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In the City of Nawabs


Lucknow can leave you nebulous. As it paces parallel to the catch up with the modern advancements, it does so keeping intact the ingrained culture that bestowed it the epithet ‘the centre of sophistication’. While it mesmerizes with marveling souvenirs of heritage coalesced in ancient Indian and Persian architecting, it also reflect its pathos of a being  a misprize of the compelling fame that Delhi and Agra commands as traveling destinations.

The labyrinth in Bara Imambara, famously called bhul-bhulaiya.

In the juncture of Indian history, as Mughal Empire started to wane, buckling under the powers of the Marathas and the emerging East India Company, the Nawabs of the Awadh dynasty grew more independent and stronger. These rulers or nawabs  of the Awadh region, which now makes the state of Uttar Pradesh were more inclined towards nurturing the arts and culture in their region than

challenging the prowess of the British Empire. So when the third Nawab of Awadh, Shuja-ud-Daula shifted his court from Faizabad, Lucknow soared to prominence and soaked in culture. In a way, it has always been a great time to visit Lucknow and appreciate the antiquities of the cultural renaissance that dawned on the land of Lucknow.

A view of Bara Imambara.

Under their dominion of these aesthete masters  blossomed music, dance, and every form of art exuberating beauty. The beautiful monuments were erected to be decorated with the intricate art, the poetic Urdu language was spoken, artisan embroidered ornate Chikankari, courtesans held court with the spell workings of their voices and lithe dance movements, and the beautiful and delicious Awadhi cuisine came into being from the unique use of fragrances and spices.

This cultural awakening of Lucknow also accorded the city the root of religious unity and tolerance that has through years been exemplary of harmonious cohabitation of different religions.

Chikankari embroidery in progress.

Moving ahead in time when India started its hustle to find freedom,  Lucknow found itself on occasions to be a fierce battleground. When the historic rebellion of 1857 broke out a year after it was annexed by the British forces,  the city joined the struggle with the historic battle called as Siege of Lucknow.

So while it has scaled up to offers everything that a traveler would expect  in a metropolis, there is a sense of being lost and forgotten about Lucknow.

Rumi Darwaza.

Being in Lucknow  can leave you with a sensory overload corresponding its status of one of the largest cities in India, it is not devoid of its entrenched history and culture. The reminiscences of the extravaganza of the bygone era makes it very much attractive and worthy of visit, especially for those who have been reeled in by the magnetism of India’s rich cultural history.

Here is what you must do and must see in Lucknow.


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