Places to Visit in Lucknow

This large structure was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1786-91 and is one of the architectural wonders of that era. Its central hall is said to be the largest vaulted chamber in the world. Except for the galleries in the interior, there is no woodwork in the entire structure. It is now used by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari. It is believed that the construction of this grand building was started in 1785 when a devastating famine had hit Awadh, and the nawab’s objective was to provide employment for people in the region for almost a decade while the famine lasted. 

Shop for trinkets and Lucknawi arts at Hazratganj, which is a major tourist attraction and shopping area located in the heart of the city. It is home to some old bazaars, shopping complexes, restaurants, hotels, theaters and with the advent of time, offices. Nawab Nasiruddin Haider laid the foundation of the Ganj market in 1827 by introducing the China Bazaar and Kaptaan Bazaar. The name of the area was changed to Hazratganj after Nawab Amjad Ali Shah in the year 1842


Built for the British Resident during the rule of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan in 1780-1800, it was originally a large complex of many buildings including residential quarters, armoury, stables, dispensaries, worship places and so on. It was the scene of dramatic events during the first war of independence in 1857 also known as Siege of Lucknow. It began on July 1 and continued until November 17, 1857.


The 60 feet high Rumi Gate was constructed during the reign of Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784-86. It is said to be identical in design to an ancient portal at Constantinople in Turkey and is also referred to as Turkish Gate. It is a huge ornate structure, marked by an eight faceted chhatri in its uppermost part. In earlier times it was used to mark the entrance to the Old Lucknow City.



A toy train for children is a major attraction within the zoo. The State Museum and Folk Arts Museum are also in the zoo campus. The Lucknow Zoo also known as Nawab Wazid Ali Shah Prani Udyan was established in 1921 to mark the visit of the then Prince of Wales to Lucknow. It was earlier known as Prince of Wales Zoological Gardens and is the oldest zoo in Northern India. It is located in the heart of the city and is spread over 70 acre area. Among its attractions are hundreds of animals, reptiles and birds including wild animals.
 The Ambedkar Memorial is a majestic structure commissioned in the name of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar to honor all those who devoted their lives to humanity, equality. The Ex-Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati got this stupendous structure erected while the Bahujan Samaj Party was in power. While for some it is the Ambedkar Stupa or Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal, for others its just the Mayawati Park.

                                             Chhota Imambara

A golden dome and fine calligraphy on the exterior of the building makes it a truly exceptional monument of Mughal architecture. It is decorated and lit up during special occasions. The Chhota Imambara also known as Hussainabad Imambara stands to the west of Bara Imambara and was built by Nawab Muhammad Ali Shah (1837-42). It is more ornate in design with gilded dome, several turrets, exquisite chandeliers said to be brought from Belgium, gilt-edged mirrors and colourful stuccos which adorn the interiors.



Janeshwar Mishra Park is an urban park operating in Gomti Nagar in Lucknow, India. It was made in memory of late politician Janeshwar Mishra from Samajwadi Party.The park was inaugurated for general public of the city on 5 August 2014