Lucknow has always been known as a multicultural city that flourished as a North Indian cultural and artistic hub, and the seat of power of Nawabs in the 18th and 19th centuries. The city stands at an elevation of approximately 123 metres (404 ft) above sea level.
Liberally sprinkled with British era buildings – including the famous Residency – and boasting two superb mausoleums, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, though somewhat overshadowed by the cities of Agra and Varanasi, caters well to history buffs. By contrast, Lucknow’s modern side boasts a unique feel with grandiose monuments and overstated parks and gardens, many boasting marble sidewalks and pink sandstone. It’s nothing if not interesting.
The city rose to prominence as the home of the Nawabs of Avadh (Oudh) who were great patrons of the culinary and other arts, particularly dance and music. Lucknow’s reputation as a city of culture, gracious living and rich cuisine have continued to this day.
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To get a true sense of the Old City, we recommend that you start at the Lal Pul bridge and end your trip at the Akbari Darwaza. The area in between forms the epicenter of old Lucknow. Along the way. you’ll see well-maintained Havelis, hole-in-the-wall chikan and zardozi embroidery workshops and authentic Tunday Kabab food stalls.