Exploring more in the City of Nawabs, Lucknow
September 17, 2019
Lucknow, the charming city of the erstwhile Nawabs welcomes you all again!
Lucknow is a very old city and has seen a lot of history unfold before itself. It boasts of fabulous architecture, amazing delicacies and a rich culture and traditions.
In the previous article, we were on a tour around the Bara Imambara and the magnificent structures in its close proximity. Today we will travel to some other must visit places in this city.
The Residency –
This historical monument is also known as the British Residency, being the residence of the resident British General. This place comprises of a number of structures that were used by the British who resided there – the treasury, the kitchen, the storehouse, main office building, main banquet hall, Dr. Fayrer’s Place, the Begum Kothi (house of the wife of a Nawab), a mosque, an imambara, the entrance known as Baillie Gate and others.
This place came under fierce attack during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, India’s first war of independence. The Indian soldiers laid siege on their British counterparts here and the heavy shelling and firing inflicted a lot of damage on these structures. In the present day, the Residency is in ruins, though it stands testimony to the struggle of India to gain independence.
A light and sound show is also arranged in the evenings to showcase the history of the place. The
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has erected a museum here, known as the 1857 Memorial Museum. It displays the full history of the Sepoy Mutiny and the spread of India’s first struggle on independence, including the arms and ammunition used then. The place is surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful trees. Walking along this is like an amazing walk down history.
Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden –
Established in 1921, this is the oldest zoo in northern India. This zoo also known as a ‘Prani Uddyan’ in
Hindi language comprises a huge area and a wide variety of
animals. The most popular animals are the world famous Royal Bengal Tiger, White Tigers, Lion and Lionesses and the endangered species of Black Buck and Chinkara. There is a wide collection of beautiful birds, reptiles, butterflies and the common animals like giraffe, bears, wild cats etc.
The zoo is a very nice place for a family outing especially if you have kids. There is a toy train ride that takes you across the whole zoo. There is a beautiful arena for having picnics with family and friends.
Overall a very pleasurable experience, one which we thoroughly enjoyed.
Ambedkar Memorial Park –
Established quite recently in honour of the ‘Father of the India Constitution’ Dr. B. R. Ambedkar by the
then chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati. This park, that also honours some iconic people with contribution towards social justice and equality is situated in the beautifully planned area of Gomti
Made with red sandstone brought over from the state of Rajasthan, this public park is a huge area with beautiful monuments. The most striking feature is probably the uncountable elephants, big and small
adorning the place. There is the Ambedkar Stupa, it’s the centre piece of this park and is constructed like a four-petal flower.
Then there is a museum (Sangrahalay), the Pratibimb Sthal which is the main entrance to the memorial and comprises of sixty two elephants standing guard. There is very little greenery like you expect in a park but it’s a very pretty area and the structures are amazing.
Lucknow comprises of a lot of gorgeous parks, whether big or small.
There are parks beside the river Gomti that flows through the heart of the city – the Gomti Riverfront Park.
There are the two fantastic parks which are also historically significant – The Begum Hazrat Mahal Park, which is created in honour of the first wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah, Begum Hazrat Mahal who had a huge contribution to India’s freedom struggle.
The Dilkusha Garden which is adjacent to the ruins of the Dilkusha Kothi, is a very interesting place. The garden has been restored and a walk along this place gives a glimpse of the historic ruins and also the fresh flora around.
There are other famous and popular parks like the Janeshwar Mishra Park, the Gautam Buddha Park and the Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Park which have a lot of greenery, lakes and lots of rides for children and adults alike.
We have come to the end of our trip to Lucknow. We thoroughly enjoyed our little trip to this amazing city of the Nawabs. The rich culture, the heritage and history attached to this age old
charming place is stunning. I keep talking about the awesome food of this place and how delicious they are, but I have not covered it in either of these two articles. This is because food from Lucknow deserves a special post only for itself and I will be back with it!!
Let me know if you have been to Lucknow and how your experience has been. Till we meet again on my next blog, keep smiling and see you soon!