Popularly called as city of Nawabs, Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, India. Located on the banks of the Gomati River, Lucknow is a multiethnic city brimming with great landscapes. This historical yet modern city boasts large gardens, culture and arts centers, delicious cuisine, and embroidery shops. Lucknow is also known as the city of Nawabs, the golden city of the east, Constantinople of India, and Shiraz-i-hind due to its rich history. In terms of tourism Lucknow city not just offer landmarks but also offer its delicate cuisine, music, poetry, and arts to its visitors. In short, Lucknow is the perfect destination to explore on your vacation.
The city of Lucknow experiences a moist subtropical type of climate. The winters are quite cold while summers are blazing and humid. Winter starts from mid-November till February end and the temperature falls up to 30 to 40C on an average. Sometimes the temperatures drop below 20C due to Himalayan cold winds. In summer temperatures rise to 450C, while summer lasts June end. Lucknow city experience some good monsoon from June end till October. Generally, all year round the temperature of this city is usually around 350C. The best time to visit this city is during winter and spring.
Lucknow city offers good connectivity of road and rail within the city. However, the city traffic is a bit busy on all days.
Bus – There are more than 35 city bus routes within the city. Getting around by city bus is the most convenient and affordable way to explore this city. The city bus stops cover all the major landmarks of Lucknow. All buses are CNG fueled.
Rental car – Renting a car to get around the city is reliable for visitors. Local drivers are aware of all city routes and they can take you to your destination conveniently. However, the rental cars are a bit expensive as compared to other transport options in Lucknow.
Taxi – multiple taxi carriers are operating in Lucknow. Taxis are available from the airport and central bus stand. Taxis are also an economical transport option when exploring the city.
Metro – In Lucknow metro network is spread across the major parts of the city. The metro covers all southern, eastern, western, and northern stations of the city. Traveling through the metro is quite affordable for travelers within the city.
There are multiple transport options to reach Lucknow.
Air – Lucknow International airport, also known as Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport operates multiple domestic and international passenger flights. Passengers can connect from all major cities to Lucknow through daily operating flights. International passengers can arrive at Lucknow through direct and connecting flights from all major destinations.
Rail - the main railway station of Lucknow is located in Charbagh. As Lucknow Railway station is a major junction multiple trains from cities of North, East, and West arrive at Lucknow. Travelers coming from Delhi can catch a direct train running daily towards Lucknow. Cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Bangalore, Chennai, Chandigarh, Indore, Bhopal, Hyderabad, and Ahmedabad are well connected to Lucknow through train routes.
Road – Lucknow is well connected with three national highways leading to Delhi and other major cities of North India. Multiple bus terminals within the city offer daily buses to Delhi, Kolkata, and Chandigarh, Shimla, Indore, and other cities. Taxis and rental cars are also available from Delhi towards Lucknow.
Awadhi style and Mughlai style cuisine is the most loved cuisine in Lucknow. The popular street hotels offer some tempting delicacies such as kebabs, biryani, tikkas, chaat, kulchas, and more.
Get served with Awadhi style Biryani, Dum biryani along with kebabs. Tunday kebab is a popular dish in Lucknow. Nihari (slowly cooked mutton in gravy) tastes best with Kulche (flat wheat bread). Vegetarians can opt for chole bhature, chaat and veg kebabs. Desserts include Malai Makkhan, Sheermal, shahi tukda, kulfi, falooda, and Thandai.
Dastarkhwan – This restaurant offers Mughlai and Indian cuisine. Must-try dishes are Seekh Kebab, Mutton Galouti kebab, Chicken Afghani, Mutton Biryani, and Shahi tukda.
Marine Room – Restaurant with great ambiance and exclusive menu options. Provides Mughlai, Indian and Continental cuisine along with the bar menu.
Sepia – This restaurant is perfect to have lunch or dinner. The bright ambiance and live music lift your mood for fine dining. The menu here is loaded with Mughlai, Punjabi, and Continental cuisine. Mutton Nihari with paratha is a popular dish here.
Tunday Kebabi – Another popular restaurant serving Local Lucknow cuisine. Serves scrumptious kebabs, Nihari, and Biryani. Vegetarian dishes are also available.
Chaat, lassi, Thandai, and kulfi can be best enjoyed at local restaurants in the streets of Lucknow.
Bara Imambara – This is an 18th-century historical monument built by Asad-ud-Daula, the Nawab of Lucknow. Architecture is of Bara Imambara is influenced by the Mughal style.
Rumi Darwaza – It is a 60 ft soaring gateway located between Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara. Visit this place to view Awadhi-style architecture.
Husainabad clock tower – This clock tower is built in Gothic style and is the tallest clock tower in India. A beautiful view of the city can be spotted from this clock tower.
Nawab Wahid Ali Shah Zoological Garden – spread over 70 acres of land this zoo is home to more than 700 species of mammals, reptiles, and birds.
State Museum – Exhibition of Historical artifacts from the Mughal period. Visitors can also watch the Egyptian Mummy wooden sarcophagus exhibited in this museum.
Gomti Riverfront Park – this recreational park is located beside the Gomti River. Visitors visit this park for a morning or evening walk and enjoy the breathtaking view of the surroundings.
Hazratganj Market – Hazratganj market is the oldest local market in the city. There are a bunch of outlets, restaurants, and a theatre in this area. Visitors can shop, eat and watch a movie while exploring this market.
Lucknow is one of the most affordable cities in India in terms of food, accommodation, and sightseeing. In Lucknow a single person usually spends Rs. 500 for meals (including breakfast, lunch, and Dinner), Rs. 1000 for accommodation, and Rs. 200 for sightseeing. So, a single person would require Rs. 1700 on average for a single day in Lucknow. For 7 days the trip for a single person would cost Rs. 11900 and for 14 days it would cost Rs. 23800 in Lucknow.
Lucknow is the best place to do street shopping. Garments made from ‘Chikan’ fabric are quite popular in Lucknow. You can buy Chikan-made clothes from shops in Hazratganj and Aminabad markets. Buy some local handicrafts at chowk and Nakhas market. Additionally, perfumes known locally as ‘ittar’ are best available in the Janpath market. Footwear, leather bags, and belts can be purchased from all local markets. Apparels made from Zardosi fabric and jewelry are up for sale in all local markets.
|Address||Administrative Building, Near Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal, Vipin Khand Gomti Nagar, Lucknow - 226010|