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Where to Stay

•  La Palace Park Inn 6, Shahnajaf Road. Ph: 2282201-4, 2211557.

•  Gemini Continental 10, Rani Lakshmibai Marg. Ph: 2271356, 2272008.

•  Sagar International. Ph: 2206601, 2206605.
Hotel Maharana Mahal, Hussainganj. Ph: 2638181-84.

•  Presidency Inn, 3, Sapru Marg. Ph: 2211341, 22110701.

•  Grand Hotel, 4, Lalbagh. Ph: 2214022.

•  Taj Mahal Hotel, Vipin Khand, Gomti Nagar, Ph : (0522)2393939, 2391201-03.

•  Hotel Clarks Awadh, 8, M.G. Marg. Ph : (0522)2260131-3, 2216500-9.

•  Arif Castles, 4 , Rana Pratap Marg. Ph : (0522)2211313-7

•  Hotel Deep Awadh, Naka Hindola, Aminabad Road, Ph : (0522)2682522, 2682023.

•  Deep Hotel, 5, Vidhan Sabha Marg. Ph : (0522)2636441-8.

•  Hotel Charan International, 16, Vidhan Sabha Marg. Ph : (0522)2220410, 2220469.

•  Capoors Hotel, 52, Hazrat Ganj, Ph : (0522)2227262, 2202120.

•  Mohan Hotel, Charbagh, Ph : (0522)2635642, 2635797.

•  Ram Krishna Guest, House, 4A, Park Road. Ph : (0522)2218898.

•  Hotel Tulsi, Pandariba, Charbagh. Ph : (0522)2455425, 2451626.

•  UP Tourism Accommodation

Hotel Gomti (UPSTDC). 6, Sapru Marg. Ph : (0522)2212291, 2214708, 2220624. Fax: 2612659.


Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, thrives along the banks of Gomti river. Nawab Asaf ud Daula is attributed to be the creator of Lucknow as it stands today. She reached its acme during the reign of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah a patron saint of music and poetry. The city, Awadh and UP fell to the British during his reign. Today, the city is dotted with remnants of its rich cultural past.

Lucknow is a historically important city and for many centuries was at the heart of North Indian culture. In particular, the city was famous for its Adab and Tehzeeb (manners and hospitality), intricate embroidery, beautiful gardens and dance forms such as Kathak . It was also one of the sites of the 1857 Indian Mutiny (or First War of Indian Independence). However, despite the city's long and illustrious history, modern day Lucknow is somewhat neglected and chaotic and, barring the notable exception of Bara Imambara and Chhota Imambara, is bereft of any major tourist attractions. The Hindi spoken in Lucknow, however, is considered the most beautiful and gentle in the country. Currently the city has a population of around 2.5 million.

Lucknow is the heart of the art, cuisine, dance, culture and music of Northern India. It was the cradle of the Hindu-Muslim-Sikh symbioses that made India great. it brought in the best of various cultures and accepted Western institutions like La Martinier in her womb. It was made famous by the soft-spoken, and sweet tongued, Awadh-lucknowai culture that was based on "civilized behaviour" toward fellow human beings. Lucknow is the home of Urdu, Hindustani and Hindi languages. The city became known as a centre for Urdu poetry and courtly presence and diction. Many poets were born and lived here. The "musharia" an event of reading poetry formed the heart of Lucknow's nightlife. the "mushaira's" went on through the wee hours of the night. It'a only rival in Northern India was Delhi, though Lucknowies were always embroiled in a heathy rivalry with Delhi, home of the famous poet Ghalib and others.

In the heart of Lucknow is "Farangi Mahal" named as the Oxford and Cambridge of India by famous Indian author Shibli Naumani. Farangi Mahal was a nursery of freedom, affiliated by the Azad brothers, and visted by Gandhi.

A former Prime Minister, the Right Honorable, Mr. Atal Biharee Vajpayee was from Lucknow. Lucknow is also the home of Chaudhry Haider Husein one of the members of the constituent assembly of India and a member of parliament who defeated Mr. Vajpayee one of the recent Prime Ministers of India.

The classic Satyajit Ray movie 'the Chess Players' was set in Lucknow, and showcases court life there during the mid-nineteenth century. Umrau Jan Aada was also filmed in and around Lucknow.

Lucknow is also known for its elaborate cuisine and 'Chikankaari' or exquisite shadow-work embroidery on fine muslin cloth.

How to go

Air :- There are daily flights from Delhi , Bombay and Kolkata . Amausi Airport, Lucknow is directly connected with Delhi, Patna, Kolkata, Bombay and Varanasi by direct flights. Indian Airlines, Reservation Enquiry, Ph : (0522)220927 Flight Information - Amausi Airport, Enquiry - Ph : (0522)435401, 436188 (pre recorded - 142) Air India-Janata Travels, (General Sale Agent) Hotel Clarks Awadh, 8, M.g. Road, Ph: (0522)226171 Sahara India Airlines, Sahara India Tower, 7, Kapoorthala Complex, Ph : (0522)377675, 372742

Train :-

Lucknow is on the New Delhi - Varanasi railway route. Connections can be made to Agra and Allahabad . A major railway junction, Lucknow is conveniently connected to many cities. Some of the important trains are : 5307/5308 Shatabadi Ex. : 5063/5064; Nainital Ex; : 9165/9166; Sabarmati Exp : 2553/2554; Vaishali Exp : 5609/5610; Awadh-Assam Exp : 8475/8476; Neelanchal Exp : 4283/4284; Ganga-Yamuna Exp : 4229/4230 Lucknow Mail : 2419/2420; Gomti Exp : 4057/4058; Kashi-Vishwanath Exp : 4011/4012; Nauchandi Exp : 1015/1016; Bombay-Gorakhpur Exp : 5011/5012; Cochin-Gorakhpur Exp.

The Important Contact for Lucknow Railways are as under:- Railways Manual Enquiry 131, 135, 2636132 Pre Recorded 1331, 1332 Reservation 1330, 1350, 0522-2635841 Badshahnagar 0522-2385182
0522 is Lucknow STD code.

Road :- Lucknow is connected by road with all the major cities of the country. Some of the major road distances are : Agra - 363 km, Allahabad - 210 km, Ayodhya - 135 km, Kolkata - 985 km, Corbett National Park - 400 km, Delhi - 497 km, Dudhwa National Park - 238 km, Kanpur - 79 km, Khajuraho - 320 km, Varanasi - 305 km.

Bus :- The Bus Stations are situated at Charbagh, Alambagh, and Kaisar Bagh. The Telephone No for Roadways Inter State Bus Terminal Alambagh is : 0522-2458096 Buses from Sunauli - Bhairawa on the India / Nepal border stop on their way to Varanasi .

Things to See

Hussainabad Imambara
:- Near the Rumi Darwaza, this structure houses the tombs of Muhammad Ali Shah, its builder, and of his mother. Built between 1837 and 1842, it is also called the Chhota Imambara. It is approached through a fine garden. The Imambara has a white dome and numerous turrets and minarets. The walls of the mausoleum are decorated with verses in Arabic. Chandeliers, gilded mirrors, colorful stucco, the King's throne and ornate tazia or replicas of the tombs at Karbala adorn the interior.

Shah Najaf Imambara :- This white-domed structure derives its name from the town of Najaf, about 200 km south of Baghdad where the saint Hazrat Ali is buries. It is situated on the right bank of the Gomti, In this mausoleum are buried the remains of Ghazi-ud-din Haider and his wives, including Mubarak Mahal, his European wife. The entrance leads to a beautiful garden. The silver tomb of Ghazi-ud-din Haider lies in the centre of the building and is flanked by the more imposing silver and gold tomb of Mubarak Mahal on one side, and another tomb on the other.

Rumi Darwaza

La Martiniere College (boys) Building also known as 'Constantia'

Husainabad Clock Tower British landmark

Ruins of the Lucknow Residency and Museum

Dilkusha ruins

Qaiserbagh palace

Crocodile sanctuary near CIMAP

The Ram Krishna Math (Nirala Nagar)

The Zoo/Museum

Buddha Park

Shahid Smarak

Cathedral School in Hazaratganj

Farangi Mahal . (The Oxford and Cambride of our India--Author/poet Shibli Naumani).For more details see book by Dr. Francis Robinson on the "Ulema of Farangi Mahal"

Around Lucknow

Kukrail Reserve Forest
A picnic spot developed by the Forest Department, it has a deer park and crocodile nursery. A variety of birds and deer can be seen in their natural habitat.

Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary
43 km. Situated on the Kanpur highway, this sanctuary attracts Siberian migratory birds. The best season to visit is between October and March. Accommodation is available at U.P. Toursim's Priyadarshini Motel. (Tel : 5150, 5160).

Deva Sharif 25 km. The tomb of Syed Haji Waris Ali Shah, known as Deva Sharif, is revered by both Hindus and Muslims. Devotees throng the shrine in October/November when the annual urs of the saint is held..

Naimisharanya Misrikh 94 km. An important religious centre with the temples of the goddess Lalita, Dadhichi Kund, Vyas Gaddi, Chakratirth and Hanuman Garhi.

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Travel Information

UPTOURS, Gomti Hotel, 6 Sapru Marg, Ph : (0522)2612659

Travel Corporation of India Ltd., 13A, Jopling Road, Ph : (0522)2207549, 2207550, 2207553

Where to Eat

•  Oudhyana, Hotel Taj Mahal, Vipin Khand, Gomti Nagar, Ph : (0522)2393939.

•  Falaknuma, Hotel Clarks Awadh, Ph : (0522)2220131-35

•  Spicy Bite, Tulsi Theatre Bldg., 12 Rani Laxmi Bai Marg. Ph : (0522)2217373.

•  Baker's Hut, Sapru Marg, Ph : (0522)2210215.

•  Ritz Continental Corner, Gole Market, Mahanagar, Ph : (0522)2387554.

•  Vyanjan Restaurant, Ashok Marg, Ph : (0522)2211438

•  Mehrab, Hotel Gomti, Sapru Marg, Ph : (0522)2212291.

•  Brij-ki-Rasoi, Sitapur Road. Ph: 2363151, 2362152.

•  Naushi Jaan, China Bazar. Ph: 2280294.

•  Brindaban Restaurant, 1-A, 1st Floor, Sapru Marg. Ph: 2222418.

•  Aryan, 90 M.G. Marg, Hazratganj. Ph: 2230499.

•  Grand Princess, 14-A, Jopling Road. Ph: 2206644, 2206601-05.

•  Food Plaza, Kapoorthala, Aliganj. Ph: 2327936, 2386778.

•  The Fun 'N' Food Centre, 2nd Floor, Super Shopping Centre, Faizabad Road. Ph: 2348384.

•  Shanghai Surprise, 1-A, Sapru Marg. Ph: 2201556.

•  The Treat Restaurant, 1st Floor, M-28, Gole Market, Mahanagar. Ph: 2387559, 2387532.

•  Aahar Restaurant, Lalbagh Vipin Khand, Gomti Nagar. Ph: 2272030.

•  Cool Break, Ashok Marg.

•  Royal Cafe, Hazratganj. Ph: 2227070, 2229588.

Moti Mahal, Hazratganj. Ph: 2210371, 2623575.

Tourist Information

Directorate of U.P. Tourism, Paryatan Bhawan, C-13, Vipin Khand, Gomtinagar. Ph : (0522)2308017, Fax : 91-522-2308937

Regional Tourist Office, 10, Station Road, Ph : (0522)2638105.

Tourist Reception Counter, Northern Railway Station, Charbagh, Ph : (0522)2636173.

State Information Bureau, Hazratganj. Ph : (0522)2224728.

Wildlife Information Centre, 17, Rana Pratap Marg, Ph : (0522)2206584.


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