Lucknow Sight Seeing Day-2

You can see places of your choice today- Lucknow Historical places of tourist importance
Dilkusha Kothi is remains of one of the most beautiful monuments in the historic city of Lucknow. Though today there remains only a few towers of monument surrounded by  green beautiful gardens.

The house was constructed around 1800 by the British resident Major Gore Ouseley and a friend of the King of Oudh, Nawab Saadat Ali Khan.

It was initially intended as a hunting lodge for the nawabs of Oudh although it was later used as a summer resort too. Changes were made to its design by Nawab, King Nasir-ud-Din Haider (1827-1837). This Kothi was shelled during its involvement in the Lucknow siege in 1857
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Lucknow Zoo
Lucknow Zoo and Museum

Lucknow Zoo was found in the year 1921 with the Name Prince of Wales Zoological Gardens. The Zoo has about 430 mammals, 261 birds, 40 reptiles and a total of 97 different species of wild animals. Some prime possessions are the Royal Bengal Tiger, White Tiger, Lion, Wolf, Hoolock Gibbon, Himalayan Black Bear, Indian Rhinoceros, Black buck, Swamp Deer, Barking Deer, Hog Deer, Asiatic Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra, Common Otters, Hill Mynahs, Giant Squirrels, Great Pied Hornbill, Golden Pheasant, Silver Pheasant etc.

The Zoo is successfully breeding Swamp Deer, Black Buck, Hog Deer and Barking Deer, White Tiger, Indian Wolf and several wild life animals. In addition to all these wildlife, you can view Fish House, Owl House, crocodiles pond and enjoy a joy ride on Toy Train.
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Lucknow Railway Station - Charbagh 
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  magnificant 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  roof, this building  domes look  like Chess.    If standing on the porch of the station, you cannot listen the noise emanating of incoming/outgoing trains.  Special Tunnels below the Station are now  used for carrying goods and moving from one platform to another.  Painted in red and white cement, 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.

Vidhan Sabha, Lucknow
Vidhan Bhawan (Council House)
  - When the British shifted capital from Allahabad to Lucknow, need was felt to construct a Council House. Hence with the joint efforts of Sir Harcourt Butler and Raja Sahib Mahmudabad, a council house foundation of the building was laid in the year  1922. Map of the building was made by Mr. Zecob and Sardar Hira Singh. The building took  6 years to complete and was ready in 1928. It is said that an amount of Rs. 18 lakh was spent.  It is made with  Mirjapuri stone. The dome of the building is in Gothic style. After independence the state symbol was added on  this building .  Because of its aesthetic elegance, grandeur and  octagonal shape with a splendid  dome, the Vidhan Bhawan of Lucknow is probably one of the most attractive buildings.  Presently, this building houses State Assembly and other Administrative offices of UP. It is situated on the main Vidhan Sabha Road  near Hazratganj, adjacent to GPO building.

G.P.O Building - The General Post Office in Lucknow  is not mere a post office, it is a witness to the  most famous moments of India's freedom struggle.  During the British rule
  a building called 'Ring Theatre' was situated in between important monuments -Kothi Hayat Baksh and Mallika Ahad's palace.  This building was used by the British for  entertainment. The  English drama were played and movies screened. A board was  put at the entrance  which read ‘Dogs and Indians not allowed’. The famous Kakori trial happened at this Threatre. Pandit Gobind Vallabh Pant, Chandra Bhanu Gupt, Babu ML Saxena and K.C. Hajela fought for the accused viz. Ram Prasad Bismil, Bhagat Singh, Chandra Shekhar Azad. Ashfaquallah Khan,etc.  During the years 1929-1932 this  Theatre was transformed into the present General Post Office.  The GPO building is built in the Gothic style. A large Hall in the centre,  houses main post office and a Clock Tower is attached on it.   It is on the main Vidhan Sabha Road, opposite to Capital Picture Hall.


 Farangi Mahal -  Around four hundred years ago, the Firangi Mahal has been residence of French traders. This beautiful old building actually belonged to a French Neal. Later on it was developed into a full fledged Islamic school, which was often compared with famous Oxford and the Cambridge universities.  Since then the palace has been a seat of learning and called The Nadwa College in Lucknow. 


Suraj Kund Lucknow : Situated near Daliganj bridge and adjacent to Planetorium in Lucknow, is said to be an ancient sacred water pond comprising of 5 wells. Nawab Asafudduaula of Lucknow rebuilt and renovated the ghats. It is said that the water of the Kund had medicinal value.

Kaiserbagh Baradari
In the centre of Kaiserbagh Palace complex,  stands the Baradari, a picturesque white colour building. Baradari was constructed in 1850. There is also a underground floor  in the building.  Beautiful Domes and architectural design provides a beautiful look to the building.

This building is made in red stones but always painted in white. The  shooting of the famous film Shatranj ke Khilari  by Satyajit Re,  was done  in this building. This baradari is now used for exhibitions and marriages.parties, dinners,etc.

Lakhi Darwaja in Lucknow


Lakhi Darwaja

On the east and west side of Kaiserbagh baradari,  these two Royal doors were built with a cost of Ruees one lakh that is why they are called Lakhi Darwaja. There is beautiful carving  depicting the then architure and style.  In 1857 Nawab Vazid Alid Shah left for Kolkata  from this Royal door in very disappointed mood. Due to modern constructions, the beautiful look of the building is somewhat hidden.

Karbala of Malika Afaq, Makka ganj
It is In Makkaganj area of Lucknow. Constructed in  the memory of    Malka Afaq  of   Begum of Mohd. Ali Shah, 3rd Nawab of Lucknow,  also called  Begum Marium Makani. She was very kind lady. The Beautiful architectural design will certainly attract you. Floors of the monument are made  of beautiful coloured tiles  made in contemporary Lucknow.

Karbala Naseer-ud-Din Haider
Location : Daliganj, Near Daliganj Railway Station, Iradat Nagar
Importance:  This Karbala was constructed by Nawab Naseer-ud-Din Haider, the 2nd Nawab of Avadh.  This place is famous because of her loving Begum Kudesia Begum, who took poison just to express his faith in Nawab.  She is buried here and also Nawab Naseer-ud-Din Haider.  This place is woth seeing  because of artistic decoration although Karbala looks incomplete/improperly maintained.

Nawab Naseer-ud-Din Haiser, who died in 1837,  is famous in Lucknow's history owing to his work done for the people of Lucknow.  It is said that he established Unani Hospital and Darunshafa.  Famous Tara Vali Kothi (SBI) was also constructed by him. He also constructed the first  Iron bridge on Gomti river.



Rifa-e-Aam Club, Lucknow   -This beautiful building, Rifa-e-Aam Club, was got constructed by Kings and Nawabs of Awadh (UP) during 1883 for being used by the then Royal Indian families as a Club.  This Club was established in the year 1860 in Lucknow Golaganj area. The concept of such a club was conceived  by royal families because Indians were not allowed to get membership in United Services Club at Chhatar Manzil.  During 1905 Swadeshi Movement and Muslim League meetings were held in this Club.  In 1936  this Club has been a witness to the famous session of Progressive Writers Association   organised  by writers, and the session was presided over by  Munshi Prem Chand, etc.  Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Pandit Neharu and Mahatma Gandhi had been to this Club  during their visit to Lucknow.



Earlier known as Ambedkar Memorial or Ambedkar Park, the memorial is dedicated to Dalit leaders. The entire memorial is made of stones, constructed at the bank of river Gomti in Lucknow  and is dedicated to the glory of leaders, Shahuji Maharaj, Kanshi Ram and others. Presently, It can be viewed from outsite.   



Manyavar Kanshi Ram Smarak Sthal ,Lucknow  - A new destination in Lucknow






Eco Park in Lucknow

Garden (Eco Park)   is the newest  spot in Lucknow. It is constructed on Jail Road in Lucknow.People of Lucknow and for tourists from all over the world visit this place. Spread in over 112-acre land, Eco Garden is going to be  nice place for children. Constructed on Jail Road, north side of Manyawar Kanshiram Ji Smarak Sthal, the park is still taking final shape.


Moti Mahal, Lucknow

Moti Mahal In Lucknow -  Built by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan on the bank of river Gomti, it has been a place for Royal family to watch animal/bird combat... It is also known as Pearl Palace because of its pearl like beauty.






 Butler Palance in Lucknow -  

The Butler palace in Lucknow was built by Sir Mohammad Ali Mohammad Khan, Rajah of Mehmoodabad  (1877-1931), during the
year 1919. The foundation of the Palace was laid in 1915 by the then Deputy Commissioner of Lucknow, Sir Harcourt Butler. Initially this beautiful palace was used for the official residence of Sir Harcourt Butler. The Palace had been the academic centre of the Indian Council of Philosophical Researc until 2005 when the Council vacated the Palace following the Supreme Court order.There is a lake near the Palace



 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 air conditioned planetarium  envisages state of art projection system providing speial effects while the show.  Digital sound and lift ramp for worth mentioning facilities are available 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 





Lucknow Museums - In addition to State Museum at Benarsi Bagh (Zoo), you can see Motilal Nehru Children Museum at Charbagh or Lok Kala Sangrahalaya, established by the UP Govt. in Kaiser Bagh. Lok Kala Sangrahalaya claims to have rare collection of more than 1600 artifacts including a number photographs. A Library is also there which houses a lot of books on Lucknow. Sangrahayala is closed on Monday and its contact Number is 0522-2274638.

Ganga Aquarium in Lucknow -Fish is said to be powerful energizer of wealth, luck and happiness in our life. Fish symbolizes abundance of wealth and prosperity and fortune. Fish Aquarium is kept in hotels, guest rooms and in functions in Lucknow. The Ganga Aquarium in Lucknow is situated at National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR), Canal Road (VIP Road) a connecting road between Kanpur Road and Rae Bareli road, Lucknow.

Nadaan Mahal

This Maqbara is on Nadaan Mahal Road -connecting Nakhas and Rakabganj. There are two tombs - one of  them is of Sufi Sant Shekh Ibrahim. It is said that this maqbara is actual Nadaan Mahal maqbara because the followers of Shekh prayed here for solving their problems.  An encription on a large stone  expresse his greatness.  The Tombs are  oldest surviving monuments in Lucknow and belongs to Moghul Emperor Akbar (16th century).

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