Lucknow attractions

Top Choice Islamic Tomb in Lucknow

Bara Imambara

This colossal imambara (tomb dedicated to a Shiite holy man) is worth seeing in its own right, but the highly unusual labyrinth of corridors inside its upper floors make a visit here particularly special. The ticket…
Top Choice Historic Site in Lucknow


The large collection of gardens and ruins that makes up the Residency offers a fascinating historical glimpse of the beginning of the end for the British Raj. Built in 1800, the Residency became the stage for the mo…
Historic Building in Lucknow

La Martinière School

This prestigious boarding school – where British pop legend Sir Cliff Richard studied – was designed and built by Frenchman Major General Claude Martin as a palatial home. In 1800 it became his tomb: he's buried in …
Historic Building in Lucknow

Rumi Darwaza

Just beyond the Bara Imambara, the striking Rumi Darwaza was built in the 1780s by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula. It's unusual but imposing, and said to be a copy of an entrance gate in Istanbul. 'Rumi' (relating to Rome) is …
Islamic Tomb in Lucknow

Chota Imambara

This elaborate tomb was constructed by Mohammed Ali Shah (who is buried here, alongside his mother) in 1832. Adorned with calligraphy, it has a serene and intimate atmosphere. Mohammed’s silver throne and red crown …
Tower in Lucknow

Clock Tower

The 67m red-brick clock tower, said to be the tallest in India, was built in the 1880s in memory of Sir George Couper, a reform-minded Governor of UP (United Provinces in those days). At the time of research it was …
Museum in Lucknow

State Museum

Houses sculptural masterpieces dating back to the 3rd century AD, including intricately carved Mathura sculptures ranging from dancing girls to scenes from the life of Buddha. Enter through the zoo.
Palace in Lucknow

Hussainabad Picture Gallery

A striking red-brick baradari (pavilion) built in 1842 that was once a royal summer palace. It overlooks an artificial lake and houses portraits of the nawabs.
Mosque in Lucknow

Tila Wali Masjid

A beautiful, and deceptively shallow, white mosque, built in 1680. The interior is repainted periodically over the original designs.
Historic Building in Lucknow

Akbari Darwaza

Historic gate at Lucknow's Chowk.