Monday, December 6, 2010

Explore the Royal City of Lucknow

If you are embarking on a trip to India then Lucknow is one heart warming destination, which has often been sidelined by some of the more talked about tourist spots of India. With a rich legacy of the Raj days and Nawabi traditions, the city hides charming architectural wonders.

Perhaps the biggest attraction of Lucknow is the Bada Imambara complex famed for its magnificent ceiling, without a single supporting pillar. This hall is supposed to be the largest such oddity in the world.

A graceful mosque called the Asfi mosque straddles the Bada Imambara’s courtyard. Definitely worth checking out is the Bhool Bhulaiya maze atop the Imambara. One is extremely unlikely to find the way out without a guide’s assistance. The Bada Imambara complex also boasts a magnificent 5 storied step well known as the Shahi Bawli. Three of the stories lie submerged in water.

In fact, Lucknow is full of architectural jewels like Rumi Darwaza, Moti Mahal, the Jama Masjid, and Chhattar Manzil.

The revolt of 1857 seems to come alive as one visits the Residency, a stately colonial construction. Almost every wall bears evidence of heavy artillery attack. Other dazzling colonial reminders are the 221 feet tall clock tower, the hauntingly beautiful La Martiniere School.

For bargain hunters, the Aminabad market proves to be a happy hunting ground offering goodies like chikan garments and silver jewellery. Lucknow is also the gourmet’s paradise with kingly delicacies. This magical city definitely merits a consideration for everyone who books flights to India. Although, direct flights to India for Lucknow airport are not available presently, the city is well connected with local flights, railways, and cabs.

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