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WHY SHOULD YOU VISIT LUCKNOW

Monuments of Lucknow (Inside City)

1. Ram Krishna Matha

Special Centre of Ram Krishna Mission in Spiritual Light of Swami Vivekanan

2. Bara Imambara

Bara Imambara is a Shia Muslim shrine built in 1783 by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in an effort to provide employment for locals who were then devastated by persistent famine. It's easily the grandest ancient-day structure in Lucknow. The central hall of the Imambara is 50m in length and 16m wide, making it one of the largest in the world without any external support of wood, iron, or stone beams. The complex also has a maze and a step-well meant for devotees to use.

3. Hussainabad Imambara

Hussainabad Imambara is also known as the Chota Imambara or Palace of Lights, after the spectacular chandeliers that light up its gilded interiors during the festival of Muharram. Replete with gold-edged mirrors, a golden dome and silver throne, it is smaller but by no means less grand than the Bara Imambara. This complex also boasts an imitation Taj Mahal, a decaying watchtower, India's tallest clock tower and the one-time summer residence of Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah.

4. Rumi Darwaza

After the British crushed the 1857 Indian uprising they entered through this imposing gateway to the old city of Lucknow. This intricately crafted gate got its name from its aesthetic inspiration-it's modelled after a similar gateway in Istanbul-or Rumi as the city was known in the days of the Byzantine Empire.

5. Shah Najaf Imambara

The mausoleum of Nawab Ghazi-ud-din Haider and his handful of wives takes its name from the Shiite pilgrimage site of Najaf in Iraq and is a reference to the revered Hazrat Ali who lies buried there. A lovely garden full of flowers lies adjacent to the mausoleum, from where one of Lucknow's biggest and most elaborate Tazia processions embarks.

Nearby Places

1. Mahadeva

Bam-bhole,bam-bam-bhole resounding with the devotees moving in groups with Kanwar on their shoulders is famous for Lord Shiva's Lodheshwar temple where the wishes of the devotees are being fulfilled since time immemorial and continues to be so even today. Even today, the people flock in lakhs to this place in the month of Phalgun every year i.e. on the occasion of Mahashivratri to worship and offer water to the famous shivling. This ancient Shiv temple is situated at village Mahadeva in tehsil Ram Nagar of district Barabanki on the banks of Ghaghra. Lodheshwar Mahadev has ancient history to its credit. The Shivling in this temple being one of the exotic and rarest of the 52 shivlings on the surface of earth.

2. Deva S harif

The pilgrim town of Dewa is situated just 42 Kms. from Lucknow and 12 Kms. from the district headquarters of Barabanki in the heart of erstwhile 'Awadh'. This is the birth place of Haji Waris Ali Shah who was to influence the lives of many generations of people with his message of universal love for humanity. Haji Waris Ali Shah came of a family of Husaini Syeds, and was born in thefirst quarter of the 19th century. His father Syed Qurban Ali Shah died in his early childhood. Hindus held him in high esteem and regarded him as a perfect Sufi and a follower of Vedanta. Haji Saheb left for his heavenly abode on 7th April, 1905. And his body is buried here in this tomb.

3. PARIJAT

Village Kintur, about 38 Kms. east of district headquarters Barabanki was named after Kunti, mother of the Pandav. There are number ancient temples and their remains around this place. Nearby a temple established by Kunti, is a special tree called Parijaat. There are a number of sayings about this tree, which have popular acceptance.

The leaves of this tree in the lower portion has five tips like the fingers of a hand, while at the upper reaches it has seven. Its flower is very beautiful and white in colour, on drying out it takes on golden tinge. This flower has five petals. This tree blossoms very occasionally, with very few flower, but when it does, that is after the 'Ganga Dashehra', spreads its fragrance far and wide. The age of this tree is said to be 1000 to 5000 years. The perimeter of the trunk of this tree is around 50 feet and height of around 45 feet. There is another popular saying that, its branches do not break or dryout but shrink and disappear into the original trunk. The nearby people consider it to be their protector and obliging, henceforth they protect its leaves and flowers at all costs. Local people hold it in high esteem, in addition to the large number of tourists who visit to see this unique tree.

Famous cities near Lucknow

1. Ayodhya (The birth place of lord Ram)

2. Allahabad(the city of kumbh)

3. Varanasi(The city of lord shiva)

4. Chitrakoot (religious place)

5. Khajuraho (tantric temples)

6. Nainital and Ranikhet (famous tourist places) Nainital lake

7. Jim Corbett National Park

8. Naimisharanya (City of Rigvedic Era)

9. Mathura(The birth place of Lord Krishna)

10. Agra (Taj Mahal)

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