Lucknow, which is the capital of Uttar Pradesh, thrives along the bank of Gomti river. The gomti river originates from the Fulhaar Jheel which is just 3Km east of Pilibhit district and flows through the Lucknow Faizabad, Sultanpur and jaunpur before emerging with the river Ganga near the holy city of Varanasi.
Lucknow is a place which has a heart of art, dance, cuisine, culture, and music of Northern India. Lucknow is the home of Urdu, Hindi and Hindustani languages. It is a historical city for many centuries, and it was at the heart of Northern Indian culture. Moreover, the city was famous for its Tehzeeb and Abad, beautiful gardens, intricate embroidery and dance forms such as Kathak.
Lucknow is also known for its cuisine and Chikankaari or the exquisite shadow work embroidery on a fine muslin cloth.
So, here in this article, you will get to know some of the historical places to visit in Lucknow-
Bada Imambara, which is built by the fourth Nawab of Awadh Asaf Ud Daula in the year, it is a monument which was formerly known by the name as Imambara-e-Asafi. The structure is known for its unique construction, and the thick slab vaulted roofs have no girders or beams as support. Apart from just that, the roofs are supported by the interlocking system of bricks.Testimony to the region’s rich past, the city has the title of the ‘City of Nawabs’ to its credit.
The other major interesting feature of this monument is the incredible labyrinth which is called as Bhool Bhullaiya which is merely located on the upper floor of the Bara Imambara. In this, no one is allowed as an entry without a guide. After exploring the labyrinth, a visit to the rooftop, one can quickly view a scenic panorama of the city which is worth seeing.
It is a monument which rises to a height of 60ft and is one of the most impressive architectural structures of India. It was built in the year 1784 by the Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daula. When viewed from the Western side, it has a double-arched gateway while at the time of viewed from the eastern side it merely looks like a Rajput Palace.
It is an apotheosis of the Awadh architecture and is just a must visit for the historic architecture lovers.
Jama Masjid, which is located in the heart of the city, Jama Masjid stands upright on the 260 pillars which support with the 15 arched domes of various elevations. The monument is located in the Hussainabad area of an Old Lucknow. The central gateway has the Rumi Darwaza with the arches on both the sides. It is also among one of the best mosques in India which is worth visiting.
In the compound of the Bada Imambara lies the Asafi Masjid, also built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulah. The grandeur of the mosque is such that Bada Imambara is also known as the Asafi Imambara. The mosque has two magnificent prayer halls, each with eleven arched doors at their facades.
The mosque consists of an additional platform at the height of 28 steps from the ground. Many visitors swear by the air of tranquillity that surrounds the mosque, which is unlike that of any other place.
Begum Hazrat Mahal Park was built in 1962 in the memory of the Begum of Awadh, Hazrat Mahal. History remembers her as one of the brave hearts who revolted against the British in the 1857 uprising.
The park consists of a marble memorial bearing the Coat of Arms of the Awadh royal family. Begum Hazrat Mahal Park is a must visit, with some of the best hotels in Lucknow situated nearby.
When it comes to the culture of Lucknow, people are polite, courteous, generous in India, full of fervor of their guests. A visit to a Lucknow historical monuments would take you to a titillating, spectacular and ethereal level altogether. Further, a more visit to this place is just where you would find history, culture, and ‘tehzeeb’ in the atmosphere of the city.