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Tourist Attractions in Lucknow

Lucknow, referred to as the city of Nawabs and Kebabs, is also described as the golden city of the east. It has very beautifully retained its royal grandeur and abounds in numerous gharanas or schools of Indian classical music. The most interesting part about Lucknow is that it has maintained a perfect balance between tradition and modernity. This culturally rich city is a great patron of arts. It is believed that Lucknow is the city that has put soul in poems and poetries and takes pride in its refined embroidered cotton or chikan work. The city which is so rich in every respect does not disappoint its tourists who come from far and wide areas to bask in its pristine grandeur. To keep their interest unwavering, Lucknow presents them with an array of attractive sites. There are numerous tourist attractions in Lucknow.

On Lucknow Tour you will truly be mesmerized by seeing the diverse types of places of tourist interest in Lucknow. To cater to your aesthetic soul, Lucknow has brilliant sites of architectural magnificence. Most of the sites enjoy impressive symmetrical measures and intricate designs. These sites are the real feast for eyes and for the connoisseur of arts a complete and impeccable example of creativity. To relish the sites of architectural splendor monuments are the prefect places to head for. Some of the very noted monuments in Lucknow are Bara Imambara and Hussainabad Imambara among others. These sites exemplify the authentic structural patterns of Avadh.

There are many museums in Lucknow. Museums are regarded as one of the most visited tourist attractions in Lucknow. These are the best sites if you want to travel back in time and explore the royal antiquities. Most of the museums hold a rich collection of sculpture, bronzes, paintings, natural history and anthropological specimens, coins, textiles and decorative arts. These are just very few names mentioned here. On a visit to Museums in Lucknow you will come across many more magnificent object of rare origin. These will leave you absolutely mesmerized. Of all the museums, the State Museum warrants special mention.

Lucknow is the city of religious and spiritual people. You can satisfy your spiritual self very well on Lucknow Tour. There are many holy spots in the city of which Jami Masjid is counted among the very popular Lucknow tourist attractions. This masjid or mosque draws huge number of devotees. And during special occasions the beauty of this mosque reaches peak. You must come here. It is a must visit site.

After fulfilling religious and aesthetic needs, you can also seek some pleasure time in the beautifully laid out gardens in Lucknow. Gardens are regarded as the very noted tourist attractions in Lucknow. The gardens are the ideal base to engage oneself in recreational opportunities and relish leisurely and very delightful stroll.

Here Are The Best Tourist Attractions in Lucknow

Rumi Darwaza

A must-mention in Lucknow tourism is Rumi Darwaza. It is a spectacular gateway located in the center of Lucknow. It stands 60 feet tall in Old City and lies between other attractions of Lucknow, Bara Imambara, and Chota Imambara. The design of this gateway displays the ancient Awadhi architecture. Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula constructed this attraction as Turkish Gate, designed after the Bab-i-Humayun gateway in Turkey. Rumi Darwaza’s construction was part of a Food for Work Programmer when the Lucknow area suffered from famine.

Bara Imambara

The architecture and religious significance of Bara Imambara has made it one of the best places to visit in Lucknow. It is a major sightseeing point for Bhul Bhulaiya, located on its upper floor. People say there are 1024 ways to get inside this maze but only 2 to come out. Bara Imambara, also called Asafi Imambara, was named after the Nawab of Lucknow, who built it. Muslims visit here for worship every year at the festival of Muharram. It is said to be the world’s largest structure unsupported by beams, making it an engineering marvel.

Chota Imambara

Among the most stunning structures in Lucknow, Chota Imambara is located in the old city to the west of Bara Imambara. It was initially a congregation hall for Shia Muslims built by Muhammad Ali Shah, the third Nawab of Awadh. The Imambara was to serve as his burial site as well as of his mother, who is buried here beside him. The interiors of Chota Imambara are decorated with chandeliers during the Muharram festival. European tourists and writers call this 19th-century structure the “Palace of Lights” because of the decorations at specific events.

British Residency of Lucknow

Also a Residential Complex, the British Residency of Lucknow once served as the headquarters for the British East India Company’s generals. But with the 1857 revolt uprising, this complex was turned into a British refugee camp. Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daula started building this place in 1775, and it was completed in 1800 by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan. After the revolt, the growing flora and greenery turned this complex into a tourist attraction in Lucknow. Today, this site is in ruins, managed by the Archaeological Survey of India. A Light and Sound Show is organized every evening, depicting the 1857 revolt.

Ambedkar Memorial Park

Originally named Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal, Ambedkar Memorial Park is one of the top places to visit in Lucknow. The state government built this park under the leadership of CM Mayawati. As the name suggested, the park is dedicated to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and other freedom fighters like Birsa Munda, Kanshi Ram, Jyotiba Phule, and Sree Narayana Guru. In addition, the park has many statues and structures of historical significance, like the Ambedkar Stupa, Pratibimb Sthal, a museum, and a gallery.

Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden

Also called Lucknow Zoo, it is one of the best tourist attractions in Lucknow for kids as well as adults. It was initially called The Prince of Wales Zoological Gardens. Nawab Nasiruddin Haider established the zoo in 1921 to celebrate the visit of the Prince of Wales to Lucknow. Today, Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden is home to numerous mammals, birds, and reptiles like the Royal Bengal Tiger, White Bengal Tiger, Himalayan Black Bear, and Asiatic Lion. Other attractions include Toy Train, State Museum, Vintage Train, Butterfly Park, and Nature Interpretation Center.

Gomti Riverfront Park

Set along the banks of the Gomti River, this park is among the best Lucknow tourist places. Inaugurated by the then CM, Mr. In October 2016, Gomti Riverfront Park was built to conserve and develop the Gomti River, the lifeline of Uttar Pradesh. A musical fountain is a prime attraction in the park, seen from both sides of the Gomti River. The park has stunning landscapes and offers boating from various ghats. The trees in the wetland also allow birds to relax while their chirps captivate the visitors.

Ramakrishna Math

On your Lucknow sightseeing tour, visit Ramakrishna Math, a monastery and a shrine built in Nirala Nagar. It is an all-monk institution dedicated to Sri Ramakrishna. The place has been built with the motto of “For one’s salvation and the welfare of the world”. This marble structure was first built by a Bengali saint named Ramakrishna in the 19th century. The site has Ramakrishna, Mother Sarada Devi, and Swami Vivekananda idols. Today, the shrine next to the institution is the new version built close to the former holy site.

State Museum, Lucknow

Built in 1893, the State Museum of Lucknow is the largest and oldest museum in the city. It is set within the Lucknow Zoo and houses many galleries. You can visit galleries of Indian sculpture, Jain Art, Egyptian, Nawab arts and coins, archaeological, Buddha, metal art, and more. It is a famous historical and cultural attraction in Lucknow with galleries that transfer you to the bygone eras. Apart from the galleries, State Museum Lucknow also features many screen films and events for school and college students.

Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Park

Take your kids to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Park, spread across 76 acres. Dedicated to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya, who was a socialist, the park has four main divisions of courtyards and separate entrances. Apart from this, it has lawns with seasonal flowers. People come here for jogging and morning yoga classes. There are synthetic jogging arenas and a 100-meter acupressure walking and running track. Swings and other activities are set up for kids. There is also an open exercise space with a few machines.

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FAQs about Tourist Attractions in Lucknow

Q: What is famous in Lucknow?

Ans. Lucknow is a former royal city that is still evident through its Lucknowi culture (adab). Also, Lucknow's many stunning structures, like Chota Imambara, Bara Imambara, Residency, and Rumi Darwaza, are a testament to the city’s rich religious and historical past. Besides, Lucknow is famous for traditional cuisine like Tunday Kebabs and, in terms of clothing, the delicate chikankari work.

Q: How can I spend one day in Lucknow?

Ans. Here is a brief itinerary on how to spend one day in Lucknow -

  • Start the day by visiting Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara.
  • Afterward, have lunch. Proceed to Ram Krishna Math and post that, Moti Mahal.
  • End the day by trying out traditional dishes and shopping.


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Q: What are the top attractions to visit in Lucknow?

Ans. Chota Imambara, Bara Imambara, Lucknow Zoo, State Museum, Hazratganj, Constantia House, British Residency, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Park, and more are some of the top attractions in Lucknow.

Q: What are the most popular things to do in Lucknow?

Ans. Check out these popular things to do in Lucknow -

  • Enjoy shopping at Hazratganj
  • Savor delicious traditional foods
  • Have a picnic at a heritage park
  • Take a heritage walk around Old City
  • Dine at Oudhyana
  • Enjoy boating in the Gomti River
  • Attend light and sound show at British Residency
Q: What should I buy in Lucknow?

Ans: In Lucknow, you should get your hands on handmade textiles, especially chikankari work. Some best shopping places in Lucknow for clothes are Aminabad, Hazratganj, Chowk, Nakhas, and Kapoorthala. Jewelry pieces can be found at Alambagh Market.