Lucknow is the capital of the state Uttar Pradesh, it is also known as as the 'City of Nawabs'. The city flourishes with the heritage structure, which was built during the Raj era and at that time it used to be the capital of Awadh.The monuments of historical and architectural importance includeBara Imambara, Shah Najaf,BhulBhulaiyan, Rumi Darwaza andChhotaImambara.Other tourist landmarks and places worth visiting includeLucknow Zoo,Shahid Smarak,Chhatar Manziland Ram Krishna Math.
Lucknow is famous for its own distinct cuisineby the erstwhile Maharaja. Lucknow is characterized by polite behaviour, kebabs and Nawabi biryani, poetry and classical music.
The ‘Rumi Darwaza’ is the finest gateway built in Lucknow, it is 60 feet high and it is highly inspired by a gateway in Istanbul that is quite similar to Rumi Darwaza. It was constructed by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in the year 1784. This structure Awadh style of architecture. The upper portion of Darwaaza is in the shape of an umbrella, which is carved and a person can reach up using the adjacent staircase.
Earlier, the structure looked magnificent during night as there was huge lantern placed on top of the darwaza that would light up the whole structure. Rumi Dawaza would be compared to a gateway to Paradise. Flower buds are carved on the sides of the arch and they are also used as the fountains that would rush water out from the flower buds. The design of the darwaza is praiseworthy architectural style.
Jama Masjidwas constructed back in the 1423 by Sultan Ahmed Shah. It is known as one of the most beautiful mosques in India.The mosque is completely constructed in yellow sandstone. The mosque is beautiful and it leaves you spellbounded, people from various parts of world come to visit the mosque,
The mosque is situated in the heart of the city, and it shows a great example of Hindu-Muslim architecture.The mosque is thronged by many Muslims during any auspicious occasions and festivals.
The pillars of Jama Masjid has beautiful designs and carvings, which are truly captivating. The key inspiration behind the designing of this monument areHindu and Jain cultures.
British Residency is a monument whichwitnessed the famous revolt of 1857 which had shaken the entire then-British regime.Itholds great historical importance.Large parts of the residency were destroyed when there was a battle between Indian rebel and the English Forces. Cannon balls marks are still there on the wall of the building.
The monumentis now under the supervision of the Archaeological Survey of India. The residency was the most important historical landmark in Lucknow.
It residency is surrounded by beautiful lawns which are full of flowers. The residency showcases Memorial Museum of India's First war of independence in 1857 which took place in Awadh.
Bara Imambara was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulain year 1784. This historic monument is considered as one of the best architectural wonders of those times. It is has a unique construction.
The central hall which is believed to have the largest domed chamber in the world is star attraction of this monument .Galleries and the interior have Intricate woodwork.
The bhulbhulaiya is a unique maze of the Bara Imambara. It provides great treassureshidden in the secret tunnels of this maze. An amazing top scenic view is available from the monument.
Chattar Manzil palace is situated on the bank of river Gomti, it is also known as Umbrella Palace. The name has been derived from its umbrella-shaped dome. The architecture of the palace is majorly inspired from European architecture.The charm of the palace promises to leave all the visitors spellbound.
The Chattar Manzil palace has seen many different chapters right from the year in which it was built, It served as a palace for different Awadh rulers and their wives. After thatthe Indian revolutionaries used it during the revolt of 1857.Today, the Chattar Manzil has been renovated and it serves as an office for the Central Drug Research Institute.