Experience 24 hours in Lucknow

Experience 24 hours in Lucknow
The Bara Imambara , Photo Credit: Simrran Gill

The city of Nawabs and kebabs will be a delightful visit as the Mughal and British culture join hands here

Simrran Gill
September 24 , 2019
18 Min Read

Colonial vibes mixed with Mughal magnificence and the colour of culture is what Lucknow is all about.  The city that has witnessed the rise and fall of empires boasts of its tehzeeb and mehman nawazi and we can surely say that it doesn’t disappoint.The Nawabi attitude lies in the way they speak and seek. The city of Nawabs has a perfect co-existence of the ancient and contemporary namely Old and New Lucknow respectively. When in Old Lucknow, one transports back into time, to the era of magnificence and grandeur. On the other hand, in Hazratganj, the heart of the city, the British and Mughal architecture come together to create a city that has stood the test of time and history. 

If you have 24 hours in Lucknow, here’s our guide on how you should spend it:


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Lucknow has always been an ecstatic ride for the lovers of non vegetarian food. We suggest you start your delectable expedition right in the morning. Most shops in Old Lucknow open early morning as people flock them after their morning prayers for tea and an early breakfast. One of the most cherished shops is Rahim’s. While their menu is limited, each dish there is lip smacking. We suggest you try their Kulcha Nihari. Slow cooked pure meat and ultra soft kulchas that melt in your mouth, is there any better way to start your day? One can taste the years of expertise and experience in the cooking.
PRO TIP -  The people here are extremely warm and polite. We say you reciprocate the same.


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After the meal exploration, the next on the list should be an architectural marvel. Located in the old city, Bara Imambara has its roots since 1784. A mosque, a labyrinth and the echoes of Awadhi are what make it an interesting visit. The structure was built during a famine, in order to generate employment. No cement or pillars support the structure and it is fairly easy to immerse yourself and marvel at the structure.
PRO TIP - It will take more than an hour to explore the entire place, keep yourself hydrated and avoid getting into the labyrinth if you feel extremely claustrophobic.


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Lucknow is all about taking walks, letting the spirit of the city get to you and embracing the warmth of the people. After you get out of the Bada Imambara, go to the Rumi Darwaza, situated at a stone’s throw away. This majestic marvel right in the middle of the street, separates the Old from the New. The intricacies of Rumi darwaza are just a glance into the marvelous architecture of the yester years. A whiff of the old town, mixed with a tender smell of food, a walk at the Chowk is a delight for everyone.  
PRO TIP - Engage in a heartwarming conversation with a local, we are sure you’ll be delighted.

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All the exploration is bound to make you hungry and it’s a cardinal sin if you come to Lucknow and not have the kebabs. Our pick is Tundey Kebab shop in Chowk. Once there you need to have their galawati kebab. The richness and softness of the kebabs will fill your tummy but not your heart. A wholesome lunch at Chowk is guaranteed.
PRO TIP - Relish the kebabs and enjoy it but please don’t ask for their recipe.


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Once through with Old Lucknow, get ready to experience the contemporary side of the city with remains of the ancient ones. We are talking about heading to Hazratganj. While on your way there, you should also visit the Residency on the way. A structure filled with British architecture, Residency gives you a chance to peak into the colonial sediments in the city. Once in Hazratganj, it’ll be a difficult choice to make, whether to sit and observe the conundrum or be a part of it. If you are looking for a shopping spree, you are at the correct place. We also suggest that you visit SugandhCo, one of the oldest itar shops, in Janpath.
PRO TIP - Bargaining is real deal here. The prices by shopkeepers can be brought down depending upon the hand work done.


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While in Hazratganj, head to the Royal Café and have their very famous basket chaat. A burst of flavours in a single go, this surely will not be a disappointment. The place, which we are sure will be crowded, is visible from afar is walking distance from Janpath. While you are in Hazratganj, you would also see Sahu, the oldest single screen theatre in the city. A wave of nostalgia hits everybody who has ever stayed in the city while being in Hazratganj. We also say that you do not miss the matar ki chaat at Chappan Bhog in Sadar Bazaar.
PRO TIP - Apart from the chaat, try the sweets at Chappan Bhog. We ensure it won’t be a disappointment.


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Post this we suggest you head back to your accommodation for the night and grab some rest. While you’ve had a long day, Lucknow’s charm is still not over. Give it a chance to woo you again over dinner with its delicacies. For dinner we suggest Dastarkhwan in Lal Bagh. While you can choose the curry according to your taste we suggest you do not miss their Mughalai parantha. You might also want to try their kebabs which will leave wanting for more.
PRO TIP - There might be a little waiting due to its popularity, however, they are worth the wait.

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