This fabulous tour run by UP Tourism could well turn out to be the best ₹330 you ever spend. Meet your English-speaking guide outside Tila Wali Masjid, then follow the guide first around the mosque and the Bara Imambara before delving in to the architectural delights of the crazy maze of alleyways in the fascinating Chowk district to the south.
You'll sample interesting nibbles such as refreshing thandai (made from milk, cardamom, almonds, fennel, saffron etc and – in this case – with or without marijuana!) and get an insider glimpse into various traditions, from indigo block printing to traditional unani medicine or vark making (edible silver foil). This is an eye-popping way to get your bearings among Lucknow's oldest neighbourhoods. Note: tours are best booked directly by phone and last between 2½ and three hours. If this leaves you wanting more, ask about the new Kaiserbagh heritage walk.