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Lucknow Tourism And Travel Guide
26° C / 78.8° F
October to March
3 to 4 Days
Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport (15 kms)
Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station (3.2 kms)
With an ancient and rich culture and an artistic heritage worthy of appreciating, Lucknow is a metropolis and the capital city of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. Also known as the city of Nawabs, Lucknow is easy to get to. You can reach the place by air, rail and also by road; you can choose to drive up there or simply take a comfortable over night bus.
Tourism in Lucknow is not very popular during the hot months of summer, but winters are a great time to visit due to suitable weather conditions. Due to the long history of the kingdoms that have ruled the city, Lucknow has a story to tell! With several places to visit and so many things to do, the city has a charms people who visit it. Browse through our travel guide to Lucknow to pick and choose the things you would like to do on your trip to this beautiful city of the Nawabs.
How to Reach
Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport is the main airport that serves the passengers of Lucknow as well as people coming from other cities. It is located in Amausi and is 15 km away from the cuity center. Thousands of passengers travel daily from the airport and there are several planes helping them commute.
Lucknow has great connectivity by road and is linked to cities that are close by and in neighbouring states as well with the help of well developed highways and expressways. You can also take busses that are run by UPSRTC, which are comfortable and easy on a budget trip.
The main railways station that serves the people of Lucknow and the ones visiting is the Lucknow Junction Railways Station, located at 3.6 k from the city center. The Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station is another one located at 3.2 km. Both the stations have great connectivity to cities in the same state as well as other states in India.
You can move around Lucknow by various means of transportation; you can use an autorickshaw, a bus, a taxi or the metro. Taxis are personal and comfortable, but busses are the cheapest way to get around the city. You can use the metro to save time and get to places quicker.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Summers in Lucknow are hot and humid with temperatures ranging from 30°C-45°C. In the peak month, the heat is scalding and the city is not visited by many during this time. If you are visiting during this time, make sure you are prepared for the heat.
After a scalding summer, the region of Lucknow starts to cool down with the onset of monsoon. The rains make the land cooler and the temperatures drop, ranging from 25°C-32°C accompanied by slight thunderstorms. If you don’t mind the wetness, this is a great time to visit Lucknow.
This is the best season to visit Lucknow due to the cool and pleasant weather. In winters, temperatures range from 5°C-20°C and can get quite chilly during the peak months. You can easily go sightseeing all day long and not get tired due to nice weather.
Things to Do
Visit a Village:
Visit the quaint village of Kala Gaon in Lucknow to get a feel of the authentic lifestyle and culture of the region. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a day to visit this beautiful village, where life goes on without the use of any modern commodity or technology.
Eat Tunday Kebabs:
If you are visiting Lucknow, eating Tunday Kebabs is a must. These soft and juicy kebabs are one of the unique specialties of the city and can be gotten on almost every street they sell street food on.
Visit a Temple:
Located on the banks of the Gomti river, the Chandrika Devi Temple is an old temple that was built in the Ramayana era. There are a number of mythological stories related to the temples, making it very unique. It is visited by many pilgrims all throughout the year.
Go to the Lucknow Zoo:
Get close to nature by visiting the famous Lucknow Zoo that has several species of mammals, reptiles, birds and other species of wild animals. This is an intriguing place to go to, especially if you are with children.
Walk in Hazratganj:
One of the hangouts of Lucknow where you can see a lot of youngsters and couples taking a stroll is Hazratganj. After you are done touring for the day, head to Hazratganj to have some chaat or simply walk around or even shop.
When you think of food in Lucknow, especially street food, Chowk comes to mind. There are quite a few places in Hazratganj as well, but the vibe in Chowk is something else. Located in the bustling old Lucknow, Chowk is a marketplace that sells all sorts of things that includes delicious street food. The famous Tunday Kebab shop in Chowk sells some of the most delicious Tunday Kebabs in Lucknow that will absolutely melt in your mouth. Don’t forget to also taste the Nihari and Kulcha at Rahim ki Nihari near Akhbari Gate.
If you are looking for something sweet, Lucknow has you covered! Try the halwas at Ram Asrey Sweet shop that sells Zuazi halwa, Kali Gajar Halwa, Habshi Halwa and so much more to please your senses. Evenings are the best to go venture out for food and make conversation with the locals selling it to have a better understanding of Lucknow’s culture.
The city of Nawabs has a lot to offer to the ones who love to shop. Located in the center of the city is Hazratganj, a place where you can shop at top shopping destinations like Janpath, Seva Chikan Lovelane and many more. If you are looking for more of a local experience, you can visit Aminabad which is one of the oldest and the busiest markets in Lucknow. You can buy things like artificial jewellery, utensils, chikan sarees and local handicrafts etc. Authentic souvenirs and other things from Lucknow like Chikankari garments, gemstones, zardozi embroidered garments can be found in places like Chowk, Nakhas, Yashiyaganj, Bhoothnath Market and many more areas of Lucknow.