Looking for the places to visit in Lucknow? Below is the best guide to follow at your next destination- LUCKNOW
You might have heard a lot of times “Nawabon ka shaher Lucknow mein aapka swagat hai” (it’s a Hindi phrase, meaning: Welcome to the city of kings) but have you ever wondered why it is said so? Let’s have a look around the beautiful city, Lucknow.
Lucknow is known for it’s culture and tradition; it has everything from the best chikankari clothing to the best food stalls to history, culture, spirituality shopping, and so much more, which is why it is the capital of Uttar Pradesh.
Once you entered this beautiful city there is no going back. There is always a little more to explore. So, let’s know some of the best places to visit in Lucknow so you don’t regret it later.
Visiting Lucknow? And in doubt from where to start? Here is a small guide for you to come up to the conclusion for all the famous tourist places to visit in Lucknow with some topping of interesting facts about this amazing city.
1. Bara Imambara
Bara Imambara is one of the most famous historical places to visit in Lucknow. It was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-daula in 1784. The complex includes the Asfi mosque and the Labyrinth (Bhulbhulaiya).
#Fact It is believed that Bara Imambara in Lucknow defines the Law of Gravity. It is the world’s largest foyer that stands without external beams and supports and is Asia’s largest hall and Complex.
2. Chota Imambara
Another historical place to visit in Lucknow, Chota Imambara was built in 1838 by Muhammad Ali Shah. The Complex also serves as the tomb for Nawab of Awadh and his mother were buried alongside.
Right outside the complex lays a Satkhanda, a four-storied unfinished watchtower. The Nawab wanted it to be as tall as Qutub Minar and is like a Leaning Tower of Pisa in design.
3. British Residency
The British Residency is a National Monument and one of the most important places associated with the 1857 Revolt and the historic conflict known as the Seige of Lucknow. The location was the British Resident General’s home, which was stormed during the conflict. The structure through ruins after the battle has been kept to this day, with bullet-grazed walls and gardens that draw a large number of tourists.
4. Husainabad Clock Tower
Adjacent to Rumi Darwaza, Husainabad Clock Tower is another best heritage monument in Lucknow. Built in 1881, #Fact Lucknow Ghantaghar (locally said) is the highest clock tower in India and modelled after the Big Ben Clock Tower of London.
5. Constantia House
When you want to witness the architectural splendour of the British era, you must make a visit to the Constantia House. It is part of the renowned La Martainere College, one of the prestigious educational institutions in the city.
#Fact Being the UNESCO World Heritage Site, It houses the tomb of Claude Martin, a French General who started it’s construction in 1785.
The architecture is of a mixed style, combining numerous Italian architectural techniques. Knowing this School personally, I just love the aura of this place.
Now that you’ve seen all of the monuments, it’s time to grab some delicious food and take a long walk along the Gomti River. So If you are wondering I’m gonna tell you best street foods in Lucknow, then no.
This city looks amazing in the night with sparkling lights all over the streets and you being in surveillance of 9000 cameras, yaa, #Fact Lucknow is India’s first CCTV City with 9000 cameras installed in 2015.
So, let’s get introduced to some paranormal places in Lucknow you should visit in the evening, to fall in love with the beauty of the city.
6. Marine Drive
Lucknow Marine Drive is named after the famous Marine Drive in Mumbai. It has a magnificent and spectacular view along the Gomti river, which flows along with the city.
The pathway has benches for visitors to sit and relax. In evening, with a cold breeze, mesmerising scenic beauty and delicious street food, this place undoubtedly is a favourite hangout place for the younger generation.
7. Gomti River Front
Ever since it’s established, Gomti River Front has been the top tourist place in Lucknow to visit. It’s scenic beauty is just all around the corner. The park stretches over 2 km across the bank of the Gomti River. In the evenings, The site looks spectacular with musical fountains and lighting. So, If you are visiting Lucknow, don’t forget to spend some time here with your loved ones.
8. Hazratganj Market
If we are talking about food and the best place to visit in Lucknow, how can we forget the century-old shopping area located in the heart of Lucknow?
It’s the city’s vibrant soul with bustling markets and bazaars, you will find lip-smacking Mughlai cuisine, Housing numerous showrooms, factory outlets, restaurants, shopping complexes, malls, and theatres, the place is a shopper’s paradise. If you are here you will probably hear the word “ganjing” from the locals which is to explore this main attraction of the city.
Like many other places in Lucknow, the Ganj feels best in the evening and you could head here after viewing historical places in Lucknow. #Fact You will find no loose wires in this area of the city as all the wirings in this area are underground.
Pro Tip– If you are with your personal vehicle, make sure to park in a parking lot or let one of the member sit in the car itself because towing in this area is very frequent~ directly from victim’s mouth.
9. Ambedkar Memorial Park
The modern architectural monument is a memorial dedicated to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, a social reformer who worked for equality and social justice. The park is spread across 107 acres and the monument inside are made of red stones which are brought from Rajasthan.
There are statues of 62 white elephants in a row, which is the key attraction of the place. Like all the other places in Lucknow feels fascinating in the evening, this place also feels like a wonderland when lit up.
10. Aminabad Market
Among one of the best places to shop in Lucknow, Aminabad Market is the oldest and most bustling market in Lucknow. From famous Chikan garments, footwear, accessories to books,home decor and local handicrafts, you will almost find everything here. And yes, don’t forget to bargain. Once you are done with shopping, don’t forget to cater your hunger pangs with delicious Chat, tunday kebab and kulfi, available here.
After you’ve finished shopping and enjoying Lucknow famous foods, it’s time to brush up on your scientific knowledge of planets and animals.
11. Indira Gandhi Planetarium
Indira Gandhi Planetarium popularly known as Taramandal among locals must be on list of things to do in Lucknow. The planetarium resembles the shape of planet Saturn, which makes this places picturesque and unique from all the planetariums in the country. You are surely gonna love the 3D projection of celestial bodies. So, if you are Science enthusiast or just want to visit the best place in Lucknow, you must visit here.
12. State Museum
The Lucknow State Museum is another key attraction of Lucknow. This four-storied building contains the finest displays from the stone-age, archaeological artefacts, coins and paintings. It also contains an Egyptian mummy and a wooden sarcophagus.
13. Anandi Water Park
If you are on break with striking city culture, this place is definitely gonna fill you with zest to start fresh next day with historical monuments in Lucknow. If you are with your friends and family, you are surely gonna enjoy thrilling rides, water slides, a wave pool and a lazy river. With a massive resort and club area, this water park is one of the biggest water parks in India and even the best place to visit in Lucknow.
If you have visited all the best tourist places to visit Lucknow and probably saying Goodbye to the city from Charbagh Railway Station, you must know #Fact Charbagh Railway Station looks like a Chess Board if looked from the top.