16 Important places - Must visit in Lucknow - See Lucknow City in few hours- 16 places worth seeing in Lucknow

If you are on a short visit to Lucknow city and you want to see the main places of tourist importance, please read below. You will get here information about the must see places in Lucknow: लखनऊ  की सैर  - एक दिन में लखनऊ की ख़ास इमारते,  ऐतिहासिक  भवन घूमने योग्य जगहों की जानकारी
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Get Entry tickets online- Please click on e-Ticketing : e-ticket for monuments will be available.  You can buy tickets online  to visit historical monuments of the Lucknow from the comforts of your home. (Tickets are available from Hussainbad Trust 
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Bara Imambara (Bhool Bhulaiya) in LucknowBara Imambara  - Bhool Bhulaiya  : This is the first place to visit. Bara Imambara a 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 :
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Shahi Bawli- the Royal well with bathrooms

This Royal well is in the same campus. This amazing structure is on the eastern side.  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.

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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 . 

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This Rumi Darwaja - The Signature Building of Lucknow -  On the main road - quite near to above complex. L
ooks 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

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Lucknow Clock Tower
Clock Tower  

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 Diameter  is 13'.  It is biggest clock tower of India.  At the top you can see direction  bird. Presently the clocks are working.  

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 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

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Satkhanda  -On the same road near Clock Tower
Satkhanda in Lucknow, India
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.  *

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Chhota Imambara  (Hussainbad Ka Imambara)

Few meters away from Satkhanda, Chhota Imambara is situated .It is  also called the Hussainabad Imambara and  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. You can see 3 more buildings inside.

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Jama Masjid or Masjid Malika Jahan- on the same road.

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.


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                                               Lucknow Residency 
Not more than a kilometer away from Laxman Tila, you can view  a mook witness of the First war of India's Independence -Constructed in 1775, Residence is a place of historical buildings. You may see here Museum as the rest of buildings are broken. AD. You can view here a two storey Museum . Entry : Rs.5/- only.


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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 marble and other precious  stones. 4 burj and multiple  doors The grave of the Nawab is in underground Tehkhana  with  16 stylist windows.

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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.


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 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.

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Sibtainabad ka Imambara in Hazratganj

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.


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The 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

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he Chhatar Manzil [Umbrella Palace] 
or Kothi Farhat Baksh, was first constructed by General Claud Martin for his residence in the year 1781 at the bank of river Gomti in Lucknow. This 
kothi was bought by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan and later on it   was extended by further construction by Nawab Ghazi Uddin Haider. The excellent architecture was completed after his death by his successor, Nawab Nasir Uddin Haider....  Read More

Care:  Due to renovation and repairs, and since it has been recently vacated by CDRI, it may not be allowed to view it inside. 

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