Lucknow, the ‘City of Nawabs’ and ‘Tehzeeb’, flourished during the 17th and 18th century under the Nawab of Awadh, and soon became a thriving cultural and artistic centre. There are many aspects to the culture of Lucknow that make the city a unique and enchanting place. The polite mannerisms and language, the poems (shayaris), music, fine cuisine, regal buildings and the sprawling gardens of Lucknow are well known. Immerse yourself in the unique culture of Lucknow when you visit its centuries-old architectural landmarks, explore its tantalising food, and its colourful markets.
Places to visit in Lucknow
The city of Nawabs, Lucknow, is home to some interesting architectural masterpieces dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The magnificent Bara Imambara, built by the Nawab of Awadh in 1785, is probably the most iconic tourist attraction in Lucknow. A significant example of Mughal architecture, Bara Imambara is said to have tunnels leading to the cities of Agra and Faizabad. Chota Imambara is another must-visit. Husainabad Clock Tower built in 1881, is the tallest clock tower in India. The tower, along with the Rumi Darwaza and Satkhanda, form an important sightseeing circle. These iconic buildings are testimony to the rich history of art and culture of Lucknow.
Explore Awadhi Food in Lucknow
The tantalising aroma of galouti kebabs, boti kebabs, tunday kebabs and biryani, could be found in every busy street of Lucknow. Awadhi Cuisine was given its regal touch by the Nawabs in the 17th and 18th centuries. In the royal kitchens, food for nawabs was prepared with finesse, flair and invention, and presented in style on sumptuous gold and copper serveware. You can get a taste of the authentic food of the city in many high-end restaurants in Lucknow, including our in-house restaurant at Clarks Awadh, as well as in the bustling food streets of Avadh.
Shopping in Lucknow
Shopping in Lucknow is always a delightful experience. The Nawabs of Lucknow were known for their exquisite jewellery and clothes, it's a legacy that has been passed on to generations of Lucknowites. When in Lucknow, buy chikan - you will find the best designs with the most intricate work at the best prices, and some of them are sold directly by the artisans. You can find chikan apparel at the Chowk or Aminabad, in the crowded streets of Nakhas, or in the fancier Hazratganj area that is close to our hotel in Lucknow. At the Chouk, you can also buy some of the best attar. If you love jewellery and trinkets, head to Alambagh Market or Lal Bagh Market for a happy splurge.