Places to Visit in Lucknow

Places to See in Lucknow

Bara Imambara

Agra Fort

Category : History & Culture
There are several tourist attractions in Lucknow. The Bada Imambada, built by Asaf-ud-Daula in the year 1784 was part of the famine relief project where a number of laborers were appointed to build this Imambada. It is said that this hall is the world's largest arched room without any pillars and the Nawabs used to hold their public hearings. The Rumi Darwaza was also built as a relief work during the famine of 1783.

This edifice, which is 60 feet high, is believed to be built like one of the gates of Constantinople The Husainabad Imambada, also known as Chhota Imambada is the mausoleum of Mohammed Ali Shah. The Imambada also encloses a tank with small imitations of the Taj Mahal on each side There is also the tallest clock tower estimated to be 67 m high overlooking the Husainabad tank. More...

Jama Masjid

Category : History & Culture
Near the Husainabad Imambada lies the Jami Masjid, the largest mosque in Lucknow.The construction of the mosque was started by Mohammed Shah and was completed by his wife after his death in the 1840s.

Chhota Imambara

Category : History & Culture
The Husainabad Imambada, also known as Chhota Imambada is the mausoleum of Mohammed Ali Shah. The Imambada also encloses a tank with small imitations of the Taj Mahal on each side.

Lucknow Residency

Category : History & Culture
The remnants of British rule in India are seen in the ruins of Lucknow Residency, which was once the Mansion of East India Company's agent in Avadh during the Sepoy Mutiny.

Asaf ud Daula

Category : History & Culture
To the right side of the Bada Imambada lies another mosque named after Asaf-ud-Daula.Anyone interested in Nawabi history should visit the picture gallery near the clock tower of Husainabad Imambada which has a number of portraits of almost all the Nawabs of Lucknow.

Clock Tower

Standing at an astounding height of 221 feet, the Clock Tower of Lucknow is the tallest of its kind in India. It was built in 1880 by Nawab Nasir-ud-din-Haider, and is situated between the famous Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara in Lucknow. It is one of the finest examples of English architecture, and was built by the Nawab in honor of Sir George Cooper, who was the first Lieutenant Governor of United Province of Avadh. Decorated with artwork that is European in style, pure gunmetal was used to construct a part of the clock. The dial itself is shaped like a dozen petaled flowers with beautiful bells surrounding it. It is one of the major attractions of the city.

Chatter Manzil

Deriving its name from the umbrella shaped dome, Chattar Manzil is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the city. The construction was started by Ghazi-ud-din Haider, but the building was completed under the reign of his son, Nasir-ud-din Haider. Revealing traces of modern European style of architecture, the building is situated opposite one of the city's famous hotels - The Clarks Avadh. Though the building now houses the office of CDRI, it is a place with the old world opulence and charm. It played its part in the freedom struggle of India by being one of the meeting centres of freedom fighters.


Hazratganj in today's day and age is the central market of Lucknow, full of shopping malls, emporiums, eateries, fine dining restaurants and age old coffee shops. But its origins reveal a different story. It was built by Amjad Ali Shah, the fourth king of Avadh, and was originally called Queen's Way, as only British carriages could travel on that road, and Indians were not allowed to enter, in the pre independence era. A must visit place full of commercial vibrancy, Victorian era walkways and energy of Lucknow, it is the nerve centre of the city.


Aminabad is situated in the old part of the city of Lucknow. After changing several hands, it was established by Imdad Husain Khan, a minister to the Nawab Apoorv Ali Shah. Since he was famous by the name of 'Aminuddaula', the place was given the name of Aminabad. It is a combination of several markets and home to hundreds of retail and wholesale outlets of chikankari fabrics, ornamental jewelry, garments, medicine, footwear and other apparels, etc. Several famous eateries and food joints add to the charm of the bazaar. Closed on Thursdays, and alive till late into the night, Aminabad caters to the demands of a huge number of customers visiting from nearby areas and is always bustling with activity.

Rumi Darwaza

Built under the patronage of Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daula in 1784, this imposing gateway is an example of Awadhi architecture. This architecture has become a logo for the city of Lucknow and is named after the Muslim philosopher and scholar maulana Rumi. It is situated between Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara.

Ambedkar Memorial Park

A public park that is dedicated to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar and is spread across a massive 107 acres while the monuments inside are made with red sandstone from Rajasthan. Inside the premises of these monuments are present several other monuments such as Ambedkar Stupa, a Sangrahalay, a Photo Gallery, Pratibimb Sthal, and Drashya Sthal.

The Residency

The Residency consists of several buildings in a residential complex from the Nawab era. This complex was built during the rule of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan II, and flower beds and lawns now surround its ruins. It is situated in Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Qaisar Bagh, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Sikandar Bagh 

Once the summer residence of the Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, Sikandar Bagh has a violent past of the brutality of “Siege of Lucknow.” Though it is a garden and it homes fortified walls, a villa, and corner bastions. It is one of the most famous historical places to see in Lucknow.

Gomti Riverfront Park

Another popular tourist place, this riverfront, is situated on the banks of river Gomti. The site has a musical fountain and is a very lush and aesthetically pleasing attraction, which makes the spot a beautiful place for a picnic. It also has a biking area, amphitheater, and a jogging track.

Tourist Destinations Near Lucknow

Excursions from Lucknow can be made to interesting places around like Faizabad, situated 124 km from Lucknow and was once the capital of Avadh. href="">Travel to Ghaziabad
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