We all grow up listening the stories of Indian glory and sophisticated lifestyle of the royals. Visit Lucknow this vacation to witness the same grandeur and regal lifestyle.
The Privileged Courtesans of Lucknow
One of the important facts of Lucknow is its courtesans. Lucknow is the city of courtesans like Umrao Jan, who was not just a mere dancing girl of the royals but an educated lady. As you check out the paintings of the courtesans of Lucknow you will find every picture portray the brilliance of these power women. From owning orchards to being well versed in Persian and Urdu, the courtesans of this city were once the highest tax payers of Lucknow.
The Magnificent Architecture of Lucknow
As you stroll along the old streets of Lucknow, every corner speaks of the passion of the Shia Nawabs for art and architecture. While Rumi Darwaza is the replica of the popular gateway of Istanbul, the watch tower of Satkhanda is considered to be the tallest tower of India; this 67 meter red brick colored edifice of 1880 is a gallery of rich paintings of nawabs of Awadh.
While the intricate designs of Akbari Darwaza are awe inspiring, the narrow paths of Bara Imambara, popularly known as bhulbhulaiya are excerpts of an amazing plan, each twisted lane leading to the upper floor of the monument.
The Heavenly Fragrance of Lucknow
The city still bears the elegance of past with its essential oils, known as ittar or attar. These colorful liquids entice you with its aroma; some of the popular attar available at Lucknow is rose, bakul, zafari, rajanigandha, champa and saffron attars. The tradition of using attar was popularized by Noor Jahan, queen of Mughal Emperor Jahangir. This alcohol free perfumes are must visit items of the city along with incense sticks and household fragrances.
The quintessential cuisines of Lucknow
If you are not in love with historical monuments, you can visit Lucknow just to treat yourself. Lucknow is known for its Awadhi cuisines. While the galawati kebabs just melt in your mouth, the tender meat of boti kebabs fills your heart.
While the biriyani of Lucknow is a perfect blend of spices in meat and rice, the delicacy of rogan rosh cannot be described in words. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth with the soft and sweet desert of malai ki gilori and sheermals. Give a grand finishing to your lunch or dinner with a Lucknowi paan.
The Artistic Facet of Lucknow
Now you cannot return from Lucknow without a piece of chikan karigari apparels. While the colorful threads (sometimes even golden and silver) create wonderful embroidery designs on the gorgeous silks, the dream zardoosi suits and saris are made. Wrap around a Lucknow shawl to feel the warmth of beauty.
The Traveller’s Den
Lucknow is the perfect place for travelers looking for a premium vacation and also for tourists looking for an India budget tour. While ample number of buses and auto rickshaws play through the city, you can enjoy the charm of old Lucknow riding on horse ridden vehicles, known as tongas.
Best Time to Visit:
The best time to visit Lucknow is from February to April and again from October to December.