The graceful arches of the Rumi Darwaza gate rise to greet you out of Lucknow’s busy streets. Its elegant pillars, splendid in the gold evening light, are what separate the city’s burgeoning modernity and an old-world era lost in time.
The capital of Uttar Pradesh came to prominence under the Nawabs of Oudh whose ornamental architecture still dominates the rickshaw-ridden roads.
Among the impressive remnants is the Bara Imambara, a Mughal-era complex with one of the world’s largest arched roofs and mind-warping labyrinthine passages. The ruins of baroque-style Dilkusha Kothi, built by an Englishman, is now frequented by people picnicking among the garden palms, while nearby La Martiniere College, a rare example of French influence, stands wonderfully preserved.
Today there’s a sense of faded grandeur but the charm remains intact. Roam the old city’s cobwebbed roads, an explosion of colour and craft. Follow your nose and you’ll find a serious street food scene offering fragrant biryanis, addictive chaat and eye-wateringly spicy kebabs.
Our destination experts can help you decipher this intriguing city from its ancient monuments to exciting street food establishments.
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