Lucknow Travel Guide

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Lucknow Highlights

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     Amalagamation of Hindu and Muslim culture. 

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     Crowded yet has a different flavour! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Chaos, noise, crowds, dirt, animals, vibrancy 

Lucknow Things to Do

  • 16-Shopping & Eating

    Lucknow is a gourmet’s delight, especially if you are a non-vegetarian. The choicest of ‘kebabs’, 18-layered ‘parathas’, succulent ‘naans’, mouth-watering ‘kachoris’, creamy ‘kulfis’, are all available for the asking. ‘Kakori’ kebabs are made of tenderized meat whipped to a creamy consistency, just strong enough to cling to the skewers. Once placed...

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  • 15- Lucknow Heritage Walk

    The Lucknow Heritage Walk is a fun way to get a feel of the authentic, old Lucknow. You fix the date with them either by calling them on their mobile or through their website, meet the volunteer at the appointed date, time and place and off you go, along with a few other enthusiasts. There are almost 36 places to visit but it is all inside the Old...

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  • 14- Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station

    Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station takes its name from the four gardens which existed here during the time of the Nawabs. It was built between 1914 and 1923. The railway station gives the appearance of a palace, complete with a luxurious garden in the front.Even during the day, the appearance of this building, which is a sublime mix of Rajasthani and...

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  • 13-Gomti River Cruise

    Just behind the Shahid Smarak is the Gomti River Cruise. Medium-size boats are available, complete with a boatman and oars. He will give you a choice of destination – either upstream or downstream. A half-hour ride is more than enough. It won’t cost you more than INR 200.The river originates from Pilibhit town, near Lucknow and flows southwards...

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  • 12-Shaheed Smarak

    Erected in the heart of the city by the banks of the river Gomti, the Shaheed Smarak commemorates the First Centenary of India’s First War of Independence in 1857. It pays tribute to all those bravehearts who lay down their lives for India’s Independence during that brief uprising, courageous men like Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdev and...

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  • 11-The Ruins of the Residency

    The Residency is in ruins in Lucknow. After the hot summer months of 1857, when the first spark of nationalism spurred the suppressed Indians to train their guns and their cannons on all things British, the Residency was deliberately left in a state of chaos.As you amble along the huge area, building after building bears the scars of those fateful...

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Lucknow Restaurants

  • An excellent place to savor dhabha food

    This is a road side dhabha or eateries which are found on highways. It is an absolutely no frills place. Very spartan and basic. They serve fresh food that is authentically local. You should insist on low spice and less oil if you want it that way. Kadak rotis, jeera alu, dal tadka and salad. There is a small shop outside selling pan/betel leaves,...

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  • Don't desert the desserts

    Even in small shops you will find delectable desserts. Some of them are --Moong dal halwa ( made of moong lentils and plenty of ghee and sugar!!, dry fruits and spices)Carrot Halwa(made with condensed milk, carrots, sugar, ghee and nuts)Gulab jamoon(made with condensed milk, ghee, deep fried and rose essence added to sugar syrup)Mewa(milk sweet)Hot...

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  • Nothing to rave about! Multi cuisine

    I would not say that the food was bad. But it does not have the local flavours. It is however good to eat here, since it is clean and hygienic and has standard menus. They serve both veg and non vegetarian food. We went here since we had to grab a quick lunch before boarding our flight. We had veg. thali or plate meals which had two rotis, one...

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  • Lip smacking food

    This is a no frills place Vegetarian restaurant serving at a super speed local delicacies. You have to mention to them if you do not want too much oil in your food. We had Sarson ka saag (Mustard leaves gravy) makki ki roti (corn bread), dal tadka, dal makhni, jeera rice and also a paneer dish. All were yummy, only the jeera rice was a bit too...

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  • Yummie Deshi Food

    To begin with I kinda liked the location of 7 Spice. Inside a complex and hence its peaceful despite being in an overcrowded Alambagh market. Though a few may tend to disagree with me, but when it comes to dine out I always love to go to restaurants that are peaceful. Also the thing that goes in their favor is they are one of the very few real...

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  • Kababs, Biryani, Korma....lots of it

    The main shop is in Aminabad, 105 yrs. old and is famous for its Galauti kababs, Biryani, Mutton Korma , and all this at very reasonable rates. They have a few franchisees, but try to visit the original. 2 persons can have gr8 meal within INR 300/-. Galauti Kabab and Mutton Korma. It tastes heaven !!

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Lucknow Nightlife

  • Luchnowi Shaaam (Evening)

    The nite life of Lucknow is very different it doesnot involve clubbing e.t.c, but it's fun and a good experience to take a stroll on "Hanuman Sethu Bridge"; the whole of Lucknow is lightened up and it's peaceful and calm.But please be careful.. too late nite walk could be unsafe too.Well! There's a small and calm temple on the bank of river Gomti,...

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  • has to be the disco under...

    has to be the disco under clarks avadh for a bit of lucknow highlife. things may have changed but other than this your only other option is to hook up with the kenyan massive and create your own.BIG UP DAVID K ! !! smart

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Lucknow Transportation

  • Hire a chauffer driven car

    You can hire a car for a day or for a few days. This is also the best way to go to places on the outskirts or surrounding areas such as Varanasi, Allahabad etc. We had organized a car from Holiday makers and had a superb driver who not only drove safe but also knew all the spots so well. He also was a great guide and was very amicable and made huge...

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  • Inter-city/inter-state travel

    Lucknow has good road, rail and air links with the rest of the country.The Amausi International Airport is at a distance from the main city.Several Railway stations have been built at different parts of the city. The available multiple modes of public transport in the city are taxis, city buses, cycle rickshaws, auto rickshaws and CNG Buses. The...

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  • Train station

    Charbagh station was built in 1914 and incorporates the best of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture which makes it one of the best looking stations in India. I arrived here from Jhansi and took another train out from here to Allahabad. The journey to Allahabad took 6 hours to do just the 200km (120 miles) not helped by stopping at 2 stations for...

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Lucknow Shopping

  • Low end Chikan work shopping

    Chikan work kurtas, shirts, saris, bedspreads, dress materials -- for men and women and children! You might be advised to bargain, however if you come to understand the number of hours spent on making such embroidery, I think you will gladly give the amount asked. They are in any case not so expensive.

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  • Cane trays!

    All over Lucknow in small shops you will find a variety of baskets. They are used to store vegetables, grains etc. But what I really found fascinating were the cane trays that are used to clean and sort rice and other grains. These are called "soup" in the local language. They make do for novel serving trays. Rs 60 per piece

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  • You can wear "chikan"!!

    Sewa is an organization that helps self employed women at the same time promotes the local craft. Chikan work is a special kind of embroidery that is done locally on clothes, dresses, fabrics and saris. You can get kurtas, shirts and dresses for men, women and children, You could also get bedspreads, tea cozies, hand bags, table cloth etc. Sewa...

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Lucknow Local Customs

  • Photo shooting of people

    I have never been to any place before where people mostly liked so much to have their picture taken. But still if possible it is best to ask first. In some situations they might object and then you have to respect this.In some cases it is almost impossible to ask, but take pictures as you think would describe best the situation. Our guide often...

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  • Ganj

    Pouring their heart out for Ganj. That was the heading of the article at Metro page 3 of the Hindustan Times on Lucknow on Monday 10th of January.It was published the day after our arrival and are rather unnoticed strolling along the main street called Ganj. At the same page it said that 3.4 degrees cold wrap continues.Indeed, we just escaped a...

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  • Stray dogs

    I was not suprised to find so many stray dogs in Lucknow: in the parcs, in the street, and near litter containers, in search of food.I think it is wise you don't touch them because they can have flee, but some have a high hug factor.It is unbelievable how quiet and friendly these dogs are... let's say most of them are just afraid and never ever...

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Lucknow Warnings and Dangers

  • Pushy guides

    This happens all over India not just in India. Whilst I was visiting the Hussainabad Imambara, a guide showed me around and I gave a donation but then at the end he asked for more guide money which I refused as I said I didn't ask for a guide and that I had already given a donation. He and another guy got a bit shirty but I stood my ground and told...

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  • Theft and Eveteasing

    It's not a good idea to visit any monuments after sunset and especially if alone.Ladies should avoid short and sexy clothes on the street., because it's a bit conservative city so avoid attracting unnecessary attraction.

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  • Can be a bit heavy for white...

    Can be a bit heavy for white women, you stand out and are a relative rarity. Still on the whole a safe place.take care round the university, there is some fairly heavy folk involved in student life, and kidnappings are not rare.

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Lucknow Tourist Traps

  • Auto drivers are annoying

    From the point you get down in Lucknow station, the auto rickshaw drivers will follow you with promises of cheap and best accomodations, just ignore them. While you travel inside Lucknow, all the auto drivers will try to take you to Chikan shops (they will call them factories), you will have to be firm enough to avoid them.

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  • Extra Budget for Entrance in Monuments

    Think about extra money for the entrance in monuments.On every door, you have to pay some thing. Yah, it is ok, the amount in perhaps not too much but it effects your budget.for example, the entrance ticket for Bara Imambara is 300 Rps on 25/03/2008. it give you the permission to go on 4 places but apart from that you have to pay the guide for...

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  • Mode of local travel.

    If you are a stranger to this place stick to the pre paid modes of travel , You shall be stromed by loads of drivers / agents to take you to places. you might end up at places which you would not know of since this is a place less visited by travellers.This is a safer mode. One can rely on local people for their querise since this is a place shy...

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Lucknow Off The Beaten Path

  • Caravani

    Imaging... a hundred or more years back in time.... huge caravans with elephants, traveling from city to city. On arrival they needed a place to camp. For that purpose huge squares where constructed with gates so big it could easily let an elephant pass through.On walking criss-cross the city we came across such a place, or at leat the remaining of...

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  • 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...

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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.

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Lucknow Favorites

  • looking for four...

    Was in the city for a shoot- channel v `popstars', a reality television show... a talent hunt for a pop band. The Lucknow round of auditions (one of several cities) drew a large and enthusiastic crowd of wannabe popstars...

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  • Know before you go

    If you want to understand the Lucknowi culture, you should rent or buy a classic film of India cinema named "Umrao Jaan". It is the story of a courtisan in 1800's Lucknow.

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  • Definitely do it or you will regret...

    Do some shopping of chikan stuff,soon I will be putting a pic of my beautiful chikan outfit.Defintely eat "chat" at Kapoors, Tundai kabab and paratha and donot miss the royal "Pan".There are many monuments in Lucknow, some on the outskirts too, all hold a story behind them, so try visiting them and knowing their importance.It's a small city, you...

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