Piccadilly Hotel Lucknow
Sector B Bara Birwa Kanpur Road Lucknow, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, 226005, India
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Morning in Lucknow
Scene in Hazratjang
View from the main Gate
Travel Tips for Lucknow
Lucknowites are very kind and helpful, Well it's all over India guest are treated as God, but especially in Lucknow people are very soft spoken, so they donot like people talking to them in rude tone and using impolite words.
Be respectful to all and then see the love showered on you.
We donot value people with money but with heart, so if you are kind and sweet you are welcomed by all, be it Hindu or Muslim.
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. More photo's can be found in one of my travelogues.
Open: Sunrise-sunset. Admission is only possible with Bara Imambara ticket.
Residency - Banquetting Hall
This hall is said to have been constructed by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan. It was probably the most imposing structure in the whole compound with its state apartments and spacious saloons furnished with costly chandeliers, mirrors and silk diwans. A stucco fireplace on the first floor still retains a marble like finish and a broken fountain in the main entrance hall exhibits a fine example of inlaid marble work in black and white.
My home town
I am proud to be living in Lucknow because people still care about you. They have time to gossip about you but at the same time stand up in your hour of need. We still call the elders with due respect and know how to entertain a guest.
Lucknow is also a place of historical significance. It has also seen struggle for freedom. Begum Hazrat Mahal denotes the true spirit of Lucknow. Gomti flows through the city and this place is still away from terrorism and I cross my fingers that it remains the same.
There is Bhatkhande Sangeet University, one of the best colleges for learning performing arts, there is Arts College, Lucknow University, an impressive building. Every nook and corner of the city carries a witness to a royal era gone by.
If you are looking for some awesome heritage sites, Lucknow hasBAda Imambara, Dilkusha, Sikanderbagh and a couple of others to enchant you! come visit the place, but be ready to face traffic snarls.
It is also developing quite fast! 3 major malls and one more in the offing. All top brands can be purchased ion the city and you can see fashion too. The city is a fine amalgumation of the traditional and the modern!
90 kms from Lucknow is another city Kanpur which is one of the biggest industrial cities in Norther UP. KAnpur is famous for its leather goods. But when I go theer I make it a point to spend some time at JK temple. It is one place that is sure to make you spell bound. I would call it an oasis!
The area known as The Residency is today a collection of ruins that once formed a compound that was made up from a church, mosque, school, jail, post office, farm, banquetting hall and houses as well as the main Residency building. The reason why everything is in ruins is because it came under fire during dramatic events in 1857 that later became known as the Indian Uprising which also spread to other parts of the country. The Residency was once home of the British Resident and was built by the local Nawab at the turn of the 19th century. A mutiny against the British, who were based here, took hold from armies of the local Nawab and after a gruelling 87 day siege, the then Resident, Sir Henry Lawrence, lost his life along with around 2000 others from appalling conditions as well as from bullet and canon fire. The whole area is open for you to walk around the different ruined buildings plus there's a small museum which charts the events of the Uprising.
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