Lucknow is the largest city in North India and it serves as the capital of the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is also an administrative headquarter and has been famous because of its intricate embroidery, beautiful gardens and massive historical structures such as Rumi Darwaza, Bada Imambara and Chota Imambara.
Lucknow is an important historical city and has been the centre of attraction due to its culture. There are some majestic places to visit in Lucknow.
Rumi Darwaza is a striking gateway standing tall at sixty feet tall in the old city of Lucknow. It lies between the Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara exhibiting ancient Awadhi architecture. Built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula, it is also known as the Turkish Gate because it is modelled after the Bab-i-Humayun gateway in Turkey.
The creation of Rumi Darwaza has a very charitable reason behind it. When famine struck North India in 1748, the Nawab of Lucknow came up with a plan that would feed his countrymen as well as give him something to cherish and be proud of. As per the plan, the Awadhi workers built the great Rumi Darwaza for him, in exchange for everyday meals.
Through the arch of the Rumi Darwaza runs roadways to both sides and they remain busy, crowded and cacophonous all day long. It looks even more majestic when it is up at night. This is a must-visit place to visit in Lucknow.
Dr Ambedkar Park is initially known as the Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal, the Ambedkar Memorial Park is located on Vipul Khand of Gomti Nagar. It was constructed by the state government under the leadership of CM Mayawati.
Built-in the name of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, this public park is also dedicated to many other freedom fighters including Jyotiba Phule, Birsa Munda, Kanshi Ram and Sree Narayan Guru. Although it is not as green, the park houses various statues and structures of great historic importance. It is one of the best places to visit in Lucknow for history students.
Bara Imambara of Lucknow is one of the most famous places to visit in Lucknow. The Imambara is primarily known for its incredible maze which is located on the upper floor of the monument. It is said that there are 1024 ways to get inside the maze but only 2 to come out. Also known as the Asfi Imambara, after the name of the Nawab of Lucknow who got it constructed.
It is an important place of worship for the Muslims who come here every year to celebrate the religious festival of Muharram. Said to be the world's largest structure that is unsupported by beams, Bara Imambara is considered a marvel of engineering and a fine specimen of Mughal architecture. The Imambara has a unique style of construction.
Moreover, no wood or metal has been used in the construction of this mosque. One can also have a view of the grave of Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula and his crown, which is kept in the central hall, which is said to be the largest vaulted chamber in the world.
Lucknow Zoo is located in the River Bank Colony, also known as the Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan, it was originally known as The Prince of Wales Zoological Gardens. Lucknow Zoo is home to numerous mammals, birds and reptiles, the most famous ones being the royal Bengal Tiger, white Bengal Tiger, Himalayan Black Bear and Asiatic Lion.
Established in 1921 by Nawab Nasiruddin Haider, this 71.6-acre zoo was established to celebrate the visit of the Prince of Wales to Lucknow. Lucknow Zoo also has a couple of activities such as a toy train ride through the zoo.
The State Museum also displays Awadh artefacts at Lucknow Zoo. Besides, several events such as Wildlife Week and Children’s Day are celebrated here as well.
The Winter Season in Lucknow stays from October to March and Lucknow’s temperature fluctuates between 7 degrees Celsius to 24 degrees Celsius. Lucknow’s weather is filled with sunny days and cold nights, this time of the year is perfect for sightseeing and outdoor attractions like historical monuments, museums and national parks.
Places such as Bada Imambara, Chota Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, Ambedkar Memorial Park, Indira Gandhi Planetarium and British Residency are some major highlight places to visit in Lucknow this season. Many festivals and events are celebrated during these months, including the Lucknow Festival (Lucknow Mahotsav) celebrated to promote tourism.
This festival is organised annually in November of December and celebrates local and national art, crafts and culture. This festival is a favourite among food-lovers. This season attracts the greatest number of tourists, so expect higher prices for accommodation at hotels. Ensure booking in advance for the best fares.
The Monsoon Season in Lucknow is marked from July to September and Lucknow's temperature stays between 22 degrees Celsius to 35 degrees Celsius. Lucknow witnesses a moderate amount of rainfall hence; it is a season of high humidity and pleasant weather condition. A good number of tourists visit Lucknow in these months, however, unexpected rainfall may upset your sightseeing plans.
Places such as Janeshwar Mishra Park, Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary, Bada Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, Marine Drive and Lucknow Zoo are some preferred places to visit in Lucknow this season. But still activities like sightseeing, hiking and exploring the city are always a lovely option in this season. You may find some great deals on accommodation and travel.
The Summer Season in Lucknow stays from April to June and Lucknow’s temperature ranges between 25 degrees Celsius to 45 degrees Celsius. This time of the year is not recommended for travelling or outdoor activities in Lucknow. The dry and harsh weather keeps tourists away from Lucknow in the summers.
The weather conditions can be extremely harsh and dry with the addition of hot winds and scorching heat which makes a sightseeing tedious task. But if you are a budget traveller then it is the season for you and places such as Janeshwar Mishra Park, Bada Imambara, Indira Gandhi Planetarium, Marine Drive and Lucknow Zoo are some decent places to visit in Lucknow this season.
- Lucknow Airport or Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport at Amausi is the nearest airbase which serves Lucknow at a distance of nearly 15 kilometres from the city centre.
Terminal-2 of the airport is finely connected to other major Indian cities such as New Delhi, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jaipur, Indore, Jodhpur and Chennai and, Terminal-2 is well-connected to several foreign locations such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Muscat, Riyadh, Doha and Jeddah.
Plenty of airline carriers such as Air India, Go Air, IndiGo, Air India Express, Jet Airways, the Fly Emirates, Saudia Airlines, Oman Air and Fly Dubai do operate flights to Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport on regular basis. Once you reach the airport you can easily take a state bus or hire a taxi for a further journey.
- Lucknow has its railway station named the Charbagh Railway Station, situated in the heart of the city. This railway station is widely connected to other prime cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Patna, Chennai, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Mumbai and Jodhpur.
Train options such as Arunachal Express, Kaifiyat Express, Champaran Humsafar, SHC Garib Rath, LJN Swarna Shatabdi, Neelanchal Express, GKP Humsafar Express and Jan Shatabdi are some decent train options that run the train to Lucknow on regular basis. From outside the railway station, travellers can hire a can or take a state bus to reach their destination.
- Lucknow is nicely connected to other neighbouring cities such as New Delhi at a distance of 550 kilometres, Kanpur which is just 90 kilometres away, Agra at a distance of 366 kilometres, Varanasi which is nearly 320 kilometres far and Bareilly at a distance of 247 kilometres via well-maintained and smooth roads connectivity.
Travellers do have the option of state and private buses in deluxe and non-deluxe variants to reach Lucknow as per their preference and convenience and from Delhi, you can board to Volvo bus from Anand Vihar ISBT.
However, tourists do travel to Lucknow by their vehicle as well and if you are heading from Bareilly then Lucknow-Hardoi-Shahjahanpur Road is the route to follow and from Delhi Yamuna Expressway is good to go. There are some exciting places to visit in Lucknow.
Hyatt Regency, Lucknow is located at the Gomti Nagar and it offers you the amenities such as Bakery, Bar, Restaurant, 24-Hour Coffee Shop, Dining Area, Kids’ Meals, Childcare Services, Paid Shuttle Service, Currency Exchange, Yoga, Gym, Spa, Massage, Steam and Sauna, Night Club, Entertainment, Tours and Treks, Lounge, Sun Deck, Balcony/Terrace, Business Centre, Caretaker, Wake-up Call, Doctor on Call, Concierge Service and Multilingual Staff along with some other amenities.
Radisson Lucknow City Centre is situated at Qaiserbagh and it provides you with the services of a Bakery, Bar, Café, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Kids' Meals, Childcare Services, Paid Airport Transfers, Currency Exchange, Yoga, Gym, Spa, Massage, Salon, Rental Vehicles, Jacuzzi, Balcony/Terrace, Medical Centre, Butler Service, Concierge Service and Wake-up Call with some other basic services.
Novotel Lucknow is residing at Gomti Nagar and it gives you the facilities of a Bakery, Bar, Restaurant, Barbeque, 24-Hour Café, 24-Hour Coffee Shop, Kids' Meals, Kids' Play Area, Childcare Services, Paid Shuttle Service, Currency Exchange, Gym, Spa, Steam and Sauna, Massage, Photo Session, Lawn, Sun Deck, Balcony/Terrace, Doctor on Call, Bellboy Service and Concierge Service.
Hilton Garden Inn Lucknow is a 4-star accommodation option in the region of Gomti Nagar and it offers you the amenities like Bar, Café, Restaurant, Kids' Meals, Paid Shuttle Service, Currency Exchange, Gym, Rental Vehicles, Lawn, Sun Deck, Balcony/Terrace, Business Centre, Medical centre, Wake-up Call, Concierge Service and Multilingual Staff. All of these mentioned accommodation options are providing installed sanitisers, masks and gloves due to safety reasons.