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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.
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.
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.