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Here's Why You Need To Know More About The Lucknawi Heritage

Here's Why You Need To Know More About The Lucknawi Heritage
An illustration of all things heritage in Lucknow, Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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Take a visual tour of some of the best Lucknawi attractions that make this city a haven for the historically inclined

We all know Lucknow as the City of Nawabs or the city of "Pehle aap, pehle aap" (after you, after you), in short, City of Tehzeeb (etiquette). No talk of Lucknow is complete without a mention of the popular chikan embroidery and melt-in-the-mouth galauti kabab. But here we are not going to talk about the usual. We'll talk about the city's heritage. Well, a little usual perhaps. Heritage is in no way a minor topic of discussion but then people talk more about the delicious kabab than about the 1881 Husainabad Clock Tower which is one of the tallest clocktowers in India or even about the stunning Bada Imambara (right?). We are going to change that here. Here are, in pictures, seven of these popular heritage spots in Lucknow that you as a traveller must visit. They hold great stories, stories of how the city was transferred from hand to hand--Delhi Sultanate to Mughal Empire to Nawabs of Awadh and finally to the British in 1857. A city rich in history and even richer architecture, deserves your attention.

 Husainabad clocktower is one of the tallest clocktowers in India, dating back to 1881. It was built by Nawab Nasir-ud-din Haider

 

One of the most famous structure in Lucknow is Bara Imambara, built in 1784 by Nawab Asaf-ud-daula. The Bara Imambara has the largest arched hall in the world! Go and have a look.

 

Shahi Hamam Bouli, royal bath at Bara Imambara

 

When Bara Imambara is around, how can Chota Imambara stay behind? It was constructed in 1838 by Muhammad Ali Shah, right around the time of the great famine of Oudh (Lucknow). The famine was a tough time no doubt but the construction provided farmers with jobs

 

Also known as the Turkish Gate, the Rumi Darwaza is something you can't miss when in Lucknow. It was constructed in 1784 by Nawab Asaf-ud-daulah and is the most important gateway in Lucknow

 

The Residency or the British Residency is home to historical objects and other memorabilias dating back to the first war of Indian independence

 

Tomb of Saadat Ali Khan and Begum, one of the finest specimen of Awadh architecture

 

The 1845 La Martiniere College was one of the most important posts of defence during the mutiny of 1857. A grand colonial buiding is what it is.

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