Welcome to Lucknow
Sprinkled with exceptional British Raj–era buildings, boasting two superb mausoleums and famed throughout India for its food, the capital of Uttar Pradesh is something of a sleeper: plenty worth seeing, but often overlooked by travellers. Central Lucknow features wide boulevards, outsized monuments and several parks and gardens, but feels a bit worn out, creating an atmosphere of tired grandiosity. Locals tend to be... Read More
Top experiences in Lucknow
Lucknow Heritage Walk
Explore the cities unique craft components. See chikan embroidery steps, zari embroidery, perfume shops, metal carving, gem-stone shaping, hukka shops, old doorways, erstwhile dance studios, making of the kebabs and much more. You get a chance to walk and shop with the locals at the oldest bazaar of Lucknow. You always have an option for a hotel pickup and drop at an extra cost though. You get to know city's inside history as this walking tour is led by an expert historian guide. You get a walking bag with bottled water, a few goodies and a heritage walk map.This walking tour does not include the heritage monuments and lays stress on the local craft, culture and a bit of cuisine. It is indeed a wonderful experience to know about this aspect of the city that can be well described as 'A city of many splendours'.
Private City Tour Full Day in Lucknow
09:00 am: Meet your guide at hotel lobby in Lucknow and leave for Bara Immambara, also called Asafi Imambara. Bara Imambara is an imambara complex in Lucknow built by Asaf-ud-Daula, a Nawab of Lucknow in 1784. Bara means big and an imambara is a shrine built by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari. This magnificent monument recalls the glorious past of the Nawabs and stands out for its austerity in style, proportion and symmetry along with its unique in architecture. 10:30 am: Leave for Chota Immambara, also called Hussainabad Imambara built between 1837 and 1842. This structure houses the tombs of the builder Muhammad Ali Shah and of his mother and is approached through a fine garden. This imambara has a white dome and numerous turrets and minarets and the walls of the mausoleum are decorated with verses in Arabic. Chandeliers, gilded mirrors, colorful stucco, the King's throne and ornate tazia or replicas of the tombs at Karbala adorn the interior.11:00 am: Transfer to Rumi Darwaza. This beautiful structure is also said to be part of the famine relief plans for which the Bara Imambara was commissioned. Built in 1783, this gigantic gate is 60 feet tall as one of the famous landmarks of the city. We will stop by Picture Gallery near by built by Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah with a life size portrait of the Nawabs of Avadh.12:30 pm: Visit Hussainabad Clock Tower constructed in 1887. The clock tower is one of the finest examples of British architecture in India. The 221 feet tall structure was built to mark the arrival of Sir George Couper, the first Lieutenant Governor of the United Province of Avadh.1:30 pm: After delicious lunch at City Center restaurant, leave for Residency. It used to be an official residence of the British Resident built in 1780-1800. It is also a witness of the bitterest battles during the war of independence in 1857 and scars made by the cannons can still be seen on every standing wall.2:30 pm: Visit La Martiniere College, one of the finest and the largest examples of European funerary monument in the sub-continent associated with its strange yet romantic past.3:30 pm: Go to Dilkusha Palace that was constructed by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan as a hunting retreat. The palace is laid down amidst extensive parks near the banks of river Gomti.5:00 pm: By the end of your journey, sit back and relax on the drive back to your hotel in Lucknow.
Weaves of Lucknow Private Tour Including Home-Cooked Lunch
Lucknow remains true to its cultural past, impeccable manners, a courtly diction, and a love for the arts and all beautiful things. And the rich Nawabi culture reflects on the textile of Lucknow, with delicate Chikan, decorous Zari and the intricate Aari work, the tapestry of this city oozes elegance. With passing time, there has been a tremendous change in these forms of embroidery and their usage. Today, you will witness artisans working to turn a simple piece of cloth into exclusive masterpieces with the magic of their art. You will also observe that these arts of embroidery have brought people of diverse religious and social backgrounds together to work in unison. Be a part of this half-day tour as you visit some studios, where you will see embroiders busy with their work. Enjoy a special talk by a renowned designer about these embroideries. You can also try your hands at embellishing something with your personal kit on this interactive experiential sojourn. A home-cooked meal is included in the tour.
Private Tour: Hidden Treasures of La Martiniere
At approximately 9am, a private vehicle will pick you up from your hotel for your short drive to La Martiniere. Begin your walk of this iconic complex to discover the hidden treasures. An expert will take you around the history and architectural legacy of the prestigious school of India. With declining French influence, Frenchman Claude Martin started working with the East India Company and built this castle as his palatial home. He later bequeathed a large part of his fortune to build educational institutes. Today, walk around this legendary structure, renowned as an emblem of French inheritance in Lucknow. Soak up the exciting stories about how Claude Martin, a Frenchman rose to prominence as an employee of a British establishment, while serving the then Nawab of Awadh or Oudh. Learn about many interesting facts about the school, how it became one of the most prestigious institutes of the country. To end your visit, enjoy tea and snacks at the school’s cafeteria. After this experience of approximately two hours, you will be dropped back off to your city hotel.
Private Tour to the Residency of Lucknow
This half-day journey takes you to ‘Residency’ and educates you on one of the darkest periods of pre-Independence history in India. Go on a walking tour inside the former residential complex belonging to British officers, appointed as administrators of erstwhile Oudh by the East India Company. In May 1857, the Residency witnessed the Siege of Lucknow and was reduced to ruins by feisty mutineers, who killed more than two thousand men, women and innocent children living inside the Residency. On this tour, revisit the turbulent times of both Indian and British lives during 1857-58, and learn about the history through its ruins, collection of old pictures and maps. A historian and a famous expert on mutiny will guide you through the remnants of this momentous place that still echoes the horrors of war. Also, enjoy a 20 minutes documentary accompanied with refreshments.
Lucknow Culinary Walk with Food Tastings
Lucknow can very well be termed as a city that has carved a niche by attracting gastronomes for the want of discovering and re-discovering Awadhi Cuisine. Up to now, Lucknowites spend the most of their earnings and time on their kitchens. Lucknow has a place that has a colony of chefs called 'Bawarchi Tola' and also has a full street where one can find the best food straight out of Lucknow's kitchens. This evening tour allows you to hop-in and hop-out of traditional roadside eateries enabling you to try the best that the menus have to offer. This is a guided tour with your own set of cutlery and basic dining gadgets provided that allow you to experience the best of the best at each restaurant without having to worry about how to eat without a fork or to wipe your hands clean after you are done. 1st Stop : Mubeen's Pasanda (thin meat ribbon/slivers taken from the hind leg of a lamb or beef marinated with spices and yogurt for hours, set on a skewer and baked on open charcoal barbecue, served with Sheermal – a special baked bread made with milk, ghee, saffron and sprinkled with orange color).2nd Stop: Tundey's Kebab (finely minced meat mixed with more than 160 secret Indian spices, herbs and raw papaya and shallow fried on a special pan called "mahi tawa" over charcoal fire. This preparation is served with Luckhnawi Paratha – a variety of bread made on an inverted, round bowl with a frequent spread of ghee).3rd Stop: Raheem's Nihari Gosht (lamb meat chunks served in curry with special bread called Kulcha that is made of fine flour and baked in earthen ovens set below the ground level).4th Stop: Rehmat's Halwa (this shop prepares sweet meats in small quantity and stocks only a few for consumption within a day. Their specialties include Habshi Halwa, Lauki Halwa, Jauzi Halwa and Kali Gajar Halwa. The process involves slow fire reducing for hours and hours together, some varieties take as long as eight hours and involve a great labour).