Lucknow Travel Guide -Best places to see in India -Lucknow -Sight Seeting Day -1

Lucknow Sight Seeing 5-day Sight Seeing Complete Tour - a city most liked by tourists from all over
the world !
Lucknow is now most preferred tourist 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.
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. You may get here information and latest photos of Lucknow City and also places (outskirt) of Tourist interest, etc.

Places to visit in Lucknow - There are many Tourist spots and places worth visiting during your tour to the City. Hence the whole 'sight seeing' is divided into 5 days so that you may visit or select places of your choices. You may skip some of the places so as to cover only your choice of tourist destinations in Lucknow. 

Your visit begins with Sight Seeing Day-1 (Before Lunch) and in this time span you will see Bara Imambara(Bhool Bhulaiya) and adjoining monuments, Rumi Darwaja, Clock Tower, Picture Gallery, Satkhanda, Chhota Imambara and Jama Maszid. After lunch or rest, you may proceed for Sight Seeing Day-1 (After Lunch). 
These all monuments are situated on main road and are quite near to each other. However, to save yourself from fatigue, please use your Taxi or hired car for visiting the monuments one by one. There is enought parking space available outside the Monuments. 
You will now have a most unique time and you may  look forward to feel the Lucknow - the City of Nawabs .
Sight Seeing Day - 1 (Before Lunch)-  Begin your Sight Seeing Tour in Lucknow with the following magnificent monuments: 

Bara Imambara in Lucknow
[1] Bara Imambara (Asifi Imambara) - Bhool Bhulaiya -   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 of Lucknow is constructed on its upper floor . For more information and image : Bara Imambara Images    More information
Note : 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: It is visible from the road and both side of the Building should be viewed. 

[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

Between Rumi Darwaja and Clock tower, you may like to see Lucknow famous Kudia Ghat ( Beautiful River Bank and Temples) at the left side.

[5] Clock Tower of 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 more information and images: Clock-tower-lucknow


[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


Lucknow -Satkhanda Image
[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- Click for more information

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 - Teele 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.
Next - Sight Seeing After Lunch (of Site Seeing Day 1)

Lunch Break  -Note : From this point, you will return, have your Lunch at the place of your choice: What and Where to eat in Lucknow .
and see remaining places of tourist importance and worth visiting. Please click Day-1 (After Lunch)