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Titled as City of Nawabs, Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, is known for its rich heritage, delicious kebabs and not to forget its unique Tehzeeb ( Etiquettes). Built in the elegant Mughal style, Lucknow is a example of distinctive architecture and lifestyle. Dotted with many mesmerising attractions, lucknow offers you an insight into the whims and manners of royalty, the charm of Lucknow is both unmatched and unending. The city has managed to maintain its distinct culture amidst all the development, a fact that makes it worth more than a single visit. Here, we tell you about five major attractions of the town.
1. Bada Imambara
The name of Bada Imambara is synonymous with that of Lucknow. .Bada Imambada was built in 1784 by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula, Lying on the banks of the Gomati River, the magnificent structure consists of various courtyards, a holy mosque, a jewelled entrance, and a Bhul Bhullaiya. The terrace at the Bada Imambara gives you the most picturesque view of Lucknow’s skyline.
2. Asafi Masjid
Asafi Masjid, also built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulah, lies in the compound of the Bada Imambara. The grandeur of the mosque is such that Bada Imambara is also known as the Asafi Imambara. The mosque has two magnificent prayer halls, each with eleven arched doors at their facades. The mosque consists of an additional platform at the height of 28 steps from the ground. Many visitors swear by the air of tranquillity that surrounds the mosque.
3. Badshah Bagh
Badshah Bagh or the ‘Royal Garden’ was built by Nawab Nasiruddin Haidar. It used to serve as a picnic place for his Queens who lived across the Gomti River in the Chattar Manzil Palace. The high-walled garden has two gateways, a wide canal, a beautiful bridge, and many flower beds. In present times, the main campus of the Lucknow University lies in a small portion of Badshah Bagh. Another portion of Badshah Bagh serves as a home to different varieties of fauna and flora. The beautiful gardens are one of the best places in Lucknow to enjoy outing.
4. Baradari at Banarsi Bagh
Baradari, situated at Banarsi Bagh, is another picnic spot favourite among Lucknowites. The significance of the name ‘Banarsi Bagh’ lies in the fact that when it was being built, plants were specially brought from Banaras to be planted in the garden. It makes for a perfect place in the city to hang out when the weather is pleasant, especially for families with children.
5. Begum Hazrat Mahal Park
Begum Hazrat Mahal Park was built in 1962 in the memory of the Begum of Awadh, Hazrat Mahal. History remembers her as one of the brave hearts who revolted against the British in the 1857 uprising. The park consists of a marble memorial bearing the Coat of Arms of the Awadh royal family. Begum Hazrat Mahal Park is a must visit.
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Author: Akshita Jain
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