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4, Rana Pratap Marg, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, 226001, India
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Off the beaten track city
The whole city is sort of off the beaten path to western tourists as many would head straight from Delhi to Agra and then on to Varanasi. In fact, I only saw one other western tourist at the Residency and heard another western girl at an internet place. There is plenty to see and do here so if you have time then why not stop off and see.
Hussainabad Clock Tower
This Clock Tower lies midway between the Bara and the Hussainabad Imambara's. It was built by Nawab Nasir-ud-Din Haidar between 1880-87 to commemorate the occasion of the arrival of Sir George Cooper, the first Lt Governor of UP (United Provinces) at a cost of Rs175,000. The Clock Tower is said to be the largest in India at 67m tall and is constructed in the Moorish style.
Situated opposite the Residency on the banks of Gomti River, this beautiful tower of white marble was built in memory of those who lost their lives during the Mutiny of 1857, otherwise considered as the First war of Independence.
Navabic Ambiance of Lucknow
Art form like Kathak, Thumri, Khayal, Dadra, Qawalis, Ghazals and Shero Shairi saw their finest hour. In this era major stress was laid on even minor detail like the art of dressing, apparels(libaas) and jewelry all symbolic of a genteel lifestyle.
The legacy of the exquisite embroidery still lives on with equal zestin today's modern era. Culinary skills, too, reached heights of excellence as the nawabs were not only gracious hosts but also extremely fond of good nutritious food. Thus emerged the skillful art of slow cooking.
The royalty of Avadh was also famous for indulging in extravagant pastimes like elephant and rooster fights and kite flying, a game that still evokes passionate involvement among the flyers and the bystander alike. The field of architecture saw re-interpretation of the existing styles and experimentation in the fusion of the occidental and the oriental style of architecture.
The magnificent skyline of the city is living examples of the nawab's architectural ingenuity.
Modern Lucknow, spread evenly on both sides of river Gomti, is a perfect blend of the ancient with the modern, as many glitzy shopping arcades coexist with the old monuments.
The greatest attraction of Lucknow, where the past jostles with the present, is its unique ability to achieve harmony amidst disorder and to assimilate the new into the old.
This is one of Lucknow's premier tourist attractions. It was built under the royal patronage of Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula (1775-97), and designed by architect Kifayatullah, as a famine relief project in 1784. The Bara Imambara contains the tombs of the Nawab and his queen, Shamsunnisa Begum. You first enter through two triple-arched gateways and past the Asafi mosque on your right. The main building is right in front of you and is a three-storied building constructed on a raised platform. There are seven arched openings in the facade and there are three halls inside which include the main hall that measures 47.71m long by 16.16m wide and is 14.65m high making it one of the world's largest vaulted galleries. The main hall is flanked by the Chinese Hall on the right and the Indian Hall on the left. The building is exquisitely decorated with stucco work and adorned with parapets and chattris. The interior is ornamented with chandeliers.
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