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Lucknow

The city of Nawabs

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  • General Information

    District: Lucknow, State: Uttar Pradesh, India
    Area: 2544 Sq. Km.
    Languages Spoken: Hindi, Urdu and English
    Long Distance Code: +91-522
    Importance: Capital city of the state of Uttar Pradesh
    Best Time to Visit: October to March
  • Description

    Lucknow formerly was one of the cities in the ruled by the Avadh rulers and after Uttar Pradesh attained statehood it eventually became the capital of the State. The city famous for its cultivated manners and refined urbane culture; Lucknow even today remains the home of light-classical North Indian music and the Kathak school of dance. The lifestyle of Lucknow is known as the Nawabi Nazakat meaning, soft to speak, eat food with best of spices, wear clothes with the best of embroidery, listen to the best of shayari and attend classical music and Kathak dance performances.<br />The history of this ancient city dates back to the mythological era of Lord Ram, the king of Ayodhya. It is said that when he came back after defeating Ravan in Lanka, he gifted this nearby small town to his brother Lakshman, who had helped through the 14 years of exile. The place was known Lakshmanpur since then and Lucknow is another version of the same name. <br />Lucknow grew into prominence only in the medieval period during the rule of the Mughals and later the Nawabs. The Nawabs were actually subhas or the presiding managers of the Mughal empire, but after the deterioration in the Mughal governance the Nawabs of Avadh declared independence and ruled the rich constituency. The British annexed the area under the pretext of failure in administration in the mid - 19th century. The atrocities of the British resulted in strong revolt against the empire within the royal family it self. This resulted in imprisonment of the Nawab Wazir Ali Shah and confinement of his wife in Nepal. <br />Leisurely habbits, etiquette, fine architecture, delicious food and refinement have become the part of living of the people of Lucknow. <br />The small town near the Avadh, which was gifted to Lakshman rose to prominence with the Nawabs and was metaphorically called, the Shiraz of Avadh and the Constantinople of India. Today, Lucknow lives with the residue of the Nawabi culture; it lives with the memories of the past and also with the acquired status of a city rich in art, music, dance; a city of culture and gracious living.<br />But as one leaves the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh, the memories of its historical by-lanes, beautiful architecture, intricate embroideries, gracious dances and mouth watering delicacies lingers on like the aroma of the Ittar, the perfumed natural oils which Lucknow is famous for in your memories for years to come through.
  • Location

    The capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow is in the middle of the state accessed by road, rail and air. It is totally land bound by the districts of Unnao in the west, Rae Bareily in the south, Barabanki in the east and the district of Handoi in the north. The River Gomti flows through the city. The Dasheri mangoes of the area are famous world over. It experiences a tropical climate with hot summers and cold winters.
Chota ImambaraThe Hussainabad or Chota Imambara is an exquisite building built by Nawab Muhammad Ali Shah in 1839 as a burial place for himself. On the two sides of the Imambara are two small structures replicas of the Taj Mahal. One as the burial place of his daughter and other of her Husband. The water reflection of the structure in the tank in front of the Imambara is a beautiful sight on a sunny day. \r\nThe walls of the Imambara are embellished with beautiful calligraphic verses in Arabic and the interiors of the Imambara have on display some exotic objects ranging from elaborate chandeliers and gilded mirrors to tazias made of sandalwood, wax, and paper. A small bazaar inside the entrance of the Imambara is the home of chikan and bidri workers and of those who make the small clay figures typical to Lucknow. Opposite the entrance is a similar structure, the Naubat Khana, where seven musicians play three times a day in honour of the dead. During Muharram the Imambara is ablaze with illumination.
The Bada Imambara and the Rumi DarwazaThe Bada Imambara or Asafi Imambara was built by Nawab Asaf ud daula in 1784 A.D. The structure shows the mixture of Rajput and Mughal architectures with Gothic influences. The interior of the Imambara is extensive and the interior vaulted hall is said to be one of the largest apartments of its kind in the world. \r\nBut more amazing factor of this place is the Bhul-bhulaiya or the maze, a labyrinth. There is a large mosque the Jama Masjid, nearby and the well on the premises is believed to be bottomless. \r\nAsaf Ud Daula also built the Rumi Darwaza next to the Bada Imambara. This huge door is known as the entrance to the Bada Imambara. The sheer size of the door is enough to mesmerize any visitor.
The ResidencyAlthough it is the famous picnic spot for the locals, this historical structure built by Nawab Sadat Ali Khan for the British Resident at his court in 1800, is in dilapidated condition today. The name of this place came to be Residency as most of the British residents of the court were put up here. The structure faced a great attack during the Mutiny in 1857 and the residents were locked inside this place.
The Clock towerSupposed to be highest clock tower in India, the Ghari Minar or the clock tower was built by Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah in 1881. Built in typical European architectural style, the dial of this clock is shaped like a 12-petalled flower and has bells around it.
The Chattar ManzilChattar Manzil is a palace about which very little is known. The construction of this magnificent building was started by Gazi Haider and was completed by his son in the later years. Why were they built and how the name was attached to it are the facts no one knows. There is a huge basement which has flowing water of the Gomti River which make the basement immensely cool. Today it houses the Medical research body.
Excursions of LucknowAYODHYA:\r\nThe celebrated town of Avadh is situated on the banks of River Sarayu and is one of the most ancient of India. Around 135 kms from Lucknow, this place is believed to be the birth place of the epic hero of Ramayana, Lord Ram. There are many temples here and people throng this small town now to worship and pray Lord Ram. A decade back the town shot to limelight due to its communal riots. But the otherwise sleepy town of Ayodhya is busy with its daily routines and prayers and worshippers. No ruins or remnants of the era are found and it is believed that Lord Ram took along with him the whole of township when he ascended heaven. \r\n\r\nKUKRAIL RESERVE PARK:\r\nJust 15 kms away from the capital city of Lucknow is this beautiful resort. Deer and crocodiles can be found here in their most natural environments. \r\n\r\nNEEMSAR - MISRIKH:\r\nThese twin cities hardly 90 kms from Lucknow are famous as the pilgrimage centers. The famous Hanuman Garhi is situated here. It is believed that Hanuman remained here for years and stayed in a cave to protect the birth place of Ram. This cave has been transformed in to a temple today.
Sadat Ali tombIn front of the famous Begum Hazrat Mahal Park are the tombs of Sadat Ali and his wife. The tombs built in the Italian style of architecture are fabulous structures to watch.
Shah Najaf ImambaraShah Najaf Imambara is supposed to be the replica of the tomb of Hazrat Ali, son - in - law of Prophet Mohammad, in Iraq contains the remains of Gazi Ud-Din Haider and his three wives.
North India Pilgrimage Tour

North India Pilgrimage Tour
(13 Days / 12 Nights)

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North India Pilgrimage Tour / PI-0249 (13 Days / 12 Nights)
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi
Day 3 : Delhi - Varanasi
Day 4 : Varanasi
Day 5 : Varanasi - Allahabad
Day 6 : Allahabad - Ayodhya - Lucknow
Day 7 : Lucknow - Agra
Day 8 : Agra
Day 9 : Agra - Mathura - Delhi
Day 10 : Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh
Day 11 : Rishikesh
Day 12 : Rishikesh - Delhi
Day 13 : Delhi
The Land of Buddha

The Land of Buddha
(11 Days / 10 Nights)

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The Land of Buddha / PI-0189 (11 Days / 10 Nights)
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One of the fastest spread religions of the world is Buddhism. May be because of its theory to overcome the sorrow of life. The preacher of this theory was born at the small village on the borders of Nepal and India and went on to attain enlightenment under the Bodhi tree in another small hamlet in India, known as the Gaya, which was later known to be Bodhgaya. This tour takes you from the birth place of the Lord to the place wher he breathed his last.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi
Day 3 : Delhi-Varanasi
Day 4 : Varanasi - Bodhgaya
Day 5 : Bodhgaya
Day 6 : Bodhgaya-Rajgir-Nalanda-Patna
Day 7 : Patna-Kushinagar
Day 8 : Kushinagar-Lumbini
Day 9 : Lumbini-Sravasti
Day 10 : Sravasti-Lucknow-Delhi
Day 11 : Delhi
Footsteps of Lord Buddha

Footsteps of Lord Buddha
(13 Days / 12 Nights)

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Footsteps of Lord Buddha / PI-0341 (13 Days / 12 Nights)
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This amazing Buddhist pilgrimage tour makes you follow the footsteps of Lord Buddha involving several sites that act as important landmarks in Buddhism history. Some highlights of our tour include Bodhi Tree in Bodhigaya where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment, Nalanda, believed to be the oldest university of the world and Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha located in the foothills of the majestic Himalayas.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi
Day 3 : Delhi - Patna - Bodhgaya
Day 4 : Bodhgaya
Day 5 : Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Bodhgaya
Day 6 : Bodhgaya - Varanasi
Day 7 : Varanasi - Kushinagar
Day 8 : Kushinagar - Lumbini
Day 9 : Lumbini - Sravasti
Day 10 : Sravasti - Lucknow
Day 11 : Lucknow - Sankassia - Agra
Day 12 : Agra
Day 13 : Delhi
North India Pilgrim Tour

North India Pilgrim Tour
(13 Days / 12 Nights)

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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi
Day 3 : Delhi - Varanasi
Day 4 : Varanasi
Day 5 : Varanasi - Allahabad
Day 6 : Allahabad - Ayodhya - Lucknow
Day 7 : Lucknow - Agra
Day 8 : Agra
Day 9 : Agra - Mathura - Delhi
Day 10 : Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh
Day 11 : Rishikesh
Day 12 : Rishikesh - Delhi
Day 13 : Delhi
Mesmerizing India tour

Mesmerizing India tour
(12 Days / 11 Nights)

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Mesmerizing India tour / PC-558 (12 Days / 11 Nights)
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India is a land of diversity. Yet, it has a huge Islamic population intermingled with the existing core culture. Indian history is replete with the cultural and ethical interactions that happened between South East Asia Islamic and pre-existing socio-cultural groups. This tour takes you around the roots and various expressions of South-East Asian Islamic Institutes and their influence in Society.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Mumbai
Day 2 : Mumbai-Delhi
Day 3 : Delhi
Day 4 : Delhi-Ajmer
Day 5 : Ajmer
Day 6 : Ajmer-Jaipur
Day 7 : Jaipur-Bharatpur
Day 8 : Bharatpur-Agra
Day 9 : Agra
Day 10 : Agra-Aligarh
Day 11 : Aligarh-Lucknow
Day 12 : Lucknow-Delhi
BUUDHA S FOOTSTEPS WITH SONEPUR MELA

BUUDHA S FOOTSTEPS WITH SONEPUR MELA
(13 Days / 12 Nights)

On Request
BUUDHA S FOOTSTEPS WITH SONEPUR MELA / PC-599 (13 Days / 12 Nights)
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Sonepur Mela starts in November and lasts for next 15 days to one month every year. It draws more than 600,000 visitors to the Sonepur. One of the major attractions of the fair is the sight of scores of elephants that are beautifully decorated and lined up for sale. This is the only place in India or probably in the world where largest number of elephants are traded at one place. The buyers are mainly government forest department officials. You may even find the trading of large number of horses, goats, buffaloes, donkeys, ponies and dogs etc. along with elephants and other household cattle. In his very first sermon Lord Buddha put forth the Middle Way, the Four Noble Truths, and the Eightfold Path - the message spread rapidly, penetrating caste and class barriers; today Buddhism is a way of life in large parts of the world, its message of peace and tolerance speaks to us all. Buddha preached that the way to salvation is not dependent on God but on understanding the way things really are for all living beings subject to desire. We take you on a journey to places associated with important events in Buddha's life. Prince Siddhartha was born at Lumbini, became Buddha, the Enlightened One, at Bodhgaya, gave his first sermon at Sarnath, lived the greater part of his monastic life in Sravasti, and attained Nirvana at Kushinagar.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi
Day 3 : Delhi-Lucknow-Sravasti
Day 4 : Sravasti-Lumbini
Day 5 : Lumbini-Kushinagar
Day 6 : Kushinagar-Varanasi-Patna
Day 7 : Patna-Sonepur-Patna
Day 8 : Patna-Sonepur-Patna
Day 9 : Patna-Nalanda-Rajgir-Bodhgaya
Day 10 : Bodhgaya
Day 11 : Bodhgaya-Varanasi
Day 12 : Varanasi-Delhi
Day 13 : Delhi
In Search of Buddha in India

In Search of Buddha in India
(12 Days / 11 Nights)

On Request
In Search of Buddha in India / PI-0120 (12 Days / 11 Nights)
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Walk along the steps of Lord Buddha as you traverse through his steps when he left the luxuries of life in search of the eternal truth. This trip takes you along on an enchanting journey that goes across all the main Buddhist destinations including Sravasti, Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Rajgir and the spiritual pilgrimage city of Varanasi.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi-Agra
Day 3 : Agra-Lucknow
Day 4 : Lucknow-Sravasti
Day 5 : Sravasti - Lumbini
Day 6 : Lumbini - Kushinagar
Day 7 : Kushinagar - Patna
Day 8 : Patna-Rajgir-Bodhgaya
Day 9 : Bodhgaya
Day 10 : Bodhgaya-Varanasi
Day 11 : Varanasi - Delhi
Day 12 : Delhi
Buddhist Tour with Nepal

Buddhist Tour with Nepal
(14 Days / 13 Nights)

On Request
Buddhist Tour with Nepal / PI-0332 (14 Days / 13 Nights)
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With beautiful Buddhist monasteries and stupas forming an inseparable part of India and Nepal’s art and culture, Buddhist pilgrimage spots can be found all over both the countries. Attracting a large number of devotees every year, these places are some of the most revered spots in the Buddhist circuit. The tour takes you across some of the most famous ones among these centers including the ruins of Lumbini, the revered place of Bodhgaya as well as Sravasti that has been witness to the miracles of Lord Buddha.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi - Lucknow
Day 3 : Lucknow - Sravasti
Day 4 : Sravasti - Lumbini
Day 5 : Lumbini - Kushinagar
Day 6 : Kushinagar - Patna
Day 7 : Patna - Rajgir - Bodhgaya
Day 8 : Bodhgaya
Day 9 : Bodhgaya - Varanasi
Day 10 : Varanasi
Day 11 : Varanasi - Kathmandu
Day 12 : Kathmandu
Day 13 : Kathmandu
Day 14 : Kathmandu - Delhi
India Unplugged

India Unplugged
(15 Days / 14 Nights)

On Request
India Unplugged / PI-0342 (15 Days / 14 Nights)
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Get a brief peek into the history and culture of ancient India as you stroll around some of the most famous ancient monuments and temples of India with this specially designed tour.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi
Day 3 : Delhi - Lucknow
Day 4 : Lucknow
Day 5 : Lucknow - Varanasi
Day 6 : Varanasi
Day 7 : Varanasi - Khajuraho
Day 8 : Khajuraho-Orchha-Jhansi-Agra
Day 9 : Agra - Jaipur
Day 10 : Jaipur
Day 11 : Jaipur-Pushkar-Jodhpur
Day 12 : Jodhpur
Day 13 : Jodhpur-Ranakpur-Udaipur
Day 14 : Udaipur
Day 15 : Udaipur-Delhi

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