Nawabs may no longer be physically omnipresent, but every inch of the town still speaks of the Shahi legacy. The languid pace; the whims; the fancies; love for good food; warmth for all, is ingrained in every Lucknowite. You just cannot take away the intrinsic Pehle Aap…
Lucknow comes as a complete package of narrow gallis (lanes), old monuments, breathtaking beautiful architecture, food to die for – for one & all: veggies, non-veggies, snackers, sweet-tooth lovers, Paan-chewers (betel nut), et al. Hygiene may not be the top priority at the most popular eateries, but just ignore that and go for the food. The number of eateries, and the variety of food offered is overwhelming. One is thoroughly spoiled for choice. Shacks, khaunchas, restaurants, counters, thelas (carts), hawkers, street vendors dot the cityscape with just enough space to catch your breath.
12 things you cannot leave without doing:
1.Take a rickshaw and go ganjing (Hazratganj-the main shopping hub)
2. Shop at Hazratganj, Habibullah Estate & Chowk for traditional local handicraft of Chikankari garments.
3. Enjoy tangy chaat at Jain/Parampara, succulent Biryani at Lalla’s/Idris/Sakhawat, Kababs at Tundey Miyan, mouth-watering sweets at Ram Aasrey/Chhappan Bhog, juicy Paan near La Martinere Girls’ School, chilled Lassi in Chowk, crisp & chunky peanuts from a hawker at the corner of Hazratganj outside CCD, cakes, cookies,pies at Walnut/Brown’s/Burma Bakery, melt-in-the-mouth sweet Gelaurey at Chowdhry Sweet House, refreshing Kulfi Falooda at Parkash Ki Kulfi/Madhur Milan, crispy giant Samosas at Kewal‘s, one-of-a kind Chinese Mutton Chilli at John Hing‘s, yummy Daal Fry & rice at Dhaaba on Faizabad hwy, Poori Aaloo at Bajpai’s etc., etc., etc.
4. Relive the past at Imambaras, old monuments and mosques.
5. Soak in the intricate warp & weft of Oudhi Aristocracy with the common man on the street.
6. Be part of the maddening crowd, shops, monumemts & diners in the old town.
7. Drive through the Marine Drive of Lucknow by the Gomti River: Gomti Nagar
8. Visit Botanical Gardens & get a whole new perspective on overwhelming variety of flora.
9. Breathe in the fresh morning air at Lohia Park, Gomti Nagar.
10. Walk through Residency, the battlefield, during Mutiny and get all spooky.
11. Catch a play, Qawali, Shaayri in this culturally rich heritage town.
12. Just relax on any of the Victorian-style benches under lampposts in Hazratganj and feel the time come to a still.
13. See the city at night. You needn’t wait for Diwali. The strategically-lit old monuments, Vidhan Sabha, Hazratganj & Gomti Nagar are breathtakingly beautiful at night.
Statutory Warning: The city grows on you.
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