Lucknow is another industrial attraction of Uttar Pradesh, the main industries in lucknow includes Brewery, sugar, ‘Chikan’ embroidery, engineering, motor vehicle etc. the prominent players in lucknow are The Eveready, Mohan Meakin Brewery which was the first commercial brewery established in Asia, Scooters India Limited, Tata Motors, Mahendra Engineering. Ltd, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Omax Auto etc. Lucknow has also been an industrial producer of tobacco products like ‘Kivam’, edible fragrances like ‘attars’ and very artistic kites.
Retaining a feast of British Raj architecture as well as home to two grandiose tombs, Lucknow was the administrative and cultural hub of the Nawabs of Avadh (Oudh). During the period of the weakening of the Mughal Empire, the city rose into prominence as a centre for poetry, music, dance and courtly diction.
Modern Lucknow, extending along the banks of the Gomti River, is a seamless blend of the medieval and the modern, as new shopping complexes and ultra-modern mall are popping up all over the city. Today capital of the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, it is a fabulous place to sample its elaborate cuisine for which the city is widely known.
Sights to See
Built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784, this colossal, ornate gateway is said to be a copy of an entrance gate in Constantinople. The Nawab embarked upon the construction of this gate to create employment during the terrible famine of 1784.
Hussainabad (Chota) Imambara
Hussainabad Imambara – Located near the Rumi Darwaza, this structure, constructed by Mohammed Ali Shah in 1832 houses his tomb and that of his mother. Also known as the Chhota Imambara, it has a white dome and several turrets and minarets. 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.
Also known as the Bara Imambara, this colossal tomb was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784 and is one of the architectural delights in Lucknow. Within the complex is an imposing Asafi mosque.
A collection of terraced lawns and gardens, the ruins of Residency reminds us of the dramatic events during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 also hailed as First War of Independence. Built for the British Resident in 1800, the building is known for the Siege of Lucknow involving besieging of the British community by the rebels.
Shah Najaf Imambara
Located on the bank of Gomti River, the striking Shah Najaf Imambara houses the tombs of Nawab Ghazi-ud-din Haidar and his wives including Mubarak Mahal who was a European. The silver tomb of Ghazi-ud-din Haidar is located in the centre of the building and is flanked by the more imposing silver and gold tomb of Mubarak Mahal on one side, and another tomb on the other.
State Museum / Zoo
A favorite spot for recreation, the State Museum houses a large collection of artifacts and memorabilia as well as sculptural masterpieces dating back to the 3rd century AD. Located at Banarasi Bagh, within the zoo premises, the museum remains closed on Mondays.
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal
One of the major attractions of modern Lucknow, the park occupies an area of 107 acres in Gomti Nagar. Dedicated to the memory of great freedom fighter and social reformer Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the memorial is comes alive at night when the sprawling campus is illuminated with beautiful lighting.
Designed and built by the Frenchman Major General Claude Martin , this fort-like building is a fine specimen of the seamless blend of European and Mughal architectural styles. Today it is a prestigious boarding school.
- Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
- Everyday Ind India Ltd
- Tata Motors
- PTC Industries Ltd
And many More Industries for more information see state wise list of Industries
Kukrail Reserve Forest (9 km)
On the way to Khurram Nagar Ring Road Kukrail Reserve Forest has been developed by the Forest department. Famous for a deer park and a crocodile nursery, the place attracts picnickers in great numbers. Here, you can also spot a variety of birds in their natural habitat.
Kashishwar Mahadev Temple (15 km)
Situated on Lucknow-Allahabad road at Mohanlalganj, Kashishwar Mahadev Temple is also known as Mohanlalganj Shiv Temple. Established in 1860 by Raja Kashi Prasad, the shrine is a fine specimen of Hindu traditional Vastu art.
Shaheed Smark (Kakori) (22 km)
Known for its Dasheri mangoes, kebabs and Zardozi work, Kakori rose into prominence in the world map in 1925 when some Indian revolutionaries looted the treasury of the British government by stopping a train. A memorial to hose revolutionaries, known as Shaheed Smark, is located here.
Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary (43 km)
Situated on the Lucknow-Kanpur highway, this sanctuary attracts several migratory birds during winter. The best season to visit the sanctuary is between October and March.
Samaspur Bird Samctuary (122 km)
Located on Lucknow-Varanasi near Salon in Rae Bareli district, Samaspur Bird Sanctuary is spread on an area of 780 hectare. You can spot here no less than 250 Varieties of migratory birds.
Sandi (130 km)
Located on Hardoi-Sandi Road in Hardoi district the place is home to a bird sanctuary and a large Dahar Lake.
Gola Gokaram Nath (167 km)
Also known as Chotti Kashi (‘Little Kashi’), the place is a famous religious place known for its ancient Lord Shiva Temple. There are many other shrines and a large sacred pond.
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- 210 km from Allahabad
- 135 km from Ayodhya
- 497 km from Delhi
- 238km Dudhwa National Park
- 400 km from Corbett National Park
- 79 km from Kanpur
- 320 km from Khajuraho
- 305 km from Varanasi
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