Lucknow Railways Station -Charbagh -Welcome to the City of Nawabs

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History of Charbagh -Lucknow Railway Station
This most beautiful and splendid building  was built in 1923 and the foundation stone was laid on 21 March 1914 by Bishop George  Herbert. It is
constructed  in Rajputi style of architecture at a cost of Rs.  70 lakh.  The  building looks like a  magnificent Palace.  The map of this building was sketched by an Architect Mr. Zecob.

 It is one of most beautiful Railway stations of the world. The architectural design of building is amazing. If seen from above the  sky, this building looks  like Chess  Board.
The beautiful building is a combination of Mughal and Awadhi architectural style. In fact, it was named as Charbagh ( four gardens) , which existed at the time of Nawabs.

What is different :

If standing on the porch of the station, you cannot listen the noise emanating of incoming/outgoing trains.  
   Another unique feature of the Charbagh railway station is that an aerial view of the station building shows it like a  chess board and the domes and pillars of the building appear to be pieces of a chess.
Special Tunnels below the Station are now  used for carrying goods and moving  safely from one platform to another. It is most helpful to those who find it difficult to climb the stairs.

The whole building  is built of red bricks and painted in red   and white cement. Historical record reveals that it  this building has been the venue of the first meeting of Jawaharlal Nehru and Mahatma Gandhi. A stone engraved with this message to marked the meeting  is fixed outside the Station.

History: Until 1867, the area was a large orchard developed by Nawabs of Lucknow and it was called Charbagh. The present Station building was constructed in 1926 with domes and minars of intended to harmonise with the architecture matching  to the important historical buildings of Lucknow. 

In fact, railway services in Lucknow city is provided through a number of Railway stations at different places of the city. The main railway station is the Lucknow Railway Station at Charbagh (built in the year 1923).

There are two stations, one is main Charbagh building of Northern Railway and the building at the right side is of North Eastern Railways.

The main building belongs to Northern Railway(NR) (station code: LKO) division of Indian Railways and the second terminal is run by the North Eastern Railway (NER) (Station Code: LJN). 

It is at the right side.Lucknow is a major junction with links to all major cities of the state and country. It handles around 200
trains everyday.

Lucknow has a further thirteen railway stations viz. Alamnagar, Malhaur, Utretia, Transport Nagar, Dilkhusha, Gomti Nagar, Badshahnagar (near Indira Nagar), Manak Nagar, Amausi, Aishbagh junction, Lucknow City, Daliganj and Mohibullapur :  Out of above stations, only Manak Nagar, Mohibullapur and Gomti Nagar Stations have reservation counters.

Facilities available at Lucknow NR (LKO) :

Waiting Room, Dormitory/Retiring Rooms, Baggage Room, Refreshment, ATM. Pure water is available on the counters/as well as on water coolers booth. However, it is 
advisable to carry your own water bottles before the commencement of journey.
There are 9 platforms and facilities for  waiting Room, dormitory/retiring Rooms, baggage Room, refreshment, ATM, VIP waiting room, etc. have been provided.

What is amazingThe architectural design of building is amazing. Probably none of the railway station in India can match the beauty and grandeur of Charbagh Rly. Station Building.You cannot listen the noise of incoming/outgoing trains outside the Station. Due to some changes in the building, it may not be completely true today but it is. Special Tunnels of the station is used for carrying goods and moving from one platform to another.