Lucknow: A place of Nawab, Kabab and Adab

BY Seema Shukla

Lucknow, known for its special chikankari and its rich culture, is located in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, It is among one of the largest cities and the Capital of Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow is a city of beautiful amalgamation of advanced urban and traditional Mughal Architecture. 

Lucknow has always been known for its flourished North Indian cultural and artistic hub and the seat of power of Nawabs in the 18th and 19th centuries. 

The Lucknow Architecture School was an experiment by Awadhi’s revived Nawwab. The architectural structures were made by mixing traditional Mugha Architecture Architecture with different materials and using innovative ideas. Lucknow architecture includes ancient Buddhist st?pas and vih?ras, ancient Buddhist and Hindu monasteries, temples, ghats townships, forts, palaces, mosques, mausoleums, memorials, and other community structures. 

The Bara Imambara is one of the most famous monuments in Lucknow. It was constructed by the built by Asaf-ud-Daula, Nawab of Lucknow, in 1784. Therefore, it was also known as Asafi Imambara. It is also famous as Bhul Bhulaiya due to its incredible maze. Bara Imambara is known for its unique style of construction (no use of wood or metal in the construction of this mosque). About one km away from Bara Imambara there are other very beautiful monuments known as Chota Immambara. It was built by Muhammad Ali Shah, the Nawab of Awadh in 1838, to serve as a mausoleum for himself and his mother.

Lucknow is also a witness to the Revolt of 1857. The Residency Complex consists of several individual structures and is not only rich in history, but it is also an everlasting example of British architectural skills.

Lucknow is now becoming a center of urban parks like Janeshwar Mishra Park and Ambedkar Memorial Park.

Janeshwar Mishra Park is an urban park operating in Gomti Nagar in Lucknow. It was named in memory of late politician Janeshwar Mishra from the Samajwadi Party.

Ambedkar Memorial Park, formally known as Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal is a public park and memorial dedicated to B. R. Ambedkar, the 20th-century Indian polymath and the major author of the Indian Constitution.

The park also honors the lives and memories of Jyotirao Phule, Narayana Guru, Birsa Munda, Shahuji Maharaj, and Kanshi Ram. The park also has 124 monumental elephants. The memorial was constructed by Mayawati, the former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, during her administration when she led the Bahujan Samaj Party.

The cuisine of Lucknow is majorly influenced by the Awadh region in Northern India. The cooking patterns of Lucknow are similar to those of Central Asia, the Middle East, and Northern India with the cuisine comprising both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. 

Lucknow is also famous for its chikankari work. The good places to buy chikankari work in Lucknow are Nazrana Chikan Janpath Market. The Modern Chikan Emporium and Ada. Lucknow chock has several factories where you can buy affordable chikan cloths.

In brief, Lucknow is a bunch of variety of flowers like beautiful historical places, urban parks, best Mughal dishes, and chikankari. The best time to visit Lucknow is between October to March. Summers are very hot, so it is better to avoid them.

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