Top 7 places to visit in Lucknow – Complete Lucknow guide

Lucknow is well known for its historic style beauty, architecture, historical places. There are many places to visit in Lucknow. Here,I have collected information about top 7 places to visit in Lucknow.Besides historical places people come here to taste the Awadhi and Mughlai food .People are more attracted towards the street food of Lucknow. You can also check out the famous street food of Lucknow.


There are myriads of places to visit in Lucknow. Lucknow is well known for its Awadhi style beauty, culture, monumental and historical places. One such place is Bada Imambara. Whenever you search top places to visit in Lucknow then every time the first place you will notice is Bada Imambara. So, here I will tell you about this manifesting architecture.

Bada Imambara was built by Nawab Asaf -ud-Daula in 1784. Here, every year Muslims get together to celebrate their religious Murrham festival. This monument is considered one of the largest arched structures in the world without any support system to the roof. In the Bada Imambara, there is an interesting maze Bhool Bhulaiya is also located on its upper floor. Mainly people come here to see the elegant Bhool Bhulaiya. It is made up of Lakhori bricks ,eatables items and without the use of cement, metals.

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Bada Imambara


Chota Imambara is known as the ‘Palace of lights’.It is also known as Imambara of Hussainabad. It was built by the third Nawab of Awadh, Mohammad Ali Shah in 1838. During Murrham this Imambara is well decorated by lights, lamps, chandeliers that give a charming look that’s why it is known as ‘Palace of lights’. It is influenced by the Persian and Indo-Islamic style of architecture. It is beautifully designed by calligraphy work. This place leaves an everlasting impression on whosoever visits Lucknow.

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Chota Imambara


Rumi Darwaza is a beautiful piece of architecture known as the Turkish gate. It was constructed in 1784 during the reign of Nawab-Asaf-ud-Daula. This gate is the main entrance of the city. This is the gate through which Britishers entered in 1858 after invading. Rumi Darwaza glooms in the night. People come to see the elegance beauty of Rumi Darwaza in Lucknow.

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Rumi Darwaza


The tomb of Sadat Ali khan was built by Nawab-Ghazi-ud-din Haider. This beautiful piece of architecture is situated near the Begam Hazrat Mahal Park. There are four gates to enter the tomb of Shahadat Ali Khan. Near the western gate, there are graves of his three Begam and near the eastern door, his daughter’s graves had been buried. The graves of Nawab Saadat Ali and his brothers remain in the cellar. The floor inside the mausoleum is made of black and white marble. After coming to Lucknow, people just see the famous historical places like Chota Imambara, Bara Imambara, Jama Masjid. Many of us don’t know about Sadat Ali Khan’s tomb. We just ignore such tombs but believe me after if you spend some time exploring this tomb then definitely you will not regret it.

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Tomb of Sadat Ali khan


Being a history lover, I will recommend everyone to include British Residency in your bucket of places to visit in Lucknow. It is also considered an archaeological site in Lucknow. Now, the archaeological society of India is taking care of this. This residency was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula and completed by Nawab Sadat Ali khan for the British General. Later it became the home of the British commissioner of Awadh. The residency includes residential quarters, worship places, armory, quarters that all are enclosed in a large compound. It has been a significant part of Seige of Lucknow that can be seen through the ruins on the site.

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British Residency


Jama Masjid in Lucknow construction was started by Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah in 1839. As Jama Masjid of Delhi is the largest mosque in India so to surpass it’s brethen in Delhi, he started its construction. But due to his sudden death, his dream was not fulfilled. Though it was finished by his wife Mallika Jahan Begum. It is made of Lakhori bricks and plastered with lime. There is a prohibition against non-Muslims inside the masjid. They can only visit outside the masjid.

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Jama Masjid


Located near the bank of the Gomti river, the construction of Shahnajaf imambara started in 1816. It is the mausoleum of Haider Ali and his three wives. People skip this Imambara so ensure you have enlisted it in your bucket list of places to visit in Lucknow. It was influenced by the Mughal architectural style. It is a unique shape imambara.
Location Address – Rana Partap Marg, Hazratganj, Lucknow
Visiting hours – It remains open all day. It opens from 6.00 AM to 5.00 PM.
Entry fee – There is no entry fee to visit.

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Shahnajaf Imambara

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