Things to Do in Lucknow

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The capital and the largest city of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, situated on the banks of river Gomti. A city of kebabs and nawabs, of architecture and history, of literature and culture – that is Lucknow (Read More) in a nutshell for you. From a slice of rich colonial history to modernized museums, this artistic hub of Awadh region beautifully brings together the opulence of a glittering past and the simplicity of a modern city.

Here is the list of 16 Things to Do in Lucknow

1. Incredible Maze at Bara Imambara

 Incredible Maze at Bara Imambara
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The Bara Imambara of Lucknow is one of the most famous monuments in the city. The Imambara is primarily known for its incredible maze, Bhul Bhulaiya locally, 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.

2. Tour the Beautiful Chota Imambara

Tour the Beautiful Chota Imambara
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The Chhota Imambara, or the Imambara of Hussainabad, is one of the most beautiful and attractive buildings in the old city of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. This imposing monument lies to the west of Bara Imambara and is true sight. The Chhota Imambara was initially a congregation hall for Shia Muslims built by Muhammad Ali Shah in 1838.

3. Shop and Eat at Hazratganj Market

Shop and Eat at Hazratganj Market
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Hazratganj, the central shopping district of Lucknow, has a long history behind it and has undergone a great makeover that bridges the past and the present and continues to serve as Lucknow's central shopping arcade.

4. Tunday Kebabs and Chikan Work at Lucknow Chowk

 Tunday Kebabs and Chikan Work at Lucknow Chowk
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The Chowk area in Lucknow is one of the oldest markets in the state as well as the whole of North India. It is one of those places in the city that are a window into its rich cultural heritage. Beginning from Chikan work to succulent kebabs and Makhan Malai, Lucknow Chow is one of the prime shopping and food hub.

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5. Hangout at Marine Drive

Hangout at Marine Drive

Marine Drive is named after the famous Marine Drive in Mumbai. It is a picturesque strip of road adjacent to the River Gomti in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow. The spot is popular among the young crowd as a hangout place. Besides, people use it for jogging, cycling and similar activities.

6. Visit the British Residency

Visit the British Residency
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The British Residency of Lucknow, which is also a Residential Complex, served as the headquarters for the generals of the British East India Company. However, with the 1857 uprising, this once composed complex became a British refugee camp during that revolt.

7. The Majestic Rumi Darwaza

The Majestic Rumi Darwaza
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The famous 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.

8. Famous Cafes in Lucknow

 Famous Cafes in Lucknow

Over recent years, Lucknow has witnessed a trend of cool cafes mushrooming in the city. With the growing popularity of the different cafes here, the city of Nawabs is officially on the café map of India. These full-of-charm neighbourhood cafes offer mouth-watering delicacies, perfect ambience, impressive décor, comfortable seating area, and so much more.

9. Take a Stroll in Ambedkar Memorial Park

Take a Stroll in Ambedkar Memorial Park
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Initially known as the Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal, the Ambedkar Memorial Park is located on Vipul Khand of Gomti Nagar. The state government constructed it under the leadership of CM Mayawati.

10. Astronomy Show at Indira Gandhi Planetarium

 Astronomy Show at Indira Gandhi Planetarium

Situated at the Surajkund Park neighbourhood of Lucknow, on the River Gomti, Indira Gandhi Planetarium is also popularly known as Taramandal Show. The highlights are the science and astronomy shows, 3D models and exhibitions.

11. Plan a Trip to Lucknow Zoo

Plan a Trip to Lucknow Zoo
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Located in the River Bank Colony, the Lucknow Zoo is a famous attraction in the city. Also known as the Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan, it was originally known as The Prince of Wales Zoological Gardens. The Lucknow Zoo is home to numerous mammals, birds and reptiles, the most famous being the royal Bengal tiger.

12. Visit Jama Masjid Lucknow

Visit Jama Masjid Lucknow

Located in Tehseenganj, Jama Masjid is an Islamic place of worship built by King Mohammad Ali Shah Bahadur. Constructed in 1423, this ancient mosque hosted on an elevated square platform was built to outpass the grand Jama Masjid in Delhi.

13. Lip-Smacking Street Food of Lucknow

Lip-Smacking Street Food of Lucknow

Lucknow, the land of Awadhi cuisine, has much more to offer than what meets the eye. Amid the nawabi atmosphere and the laziness that hangs in the air of this city, food is what keeps them running. From a wide range of lip-smacking kebabs to drool-worthy sweetmeats, Lucknow is heaven for gluttons!

14. Take a Spiritual Trip to Bithoor

Take a Spiritual Trip to Bithoor

Bithoor is a quaint little town nestled in the Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, acclaimed for being an important pilgrimage hub for Hindus. Bithoor is immersed in local legends, religious myths, primaeval artefacts and ancient ruins. The town was said to be the residence of Lav and Kush, prominent figures in the Hindu mythology of Ramayana.

15. Do Some Shopping

Do Some Shopping

It is no surprise that the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow is known for its budget-friendly as well as fancy markets. The cultural hub is indeed a popular tourist attraction in northern India with several historical monuments from the era when Nawabs reigned the city. Now, you must also know that the city also has fantastic shopping hubs and bazaars which would appeal to shopaholics.

16. Beautiful Parks to Explore in Lucknow

Beautiful Parks to Explore in Lucknow

Known as the "City of Nawabs" worldwide, Lucknow has a lot to offer its residents and tourists. The beautiful parks in Lucknow are synonymous with the aesthetics of the city. Situated in every small and big city neighbourhood, these gorgeous parks are the best way to beat the heat in summers and sunbathe in winters.

This post was published by Avneet Kang

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