Lucknow is a beautiful city and capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. A city which still retains its old world charm. Every visit in Lucknow is truly memorable for the combination of sightseeing, attractions, shopping and cuisine it offers. Let’s see which are the top 5 Lucknow attractions which you cannot miss during your visit to Lucknow.

Top 5 Lucknow Attractions

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Asfi Mosque inside Bara Imambara in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

 

#1 The Residency

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The Residency, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

The Residency, is also referred as the British Residency in Lucknow.

Located in the heart of Lucknow, it is mostly in ruins but is a famous historical landmark and rightfully one of the top 5 Lucknow attractions.

The Residency was constructed during the rule of fifth Nawab of the province of Awadh,  Nawab Saadat Ali Khan II and was official residence for the British Resident General who was a representative in the court of the Nawab.

In 1857 during India’s First War of Independence or the Uprising of 1857 the Residency witnessed a prolonged battle which is known as Siege of Lucknow.

The ruins of The Residency is surrounded by beautiful lawns and flowerbeds and is a big tourist attraction today.

 

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The Residency, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

 

The cemetery at The Residency church has the graves of 2000 men, women and children who died during the Siege of Lucknow including that of Sir Henry Lawrence . The grave of Sir Henry reads “Here lies the son of Empire who tried to do his duty”

 

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The Residency, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

#2 Bara Imambara, Lucknow

 

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Bara Imambara, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Construction of Bara Imambara started with an objective of creating employment for the people of Lucknow during a devastating famine in the region which lasted for almost a decade.

Construction of Bara Imambara started with an objective of creating employment for the people of Lucknow during a devastating famine in the region which lasted for almost a decade.

It is also said that ordinary people would work throughout the day building it up and during night noblemen would break down everything that was raised to keep the work on.

Bara Imambara construction started in 1784 by the Nawab of Lucknow Asaf-ud-Daula.

 

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Gateway , Imambara, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

 

Besides Imambara, this magnificent structure includes Asfi mosque, the bhool bhulaiyaan, bowli ( a step well with running water) and imposing gateways.

 

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Bowli ( Step Well ) Bara Imambara, Lucknow
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Asfi Mosque inside Bara Imambara in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

 

#3 Awadhi Cuisine

 

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Kebabs are the highlight of Lucknow and has many varieties.

The cuisine of Lucknow is famous all across India for its own distinct individuality and identity as Awadhi cuisine. The most famous dishes includes korma, nahari-kulcha, zarda, sheermal, roomali rotis and warqi parathas.

Kebabs are also the highlight and has many varieties in Lucknow, some of the most famous varieties of Kebabs are Shami Kebabs, Galouti Kebab, Kakori Kebabs, Boti Kebabs, Ghutwa Kebabs and Seekh Kebabs.

In Awadhi cuisine It is not just the ingredients that make it special but also the way it is cooked by expert hands and the way of presentation. Do not miss it..

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#4 Visit to Aminabad

 

Aminabad is the largest bazaar located in the heart of Lucknow, famous for it chikan embroidered garments it is a must visit for shopping. Lucknow chikan is perhaps one of the finest works of embroidery found in India.

 

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#5 Chota Imambara | Hussainabad Imambara, Lucknow

 

Chota Imambara or Hussainabad Imambara is an imposing Imambara and one of the most important monument for locals as well as tourists coming into Lucknow.

Chota Imambara and Bara Imambara and not far from each other. It is an imambara ( A congregation hall ) for Shia Muslims and also mausoleum for the third Nawab of Awadh, Muhammad Ali Shah who built Chota Imambara or Hussainabad Imambara in 1838

 

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trip to Uttar Pradesh would not become complete without visiting its capital, Lucknow and its top 5 Lucknow attractions.

Lucknow offers a truly amazing experience for every traveler with historical monuments, outstanding cuisine, its Nawabi culture, and great shopping.

 

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