Escorted Rail Tours to Lucknow
Sample superb cuisine and culture in Uttar Pradesh’s cosmopolitan capital
The sprawling yet exhilarating metropolis of Lucknow, capital city of the state of Uttar Pradesh, has long been regarded as the cultural and artistic heart of northern India, a legacy which began in 1722 with the first Nawab (a governer appointed by the Mughal Emperor) of the city. The successive Nawabs of Lucknow were renowned for their refinement and etiquette and for their patronage of the arts including dance, poetry, music, cuisine and design. Today, Lucknow retains this devotion to civilised behaviour, culture and the arts making the city an exceptionally welcoming and rewarding city to explore.
A historic landmark of Lucknow that should not be missed is the British Residency and Museum. The Residency was built in 1800 to house the British Resident General, but following the annexation of the former Indian state of Awadh by the British East India Company in 1857, became the site of a bloody siege at the hands of an Indian rebellion. The Residency's buildings and gardens have been preserved as they were at the time of the siege; the bullet holes, cannon damage and other battle scars remain untouched.
Besides an intriguing mix of traditional Mughal architecture and British colonial architecture that is evident throughout the city, friendly and cosmopolitan Lucknow offers visitors an abundance of landmarks, activities, entertainments and cultural experiences that includes something to please everyone.