Lucknow, also called as the City of Nawabs, is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of
the major cultural hubs of the country. Lucknow’s buildings show different styles of
architecture with the many iconic buildings built during the British and Mughal era. It’s a city
known for its food and architecture.
This was my first visit to Uttar Pradesh as a traveller. I was visiting Kanpur for my friend’s
wedding. So, I decided to explore Lucknow as well. I was travelling solo in the city. I heard
lot of people saying that UP is not safe for solo female travelers. But No, it is safe for a girl to
travel to Lucknow solo. Best way to travel there is Ola or Uber. Autos are also available but
tell the driver about your specific places in advance.
How to reach Lucknow?
The city is well connected to most major cities in the country by air, road, and rail, and can
be reached easily. I took a bus from Kanpur to reach Lucknow which took almost 2 hours.
Where to stay in Lucknow?
I stayed in the Poshtel Lucknow as I prefer staying in hostels whenever I am traveling solo.
There are lot more options available everywhere. But I would suggest choosing Gomti Nagar
for your stay in lucknow. It’s a beautiful area having famous parks and cafes nearby. Gomti
river creates a magnificent view to attract tourists.
Also, there are so many hostels & hotels available in this area.
But finding conveyance late at night can be almost impossible in this area.
Top place to visit in lucknow
The city is a place of many gardens, monuments and lakes. Lucknow can be broadly
categorized into new and old Lucknow.
According to me, one full day is enough to cover famous places of Lucknow as you can visit
number of sights in a small amount of time.
Just near the banks of Gomati River, there is Bada Imambara. I started my trip with this
place. The most beautiful and striking building in Lucknow for me was this. Tourists from all
over the world come to ‘Imambara’ and it is the most visited place in Lucknow. The building
includes the large Asfi mosque, the bhul-bhulaiya (the labyrinth), and Bowli, a step well with
running water. Lucknow has many such Imambaras but what makes the Bara
Imambara special is the labyrinth or Bhool Bhulaiya. The top level of the ‘Imambara’ is
breathtaking. You can see the whole of Lucknow at once.
It is known as Bhool Bhulaiya as it has more than 1,000 passages and around 489 identical
doorways and can make you lose your mind, as some end at dead points and some at exit.
It's not easy to find your way once you are lost here. It is better to take a guide.
Rumi darwaza is an imposing gateway which stands sixty feet tall. It lies between the Bara
Imambara and Chota Imambara. It is right in the middle of the road and has traffic going
across it. Visiting the Rumi Darwaza at night is a totally different experience
Situated in the heart of the city, Hazratganj is a shopping area and has many restaurants,
theatres and shopping complex. Interestingly, the main shopping area of Hazratganj reminds
me of Connaught Place of Delhi, with great mix of shops and street market. Go here for
some of the best pieces of ethnic dresses. On sunday, hazratganj market remains close.
Chota Imambara is just two kms away from Bada Imambara on the west side. This was
another quick photo stop I made. But frankly speaking, you can skip this place if you have
been to Bada imambara already.
Also known as Ghanta ghar, this clock tower is not far from Rumi Darwaza. Infact, you can
see this clock tower from the top level of the Bada Imambara.
The Chowk market is the oldest market of Lucknow. Chowk is famous for its cuisine, be it
vegetarian dishes or meat. One of these eateries is the authentic Tunday Kebab, which is
one of the most famous destinations for meat-lovers.
The Residency, also called as the British Residency and Residency Complex is best
described as the living quarters of the British general who was a representative in the court
of the Nawab.
Other places to enjoy are marine drive at Gomti River, Sansad Marg, and the lucknow zoo.
No trip to Lucknow can be complete without exploring “lucknowi” food. Lucknow is famous
for its cuisine. If a person loves food then he’s in the best place. This place is a paradise for
non-vegetarian lovers. Chaat is popular here, while kebabs and several other dishes are
worth the trip to have them at least once in your life. Just anywhere on the road you can eat
pretty much anything, and I assure you it will be delicious.
Some of the famous places to eat in lucknow which you cannot afford to miss are;
Lucknow ka sabse khaas “Tundey kababi”. The menu includes just these kababs and
Parathas. These are just mouthmelting and ultimate pick for breakfast or brunch.
Dastar – Khwan
Idrees Biryani (Chowk)
Heard so much about this place. This doesn’t look like a perfect restaurant but no doubt, it
was one of the best biryani I have ever had.
Makhan Malai (Nimish) at Chowk, and many more.