When in the City Of Nawabs

Lucknow, the land of Nawabs, offers to be a magnificent place to linger around and be lost in the historical and multicultural hub of Uttar Pradesh.

The city houses a collection of historical monuments, extensive parks, full-fledged markets and never-ending lanes that take are a haven to varieties of food delicacies.  Lucknow was the capital of the Awadh region and hence famous for the Awadhi cuisine. It was controlled by the Delhi Sultanate and later the Mughal Empire and hence it has a diverse cultural background with immense historical significance.So pay a visit culturally marked city that embraces the Nawabi culture, even today. Lucknow, a tourist paradise.

Bara Imambara Second Gateway

Bara Imambara
 
Bara Imambara, translated from ‘Bara’, meaning ‘Big’ and ‘Imambara’, meaning sacred hall that was constructed for the purpose of Azadari, is amongst the pristine heritage buildings of Lucknow.

This historical landmark has been attracting a lot of attention since its inception and is considered a architectural marvel by all, making it one of the many places to visit while i Lucknow.

This monument is an essential place for the Muslims and it gets a huge number of visitors during the celebration of Muharram.

Hazratganj Market Near The Piccadily Hotel Lucknow

Hazratganj


Just like every city has an eminent shopping street or area, Lucknow has Hazratganj, the busiest market in the city. Shop, sip, walk, relish at the multifarious restaurants here.


Spend your day 'Ganjing' (the term used for shopping in the city’s ganj market) and enjoy every bit of it and explore Lucknow in the best way possible.

If fortunately, you are in the city on the second Sunday of a month, you can entertain yourself with the ‘Ganj Carnival’, when the market becomes a host to various cultural and entertainment programmes.

Lucknow Zoo Piccadily Lucknow

Lucknow Zoo
 

Situated at a distance of around 13 kilometres from The Piccadily Hotel, the zoo holds a variety of birds and animals, Royal Bengal Tiger, White Tiger, Lion, Golden Pheasant and Silver Pheasant, to name a few.

In addition to these fascinating creatures, the zoo also exhibits a vintage train and has a toy train as well which runs through the premises.

Get awestruck when you come across the artefacts from Awadh, being displayed by The State Museum in Lucknow Zoo. So visit the Lucknow Zoo whenever you are in the city.
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Live. Eat. Repeat.
 
Lucknow is known for its magical food. You never know which lane takes you to a lifetime experience of unparalleled food.

Try out the 'Galawati Kebab' or 'Boti Kabab' - Galawati means 'melt in your mouth'. This dish is prepared as a mix of meat and unripe papaya and a lot of different spices. Boti Kabab is famous Lucknow dish as well.

Residency Piccadily Lucknow

The Residency Lucknow
 
The Residency Lucknow holds significant historical importance and represents one of the most important buildings during British occupation in India.

From Bailey Gate to Begum Kothi, the buildings here are a symbol of the Indian freedom movement and the ruins are a spectacular place to visit when you are in Lucknow.

Chota Imambara Piccadily Lucknow
Chota Imambara
 
Over the years, the Chota Imambara has earned the moniker ‘Palace of Lights’. The elegant beauty of this place is only matched by its intricate architectural skill.

The main building itself is surrounded by fascinating structures like Charbagh, the Hamam, the dual Taj Mahal replicas and much more for you to see.
Husainabad Clock Tower Piccadily Lucknow

Husainabad Clock Tower, Lucknow
 
The Husainabad Clock Tower in Lucknow city, UP, is a marvel of architecture built in India during the British period. It was constructed in 1881 by Nawab Nasir-ud-din Haider, the ruler of Avadh.

This beautiful 221-feet structure, a legacy of Awadh rulers, was erected to honor the arrival of Sir George Couper, 1st Lieutenant Governor of United Province of Avadh. With close proximity to the Rumi Darwaza, it is a popular tourist attraction of the city.

Shah Najaf Piccadily Lucknow

Imambara Shah Najaf
 
,Imambara Shah Najaf is one of the lesser known Imambaras of Lucknow. It was built by Gazi-ud-din Haider in the memory of Hazrat Ali, whose tomb in Najaf, Iran was the inspiration for the name.

Imambara Shah Nazaf is located by the side of River Gomti on Maharana Pratap Road. If you are in Lucknow, you might consider visiting this place.

Rumi Darwaza Piccadily Lucknow
Rumi Darwaza

The Rumi Darwaza was constructed around the same time as the Bara Imambara and by the same architect as well. This archaic gateway was designed after the Gateway of Istanbul which is regarded as East Rome. So the Rumi is a moniker for Rome.

A masterpiece of Indian architecture, one can see signs of Mughal and Rajput craftsmanship blended into this magnificent structure. You are sure to pass this when you travel between the Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara.

 
Lucknow Museum Piccadily Lucknow

Lucknow State Museum
 
A culmination of museum and archives, the Lucknow State Museum is a modern three-storied monument that serves as the nexus of Lucknow’s history and culture.

Housing sculptures, bronze statues, paintings, woodworks, coins, decorative arts and etchings from the prehistoric era, the museum is a symbol for Lucknow’s rich heritage throughout the ages. So pay a visit at the Lucknow State Museum whenever you explore the city.

Dilkusha garden Piccadily Lucknow

Dilkusha Garden
 
Another symbol of alliance between British Imperial Power and the nawabs of Awadh, the gardens are an extension of Dilkusha Kothi which is merely a collection of ruins.

The Kothi was damaged during the First War of Independence in 1857. The place has immense historical value and is one of the popular tourist sites being so close to Hazratganj.

Chattar Manzil Piccadily Lucknow
Chattar Manzil
 
Also known as the ‘Umbrella Palace’, is a palace building in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. It was used as a royal palace for the Nawabs of Awadh till Wajid Ali Shah shifted his residence to Qaiserbagh.

During the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, part of the palace was damaged by the British, as the ruler and his wife fully supported the rebellion.
Janeshwar Mishra Park Piccadily Lucknow

Janeshwar Mishra Park
 
The park earned its name from the renowned politician Janeshwar Mishra of Lucknow. Inaugurated in August 2014, this park in gomti Nagar is Asia’s 2nd largest and consists of beautiful man-made lakes as well.

Whether you are with friends or with family, Janeshwar Mishra Park is definitely a place where you can just sit back after a hard day of sightseeing.

Vidhan Bhawan Piccadily Lucknow

Vidhan Bhawan
 
The Vidhan Sabha Bhawan or simply Vidhan Bhawan is one of the finest examples of Indo-European architectural craftsmanship of the twentieth century.

The seat of legislative assembly of Lucknow, the monument is a juxtaposition of political power and mesmerising beauty. One of the places you must definitely visit on your trip to Lucknow.

kanshiram park Piccadily Lucknow
Kanshi Ram Upvan

This memorial was constructed in honour of the founder of Bahujan Samaj Party, Shri Kanshi Ram ji.

Bronze statues, bronze murals, huge elephant statues, large gardens, 52 feet high bronze fountains adorn the sprawling area of the monument. A definite spot for tourists who visit Lucknow city.

 
ambedkar park piccadily Lucknow

Ambedkar Park
 
Named after the famous Dr B. R. Ambedkar, this spectacular park is another jewel in Gomti Nagar and is one of the most expensive ones in terms of construction.

The park is adorned by beautiful columns, stones, and elephant statues. Some important highlights of the park are the Ambedkar Stupa (sanctum), Sangrahalaya (historical center), Gallery, Pratibimb Sthal (passage) and Drishya Sthal (vantage point). So be sure to pay a visit when you are in Lucknow.

sikander bagh Piccadily Lucknow

Sikandar Bagh
 
Sikandar Bagh is located on the grounds of the National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow. The garden was constructed around 1800 AD and spreads over 150 square meters.

The pavillion in the middle is used to conduct various cultural events like 'Kathak' dance, music and poetic 'mehfils' as was prevalent in the days of the Nawabs. So come and experience the splendour of Sikandar Bagh when you visit the city of Nawabs.

 

begum hazrat mahal Piccadily Lucknow
Begum Hazrat Mahal Park and Maqbara
 
Begum Hazrat Mahal Park was built in honour of Begum Hazrat Mahal, who was the first wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah.

As she played a very crucial role during the era of the First Freedom Movement in 1857, the State Government built a marble memorial in her honour in the old Victoria Park. This magnificent garden in the Hazratganj region has striking wellsprings, beautiful trees and stone pathways.

 
Safed Bardari Piccadily Lucknow

Safed Baradari
 
Safed Baradari can be found in Lucknow’s Qaisar Bagh (also spelt Qaiserbagh or Kaiser Bagh) area and is one of the finest architectural marvels of Lucknow. The Eastern side is the main entrance and there is a large terrace in front of it with carved marble screens as fencing.

The interior of the Safed Baradari contains elaborate stucco work, beautiful arched gateways,windows with twin columns and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The Safed Baradari is an absolute must if you are an enthusiast of Indian history.

Chowk Piccadily Lucknow

Chowk (For Chikan and Zardozi works)
 
The streets of Chowk offer numerous outlets where you can purchase exquisite hand-woven Chikankari or Chikan garment at affordable prices. Chikankari work is weaving done on fine white cotton material utilizing white cotton string. Zardozi embroidery is beautiful metal embroidery, which once used to embellish the attire of the Kings and the royals in India.

Chowk is a unique variant of market in Lucknow as Chowk is the main place of Chikan garment manufacturers. So if you want to purchase good quality Chikan Garment, then Chowk is the ultimate place for you.