Lucknow is known for its bustling city, thronging market streets, authentic kebabs and accessories. The other side of lucknow portrays commercial, educational, scientific research institutes and IT skyscrapers.
Bara Imambara or Asfi Imambara is one of the most prominent landmarks in the city. It was constructed by Nawab of Lucknow, it remained as a prayer place for muslims who gather here to celebrate the Muharram festival. The upper storey is adorned with astounding maze known as Bhul Bhulaiya is a structure with multiple identical arches. The Bara Imambara is believed to be world’s largest unsupported structure portraying the great Mughal architecture. It also holds other places like Asifi Mosque, Shahi Bawali, Rumi Darwaja. It wows the tourist with its bizarre architecture where the central hall is the largest arched room which is constructed with Lakhanui bricks that are built by using smaller bricks and lime plaster. The structure have not used any metal or wood during its construction.
The Chowk is one of the oldest street markets in the entire northern part of India. From Badshahs to Britishers, this market has seen a lot of customers. It lies in the very heart of the city which is a doorway to peek into the amazing culture of Lucknow. The chikan work and kebabs from this Chowk should be experienced by all the visitors which will linger as a lifetime memory till a long way. The Chowk holds more than 5000 shops which are quaint, small, ornate or large with chikankari and Zardosi works adorning the walls of the shops with other items like the shoes and ittar from real flowers. The vibes of the Oudh can be still felt by us while walking down the market.
Dr. Ambedkar Park
The Ambedkar park was built by Mayawati government in Lucknow to honour the great leaders who worked hard for equality and human justice like Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram and so on. The park is one of the pleasant venue to be visited by any tourists that was built in a budget of seven billion rupees. The park is decorated with stone sculptures and marble statues. There is a particular place where we can spot 62 human size elephant structures on either sides that are made with marble. There is a 80-foot pyramid type structure that offers a 360 degree view of the entire park.
Rumi Darwaza is a very old structure that portrays the Awadhi architecture liberating the memories of the city’s rise and fall. The Nawab of Lucknow offered meals everyday for the construction of this gateway when a great famine struck the city. It’s flattering architecture is similar to that of Istanbul, Turkey. This gigantic doorway to the royal residence have not lost its charm even in the modern world. It still stands strong and proudly letting the pedestrians and commuters swarming all day long. Adjacent to Rumi Darwaza, we can spot tallest clock tower in India built in 1881 that is 67 meter high glimmering with Victorian-Gothic architecture and a strong 14 feet long pendulum and the dial shaped into 12 petalled flower.