Being a part of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow even serves as the capital of the state. Situated on the banks of Gomti, it has its own identity and nature, not exactly like other cities of India but still you can see the Indian touch in this city. Lucknow is famous for its manners (tehzeeb) and culture, the Lucknow Culture. Lucknow was ruled as the city of Nawabs and it still has that Nawabi touch in its monuments and in its famous chikankari embroidery.
Structures from the Nawabi days and the Raj period are spotted all around the city. Living since ages, Lucknow has turned into a city full of population and if you are a stranger, you might get amazed by the sense of this city. Lucknow was established by Nawab Saadat Khan Burhan-ul-Mulk, and after the foundation, the city soon became huge enough to be declared as the biggest and most prosperous city in the nation. The aura was well maintained even during the time of the British. It was the time of the Nawabs when Lucknow built up a desire for doing poetry, music and dance.
Monuments from the Nawabi time and structures of the British still remain a fascination for guests who come to visit the city. One of the finest monuments of Islamic architecture is the Bara Imambara. An enormous structure, it is a tomb of the Nawab. The maze is especially fascinating and can keep one involved just about for a day. The La Martiniere College is one of the oldest running school in the country and visitors must visit the school to view its great architecture. The building is a wonder in itself and has been highlighted in numerous Indian movies. The Jami Masjid is famous for its huge structure and yellow sandstone richness. One of the finest structure in the nation and the biggest masjid in the city, the mosque have tremendous artistic values. Anyone visiting Lucknow must go to see the Lucknow Residency. Residency was once a glorious building ever but now standing as an evidence of the cruelty of the Britishers.
Visitors cannot go back home without shopping from Lucknow. Undoubtedly, it is the Lucknow Chikankari and Zardozi which lives up to expectations of visitors which forces them to buy the traditional arts. In terms of food, Lucknow is best known for its Moghlai and Awadhi cuisines.
A visit to Lucknow can just tell you the worth which it has in its winding roads and packed bazaars. This city has many different colors and features to see.