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Namaste India IV: Lucknow

Written By Preeti Singh, Travel Story

After the sun city Jodhpur, the capital Delhi and the beachy Kerala, we move on to the city of nawaabs Lucknow. Get ready to be embraced by the nazaakat (softness) and nafaasat (refinement) of the life and times of Awadh.

Photo Credits: Ashutosh Kanaujiya and Abhishek Patel

A Long Shot of the Bada Imaambara, built in 1784 by Asaf-ud-Daula, this is among the grandest buildings of Lucknow.
Running up the stairs and entering the Imambara.
The under-construction pillars at Imambara.
Shahi Baoli: The water storage space (a well) built by the then Nawaab Asaf-ud-daulah was worked up so beautifully that it was later turned into a guest house. The Shahi Mehmaan Khana.
Watch out! The external sign board at Imambara says something!
One of the innumerous corridors built inside the Bada Imambara Bhool Bhulaiya.
Inside the Bhool bhulaiya. Its dark, its horrifying. You daren't be lost alone.
Somewhere inside the British Residency Museum. Once a beauty it was....Photo by: Abhishek.
The Husainabad Baradari, also called the Picture Gallery has real iron pillars in the upper story of its building facing the talaab (tank).
A closed door to history...
A ceiling at the wondrous Jama Masjid.
Another roof, just a beauty! The place to pray is just as lovely as godly it is.
Mirror image; At the Chhota Imambara.
Inside the premises of Chhota Imambara, this mausoleum is also called a miniature-replica of the Taj Mahal.
The world famous Chikan embroidery originates in Lucknow. Buying a Chikan piece is a must when you visit Lucknow!
The gate to the real (old) lucknow and entailed an endless world of shopping at Chowk. Itchy feet ladies?
Twilight at the Husainabad Clock tower. Built by the British in the Victorian Gothic style, this clock back then carried the largest clock in India.
Home to remains of the Sepoy Mutiny 1857, the Dilkusha Kothi was originally built for the sixth Nawaab of Awadh, Saadat Ali Khan.
Said to be built an almost exact replica of Seaton Deiavel, an English building, Dilkusha silently murmurs the stories of the Nawaabs and the Mutiny.
A local food shop, known best for its non-vegetarian delicacies. Salvating, eh?
Lie dead beneath, Nawaab Saadat Ali Khan and his favorite wife Murshid Zadi.
The huge and high, high as 220 ft from the ground, Clock tower is said to be built by the British as the symbol of their superiority.
Serenity at Jama Masjid.
Jama Masjid from within, meant for a large congregation.
Intricate carvings on the walls of Jama Masjid.
Built by Nawaab Mohammad Ali Shah before his death, Jama Masjid is still incomplete but pure.
Complex carvings on these walls represent the lovely mughal architecture from back then.
Said to be conceived as a nine-storeyed building by Mohammad Ali Shah, this monument is a dream unfulfilled and though constructed to seven-storeyed Satkhanda Tower remains only a four-storeyed structure now.
Learn traditionally!
Some roasted meat guys?
The Charbagh Railway Station
History haunts at Musa Bagh.
Broken here, mended there...
Terracotta and pink, Picture gallery, a preserved monument it is!
Residency is immense and is abode to thousands of rebels of the mutiny. We now call them freedom fighters.
Statue of a Britisher at Residency.
"Reside" on this bench and rest in the lap of history. History of Indian-struggle for Freedom.
History engraved...
The magnificient Rumi Darwaza from the front. Its two-faced form makes it unequaled among the many gates built in the city. On the one side it looks like a beautiful veiled lady...
...And that of an ugly warrior on the other. The Rumi gate from the back.
Maqbara of the sixth nawaab, Saadat Ali Khan.
The Satkhanda as viewed from the Picture Gallery.
One other priced possession of the city-its Kababs. Gelowti, Kakori, Shami, Patili, Ghutwa and Seekh Kababs are a few of its known varieties. Explore a whole new world of culinary here in lucknow.

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