Markets and Bazaars
Get the most out of your shopping spree at Lucknow’s famous markets and shopping destinations, located in the vicinity of the hotel. The decades old bazaar, Hazratganj, and the traditional shopping bazaars Aminabad and Chowk, will provide you with the right mix of traditional and modern. Shop for chikankari clothes or relish the most appetizing Lucknawi cuisine from the oldest shops in the city at Chowk. Go street shopping at Aminabad or pick exquisitely embroidered and dress materials for yourself at Hazratganj. All of these in the neighborhood of Mera Mann.
Parks and Malls
If you wish to be close to nature or if you’re looking for premium shopping centers, Lucknow has all of it to offer. Sahara Ganj Mall, Phoenix Palassio and Fun Republic are among one of the best in the city. If moments of solace is what you want, The Gomti Riverfront, Janeshwar Mishra Park, Dilkusha Gardens, Begum Hazrat Mahal Park, The Residency and others are perfect for you. Apart from these, the city also has some amazing waterparks for to beat the summer heat.
Sights and Landmarks
Lucknow is rich in history and heritage. The historical monuments are a proof of its grandeur and splendor. Some of these popular structures are Bara Imambara with The Bhoolbhulaiya and The Shahi Baoli and Chota Imambara that were built in 1785 and 1837 respectively. Other marvels of that era are The British Residency, Rumi Darwaza, The Dilkusha Kothi, Husainabad Clock Tower and more.
Railway stations don’t usually qualify as a tourist destination, do they? But the Charbagh Railway Station in Lucknow is an exception to this. Counted among the most iconic railway stations in India, it has a regal appearance, similar to that of a palace or mansion. The huge building features elements of Rajput, Awadhi and Islamic styles of architecture complete with minarets and domes. Don’t forget to click some pictures of this grand structure because you don’t get to see such stunningly designed railway stations every day.
Hazratganj , Lucknow
The Hazratganj Market, a century-old shopping area located in the heart of Lucknow, is where you can find the city’s vibrant soul. Housing numerous showrooms, factory outlets, restaurants, shopping complexes, malls, and theatres, the place is a shopper’s paradise. The Ganj Carnival held here on the second Sunday of every month is a major crowd puller. While you are here, don’t forget to cater to your hunger pangs at the Royal Café, J.J Bakers, the Cherry Tree Café or the other eateries dotting the area.
British Residency, Lucknow
Also called the Residency and the Residency Complex, the British Residency is a complex of buildings that once served as the residence of the British Resident General. Constructed in the last quarter of the 18th century, the place served home to over 3000 British residents during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Currently, the Residency is in ruins and is a protected monument under the Archeological survey of India.
Bara Imambara, Lucknow
Counted among the top historical places in Lucknow, Bara Imambara aka Asafi Imambara is a historical monument that dates back to 1784. Built by Asaf-ud-Daula, one of the renowned Nawabs of Awadh, the complex comprises a large mosque (Asfi Mosque), a labyrinth (the Bhul Bhulaiya), and a stepwell with running water (Shahi Baoli). The structure boasts of two large gateways that will lead you to the central hall, which is touted to be the largest vaulted chamber in the world.
Rumi Darwaza, Lucknow
When you want to witness the grandeur of the Awadhi style of architecture, make your way to the Rumi Darwaza, an imposing gateway located between Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara. This gateway built in 1784 by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula is about 60-feet tall and is generally used as the logo for Lucknow city. Since the gate is modeled after the Sublime Porte in Istanbul, it is sometimes referred to as the Turkish Gate.
Husainabad Clock Tower, Lucknow
Located adjacent to the Rumi Darwaza, Husainabad Clock Tower is another heritage monument dotting the cityscape of Lucknow. Built in 1881 by the Hussainabad Trust at a cost of 1.75 lakhs, this 221-feet structure is modeled after the Big Ben Clock Tower of London. The clock is designed like a flower with 12 petals and its pendulum is 14 feet long. Popular as the tallest clock tower in the country, it displays the Gothic and Victorian styles of architecture.
Chota Imambara, Lucknow
The imposing historical structure of Chota Imambara was built in 1838 by Muhammad Ali Shah, the third Nawab of Awadh. Also called Imambara Hussainabad Mubarak, it was initially built as a congregation hall for the devotees of the Shia community. However, the place later served as the mausoleum for the Nawab as well as his mother. The interiors of the structure are beautifully ornamented with chandeliers and crystal lamps brought from Belgium which earned it the moniker ‘the Palace of Lights’. The exteriors feature elements of intricate Islamic calligraphy, adding to its visual appeal.
Dilkusha Kothi, Lucknow
Located on the banks of the River Gomti, Dilkusha Kothi is the remains of a house that was built in the early 19th century. Built in the English baroque style of architecture, the building once served as the hunting lodge and summer resort of the Nawabs. Nothing much is left of the building today, except for the external walls, a few towers, and a beautiful garden. However, due to its historical significance and architectural grandeur, Dilkusha Kothi has earned a place in the list of Lucknow tourist places.
Aminabad Market, Lucknow
One of the best places to shop in Lucknow is the Aminabad Market, which has been in operation since the times of the Nawabs. From embroidered chikan garments, jewelry, and footwear to carpets, bed sheets, and local handicrafts, you will find almost everything here. And don’t forget to bargain to get the best deals. Once you are done with shopping, make your way to some of the top eateries located in the area, such as Wahid Biryani, Kalika Chat House, and Tunday Kababi, and refill your engine with some delectable grubs.