Lucknow attractions

Top Choice Islamic Tomb in Lucknow

Bara Imambara

This colossal imambara (Shiite tomb complex) 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 price includes …
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 influential Frenchman Major General Claude Martin as a palatial home. In 1800 it became his tomb: he'…
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 black-and-white tomb was constructed in 1832 by the third king of Oudh, Mohammed Ali Shah (who is buried here, alongside his mother). Adorned with calligraphy, it has a serene and intimate atmosphere.…
Museum in Lucknow

State Museum

This overlooked 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 th…
Islamic Tomb in Lucknow

Tomb of Saadat Ali Khan

The former Kaiserbagh garden holds the tomb of Saadat Ali Khan, the fifth nawab of Oudh (ruled 1798–1814), whose body is buried in the crypt below. A ₹50 'donation' will open up the upper floors. Also in the pleasan…
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). It's currently not open to visi…
Palace in Lucknow

Hussainabad Picture Gallery

A run-down red-brick baradari (pavilion) built in 1842 that was once a royal summer palace. It overlooks a large artificial water tank and houses portraits of each of Oudh's nawabs.
Church in Lucknow


Built in 1860, Christchurch was created as a memorial to the British who died in the First War of Independence (Indian Uprising). It is beautifully illuminated at night.