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Few places in the world are endowed with such rich cultural traditions as in this romantic city of Nawabs. Whether it is history, architecture, music, dance, handicrafts, etiquette, or sports - Lucknow has its own story to tell. Even today the city breathes history, and the sound of laughter and music, the tinkling of ankle bells and the mellifluous rendering of Urdu poetry (shairi) still echo and reverberate through the long corridors of time. As you wander through the city, you will encounter a kind of refined courtesy that seems to belong to another age.

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Lucknow is a city synonymous with the Nawabi Culture. The greatest attraction of Lucknow, where the past jostles with the present, is its unique ability to achieve harmony in the most turbulent of times and to assimilate the old order within the new, to look to the future seeking inspiration from the past, has been a unique trait, a quint essential attraction of the City of the Nawabs.

Lucknow Airport

Lucknow Airport (Airport Code: LKO, Amausi Airport) is located is 14 kms away from the centre of town. Lucknow is served by all the main domestic airlines. Flights from New Delhi take an hour. Other connected cities include Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Varanasi.

Changing Money/ Currency Exchange
In India, the unit of currency is the Rupee (INR). Change money with Authorized Currency Exchange places like the airport, most banks and hotels and insist on a receipt, as it will help you reconvert unused rupees into the original foreign currency at the time of departure. Avoid any people on the street who offer to change your money at a temptingly high rate of exchange ( Generally you end up with fake currencies, or its a scam where the street dealer bolts with your money. )

Taxi Bookings/Hotel Pickup/Motor Bike Rental
It is advisable to do all bookings of taxis (Pre-Paid) and hotels via the airport. If you can arrange to be picked up via your hotel it would be very beneficial.

Lucknow Climate

Lucknow is situated in the upper Gangetic plains of the country. Therefore, the climate of this region is characterized by very hot and humid summers and cold and chilly winters. Summers generally start by the end of March and remains till June. Immediately monsoon takes over and gives the people of Lucknow a much needed relief from the heat. October is the time when winter starts and it remains for almost five months, i.e. till February end. The best time to visit Lucknow would be winter, i.e. between October and February, when the climate is pleasant and comfortable, making it easy to travel.

The temperature varies from 45C max in summer to 5C min in winter season. Rainfall is 100 cm per annum.

Airlines having flights to Lucknow (via Mumbai or Delhi with code share)

  • Air Canada
  • Air France
  • Air India
  • Alitalia
  • British Airways
  • Air Canada
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Delta Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Gulf Air
  • KLM (Royal Dutch Airlines)
  • Kuwait Airways
  • Lufthansa
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Swissair

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    Attractions / Places to See in Lucknow

    Some of the important places to visit in and around Lucknow are:

    Bada Imambada
    The Bada Imambada was built by Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784 and is a big vaulted hall 50 m long and 15 m high. There is also the bhul bhulaiya-an amazing maze that might need a tourist guide to get through.

    Rumi Darwaza
    The Rumi Darwaza is said to be a facsimile of one of the gates of Constantinople. It is a soaring edifice, which is 60 feet high and grand in its structure, beauty and splendor.

    Husainabad Imambada
    The Husainabad Imambada is also known as Chhota Imambada. It is believed to be the mausoleum of Mohammed Ali Shah, its builder, himself.

    Jama Masjid
    The Jama Masjid is the largest mosque of Lucknow and one can see wonderful paintings on the ceilings with the leaf and fruit bowl patterns. Non Muslims are not allowed to worship in this mosque, The ruins of the historical monument of the Lucknow Residency reflect the glory of the British era.

    Banarsi Bagh
    The Lucknow zoo is also called the Banarsi Bagh. The state museum with a number of impressive historical items is located here. A splendid collection of stone sculptures has been imported from Mathura together with an Egyptian mummy, which attracts a lot of attention.

    Nawab Picture Gallery
    Picture Gallery has a number of portraits of almost all the Nawabs of Lucknow. It gives an insight into the lifestyle of the Nawabi era.

    Some site seeing places of importance around Lucknow are:

    Faizabad houses the Fort Calcutta built by the third Nawab of Avadh, Suja-ud-Daula. One can also visit the mausoleum of Bahu Begum and Gulab Bari here.

    The Buddhist monastery Jetavana at Sravasti is where Lord Gautama Buddha is believed to have preached after receiving enlightenment. The holy town Ayodhya is where one of the most popular incarnations of Lord Vishnu, the hero of the epic Ramayana, Lord Ram, was born. The town has a large number of temples and is filled with a sense of religious fervor and piety.

    Kanpur is a modern industrial city of Uttar Pradesh. One of the first cotton mills of the country was set up here. Besides, this city also has some historical monuments to visit.

    Lucknow is also famour for its Chikan or chikankari, the famous traditional hand-woven embroidered cloth, as well as the old market at Chowk, that dates back to the Mughal era and still retains the medieval ambience.

    Lucknow Arts & Crafts

    For centuries Lucknow has been famous for its various handicraft works. The Nawabs of Awadh were great patrons of fine arts of which the most well known is the exquisite Chikan work.

    Chikan is a unique craft involving artistic hand embroidery on a variety of textile fabric like muslin, silk, chiffon, organza, doriya and organdi.

    Apart from kurtas, sarees, salwar suits, topis, hankeys ad dupattas, chikan embroidery is being used on new items like table covers, tray covers, napkins etc. the demand for these exquisite art pieces is ever increasing both in India and abroad. In Lucknow the main concentration of chikan work is to be found in the chowk locality and Daliganj.

    Besides chikan work the Zardozi and Kamdani works of Lucknow are also appreciated far and wide. These hand embroidery works with gold and silver thread are done on sarees, dupattas, lehengas, cholis, caps, shoes etc.

    From time immemorial Lucknow is known for its jewellery and enamelling wok. Exquisite silverwares like bowls, tea sets, salt cellars with patterns of hunting scenes, snakes and roses are very popular.

    Lifesilver wares and bone carvings from Lucknow with motifs of flowers, leaves, creepers, trees, birds and animals are widely appreciated. The master craftsmen create intricate items like knives, lamp shades, shirt pins and small toys.

    The long necked water pitchers and huqqa farshi are specially popular.

    All in all, with these multifarious craft specialties Lucknow promises to be a shoppers delight that's hard to resist. Crafts have provided employment to thousands, delighted many more and continues to keep alive the invaluable traditions of a magnificent city

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