The 60 feet high Rumi Gate was constructed under Nawab Asafl-us-Daula in 1786. It is said to be identical in design to an ancient portal at Constantinople. Its uppermost part consists of an eight faceted chhatri, approachable by a staircase.
Asafi Imambara (Bara Imambara)
Also known as the Bara Imambara, it was built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula in 1784 and is one of the architectural wonders of that era. Its central hall is said to be the largest vaulted chamber in the world. Except for the galleries in the interior, there is no woodwork in the entire structure. It has large underground passages which have been blocked up. A staircase from outside leads to a series of labyrinths known as Bhool-Bhulaiyan which is a complicated entanglement of zig-zag pass. Visitors are advised to visit only with authorized guides. Within the compound of the Imambara is the grand Asafi Mosque. Shahi Baoli is another attraction here.
Timing : Sunrise to Sunset
Entry fee : Rs. 25.00 (Indian) Rs. 300.00 (Foreigner) (inclusive of Bara Imambara, Chhota Imambara, Picture Gallery, Shahi Hamam)
Though Popularly called as the Chhota Imambara, the Hussainabad Imambara stands to the west of Bara Imambara. Built by Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah (1837-42), it is more ornate in design with exquisite chandeliers, gilt-edged mirrors, silver mimbar and colourful stuccos which adorn the interiors. A golden dome and fine calligraphy on the exterior of the building makes it a truly exceptional monument of Mughal architecture (open : 0600 hrs to 1700 hrs.).
The construction of Jama Masjid, to the north-west of Hussainabad Imambara, was started in 1832 AD during the reign of Mohammad Ali Shah but was completed after his death by his begum, Nawab Malika Janah. It is entirely free from the pseudo-Italian art then in vogue in Lucknow and reflects the Mughal style of architecture.
Built for the British Resident during 1780-1800, it was originally a large complex of many buildings. It was the scene of dramatic events during the first war of independence in 1857. The main building overlooks the river Gomti and is surrounded by terraced lawns and gardens. Today, only the scarred ruins bear witness to the turmoil of 1857. SOUND & LIGHT SHOW is an added attraction here. Entry fee : Rs. 5.00 (Indian), Rs. 100.00 (Foreigner). Tel. 2328220.
Indira Gandhi Planetarium
Situated at Suraj kund Park, it is a novel attraction of the city. The Saturn shaped building of the planetarium is unique of its kind. This completely air-conditioned planetarium has a state of art projection system, which gives special effects while projecting. Art projecting system, digital sound and lift-ramp for handicapped persons are the other worth mentioning facilities available here. Show timings (40 minute duration-based on title "Our world & beyond") : 01.00 pm to 1.40 pm- reserved for school bookings. 2.00 p.m. (in English), 3.00 p.m., 4.00 p.m., 5.00 p.m., 6.00 p.m. (all in Hindu). Closed on Mondays. Entry fee : Rs. 25.00 (for public), Rs. 15.00 (for students if they come through the schools in a group of 100 or more). No entry fee for handicapped. Tel: 2629176, 2627416
Other places of interest include Maharaja Bijli Pasi Quila, Nadan Mahal, Chhatar Manzil, Moti Mahal, Alambagh Palace, Bari Kaliji Temple, Kalibari, Koneshwar Temple, Siddhanath Temple, Chhachhi Kuan Temple, Tikait Rai Talab, Buddha Park, Neebu Park, Hathi Park, Globe Park, Begum Hazrat Mahal Park, Surya Kund, Buddheshwar Temple, Mankameshwar Temple, Baba Bhutnath Temple, Ram Krishna Math, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Smritika, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Park, Chandrika Devi Temple, etc.
Bauddha Vihar Shanti Upvan
Less than 1 Km from The Piccadily Hotel, the Bauddha Vihar Shanti Upvan on the V.I.P. Road is the new attraction of the city. The site, spread over an area of about 32.5 acres, presents a rare picture of architecture and symmetry, its magnificent building are built in sand-stone with tall pillars. The Meditation Hall, Library, International Buaddha Shodh Sansthan, four-faceted sculptures Bhikshu Niwas, Restaurant Parking and the lush green gardens are some of the major attractions here.
MANYAWAR SHRI KANSHIRAM JI GREEN (ECO) GARDEN (MSKJGEG)
Adjacent to the Manyawa Kanshiram Memorial is the new MSKJGEG, 112 acre green garden is dedicated to the people with the aim to showcase the concept of bio-diversity and use of technology to reverse environmental degradation due to massive urbanization.
MANYAWAR KANSHIRAM MEMORIAL
Manyawar Kanshiram Memorial, another grand memorial On the VIP road has been built on an area of 86 acres. Its towering cupola (with a diameters of 125 feet) is one of the largest of its kind. At a height of 177 feet, the memorial dominates the marble clad lucknow ’s skyline chamber, bronze statues, bronze murals, galleries, massive elephant statues, bronze fountains, granite columns, memorial inscriptions, extensive gardens, 52 feet high bronze fountains etc. are the major attraction here.
Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Gomti Buddha Vihar
Adjacent to Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal, a 30 meter – wide and about 700 meter long stretch of Gomti river front has been developed as Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Gomti Buddha vihar on an area of 7.5 acres. The 18 feet high four-faceted marble statue of Tathagat Gautam Buddha installed here is worth seeing. The embankments on both banks of the river Gomti have been beautified and well illuminated promenades with street furniture have also been constructed.
SAMAJIK PARIVARTAN PRATEEK STHAL
Nearby is Samajik Parivartan Prateek Shtal. It is an excellent example of beautification of a river front. The monument is an imposing sight and acts as a gateway to Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal.
Courtesy : UP Tourism Department