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Things To Do In Lucknow
Lucknow, the city that was the capital of ancient Awadh, but now the capital of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India is a city inclined towards arts and culture. The city has its own charm and the lifestyle of the people there are rather sophisticated, of course coming down from the generation of Nawabs who have ruled the place for years. There several activities you can indulge in while you are on your trip to the amazing trip to Lucknow. If you wondering what you’re itinerary is going to look like, take a look at our list of things to do in Lucknow to plan a great trip.
Take a stroll in Hazratganj
Located in the center of the city, Hazratganj is a renowned place where people go to hang out and relax in the evenings. This is a great place to take a stroll after you are done touring the attractions and is the best place to shop, eat and simply walk around. There are a number of restaurants with great food, several coffee shops to hang out in and one can even find popular street food that you can enjoy. By the time the sun goes down, the place illuminates with several lights, making the vibe just right to go for a walk and chill.
Hang out at Marine Drive
Named after the famous Marine Drive of Mumbai, a road in Gomtinagar, Lucknow is also known as Marine Drive and is quite popular amongst the locals as well as tourists. The Marine Drive is a long stretch of road that people walk on, right by the Gomti River. You can find a lot of youngsters and couples roaming around, taking a stroll, eating street food and enjoying the view of the river. The long pathway looks stunning with the street lights glimmering in the night time.
Go for a Heritage Walk
Aided by the Uttar Pradesh Tourism, you can go on the famous ‘Heritage Walk’ of Lucknow. Experience the city of Nawabs by doing this activity and enjoy sightseeing the local way. While you’re on the walk, you can try out some of the most delicious dishes in Lucknow and get intrigued by some of the Mughal ruins you can see throughout the city. There are two walks included in the heritage walk; the Chowk Area and the Kaiserbagh Area, both in the old part of Lucknow. You can also see a number of historical monuments and heritage homes to know more about the culture of the city.
Try Tunday Kebabs
Ever since the era of Nawabs, Aminabad has a reputation of being one of the oldest markets in Lucknow and it also has a reputation of selling some of the best Tunday Kebabs in town. These Tunday Kebabs are tender, soft and hot served with chutney that you can dip in to add some zing. Devour a plate of Tunday Kebabs and sweeten your taste buds later with some kulfi. You can also find these delicious kebabs at Chowk, which is one of the original places to get them. Eating these succulent Tunday Kebabs is something you must not miss in Lucknow.
Appreciate the architecture of Shahi Baoli
Situated right beside the Bara Imambara is the Shahi Baoli, a unique structure constructed around a large well; these stepwells reach down up to the water level below. This structure was built by Khifayat-Ullah and has five levels of stepwells, exhibiting beautiful Indo-Islamic architecture. The best part about this structure is that visitors at the entrance can be seen from the inside through a reflection in a puddle of water, a technique that was used to build the structure as it could spot potential intruders at the entrance. The Shahi Baoli is a work of art and is worth visiting in Lucknow.
Go Shopping for some Ittar
Ittar, the oil based perfume is used by many and you can find the original ones with the most beautiful fragrances in Lucknow. Ittars are made out of sandalwood oil and can only be prepared in a few months of the year; they are absolutely natural and have no chemicals. Kannauj, a place close to Lucknow is famous for manufacturing this fragrant perfume and it is transported and sold in Lucknow as well. It is a perfect thing to buy as a gift for your friends or family.
Visit Kala Gaon
If you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, visit Kala Gaon, an Awadhi village and a famous place to go to in Lucknow. This is your chance to experience the local life that is devoid of any modern commodities and technology. The village is spread across 4 acres of land and is a traditional village that was established to bring out the true rural life of Uttar Pradesh. The place is adorned with beautiful trees and mud huts. Spend a day in the village and get a true feel of the lifestyle and culture of Uttar Pradesh.