the knowledge of visitors, an information center has been established in the sanctuary itself. The place is not that great and is ill kept nevertheless it has the provision of screening film shows related to wildlife. Apart from that, the sanctuary boasts off a motel, a restaurant and small eateries that make it an interesting weekend trip.
The avian population here comprises a mix of residents as well as migratory birds. The birds migrate across Himalayas from Tibet, Europe and Siberia during winters. Some of these birds fly over 5000 kilometers. Some of the major migratory birds during the season are Graylag Goose, Pintail, Red-Crested Pochard, Shoveller, Coot and Mallard. Some major local migratory and residential birds are Saras crane, Painted Stork, Peacock, White Ibis, Dabchick, Whistling teal, Open billed stork, Pheasant tailed jacana, Bronze winged Jacana, Purple moorhen, Lapwing, Tern vulture, Pigeon, King crow, Indian roller and Bee eater. The major reptiles found in the sanctuary are Cobra, Viper, Krait, Rat snake and Water snakes.
The Picture Gallery is a well-maintained regal structure of red brick, situated beyond a gleaming pool with huddles of pink lotuses and some pleasingly set palm trees strewn around the banks. Built in the 19th century by Muhammad Ali Shah, the gallery houses oil paintings and photographs of the erstwhile Nawabs.
These portraits serve as a good medium to impart in depth information about Lucknow's past. What makes this portraits so special is the fact that, the eyes, tip of the sword and the boot would be pointed towards the onlooker, no matter from which ever angle the spectator looks at the painting.
Regional Science Center is located at Aliganj Scheme in Lucknow.The museum was established in the year 1989. The museums houses various interactive participatory models pertaining to different topics like phyiscs, chemistry, mathematics, hydrostatics sect.
The Rumi Darwaza (sometimes known as the Turkish Gate), in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, is an imposing gateway which was built under the patronage of Nawab Asaf-Ud-dowlah in 1784 A.D. It is an example of Awadhi architecture.
Being an entrance to the city of Lucknow, Russell, the reporter of The New York Times who accompanied the victorious British army that entered Lucknow in 1858, after India's First War of Independence, had called the stretch of road from Rumi Darwaza to Chattar Manzil the most beautiful and spectacular cityscape that he had ever seen, better than Rome, Paris, London and Constantinople. The Rumi Darwaza, which stands sixty feet tall, was modeled (1784) after the Sublime Porte (Bab-iHumayun) in Istanbul.
A putrefying of 67 meter red-brick watchtower, located just opposite to the Hussainabad Imambara is a splendor of medieval architecture. The structure shows a curios blend of French and Italian style structural designs. This amazing citadel was constructed during the time of Nawab Muhamad Ali Shah, but his untimely demise in 1840 blocked its construction. Famed as the tallest tower in India, Satkianda, is believed to be built as a mark of respect to Sir George Couper, a progressive Governor of UP.
Though the towering structure is named as Satkhanda, which means seven stories, it holds only four stories. This tower like palace was built for the purpose of viewing all the buildings in the town on those days. Though in ruins, Satkanda shows exquisite designs and miraculous structural lay out that makes a visit to this tower a life time reward.
A true replica of the tomb of Hazarat Ali in Iraque, Shah Najaf Imambara on the south bank of river Gomti contains the remains of Ghazi Uddin Haider and his three wives. Ghazi-ud-din Haider's silver tomb is flanked by the tombs of his wives on either side and the golden tomb is that of his European wife by name Mubarak Mahal.
This Imambara depicts a plain exterior with dooms but the interiors are highly ornamented with splendid chandeliers. It is learnt that once upon a time this dooms were covered with gold. The build is used to hoard tazia, intricate designs of wood, bamboo and silver paper, which are carried during the celebrations of Muharam. This mausoleum opens to a lovely garden that adds the serenity of the imambara.
A fond memorial for the unsung heroes of the first war of independence, Shaheed Smarak in Lucknow requires a special rendering. This Memorial was erected to mark the first centenary celebrations of the Sepoy Mutiny and it is prettily placed in the heart of the city that has all the probabilities of attracting all the visitors.
It is a place where history would play as an alluring background to all the spent time hobbies of the tourists. The structure on the back side of the majestic River Gomati, depicts a sprawling marble finishing with a vibrant garden on its sides. As a true memorial for the freedom struggle this lovely samarak tender the heartrending recalls of Lucknow's role in the Mutiny.
Sikandar Bagh, formerly known by the British as Sikunder/Sikandra/Secundra Bagh, is a villa and garden enclosed by a fortified wall, with loopholes, gateway and corner bastions, approx. 150 yards square, c. 4.5 acres, located in the city of Lucknow, Oudh, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was built by the last Nawab of Oudh, Wajid Ali Shah (1822-1887), as a summer residence. The name of the villa signifies Garden of Sikandar, perhaps after Alexander the Great.
The State Museum of Lucknow is situated at Banarasibagh.Earlier it was located at the historic Choti Chattar Manzil.It was established in the year 1863. Primarily the museum contains the elements pertaining to the art, culture and custom of the region. Gradually it became a multi purpose museum. The museum houses sculpture, prehistoric tools, bronzes, paintings, natural history and anthropological specimens, woodwork, coins, etchings, textiles and decorative arts. A wine jar bearing the name of Aurangzeb Alamgir of 17th century, a beautiful painting of a State Museum, Lucknowscene from the Kalpasutra depicting an elephant rider of 16th century, a 16th century copy of the Harivansha in Persian with nine illustrations, rare silver and gold coins which are preserved in the museum deserve special mention.
The most exciting element, which obviously attracts the attention of the viewers, is the Egyptian mummy and wooden sarcophagus, which dates back to 1000 B.C.The stone sculpture of Balarama and a panchmukhi shivalinga of 2nd century BC, a statue of Saraswati formed the integral part of the repository. The museum has an amazing collection of coins ranging from the terracotta coins of the Indus Valley Civilization to modern day coin.
Built in the year 1800 AD by Meer Khuda Buksh, Taal Katore-ki-Karbala is a significant spot of the Shia Muslims of Lucknow. Karbalas usually portrays the customary rites prevalent among the shia Muslims of Lucknow which is having greater influence on the lifestyle of the said community. Tall Katore-ki-Karbala is an important monument where the tomb of the great Shia Martyr Hazrat Hussain's Rauza situates.
This shrine normally witnesses huge gatherings especially on the eve of Muharam it is just like a human ocean. This splendid monument of the medieval period shows exemplary artworks. Three minarets and a central dome shaped structure give it a grandiose appeal. Apart from that this karbala is located in the green ambiance of thick woods that makes the serene environ more scenic.
Ironically, the proclamation of kingship coincided with a period of almost complete dependence on the British. The title of King neither improved the administrative capabilities of the rulers nor their morale. The second King Nasir-ud-Din Haider, son and successor of Gazi-ud-Din, was so effeminate that he often spoke and dressed like a female. His only contribution in the field of architecture was the construction of Tarunvali Kothi, an archeological center, which was equipped with sophisticated instruments and entrusted to the care of a British astronomer.
The Residency was built in 1800 by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan for the British Resident at his court. Originally a very extensive and beautiful building, it received heavy shelling during 1857, when the First War Of Indian Independence took place. The inhabitants of the Residency faced a siege of 140 days before they were rescued by British troops. The red building is today in a dilapidated state and marks of cannon shots can be seen on almost every wall. Surrounded by shady green trees, the ruins of the Residency stand, still and quiet, in the afternoon sunshine. A brooding silence engulfs the ruins and one almost expects the ghosts of the dead to suddenly materialize and flit across the rooms.
- Aurangzeb's mosque, Lalit Kala Academy, Indira Gandi Planetarium, Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal etc.