Never Forget to Visit These Places in City of Nawab

Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, is many things rolled into one. The City of Nawabs is where any ardent traveler can enjoy a tryst with history, culture, shopping, fun, spirituality, food, leisure, and more. From centuries-old British and Mughal edifices and fun-filled amusement parks to gardens, street bazaars, museums, and temples. Here’s a list of some of the iconic places to visit in Lucknow:

Never Forget to Visit These Places in City of Nawab
Never Forget to Visit These Places in City of Nawab
Never Forget to Visit These Places in City of Nawab
Never Forget to Visit These Places in City of Nawab

1. Bara Imambara

Counted among the top historical places in Lucknow, Bara Imambara aka Asafi Imambara is a historical monument that dates back to 1784. Built by Asaf-ud-Daula, one of the renowned Nawabs of Awadh, the complex comprises a large mosque (Asfi Mosque), a labyrinth (the Bhool Bhulaiya), and a stepwell with running water (Shahi Baoli). The structure boasts of two large gateways that will lead you to the central hall, which is touted to be the largest vaulted chamber in the world. 

  • Timings: Sunrise to Sunset; every day 

  • Entry Fee: ₹ 25 for Indians; ₹ 500 for foreign nationals

2. Chota Imambara

The imposing historical structure of Chota Imambara was built in 1838 by Muhammad Ali Shah, the third Nawab of Awadh. Also called Imambara Hussainabad Mubarak, it was initially built as a congregation hall for the devotees of the Shia community. However, the place later served as the mausoleum for the Nawab as well as his mother. The interiors of the structure are beautifully ornamented with chandeliers and crystal lamps brought from Belgium which earned it the moniker ‘the Palace of Lights’. The exteriors feature elements of intricate Islamic calligraphy, adding to its visual appeal.

  • Timings: 6:00 am to 5:00 pm; every day 

  • Entry Fee: ₹ 25 for Indians; ₹ 300 for foreigners

3. Rumi Darwaza

When you want to witness the grandeur of the Awadhi style of architecture, make your way to the Rumi Darwaza, an imposing gateway located between Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara. This gateway built in 1784 by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula is about 60-feet tall and is generally used as the logo for Lucknow city. Since the gate is modeled after the Sublime Porte in Istanbul, it is sometimes referred to as the Turkish Gate.

  • Timings: 24×7

  • Entry Fee: Free

4. Husainabad Clock Tower

Located adjacent to the Rumi Darwaza, Husainabad Clock Tower is another heritage monument dotting the cityscape of Lucknow. Built in 1881 by the Hussainabad Trust at a cost of 1.75 lakhs, this 221-feet structure is modeled after the Big Ben Clock Tower of London. The clock is designed like a flower with 12 petals and its pendulum is 14 feet long.  Popular as the tallest clock tower in the country, it displays the Gothic and Victorian styles of architecture.

  • Timings: 24×7; every day  

  • Entry Fee: Free

5. Indira Gandhi Planetarium

 A visit to the Indira Gandhi Planetarium must be on your list of things to do in Lucknow, especially if you are a science enthusiast or traveling with your kids. The planetarium is designed in such a way that it resembles the planet Saturn, which makes it different from all other planetariums in the country. With its high-tech projection system and daily screenings that reveal the wonders of the universe, it is a great place to spend a day learning a thing or two about celestial bodies.

  • Timings: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; closed on Mondays

  • Entry Fee: ₹ 25 per person

 6. Ambedkar Park

A public park and memorial built across 107 acres in Gomti Nagar, Ambedkar Park honors Dr. Ambedkar, Jyotirao Phule, Kanshi Ram, Narayana Guru, and many other social reformers who worked for equality and social justice. A striking feature of the park is that the whole place is built using red sandstone bought in from Rajasthan. The key attractions here include the Ambedkar Stupa, Pratibimb Sthal with statues of 62 elephants, the museum, and Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Gallery, among others.

  • Timings: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm; every day 

  • Entry Fee: ₹ 15 per person

7. Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden

Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden, more popularly known as Lucknow Zoo, is counted among the best places to visit in Lucknow for nature lovers and family holidaymakers. Established in 1921 over 71 acres of land, the place is home to over 440 mammals, 340 bird species, and several species of reptiles and many other wonders of the wild. While here, you can enjoy toy train rides and paddle boating, take a look at the British-era vintage train displayed in the zoo, and visit the butterfly park and nature interpretation center. Your little ones can also have a great time at the children’s park.

  • Timings:
    8:30 am to 5:30 pm (February to April and August to October)
    8:00 am to 6:00 pm (May to July and November to January)
    Closed on Mondays and public holidays

  • Entry fee: ₹ 60 for adults; ₹ 30 for children

8. State Museum

The state museum that is located within the Lucknow Zoo is another key attraction you can include in your Lucknow itinerary. The major exhibits here include artifacts related to Awadhi arts and culture and several excavated antiquities from regions in and around the city. This four-storied building also contains an Egyptian mummy and a wooden sarcophagus.

  • Timings: 10:30 am to 4:30 pm; closed on Mondays and public holidays

  • Entry Fee: ₹ 5 for Indian adults; ₹ 2 for children; ₹ 50 for foreign tourists

9. Jama Masjid

 Another gem in the list of Lucknow tourist places in the Jama Masjid. Like all other masjids in the country, it is a spiritual center for Muslim devotees. But that’s not all. This 19th-century edifice is a visual treat and one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture in the city. A key highlight here is the giant pillars that feature Hindu and Jain carvings.

  • Timings: 05:00 am to 9:00 pm; every day

  • Entry Fee: Free

10. Satkhanda

An iconic watchtower located in Lucknow, Satkhanda is an incomplete, four-storied structure that dates back to the 1800s. King Mohammed Ali Shah who started the construction of the building planned it to be a watchtower with seven stories but could complete only four due to his untimely demise. The design of this red-brick tower shows influences of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which makes it one of the interesting monuments to visit in Lucknow.

  • Timings: 24×7

  • Entry Fee: Free