79-km From Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Significance: Capital City Of Uttar
Best Time To Visit: September &
Lucknow is caught in a time warp. It exists
in an in-between land of the past and the
present looking back constantly to the
memories of a colonial-Nawabi past. There is
at the same time a sense of pride at the
thought of being after Delhi, the most
important center of power in free India.
Politics has indeed been Lucknow's forte but
culture has been its historical
Nawabi legacy: Despite the Indo-Persian
legacy, Lucknow has a composite Indian
culture. The welding of various cultural
strains nurtured by centuries of Mughal and
later Delhi Sultanate rule, to the folk
traditions of the Indo-Gangetic plains has
produced a complex, yet rich synthesis. The
Urdu language acquired its baffling phonetic
nuances and suave perfection here. It was in
Nawab Wajed Ali Shah's court that the most
advanced of all classical Indian dance
forms, the Kathak , took shape. The popular
Parsi theatre originated from the Urdu
theatre of this city. The tabla and the
sitar were first heard on the streets of
Naming Lucknow: Lucknow-the name can be
traced to the epic Ramayana. After 14 years
of exile when Lord Ramchandra returned to
Ayodhya , he gifted this place to his
younger brother Lakshman. Lakshman is
believed to have stayed in Lakshman Teela, a
high ground near the banks of the river
Gomti. Later the region was named after him;
'Lucknow' is derived from the name Lakshman.
There are other stories that do the rounds:
Lucknow was named after a very influential
person called 'Lakhan Ahir' who built the
fort 'Qila Lakhan'. The name 'Qila Lakhan'
later became Lucknow. Some other source says
that one Lakhu Khan who was earlier a
non-Muslim by name Laxman Singh has lent his
name to Lucknow.
Old City: The ravages of time has left its
mark on Chowk, the oldest street of Lucknow.
But a walk through of the streets is still a
memorable experience because of the series
of unfolding scenes. The rhythm of hammers
beating silver into paper, the smell of
flowers, the fragrance of ittar, the
fineness of chikan embroidery and the
mouthwatering aroma of roasting meat at a
kabab shop. Venturing beyond the streets
into the bylanes you confront a private
world of courtesans' houses with their many
stories and anecdotes, past and present.
The Raj Connection: In the annals of Indian
history, Lucknow forms the traditional link
between tradition and modernity, the decline
of the Mughals and the rise of the British.
The timing of its rise, however, cut short
Lucknow's cultural effluence. The land of
etiquette and manners, of the 'pehle aap'
tehzeeb received a serious jolt with the
siege of the British Residency during the
great revolt in 1857. Eager for revenge, the
last Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, proved a suitable
scapegoat. Awadh was annexed on the pretext
of administrative failure and the Nawab was
packed off to Calcutta with a pension.
SIGHTSEEING IN LUCKNOW
PRIME ATTRACTIONS LUCKNOW
Kaiserbagh is Wajed Ali Shah's most
magnificent and spacious contribution to
Lucknow. This sprawling complex consisted
large, medium and small structures in the
form of large rows of living quarters, royal
mansions, baradaris, and cupolas. Almost
half of the Kaiserbagh has withstood the
vagaries of the time and has somewhat
survived. Few important structures
comprising Kaiserbagh are:
Jaloo Khana - It was a massive gate on the
northern side where Awadh Gymkhana is
Lakhi Gate - At the end of China Bazar with
built-in quarters on the top.
Huzur Bagh - This was the royal garden
surrounded on three sides by the king's
apartments. The main building was Shahenshah
Manzil which faced the south. It is one of
the buildings which now stands in front of
the Lucknow Development Authority office.
- This Baradari was near
Huzoor Bagh. It was the Baradari where
Prince Brijis Qadar was installed on the
royal throne on 12th July 1857.
Wazir Manzil - This was behind Shahenshah
Manzil which was used as the 'reception' for
waiting courtiers and visitors.
Lanka - now Amir ud Daula Library
Patthar wali Baradari
- now Bhatkhande
Maqbara Amjad Ali Shah
- located towards
western end of Hazratganj
Not far from the clock tower is the picture
gallery which has a collection of
contemporary oil paintings of the Nawabs of
Avadh. A little pond in front of the gallery
has both hot and cold water in it.
Aminabad - is in old Lucknow. It's a market
with an old-world charm. Crowded with shops
selling everything from truck tyres to
mouthwatering biryani, it has the look of a
Hazratganj - was built by Amjad Ali Shah. He
was buried at Imambara Sibtainabad in the
western part of Hazratganj.
Overpowering in dimensions yet aesthetically
designed, Charbagh Railway Station was built
in 1914 and combines the best of Rajasthani
and Mughal architecture. True its name, it
is said that four gardens were here at the
time of the Nawabs. It gives an ideal,
traditional warm welcome to every visitor.
Kabooter wali Kothi
Was built by Wajed Ali Shah for keeping the
royal pigeons which were about two lakh in
number. The building still stands to the
east of the University bridge and is known
as Oel House. The pigeons were often bought
from the common people and gold and silver
rings were put on their legs to distinguish
them as royal pigeons.
Tehri Kothi -
Is Memorial Trust and UP Roadways depot has
now been built. Prince Jawan Bakht the
eldest son of Emperor Shah Alam stayed here
on the way to Banaras when sent on exile
after attacking English official, Charles
Brown. It later on housed government offices
Bibiapur Kothi - is about a mile
Is the south-east of Dilkusha . The two-storeyed
building was built under the direction of
General Claude Martin for Nawab
Asaf-ud-daula who often stayed there and
used it as a hunting lodge. At 1798 he
summoned Saádat Ali Khan from Benaras and
welcomed him with an impressive durbar at
Bibipur before taking him in procession to
the city where he was proclaimed Nawab.
Hayat Baksh Kothi
Government House stands on the site of the
original Hayat Baksh Kothi. It was built
during the reign of Nawab Saádat Ali Khan
between 1793 and 1814. Around 1856, it
became the residence of the Commissioner of
Lucknow, and was known as Banks House. The
first commissioner was a Major Banks after
whom the Major Banks Road gets its name.
Must not be confused with the house of the
same name within the Residency. It is on the
left hand side of the Hazrat Ganj, coming
from the Cantonment. Till 1932, the house
including a large group of buildings huddled
round the central one was used as General
Post Office. The Begum Kothi was built by
King Amjad Ali Shah as a palace for his
Queen, Malka Ahad Begum. The building was
not conspicuous during the Mutiny till March
1858, when two batteries bombarded it
continuously for 24 hours.
Built by Nasiruddin Haider, was supposed to
be an astronomical laboratory. The
construction started during 1832 under the
supervision of Captain Herbert, the engineer
and the contractor was Raja Bakhtawar Singh.
Once constructed, it was managed by Colonel
Wilcox, the royal astronomer and two
Indians, Kali Charan and Ganga Prashad.
Is between Chini Gate and Awadh Gymkhana
Clubon Laxmi Bai Marg. Here a gun was
mounted by the rebels which created havoc
with the English forces since it was
covering upto Khurshid Manzil (La Martiniere
PARKS & GARDENS
Gautam Buddha Park
Situated in between the Bara Imambara and
the Martyrs Memorial, this park has been a
recreation ground for children. Rides,
similar to those in the Appu Ghar of Delhi,
are a big draw. Also used by political
parties to hold rallies now. Nearby is the
Elephant or the Hati Park, another
recreation park. The lemon park or the Nibu
Park of the Bara Imambara is also very
Four km from the Charbagh station is the
Lucknow Zoo or the Prince of Wales
Zoological Gardens. The zoo comes under the
Banarasi Bagh area. This Zoo, constructed in
1921, also has a museum, an aquarium and a
toy train. The plane Rajhans used by Pt.
Jawarharlal Nehru is also kept in the zoo.
Its existence is till remembered as an
entrance to Qaiser Bagh. It was an exclusive
market where English and Chinese merchandise
were sold. Chinese jade and clay pottery
along with glass items of decorations were
the special attractions. There was also a
garden in front of the gate, of the same
name, extending upto Tara wali Kothi. The
present triangular garden between Laxmi Bai
Marg and K D Singh stadium is the remnants
of that garden.
FORTS & MONUMENTS
was buillt by Nawab Asafuddaula in 1784 A.D.
when Avadh was gripped by severe famine. It
shows a blend Mughal and Rajput schools of
building and a shade of the Gothic. The
excellence of this structure lies in its
extensive interior. The structure took six
years to be completed. Built over the hall
is the 'Bhulbhuliya,' a maze of corridors in
a honeycomb of architecture. More on
or the Husainabad Imambara is a father's
parting 'gift' to his daughter. It was built
by the third Nabab, Muhamad Ali Shah for his
deceased daughter Jenabasia, in 1840 A.D.
The appeal of this structure lies in its
furnishings comprising exquisite chandeliers
of Belgium glass. The glittering brass-domes
and ornate architecture of this building
made a Russian Prince call it the "Kremlin
A small bazaar, known as the Gelo Khana or
"Decorated Place", lies inside the imposing
entrance of the Imambara and is the home of
chikan and bidri workers and of those who
make the small clay figures typical to
Lucknow. Opposite the entrance is a similar
structure, the Naubat Khana, where seven
musicians play three times a day in honour
of the dead.
Rumi Darwaza - This huge 60-feet-high door
was also built by Nawab Asafuddaula as part
of a famine relief program. All classes of
people helped in its construction.
Preferring hard labour to beggary, the
building was commissioned to help supplement
their incomes. Surprisingly no wood or iron
is used in the construction of this huge 'darwaza'.
Also called the 'Turkey Darwaza,' it is the
entrance to the Bara Imambara.
Ghari Minar or the Clock Tower
Built in 1881 by the British, this 67 m-high
clock tower on the river Gomti is said to
the highest clock tower in India. The tower
has European style artwork. The parts of the
clock is built of pure gunmetal and the
pendulum hangs 14 feet. The dial of this
clock is shaped like a 12-petalled flower
and has bells around it. It is located very
near to the Rumi Darwaza.
In the British regime when Lucknow was made
the capital of Avadh, Harfort Butler and
Raja Sahib Mahmudabad joined hands to built
the Vidhan Bhawan in 1922. At that time it
took six years to complete and Rs. 18 lakh
were spent on its construction. The Vidhan
Bhawan is en route from Charbagh Station to
the main market of Hazratganj.
The site for this complex was specifically
chosen on a high elevation of the bank of
the Gomti to accommodate British visitors
who found the tropical climate
uncomfortable. This residential complex
became the traditional home of British
residents. In 1857, heavy cross firing
between the rebels and British badly damaged
the structure. But it still continues to be
a favorite picnic spot.
is soldier-architect Claud Martin's dream
palace. Martin who established educational
institutions in his hometown, Lyon and in
Calcutta intended La Martiniere to be a seat
of secular learning. But the school admitted
students of European origin only, until
The Palace of Dilkusha "Heart´s Delight" was
built by Nawab Saádat Ali Khan 1798-1814. It
was erected as a hunting box in the center
of a large park stocked with game. Nearby
lay a large shallow lake upon which the
Nawabs, especially Nasiruddin Haider, would
hold bird shoots.
is near the Begum Hazarat Mahal park, on the
banks of the Gomti. The United Service Club,
otherwise the Greater Chattar Manzil, was
once a king's palace. Under the existing
river terrace was the 'ground floor'; below
that were the tykhanas, cooled by the waters
of the Gomti which lapped against the outer
walls. Considering their size, surprisingly
little is know about the Chattar Munzil
Palaces. The name comes from the gilt
chattars or umbrellas atop the two main
buildings. On November 19 when Sir Colin
Campbell decided finally to evacuate the
Residency, the way to freedom lay through
the Chattar Palace. Today this building
houses the Central Medicine Research body.
The Lal Baradari was also the part of
Chattar Manzil and was built as Coronation
Hall and Durbar Hall.
Shah Najaf Imambara
Situated on the south bank of Gomti towards
the west of Sikandar Bagh, the building is
almost an exact replica of the tomb of
Hazrat Ali, the son-in-law of Prophet
Muhammad, at Najaf Ashraf in Iraq. It
contains the remains of Ghazi Uddin Haider
and his three wives Mubarak Mahal, Mumtaz
Mahal and Sarfraz Mahal. Earlier the
entrance of the mausoleum was from the Gomti
side which has been abandoned now for the
is a tall tower built of marble on the bank
of Gomti built in the memory of the freedom
fighters who laid down their life for the
country. It is very close to the Residency.
The emblem of two fishes facing each other
was adopted by the Sheikhs of Lucknow and
patronised by the Nawabs and the English. It
was built by Burhan ul Mulk. The Bhawan
comprised of number of buildings and existed
as a fort. with vaulted halls with arches.
When King George V visited Lucknow as Prince
of Wales in 1905, he laid the foundation of
the Medical College exactly on the spot
where Machchi Bhawan existed in ruins. The
college was opened for admission in 1912 and
became the famous K G Medical College.
The building is still in Lal Bagh area next
to the Methodist Church and now known as
Noor Manzil. It houses a psychiatric clinic
for the mentally disturbed. It was believed
to be built by Saadat Ali Khan as a school
for royal children while others say Agha
Mir, the Prime Minister was its owner. Rafi
us Shan, son of Muhammad Ali Shah made this
his residence till the end of Nawabi rule.
means a very deep and large well. Here the
well is flanked by small well-furnished
rooms with a winding stair case. There is a
small opening from top to bottom for the
circulation of cool air within rooms.
Viscount Valentia has recorded his stay in
Baoli Palace in 1803. One of the rooms about
20 square ft had three fountains for hot and
cold water supply. Shahzada Aali Qadar
Taimuri also stayed here alongwith his wife
during Saadat Ali Khan's time. Wajid Ali was
installed as Nawab in this building. The
Sangi Dalan was a stone hall built parallel
to Baoli and was probably used for holding
the darbars before the venue was shifted to
Daulat Khana complex.
Nawab Muhamad Ali Shah built this
seven-storied palace in Italian and French
style. Though the palace is in ruins, the
splendor of the architecture is still
visible. This tower like palace was built as
a watch tower to keep watch on various
buildings in Lucknow in those days.
Saddat Ali Tomb
In front of the famous Begum Hazrat Mahal
park are the tombs of Saddat Ali and his
Begum Khurshidzadi. These tombs are built in
the Italian style and are marvels of
architecture. The tombs were built by
Gaziuddin Haidar, the son of Saddat Ali. The
lush green lawns around the tomb were
witness to fierce rebel fighting at the time
of the 1857 revolt.
This was the summer house of Nawab Wajid Ali
Shah. Situated in the Sikander Bagh Gardens,
gets its name from Begum Sikander Mahal who
was the favorite wife of the Nawab. It was
120 square yards in area surrounded by a
high wall, with a summer house in its
centre. The garden now houses the National
Botanical Research Institute of India.
The Pearl Palace as the name suggests was
constructed for the Nawab and his courtiers
to watch cock fights from its balconies.
Cock fights are still prevalent in Old
Fairs & Festivals IN Lucknow
Shi'ite Muharram celebrations (the date
varies from year to year) are also observed
with much fanfare. Muharram is not a
festival in the celebratory sense as it
mourns the Karbala tragedy when Imam Husain,
grandson of Prophet Muhammad, was martyred
in the early days of Islamic history. This
occasion is an important feature in the
calendar of Lucknow as it is the principal
Shi'ite Indian city since the time of the
nawabs. This is also a spectacle of
penitence as followers scourge themselves
with whips at the Bara Imambara. It is
observed in different ways in various parts
Profusely decorated taziyas (bamboo and
paper replicas of the martyr's tomb),
embellished with gilt and mica are carried
through city streets. Mourners beat their
breasts lamenting and grieving over the
murder, accompanied by drum beats. Wrestlers
and dancers enact scenes depicting the
battle at Karbala and at each step young men
beat their breasts crying "Husain! Husain!"
in collective sorrow.
This tragedy is observed with great passion
in Lucknow, in particular, as it is the
centre of Shia culture and religious
activities, and accordingly a large number
of taziyas and the alams (standards of
Hazrat Imam Hussain's army) are taken out
all over the city. In places other than
Lucknow, the taziyas are taken out and
buried in the local burial ground known as
Lucknow Mahautsav , a 10-day program begins
on the 25th November and ends on the 5th
December. Processions, kathak, gazals and
sitar recitals evoke the old-world charm. A
brilliant showcase of the arts, crafts, and
above all the heavenly cuisine of Awadh, the
festival is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Deva Mela - The annual urs of Haji Waris Ali
Shah is celeberated during Oct. - Nov.
months at Deva 10 km. from Barabanki. This
fair attracts pilgrims from as far as
Pakistan and the Middle East Countries. The
shrine of the Sufi Saint is much revered by
Muslim pilgrims all over the world
Shopping in Lucknow
Shopping areas: - Hazratganj, Aminabad and
The bazaars of Aminabad and Chowk are
interesting even if you are window-shopping.
In fact, there are few showrooms here; most
of the shops flow into the streets with
vendors sitting with their wares on the
roads. Wholesale markets sell a wide range
of goods: antique furniture, furnishings,
utensils, dress materials, coolers, even
vegetables. A good bargain is not difficult,
if you have mastered the art of haggling.
In the narrow lanes of Aminabad you can buy
attar - pure essentials oils extracted from
flowers in the traditional manner and
jhaalar (colourful tasselled borders for
dupattas). In Chowk, there is a bird-sellers
district known as Nakkas; pigeon-keeping and
cock-fighting have been popular in Lucknow
since the time of the Nawabs.
Heritage Hazratganj: "At last we suddenly
entered a very handsome street indeed, wider
than the High Street at Oxford, but having
some distant resemblance to it in the colour
of its buildings and the general form and
Gothic style of the greater part of them".
In 1824, such was Lucknow´s main street. As
with everything else, what was once termed a
street of noble width had in 1856 become a
narrow road. Today, Hazratganj, full of
glittering shops and magnificent arcades,
plush hotels, fancy eateries, is Lucknow's
fashionable district, so to speak. 'Ganj-ing,'
a term synonymous with the easy amble of
Lucknowites has become one of the city's
favorite past-times. Free time, especially
for the young, means a quick jaunt to
Charm of Chikan : In Lucknow, everyone shops
for chikan. Done originally on pristine
white material and creating delicately
textured surfaces on fine mulls and muslin,
chikankari craft was Empress Noor Jehan's
gift to India. It had its finest flowering
in the 17 th and 18th centuries under the
Nawabs of Avadh. The traditional chikankari
motifs of creepers and vine are done in a
variety of stitches, the most basic being
the back stitch. The stitch is done on the
wrong side of the cloth and the design is
done on the right side by tiny, running
stitches creating a fantastically ethereal
There are six types of stitches which are
Taipchi : This is the women's domain and is
simple and the cheapest type of work. It is
a type of stem stitch with which the
outlines are worked.
Bakhia : is the most beautiful stitch in
Chikankari . In this, the thread appears
only below the surface and small stitches
are seen on the right side for outlining the
motif. Below the right side of the cloth,
the threadwork makes the covered surface
opaque thus creating a delicate effect of
light and shade.
Khatao : is an embroidery of greater
delicacy and rare these days. Earlier it was
considered a poor cousin of the traditional
Chikankari. This stitch was a form of
applique work prepared on Calico material by
placing Calico over the surface and working
out floral patterns on the cloth. The
details were filled by simple stem stitch.
Phanda and Murri : These are the most
characteristic forms of Chikan work and are
used mostly to work out the center of the
flowers to evolve patterns such as angoori
bale. Murri means rice and phanda, millet
Jali : In the true Jali work, the thread is
never drawn. The jali is normally worked by
teasing the warp and woft threads of the
cloth apart and by preparing minute button
hole stitches to make a hole of 3/16th of an
inch. There are different shapes of Jalis:
Sidhuri, Madrasi and Calcutta jali.
Mango Industry: Dussehri mangoes are
exported to different parts of the world.
Rich in taste, aroma and attractive in
color, the pulp is used to make pickles,
chutneys, squash, fruit juice, jam, jell,
syrup and nectar.
Perfumes - Ittar - Perfumes have long been
used in the city and are available in
various fragrances and in exquisite bottles
of cut-glass work. In the days of the nawabs,
perfumes were used not only on the person
but also added to the food to give it more
fragrance and taste. Different herbs and
flowers are used in the preparation of
perfumes, like the khus, and rose. A choice
of traditional perfumes can be found in many
shops in Aminabad and Chowk.
DANCE & MUSIC IN LUCKNOW
This form of dance and was performed in
temples. However during the period of the
Mughals it came to the court of the Nawabs.
Under the nawabs of Lucknow who were leisure
loving it became a form of entertainment
rather than being confined to the temples.
Musical instruments like the tabla,
harmonium, shehnai, sitar and sarod
accompany the performance.
Kathak has its root in Katha, story.
Wandering story tellers in North India, drew
material for stories from the epics,
dramatizing their recitation with mime and
gesture. Lucknow is one centre where this
dance form flourished. While Jaipur gave
predominance to pure dance with emphasis on
rhythm, the Lucknow version of the kathak
drifted into erotics. The patron king of the
Lucknowi style of kathak was Wajed Ali Shah
who perfected the style in his court. The
Kathak dance goes through a regular format
mostly concentrating on rhythm, variously
called Tatkar, Paltas, Thoras, Amad and
The dances are performed straight-legged and
ankle bells worn by the dancers. It depends
on intricate footwork and rapid pirouettes
is the characterestic feature. The costumes
and themes of these dances are
often similar to those in Mughal miniature
paintings. Though not similar to the
Natyasastra, the principles in Kathak are
essentially the same. Here, the accent is
more on footwork as against the emphasis on
hasta mudras or hand formations in
Apart from the musicians of the court, and
courtiers - among them some of the Nawabs
themselves - tawaifs(courtesans) were often
the centre of cultural life of the city,
becoming proficient as poets and in dance
and song. While khyal and dhrupad remained
the mainstay of classical music, thumri -
love songs amalgamating classical ragas and
folk melodies - reached a height of
sophistication, and forms such as dadra,
tappa and hori, influenced by folk
traditions, also became widely popular.
CUISINES IN LUCKNOW
Lucknow Food & Culture
To Wajed Ali Shah goes the credit for
tapping much of Lucknow's cultural
potential. An unusual man whose preference
for the finer things in life was matched by
his disinterest in state affairs, this
poet-king composed verses that inspire
singers to this day. The Nawab's interests
in the arts was shared by his people who
freely indulged their refined and artistic
inclinations, playing chess, visiting the
theater and gorging on fine cuisine.
Chronicles list about 37 types of breads, 47
types of pulao, 35 types of zarda, 19 types
of kababs, 5 types of meat curry and 37
types of halwa cooked in those days.
Ever the truant, once Wajid Ali Shah tricked
prince Asman Qadar of Delhi by serving a
mutton curry which looked like marmalade.
Asman Qadar then reversed the trick and
served a lot of dishes made of sugar but
which looked otherwise. Culinary rivalry was
rife between nawabs and cooks were as
important a royal servant as generals.
Every great cuisine style of India carries
its legends but the story of Dum Pukht is
unique. In the 1780s, the kingdom of Avadh
was struck by famine. Ruler, Asaf-ud-daula
began building the Bara Imambara in his
capital Lucknow, to give employment to
Feeding hundreds of workers was a mammoth
task, so the cooks used an ingenious
traditional way to prepare the food. Rice,
meat, vegetables and spices were put in huge
vessels, the top sealed and the dish allowed
to simmer in the slow heat of bukhari ovens.
As the handis were being opened, the Nawab,
who happened to pass by, decided to sample
the food. Delighted by the subtle taste and
delicate flavors, he introduced it into the
royal kitchens, where refined by chefs, the
unique Lucknow style of Dum Pukht cuisine
Dum Pukht literally means maturing of a
prepared dish. The handis (huge pots) of
kormas, dals, and biryani are brought to the
table and then unsealed. The melting taste
of kakori kebabs and the temptation of
sheermal rotis….heavenly! If Dum Pukht
cuisine is the ultimate gourmet experience,
Nihari and naan, a mutton dish served for
breakfast, is the only thing that can
complete a holiday to the land of Mughals.
Pan Chewing : The ritual of offering pan was
the first thing served to a guest at the
time of his arrival and at the time of his
departure. This custom, chronicled by
Ibn-e-batuta still remains popular in
Lucknow. Pan is a leaf of a vine grown in
hot and humid climate but under the shade so
that direct sunlight does not burn the
leaves. Generally pan is used with catechu (kattha)
and quick lime which brings the red color to
the mouth. Beetlenuts and other items like
clove, cardamom, peppermint are added for
special taste and aroma.
Hindi, Urdu, Awadhi and
Music, Dance, Theater
The Ravindralaya Auditorium on Station Road
(Ph: 452679), opposite the Charbagh railway
station hosts classical music, dance and
theatrical performances. The Bengali Club
organizes cultural programs throughout the
year, especially during Durga Puja.
Bhat Khande Maha Vidhyalaya, Kaiserbagh,
Natya Kala Academy, opposite Balrampur
Rai Uma Nath Bali Auditorium, Kaiserbagh
UP Sangeet Natak Academy, Kaiserbagh
A Game of Cards:
Lucknow Bridge Association conducts bridge
regular tournaments sometimes two regular
pair events every week, on Tuesdays and
Fridays. On Tuesday, matchpoint pair event
takes place and on Friday, the IMP pair
event. Entry fee is nominal Rs. 15 per
person or Rs. 30 per pair for members. All
bridge enthusiast all welcome. The
membership of Lucknow Bridge Association is
a nominal Rs. 300 per annum and all regular
players are expected to become members of
the association. The venue for these
tournaments is Lucknow Club, near Ashok
Marg. Timings: 6:30 pm onwards in the
LBA also holds a duplicate event every first
Sunday of the month at Lucknow Club usually
from 1:30 PM onwards. The entry fee is Rs.50
per team. LBA members can also avail of
Lucknow Club facility for daily bridge
sessions. Usually a few sessions of
duplicate take place in the evening from
6:00 PM onwards. The stakes are nominal Rs.
1 per IMP.
Lucknow is also a keen player of rubber
bridge. Two prominent clubs are Oudh
Gymkhana and Mahmoodabad Club(Cantt Area).
The stake at Oudh Gymkhana is usually Rs. 20
per point and at Mahmoodabad club varies
from Rs. 2 to Rs. 5 per point.
There are two golf courses, 2 km and 5 km
away from the Taj Mahal Hotel, one of which
is situated inside a nature and
environmental park having exotic species of
animals and birds.
Another place for golfers is the Golf Club
near Gomti Barrage.
The KD Singh Babu stadium is a favourite
with morning walkers and fitness freaks.
It's ample space also makes it suitable for
holding matches for cricket enthusiasts.
For the news:
Read The Times of India, Pioneer and The
Hindustan Times for news of what's in or
what's out. All papers carry special city
supplements. For news in Hindi, rely on
Rashtriya Sahara, Dainik Jagaran.
Magazines available in large bookstores are:
India Today, Outlook, Business Today, Time,
News Week, Business World.
Ram Advanis Bookshop, Mayfair Building,
Universal Booksellers, 82, Hazratganj
British Book Depot, 85, Hazratganj
Modern Book Stall, Janpath Market,
Dastavez, Ganj Plaza
Sahu, in Hazratganj
Pratibha, near Secretariat
Novelty, near Lalbagh
Capital, near Hazratganj
Odeon, on Cantt Road
Shubham, on Cantt Road
Vivek, near Kapoorthala complex
Umrao, near Nishatganj
Sudershan, in Charbagh
32 Steps at Clarks Avadh. It occasionally
organizes rain dances other than frequent
USEFUL INFORMATIONS ON LUCKNOW - TOURIST
By Air: Amausi Airport: 14 km from
By Rail: Lucknow is serviced by North &
north Eastern Railway by express and
superfast trains. Best train from Delhi is
Shatabdi Express. Direct trains connect
Lucknow to Guwahati (Avadh and Lohit
Expresses), Varanasi (Kashi Vishvanath),
Puri (Neelanchal Express), Calcutta (Doon,
Himgiri Exp.), Dehradun (Doon Express),
Allahabad (Triveni, Nauchandi), Ahmedabad (Sabarmati
By Road: Lucknow is on the important cross
routes of National Highways 24, 25 and 28.
UPSRTC bus stand is at Charbagh , opp.
Railway station. There are also
frequent coaches to Kanpur, Agra, Varanasi,
Dehradun, and nearby areas.
Lucknow has a typical Indian summer. Summer
lasts a long four-month time, from
March-June, cooling off only when the rains
come in July end. Pleasant throughout the
year, Lucknow can be visited anytime. Best
time to visit is the spring months of
September and October. Winters are cold.
Summer : March - June (Min 29º C - Max 45º
Winter : October - February (Min 11.1º C -
Max 21.1º C)
Rain : July - September (44 cm)
TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES
Department of Tourism, Government of India (DOTGOI)
- Janpath, Lucknow.
Directorate of Tourism -Naval Kishore Road,
Regional Tourist Officer - 6 Sapru Marg,
Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)
Regional Tourist Office, 10, Station Road
State Information Bureau, Hazratganj.
UP Government Tourist Reception Center, at
the railway station, Main Hall, Charbagh.
Open from 0700 hours to 2000 hours.
UP Tourism, Chitrahar Building, 3, Nawal
Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam 432/4 New Civil
Lines, Old Hyderabad.
Kumaon Mandal Vikas Nigam, 2, Gopal House,
Sarojini Naidu Marg.
STD CODE: 0522
Kanpur - 79 km.
Ayodhya - 134 km
Faizabad - 157 km
Allahabad - 210 km
Agra - 363 km
Varanasi - 380 km.
Delhi - 497 km