Lucknow Tourism Diary - Visit places of importance in Lucknow city in a Single day

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Lucknow Sight Seeing
- Single -day Tour : In Lucknow city and in nearby areas, there are so many historical places worth visiting and it is not quite easy to see all of them as it may require more than 5 days to view all of them. However, some of the main places carefully chosen by us, are described in this page so that tourists may visit them in a single day.

Lucknow has been most preferred tourists destination due to its imperial splendor which always fascinated people from all over the world. The city still preserves the Nawabi (Royal) culture, leisurely habits, etiquette, manners, architecture, veg/non-veg. foods and taste. In fact, the Nawabs of the 18th century, imparted a distinct and unique image to the city by providing Lucknow the feeling of religious and secular edifices.

The architectural blend of European style and Mughal stylistic legacy that could be seen in surviving monuments is probably best of the world. The city spread evenly on both sides of Gomti River, offers a plenty of places of tourist importance in addition to a number of age-old monuments. You may get here information and latest photos of Lucknow City and also places (outskirt) of Tourist interest, etc.

Sight Seeing may begin with  these magnificent monuments- Bara Imambara(Bhul Bhulaiya) Shahi Bawli
Bara Imambara (Bhool Bhulaiya) in Lucknow
and Asfi Masjid:

[1] Bara Imambara (Asifi Imambara)    It should be your first destination in Lucknow city. 

Also called  Asifi Imambara, this sprawling historical monument recalls the glorious past of the Nawabs and stands out for its austerity in style, proportion and symmetry along with unique  techniques in architecture. 

This beautiful splendid building was built by 4th  Nawab of Awadh,  Asaf-Ud-Dowhala  and the construction work was taken up in the year 1784. It took 14 years to complete.  It was designed by the Architect Hafiz Kifayat ullah, Shahjahanabadi, a prominent Architect of that time.
Visiting Imambara  is a pleasing and unique experience. The Main Hall  is of 163' lengh, 53' and height 50 'and the   two halls are Kharbuja and Suraj Mukhi hall. The Main Hall consists of  a number of  doors. The remarkable feature of the Imambara is the absence of pillars for support to the 50 ft. high main hall.   The famous Bhool Bhulaiya (Labyrinth) of Lucknow is constructed on its upper floor .  For more information and image : Bara Imambara Images  More information

Obtain   here a COMBINED PASS (Entry ticket) by paying a nominal amount just  Rs. 35/- from the Ticket Window at 2nd Gate of Bara Imambara- provided by Hussainabad Trust, Lucknow, for visiting Bara Imambara, Bhool Bhlaia, Shahi Hamam, Bouli, Picture Gallery, Chhota Imambara.

(Earlier it was Rs.25/- revised from 01.12.2010).  Buying a combined pass will save your money as purchasing separately at  these monuments will cost much more.

[2] Shahi Bawli- the Royal well with bathrooms  : (Same campus) On the eastern side you may see another amazing structure.  This is Shahi Bavali.  You can go downstairs to see the well with blue water on surface and the bathrooms constructed around the well on ground, first and second floors of the Well.  So what is amazing in it ? You can  watch anyone coming inside through  the Main gate of the Bawli  with the help of a colored image (shadow)  in the water of the well.   It is said that Nawab Wazid Ali Sah left the keys of his Treasure in this bawli before leaving for Kolkata.


 [3] Asifi Masjid-   (Same campus) You can also see  on the western side of the Bara Imambara, a beautiful building -      This is Asafi Masjid  with sculptured domes and minarets, it provides a most splendid


look and many thousand of people of Lucknow reach here on Friday to offer namaz. Please double click the image to enlarge it . 



Next :  Now you move out of Bara Imambara Complex and proceed towards Rumi Darwaja which is on the main road:

[4] Rumi Darwaja - The Signature Building of Lucknow -  On the main road - quite near to above complex. 
This looks so beautiful that you may not resist your temptation to have a close look at this  3 Storey building  It is called the signature building of Lucknow and  also Turkish Gate.  Since it was made by workers from Rome, hence its  name is  Roomi Gate.  The architecture design was made by Kifayatulla.  Read More

Lucknow Clock Tower
[5]Clock Tower in Lucknow  

Just after Rumi Darwaja, you will see 221' tall Clock Tower. It is called Hussainabad Clock Tower.
The  Hussainabad Clock Tower is truly the finest structure of British architecture in India. It was built by Hussainbad Endowment Trust   in the year 1887 at a cost of 1.75 lakhs at that time, to mark the arrival of Sir George Cooper, who was the first Lt. Governor of the Awadh. It was built in the year 1881 with a cost of about 1.25 lakhs. It is  221' in length and 20 sq. in width.  The clock of the Tower was brought from  London. The Diametre  is 13'.  It is biggest clock tower of India.  At the top you can see direction  bird. Presently the clocks are working.   For information and image: More information




[6] Hussainabad Picture Gallery  - On the same road  and near Clock Tower 

Hussainabad Picture Gallery in Lucknow is situated near the Chhota Imambara  and the Gallery Building is visible from the main road. Built by the third Nawab of Awadh,  Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah in the year 1838  for being used as a Royal summer house, Picture Gallery is one of the most liked tourist spot in Lucknow. It has some very unique and large size  photos of Nawabs. It is said that these paintings are made on  the Elephant skin and the colours used were made of diamonds. These paintings are  amazing.  You can find some parts of the paintings moving along with you.. More information : Picture-gallery

Satkhanda in Lucknow, India
[7] Satkhanda  ( the past glory of Awadh)

Built in 1842 by Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah, Satkhanda (now being renovated)  looks like the leaning Minar of Pisa in Italy. The Building was not in good condition  but still you can see it as shown in the picture. It is matter of great pleasure for all that renovation work has been taken up and soon it will look like as what Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah had thought  in his imagination in 1840.  It is said that the Tower was being built for viewing moon and also the Nawab  wanted this to be a watch tower to view the royal buildings and the beautiful city of Lucknow. It could have been a most interesting building of the city but the untimely death of the Nawab, the building could not be completed  and  out of the seven or nine floors, only Four  could be  built by that time. It is said that the Nawab had hurt his ankle on the stairs of the Satkhanda  before his death and may be because of this, the Nawabs who came after him, did not try to complete  the construction.  It is believed that earlier 7 or 9 stories  were to be constructed.  However, it is still a thrilling experience to see the building.  Very soon tourists will be able to look at the city and the river Gomti from its top floor.  The Satkhanda is situated near Picture Gallery, Clock Tower and Chhota Imambara. You can even see it from the main road while leaving for Chhota Imambara.

[8] Chhota Imambara  (Hussainbad Ka Imambara)

Chhota Imambara in Lucknow is also called the Hussainabad Imambara. It is well known as a Palace of Lights.This beautiful building was built in 1837 -40 by  Nawab Muhammad Ali Shah, the third Nawab of Avadh to serve as his own mausoleum. Attractive chandeliers  brought from Belgium are some of the most appreciated items.   


[9] Jama Masjid or Masjid Malika Jahan-

In the year 1839  in Lucknow City, King Muhammad Ali Shah started constructing Jama Masjid in Tahsinganj area of the city  with the intention to surpass the Jama Masjid at Delhi in size and look.  But due to the sudden death of the king, the construction work of this grand Masjid was taken up and  completed by one of his wives, Malika Jahan Begum in 1845 AD.   It is said that she spent  almost all her  treasure in its construction and create an excellent place Masjid in Lucknow.

[10] Laxman Tila - Tile vali Maszid
 On the bank of river gomti this splendid maszid was constructed by Governor (of Mugal Emperor Auranzeb) , Ali Shah Kuli. This tila (natural raised platform)  is 200 meter high   and 120 metre wide and . It is said that a Sheshnag temple was also present here. This is Most beautiful Maszid. This raised structure is also called Shah Geer ka Tila because his Rausa is also here.

[11]  Indira Gandhi Planetarium    

Situated near Daliganj crossing and adjacent to Suraj Kund Park, a novel attraction of Lucknow, the saturn shaped building of the Planetarium is unique of its kind in India.  Fully airconditioned planetarium  invisages state of art projection system providing speial effects while the show.  Digital sound and lift ramp for worth mentioning facilities are avaiable here.  Show timing (40 minutes duration) 11.00 am to 2.00 pm It remains closed on Monday.  Show "Our World and Beyond"  is worth watching for all.   Entry fee is just Rs.25/- for more information call :  0522-2629176,2627416 



 Lunch Break
Note :  From this point, you will return,  have your Lunch at the place of your choice
and see remaining places of tourist importance and worth visiting.  These are equally important from the tourism point of view and well within the city. These are Shaheed Smarak, Lucknow Residency, Chhatar Manzil, Tomb of Saadat Ali Khan and Begum Murshid Jadi, Shah Najaf Ka Maqbara, Sibtainabad Ka Imambara in Hazratganj, Dada Miya ki Dargah and Constantia (La Martinere College Building) - a most beautiful worth visiting Monument in Lucknow.

 [12] Lucknow Residency -  a mook witness of the First war of India's Independence -The history of the Residency can be traced back to 1774 AD when Nawab Shujauddhaula agreed to have a British resident stationed in Awadh. Residency was established at Lucknow when the capital of Awadh was shifted from Faizabad to Lucknow in the year 1775 AD. Originally the site of the Residency belonged to Sheikhzadas. Nawab Asafuddaula started the construction of Lucknow  Residency in the year 1775 AD. You can view here a two storey Museum . Entry : Rs.5/- only. 

It is a most unique Palace - a view from outside only as it houses CDRI,Lucknow
The Chattar Manzil [Umbrella Palace]  was first constructed by General Claud Martin and later purchased by  Nawab Ghazi Uddin Haider. The excellent architecture was completed after his death by his successor, Nawab Nasir Uddin Haider. The imposing building has large underground rooms and a dome surmounted by a gilt umbrella. Some time back this Palace  housed   Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow. Now it is vacant and under renovation/repairs. It will soon be open for tourists.   More :Chhatar Manzil (Kothi Farhat Banks)   


[14] Tomb of  Saadat Ali Khan -  In Hazratganj area,  this beautful Maqbara was constructed by Badshah Gajiuddin Haider son of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan, This Maqbara is really beautiful and stones are carved with beautiful    designs.  The  floor of the building  is made of marbel and other precious  stones. 4 burj and multiple  doors The grave of the Nawab is in underground Tehkhana  with  16 stylist windows.



[15] Tomb of Begum Murshidjadi

Equally beautiful, Tomb of Begum Murshidjadi  is just a few meters away from Saadat Ali Khan's Maqbara. The dome of the building is most beautiful.  There  are  graves  of Begum Murshidjadi and one of this sons.  During 1857 war, freedom fighters kept canons on  the on both  tombs  and firing was done on 17 March 1858  when Gen. Havloc's 16 soldiers  died at this place.


 [16] Shah Najaf Imambara - It is  one of the most liked tourist attraction. Constructed by Nawab Ghazi-ud-Din Haider  in the year 1816  to serve as his mausoleum,  this splendid building attracts a large number of tourists owing to its historical importance and look.




[17] Hazratganj -Sibtainabad ka Imambara

Nawab Amzad Ali Shah- who established Hazratganj s buried here. -In the western part of Hazratganj,  a splendid and beautiful building surrounded by freen garden and  housing units, is the Sibtainabad Ka Imambara, generally neglected by tourists.   Nawab Amjad Ali Shah (1842-1847) is  buried at this Imambara Sibtainabad. 


[18] Constantia , La Martinere College Building

It is one of the most magnificent buildings,constructed in eighteenth century in Lucknow. While some other imposing structures had been periodically added to it,  the imposing centre-point is La Martiniere “Constantia”, which was the country house of Major-General Claude Martin.  More information: La-Martiniere College Building

Single Day visit to Lucknow is over 

Still much more to explore. Please visit our :      Lucknow 5 Day Visit  Lucknow -16 Must See places in the city and suborns   What to see in Lucknow - Lucknow Main places of importance