5 Top Must Visit Historical Sites In Lucknow

Touted as the City of Nawabs, Lucknow has much to offer to the visitors. The 2nd largest in the North India and the 11th largest in the country, Lucknow is becoming a cultural hub owing to the various historical monuments, cuisines and architectural wonders. If one plans to visit this city, there are certain places which one should not miss to see. The city which flourished during the 18th century is an artistic marvel only if one knows where to wander through. In our top 5 today we have enlisted the top 5 places that are a must visit in the city. Here is a quick look at the best places to visit in Lucknow.

The Residency:


Also known as the British Residency or the Residency Complex, this important landmark of Lucknow is an assembly of several buildings. The monument is in the ruins and it is located in the heart of Lucknow. Adjacent to this monument there are other important buildings like Tehri Kothi, Shahid Smarak and High Court building. The building was constructed between 1780 -1800 AD and it was a residence of the British Resident General who served in the court of Nawab.

The building is in ruins and it was maintained as it was at the time of the final relief. Walls of this building are scarred by the cannon shots. Beautiful flowerbeds and lawns surround the building and are first to be noticed from a far-off place. The burial ground lying close to the Residency has about 2000 people including the grave of Sir Henry Lawrence who died during seize.

Also, known as British Residency, it is constructed during the rule of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan II who was the 5th Nawab of the province. Learn more about it here.

You can visit the residency anytime between 8 am and 5 pm. Museum though remains closed on Fridays.

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Bara Imambara:


The construction of this another notable building of Lucknow began in the year 1784 by the 4th Nawab known as Asaf-ud-Daula. The aim basically was to provide employment to the people throughout the day. It has an admirable magnificence and it was built basically as a part of the relief to the victims of famine which struck in 1784. The monument is also known as Asfi Imambara after the name of the Nawab who got the building constructed.

The monument has a unique style of construction. The hall owes its magnificence to the central hall which is the largest hall in the world without any pillar support. The blocks of the monument are all put together with an interlocking system of bricks and there are no beams and girders. Bhulbhulaiya is an incredible part of this monument which is at the upper floor of the monument. A stairway leads to Bhulbhulaiya, where you can have a panoramic view of the entire city. You cannot make your way out to the monument without hiring a guide. Also, it is believed that treasures are hidden in the tunnels of the maze. The monument is open right from 6 am till 5 pm.

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Chota Imambara:


The best time to visit Chota Imambara is at night on special occasion of Moharram. Popularly known as palace of lights due to the stunning chandeliers and the decorations which light up the building on all the special occasions. This is another must visit monument of Lucknow,  close to Bara Imambara.

The monument was built by Mohammed Ali Shah in the 2nd year of his rule in 1839. The sparkling gold plated large and smaller domes of this monument are ribbed that are visible from a far off place and attract the people from a far of place. The ‘panja’ emblem mounted atop the main gate signifies the holy five of the Prophet Mohammed’s family.

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La Martiniere:

la-martiniere-8-5-copyBuilt in 1800 , it is the oldest college in Lucknow and worth visiting. The college came into being as per the will of Major General Claude Martin. It was his palatial home. This prestigious college was an alma mater of Sir Cliff Richard. The college was bestowed with Battle Honor for the Defence of Lucknow due to the valaour exhibited by its staff and pupils in the Defence of the Residency during 1857’s Sepoy Mutiny.

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Dilkhusa Palace:


The remnants of Dilkhusha Kothi date back to the 18th century. As of today, you would be able to see only external monuments and a few towers. The house was shelled in the year 1857 and only the extensive gardens remain.  The building has patterned walls with no inner courtyard. It is basically a remnant of an European influenced Indian architecture. Today it is visited by a large number of visitors and foreign tourists. This is indeed one of the most beautiful monuments of the city surrounded by a beautiful garden.

The remains of the Kothi are built in the English baroque style in the quiet ambiance of Lucknow. Once this Kothi served as a pleasure resort and a hunting lodge since the area was surrounded by a dense forest.