Top things to do in Lucknow

Top Choice Mughlai in Lucknow


If you want to savor the flavours of the Nawabs performing at their culinary best, look no further than Oudhyana, where Chef Nagendra Singh gives Lucknow's famous Awadh cuisine its royal due at this signature restau…
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…
Top Choice North Indian in Lucknow

Tunday Kababi

This is the cleaner, more hospitable outlet of Lucknow's renowned, 100-year-old, impossible-to-find kebab shop in Chowk, where buffalo-beef kebabs go for ₹5! Here the prices are higher, but the boys put on quite a s…
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 …
North Indian in Lucknow


This highly recommended hole-in-the-wall doesn't look like much, but the daily-changing kebabs (galawat etc) at this locals' haunt are fabulous – the smoky, perfectly crispy char makes the difference – and, despite …
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 …
Mughlai in Lucknow


The stylish rooftop dining room at Hotel Clarks Avadh has fabulous bird’s-eye views and serves up sumptuous Nawab cuisine, including the famous kebabs and an outstanding list of rich, vibrant curries. There’s a smal…
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 …
Multicuisine in Lucknow

Royal Cafe

Even if you don’t step inside this excellent restaurant, don’t miss its exceedingly popular chaat (spicy snack) stand at the front, where mixed chaats are served in an aloo (potato) basket or in mini puris.