Lucknow – The City of Nawabs

Lucknow was the home of the Nawabs, until British occupation, and the area has a strong history of showing hospitality to visitors. As this place is a bit off the main tourist trails, there are only a few touts and there is nothing like the numbers you’ll discover in more popular visitor destinations around India. We received a warm welcome from the locals, many of whom didn’t speak much English, but were eager to help and engage in polite conversation, without a rupee being requested.

Lucknow has always been known as a multicultural city that flourished as a North Indian cultural and artistic hub and is a home to people who use different dialects and languages. The city’s contemporary culture is the result of the amalgamation of the Hindu and Muslim rulers who ruled the place simultaneously. Modern-day Lucknowites are known for their polite gesture which is loved by visitors. The classical Indian dance form Kathak took shape in Lucknow.

The Awadh region has its own distinct “Nawabi” style cuisine. The best-known dishes of this area consist of biryanis, kebabs, and bread. The “Tunde Ke Kabab” restaurant has operated for more than a century and is the most popular source of kebabs. You can’t miss out basket chaat of Royal café in Hazratganj, kabab, the dish of Lucknow Prakash ki Kulfi in Aminabad, Sai lassi corner serving a thick creamy lassi, Pandit Raja’ Thandai, Gulabi chai of Nakhas, and many more mouthwatering dishes. Shreemal is a type of sweet bread(paratha) prepared only in Lucknow. Not only this but Lucknow is also ranked “India’s second happiest city” after Chandigarh. It was found to be better than other cities in areas such as food, transit, and overall citizen satisfaction.

Air India Express offers daily flights from Lucknow to Dubai.

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