Welcome to Lucknow

The city rose to prominence as the home of the Nawabs of Avadh (Oudh), who were great patrons of the culinary and other arts, particularly dance and music. Lucknow’s reputation as a city of culture, gracious living and rich cuisine has continued to this day – the phrase for which conveniently rhymes in Hindi: Nawab, aadaab (respect), kebab and shabab (beauty).

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$75 Tours & Sightseeing

7-Hour Small Group Lucknow Sightseeing Tour with Hotel Pickup

Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel or other accomidations before being whisked away to enjoy the sights of beautiful Lucknow such as: La Martiniere was constructed in 1794 by a French soldier – Claude Martin. The architecture of this building is a complete mixture of Indo-European school of architecture. It held a place of pride in the heart of Claude Martin because he is said to have constructed it in memory of his love – Constance and named it Constantia. Before dying he expressed his last wish which was that his mortal remains should be laid to rest in the basement of this building. Sadat Ali & Begum Tombs house the graves of Nawab Sadat Ali Khan and his wife stand majestically opposite Hazrat Mahal Park (Earlier called Victoria Park). The architecture is a fine example of Indo-Syrian style with arches, pillars and Awadhi patterns.An all out siege of the Residency in 1857, that continued for nearly five months, took the life of 2197 defenders including British and the Indians. What was left of this majestic building are the broken walls with marks of bullets and cannon balls. This is the most gruesome tale of the British era in India, that has lived to tell its story to the generations to come with its roofless walls and the epitaphs on the graves in the cemetery.Asafi Imambara, built in 1775 by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula, at the time a famine had broken out in and around the city of Lucknow. It is said that the people of Lucknow would not accept alms, thus the Nawab began the construction of this Imambara Complex, which would provide employment to the masses and they could work for a living. This Nawab was known for his generosity. The Asafi (Bara) Imambara is a complex consisting of the hall, a Mosque, gardens and a water well (Baoli).The history attaches the design of the Rumi Darwaza gateway with portal of Constantinople. Built in 1784 Rumi Darwaza or the Turkish Gate is a perfect combination of Hindu-Muslim architecture. Each brick placed in the structure of Rumi Darwaza moans the gloomy past of famine stricken people and hails Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula for providing the relief.Hussainabad (Chota) Imambara was built by Nawab Mohd Ali Shah (1837-1840). It is ornate in design with exquisite chandeliers, gilt-edged mirrors and colourful stucco work which adorns the interiors. Fine calligraphy on the exteriors of the building make it a truly exceptional monument. Venetian, English, Chinese and Japanese chandeliers, Belgian mirrors and miniature paintings are some of the interesting artifacts one gets to see inside the Husainabad Imambara. After your tour of these monuments,  you  will get a chance to stroll through one of the city’s oldest markets/bazaars, either Chowk or Hazratganj, depending when which market place is open. Finally your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel or other accommodations.

$25 Food, Wine & Nightlife

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).

$20 Cultural & Theme Tours

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'.

$66 Private & Custom Tours

Lucknow Day Sightseeing Tour - 6 Hours

We drive to the Hussainabad Cultural District as we trace the history of Awadh to its present day visiting the Asafi Imambara, Hussainabad Imambars, Picture Gallery , Clock Tower and then to the British Residency , La Martiniere and Dilkhusha. We take you through the business district and other highlights of the city following that in the comfort of your vehicle. Lucknow will excite your imagination with us !Inclusions • Personal pickup and drop-off  • Professional expert guide • Transport by private, air-conditioned vehicle • Audio Information in all Vehicles • Light Refreshments • Discount Coupons  Exclusions • Food and drinks • Entrance fees ( Non-Indian Nationals)  • Expenses of Personal Nature Languages Offered: English, HindiPick - Up Time: 8 AM to 10 AM Travelers are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and women are advised to carry a scarf/wrap to cover their head at religious sites. 

$65 Tours & Sightseeing

Lucknow by Night with a 4 Course Dinner

A private guide comes in a comfortable private vehicle to pick you up from your preferred pickup point and drive you through the mesmerizing monuments of Awadh . We will stop for pictures at the Asafi Imambara, Clock Tower ,  Teele Wali Masjid/ Mosque as the guide acquaints you with the rich history and culture of Awadh. Thereafter , to a 4 Course Mughlai Dinner ( Veg/Non Veg)  complimented with Live Ghazals ( Indian Classical Poetry  presented in the form of a song along with Instruments).   Inclusions • Personal pickup and drop-off  • Professional expert guide • Transport by private, air-conditioned vehicle • 4 Course Meal ( Veg / Non- Veg )  Exclusions • Expenses of Personal Nature Languages Offered: English, HindiPick - Up Time: 7 PM 

$65 Tours & Sightseeing

Lucknow by Night with a 4 Course Dinner

See Lucknow at its best during this nighttime tour that includes a 4 Course Mughlai Dinner  ( Veg / Non-Veg) .  You’ll start with an illuminations tour past the Asafi Imambara , Clock Tower, Satkhanda , Rumi Gate and other highlights made even more beautiful as they light up after dark. We stop for a few photo stops before heading for an evening of delightful delicacies and Live entertainment ( Indian Classical Music with poetry presented in a form of a song ). Inclusions • Personal pickup and drop-off  • Professional expert guide • Transport by private, air-conditioned vehicle • 4 Course Meal ( Veg / Non- Veg ) Exclusions • Expenses of Personal Nature Languages Offered: English, HindiPick - Up Time: 7 PM