Hotel Presidency Inn
Uttam Palace, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, 226001, India
More about Lucknow
Central tank and entrance gate
White and Blue - Shared AUTOs
The Tall Christ Statue on top
Travel Tips for Lucknow
Visit Janpath Market at Hazrat Ganj
Lucknow is known for it's "Chikankari" means embroidary.
When in Lucknow, go to Janpath market and buy some Chikankari clothes. very cheap.
At number D-4, Janpath Market , you have "Sugandhco", you can buy some indian perfumes.
Excellent quality. Nice advise in the shop for perfumes.
Sahara Gunj, another place for shopping. Go on the top floor of Sahara Gunj Mall, you will find
the outlet of Tundey Kababi, where you can eat excellent Biryani or Kebababs for 1.00 €. yum yum.
Hussainabad Imambara - Taj Mahals
After visiting the Taj Mahal about 10 days before, I was pleasantly surprised to see not one but two replicas of it whilst visiting the Hussainabad Imambara. They are located on either side of the central tank. The one on the right is the best preserved of the two and yes that is a white stallion horse in the picture! He was tied to the ground on the grass and I said hello by patting him on the noise. He was a bit frisky so I backed off. Another while stallion was being cleaned nearby and was also frisky.
Residency - Treasury House
Supported by plain double columns, the long single storeyed Treasury House was built in 1851 at a cost of Rs16,897. During the siege the central part of this building was converted into an ordinance factory for manufacturing Enfield cartridges.
The Siege of Lucknow
Lucknow, the state capital of Uttar Pradesh, is located about 500km (310 miles) from Delhi and 238km from Allahabad. I came here from Jhansi before moving on to Allahabad. Lucknow 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.
Lucknow was once the capital city under the Nawabs (Muslim rulers) of Awadh (also known as Oudh - a region of northern India before independence) and so features several imposing monuments. Some of the one's still standing today include the Bara Imambara, Hussainabad Imambara and the Rumi Darwaza gateway. Awadh was then annexed by the British East India Company in 1856. Lucknow's infamous place in history came the following year during the Indian Uprising when the ruling British Resident, Sir Henry Lawrence, and 2,000 others died at the garrison based at the Residency during the Siege of Lucknow. The Residency buildings all lie in ruins today, a testament to those who died.
The Hussainabad Imambara, or Chota Imambara, is also known as the Palace of Lights. Built in 1837 by the Mughal Emperor, Muhammad Ali Shah, the third Nawab of Avadh, it is sometimes called the Palace of Lights because of its chandeliers that come alive during the Muslim festival of Muharram. These chandeliers were brought from Belgium. The Hussainabad Imambara, with its golden dome, silver throne and gold-edged mirrors, is the grander of the two Imambaras. The exterior features stunning white calligraphy on a dark blue background that I think is right up there with that of the Taj Mahal. Talking of which, there are two replicas of the Taj Mahal within the complex on either side of the central tank. The one on the right is the best preserved of the two.
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