Hometown is a place which you can leave physically but it’ll always be there somewhere in your subconscious mind. It may be because your family is there, your friends are there or maybe because you have some memories attached to it. It’s not only a place where we spent our childhood, it’s a culture where we were born and brought up and we carry the same till death. And that’s why it holds special space in our hearts.
My hometown; Lucknow reminds me of so many such memories that I can never forget. And that’s why it’ll remain special from all other places I visited so far. I know many of you are not even know this place and that’s why I decided to write about it.
Get Familiar with Lucknow
Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh which is a state in Northern India. It historically known as Oudh (Awadh). It came under the control of Mughal empire around 16th century. In 1857, the complete control of the city including whole state was transferred to British rule. This was the time when ‘Lakhnau’ anglicised into ‘Lucknow’.
The place is a great example of Mughlai to British architecture like Imambara, Rumi Darwaza and Residency. Apart from it, it’s a place of one and only Music University of India; Bhatkhande. Yes, you heard it right. A university which teaches many forms of dance, music and instruments and doesn’t teach anything which is not related to the music.
If you’re a foodie, you should visit the place at least once in a lifetime to get the flavours of Lucknowi cuisine which is a fusion of Mughlai, British and Indian way of cooking. Else if you are one of them who admire good embroidery, then try Lucknow Chikankari (a form of shadow-work embroidery on fine muslin cloth) for which the city is famous. In addition to it, people of this place are popular for their manners and etiquette with a good accent.
Things One Can’t Forget About Lucknow
Bara Imambara and Bhool Bhulaiya
It was built in 1784 by Asaf-ud-Daula, the fourth Nawab of Awadh. Nawab created this building as a famine relief program. The whole monument includes a mosque, several courtyards and gateways including a ’bawali’ (or step-well). This also includes an incredible maze called Bhulbhulaiya. Its labyrinthine passages are interconnected across 489 identical doorways, and if you reach the top successfully, you’ll be rewarded with a breath-taking panoramic view of the city.
The British Residency once served as a refuge for approximately 3000 British inhabitants during the time of the uprising of 1857 (India’s first revolt against the British for independence). The Residency’s grounds also contain around 2000 graves of British soldiers who died during the struggle. The main Residency building hosts a museum which is a must-see for your visit to this site of rich historical conflict.
This was also a part of the famine relief program just like Bara Imambara. It’s a six feet tall gateway which is constructed between Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara which is also called Turkey Gate.
If you’re really fond of non-vegetarian food, then you must visit Tunday Kababi; one of the most famous restaurants in Lucknow which is admired by many famous personalities and celebrities. The place was established in 1905 by Haji Murad who has only one working arm yet his cooking skills mesmerised those who have his kababs.
Lucknow Mahotsav (Lucknow Festival) is being organised every year mostly in the month of November though this year it may be an exception. The motto behind conducting this kind of city-specific festival is to promote its Art, Culture, and Tourism for national and international tourists. Apart from it, you can also see various cultural events organised by local and national artists including Tonga race which are worth to watch.
I couldn’t resist myself from writing about Aminabad Market of Lucknow City which is one of the cheapest and larger markets in the city with so many options available and also the place where I born and brought up. 🙂 However, your bargaining skills should be well polished. This is the market where you can buy most of the things i.e. from a needle to the sword (artificial though 😉) and also includes a branch of Tunday Kababi. Special attraction is Thursday’s footpath market.
Chandrika Devi Temple
This place will always be on my list because of the mental peace and relief it brings whenever I visit it especially when I see this large idol of Lord Shiva. Though I am not very much into religious activities. It’s a sacred temple of Goddess Durga which is situated on the banks of Gomti river. You won’t believe that it’s approximately 300 years old temple.
Bara in Urdu means Twelve and the word Dar means ‘door’. Thus, Baradari is a place with twelve doors in it which allows free flow of air. As such, the purpose of establishing the building was to organise dance performances, conduct conferences and religious congregations during medieval days.
It’s a sweet snack made from full cream milk. Just like whipped cream with dry fruits and saffron on it. Here is the recipe.
Chikan or Chikankari is a traditional embroidery style from Lucknow. White thread is embroidered on cool, pastel shades of light muslin and cotton garments. Nowadays chikan embroidery is also done with coloured and silk threads in colours to meet the fashion trends and keep chikankari up-to-date. Lucknow is the heart of the chikankari industry today and the variety is known as Lucknawi chikan.
Find Lucknow in United Kingdom
- Visit Lucknow a hamlet in Angus, Scotland. As per Wikipedia, it is named after the city of Lucknow in India.
- Craving for Lucknowi food? Visit Lucknow 49 restaurant in London which serves authentic Lucknowi cuisine.
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- Read books about Lucknow.
- Buy Chikankari online at Etsy (No promo).
So, friends, this is all I still remember about the place and really hard to forget. And Lucknowi food is something I am dying for. If you want to plan your trip to Lucknow, check here.
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