Lucknow State museum (man made)
The State Museum in Lucknow is a must visit for all the tourists and otherwise who visit Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow Museum is rather situated in a modern three-storied building at Banarasi Bagh area of Lucknow. It is actually a museum and achieve rolled in one. The museum has separate galleries dedicated to sculptures, bronzes, paintings, natural history and anthropological specimens, coins, textiles and decorative arts.
Residency - Dr Fayrer's House
This large house is located on the left after entering into the compound. It was named after Dr Fayrer who was a surgeon during the Uprising siege. Sir Henry Lawrence was moved to this building on 2nd July 1857 before succumbing to his injuries two days later.
This very shady zoo, established in 1921, lies near the main MG Road to the south-east of the city centre. They have the following animals on view: various spieces of deer, chimps, elephants, sloth bears, panthers, Himalayan bears, monkeys, gibbons, turtles, ducks, emus, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, an aquarium, lions, tigers, hippos, wolfs, jackals, hyaenas etc. A toy train runs round the middle. The zoo grounds are also home to the State Museum. More photo's can be found on one of my travelogues.
Open: 8.30am - 5pm. Admission: Rs10 for all.
Capital of Oudh
"City of Nawabs"
Lucknow is a city synonymous with the Nawabi Culture. The imperialistic splendour and magnificence of the Nawabi era has been glorified and eulogized down the ages by writers, poets and historians alike. At the same time its mystical elegance and amorous ethos has caught the fascination of many world famous romantics. Known for its adab and Tehzeeb (cultural refinement), Lucknow is also associated with its legendary hospitality, leisurely moods of life, fabled edifices steeped in history, world renowned cuisine and exquisite Sham-e- Awadh. Waves of westernazation have not altered Lucknow 's cultural heritage and traditions, which once contributed to its creation.
The Residency originally built in 1780 was located in the northern part of the city and its building and surrounding area occupied the highest elevation dominating the city. A modern British author in the habit of forever magnifying Sepoy strength placed the strength of the Residency's besiegers at between eight to ten thousand. However, Fortescue places the Sepoy strength at 6,000 though still being reinforced; against British strength of about seventeen hundred. The Sepoy regiments retained their military formation and in addition were reinforced by soldiers from Oudh State's army. What hampered the Sepoys and which proved to be the ultimate salvation of the British was lack of experienced leadership. Instead of concentrating artillery fire on vulnerable points of the Residency defences which could easily be breached they kept on firing haphazardly and also did not bother to coordinate their fire with the assaults. Instead the Sepoys resorted to driving underground mines to breach the Residency defences. An interesting part of the siege were the Sikhs inside the Residency who kept contact with the Sepoys and smuggled Opium inside the Residency which was used by the besieged troops in plenty)! The first important event of the siege was the death of Sir Henry Lawrence. He died due to wounds received from an 8 inch shell on 4th July. Major Banks succeeded him as Chief Commissioner and Colonel Inglis of 32nd Foot assumed the military command. However, Inglis became both civil as well as military commander after Major Banks was killed by a Musket shot on 21st July. Another interesting aspect of the siege were the Sepoy sharpshooters most famous of whom was one African from Oudh's kings disbanded Army named by the Britishers as Bob the Nailer (because he used to put nails in his musket shots). A special mine was dug by British to destroy the House which this marksman used as his post as a result of which he was killed on 21st August, Dr. Brydon the only survivor of the Kabul Brigade of First Afghan war to reach Jalalabad was also one of the Residency Garrison members !
On 10th August the Sepoys succeeded in exploding an underground mine below the Sikh Square 100 yards west of Cawnpore Battery and in creating a breach through which they made a determined assault. However, the Sepoys were again repulsed with heavy losses. On 18th August another underground mine breach was created but the Sepoy assault was again repulsed. Further assaults were attempted till 5th September but with little success till news of Havelock's force turned the attention of the besiegers. An interesting part of the siege was the presence of State prisoners in the Residency. These were the ex King Wajid Ali Shah's elder brother Mustafa Ali Khan, two Mughal Princes Mirza Mohammad Shikoh and Mohammad Humayun Khan, Nawab Rukn-ud-Daula and the Raja of Tulsipur. The Sepoys did not spare any nook or corner of the Residency area with their artillery and musket fire save the rooms north of the Hospital area where these prisoners were lodged399!
On 23rd September the besieged Garrison heard the sound of Havelock's relieving force's gun from the direction of Cawnpore. By the night of 25/26 September Havelock's relieving force entered the Residency through the Bailie Guard gate after being under tough siege for 87 days.
One of the most prominent monuments of Lucknow, the Bara Imambara was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulah during the famine which struck the area in 1784, to provide employment and relief to his subjects. The architect was Kifayetullah from the town of Shahjahanabad.
The building displays unique features of architechture. The entire central hall is not supported by any pillar. On the upper floor is a labyrinth of intricate balconies and passages - better known as the Bhul-Bhulaiya. The Imambara houses Nawab Asaf ud Daulah's tomb. The Imambara once displayed a grand collection of decorative and lighting items. Mirrors, chandeliers, crystals, candlebars, globes and some ornamental items adorned its interiors. Much of this was either destroyed or taken away during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. Whatever remains today draws visitors' appreciation.
To the left of the Imambara is the Asafi Mosque and to the right a well. The gate of the Imambara is a splendorous piece of architechture too and on crossing the sprawling gardens in front one can rech the steps of the Imambara.
Agra and Its Surroundings!!!
Having some time off from work and site seeing!!!
They are the engineers from Hitachi Electricals and Mistubishi Electricals, Kobe. And that's me and the engineer from BHEL...Bharat Heavy Electricals, Bhopal!!!
"The Taj Reflection!!!"
"From The Flip Side...."
This is one of the pillars of Dayal Baug. The entire tmple has such carving done, different types of flowers and fruits are seen clung to even roof of this temple....
"Such intricate masonry!!!"
This is a fort 60km away from Agra....its not a fort actually but this city was developed by King Akbar....
"And now what's this???"
Hmmm.....This is a product of cottage industry in Agra...
Well...It's a carpet!!!
Don't forget to visit some government recognised workshops....
Here they knit the carpets on a loom....very delicate and intricate designs you get to see here....in various sizes!!!
That's the lawn of the hotel where I was staying in Bhopal....
I stayed here for 2 years almost...working with Japanese.....And all these places...Agra, Fatehpur Sikri was site seeing programme for those Japanese!!!