Few places in the world are endowed with such rich cultural traditions as in this romantic city of Nawabs.. In 1732, Muhammad Shah, one of the later kings of the once-powerful Mughal dynasty, appointed Mohammad Amir Saadat Khan, a Persian adventurer of noble lineage, to the viceroyalty of the area known as Avadh, of which Lucknow was a part. Saadat Khan was the founder of the famous dynasty known as the Nawab Wazirs—a dynasty which changed the face of this little-known place. The rapid growth of Lucknow dates from 1755 when the fourth Nawab, Asaf-ud-Daula transferred the capital of Avadh from Faizabad to Lucknow and began constructing some splendid architectural marvels. During this period, Lucknow also established its pre-eminent place in the field of poetry, music and dance. In fact, even today the city breathes history, and the sound of laughter and music, the tinkling of ankle bells and the mellifluous rendering of Urdu poetry (shairi) still echo through the long corridors of time.
• Area 310.1 sq. km
• Population 1,619,115
• Altitude 123 metres above sea level
• Languages Hindi, Urdu, and English
• STD Code 0522
• Best time to visit October to February
Tourist Attractions in Lucknow
Among the most important monuments are the Imambadas, popularly known as the Bada Imambada (also Asafi Imambada) and the Chhota Imambada (also Hussainabad Imambada). Besides, there are the Shah Najaf Imambada, Residency, Rumi Darwaza, Kaiserbagh Palace Complex, National Botanical Research Institute and the State Museum and Zoo as well.
Tourist Attractions around Lucknow
The excursion spots also give one the idea of the region’s rich flora and fauna. For the nature lovers, the Kukrali Reserve Forest, , Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary and Naimisharanaya are good places for visit.