Lucknow Trip, June 2019

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Recently, I had the pleasure of immersing myself in the rich cultural tapestry of Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, historically known as the Awadh region. This vibrant city is celebrated for its cultural heritage, delectable cuisine, and distinctive clothing. Like any city, Lucknow holds a treasure trove of fascinating facts and unique experiences.

Lucknow is synonymous with its sweet language and the exquisite artistry of Chikankari. It's essential to distinguish this intricate cloth design from its phonetic cousin, Chicken. Originating from the iconic Rumi Darwaza near Bara Imambara, Chikankari and Lucknavi Zardozi stand out as two sophisticated and delicate forms of Indian embroidery.

One of the highlights of my visit was indulging in the diverse street food offerings near Hazratganj. Evening strolls through this area reveal a culinary wonderland with numerous recommended delicacies. From Motimahal's Kulfi to mouth-watering biryanis, kebabs, and chaats, Lucknow's gastronomic delights are a treat for the taste buds.

For those planning a visit to Lucknow, an evening exploration of Hazratganj is a must. The lively atmosphere is complemented by an array of excellent restaurants offering a taste of Lucknow's culinary prowess. The bustling streets come alive, providing an authentic experience for food enthusiasts.

Capturing the essence of my journey, the attached photostream features stills from this memorable visit. Each image encapsulates the charm and vibrancy that define Lucknow, offering a visual feast for those eager to explore this cultural gem.

On the way to Hazratganj
Vidhan Sabha, On the way to Hazratganj

Hazratganj has many good restaurants, I liked Moti Mahal restaurant for Kulfi and Aaloo Tikki. Evening is the best time to visit this area.

Aloo Tikki at Moti Mahal, Hazratganj
Rabri Falooda at Moti Mahal, Hazratganj
Me at Moti Mahal, Hazratganj

Lucknow is also called "City of Nawabs" because in the 18th century this city was ruled by Nawabs.

Satkhanda, Husainabad
Rumi Darwaza
Ghanta Ghar Talab
Bara Imambara
Bara Imambara, View from the top
Husainabad Clock Tower
Street Light
Asfi mosque, Bara Imambara top view
Asfi mosque
Rumi Darwaza, view from backside of the gate
Maharana Pratap Statue, Husainganj
Bara Imambara, Outer view
In front of Rumi Darwaza
Rumi Darwaza
Bara Imambara, first gate

Unplanned meeting with friends, what else you need when you visit new cities.

Friend, me and my wife
Asfi mosque
Bara Imambara top view from inside
Me inside Bara Imambara garden
Asfi mosque, view from Bara Imambara top
In front of Bara Imambara
Bara Imambara

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