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Tea with the Nawab of Lucknow

Enjoy a cup of chai with Nawab Jafar Mir Abdullah, who’ll give you a unique insight into the former rulers of Lucknow…

By Prateek Hira
Owner of Tornos Tours, Alfred&'s partner in India

Have tea with the famous Nawab Jafar Mir Abdullah, who’ll give you a unique insight into the former Nawab rulers who governed Lucknow in the 18th-19th centuries. You’ll head to his house, a former palace, for tea at around 4.30, usually after a history tour of the city. The meeting takes place in the museum, surrounded by antiques and family heirlooms that Jafar often rents out to Bollywood films. While exploring the city, you would have heard all about the Nawabs so this is a special opportunity to meet one in the flesh.

Enjoy a cup of chai accompanied by cookies, sandwiches and Indian snacks as you get to know Jafar. He’s a very charismatic, articulate man and an ambassador who appears on postcards because of his typical Nawab appearance. On his mother’s side, Jafar can trace his family’s roots back to the royal Nawabs of Lucknow and he has all sorts of stories and anecdotes to tell, including what life was like in British colonial times.


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Alfred & Prateek Hira

Prateek Hira hails from Lucknow and is the owner of Tornos Tours, which offers experiential tours of the city that reveal its hidden stories, led by local experts. After studying travel and tourism, Prateek founded the company in 1994 and now offers over 30 experiences on themes ranging from gastronomy to history and cultural walking tours of Lucknow.  
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