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Ethereal, enchanting and exotic...Lucknow, conjures up images of a society where the legendary etiquettes (adab and tehzeeb) is still a way of life. Capital of India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh, the erstwhile capital of the Awadhi Nawabs has always been another word for cultural refinement.

As Delhi's glories wanned under the tottering Mughal empire, Lucknow attracted the best of talents, which imbued the court and the growing city with distinctive culture which gradually became synonymous with the city. It is the land where Urdu language was refined, here was created the rhythms of 'tabla' and melody of 'sitar', and of Kathak, North India's most refined dance form.

The extravagant pastimes of the earlier royalty such as rooster fights and kite flying still evoke passionate involvement among the locals. Nestling on both sides of river Gomti, Lucknow pulsates with an unique Indo-Persian culture, portraying an impeccable blend of the ancient with the modern. But for most tourists, Lucknow will always be associated with the splendour of the nawabi era.

Ethnological Museum

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Ethnological Museum is located inside the campus of Lucknow University. The Museum is under the department of Anthropology of that University.

To preserve the ethnographic elements of Uttar Pradesh and other neighboring states Ethnological Museum was established in the year of 1951.These museum contains various types of Ethnographic, prehistoric, archaeological, paleoanthropological items.

Ethnological Museum, Lucknow also houses weapons, objects of transport, dresses, stone tools, and many plaster models. This museum is open on all days from 11 A.M. TO 5 P.M. It remains closed in the month of May and June.

Bara Imambara

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Built in 1784 by the fourth Nawab of Oudh, Asaf-ud-Daula, the Bara Imambara is Lucknow’s most famous monument. An Imambara is where Muslims commence celebrations for the festival of Muharram.

The Bara Imambara, a.k.a. Asfi Imambara, is a colossal structure. The main hall of the Imambara is 50m long and 15m high, without any pillars to support its ceiling. A balcony runs along the inside of the hall which is built in such a way that even the faintest whisper anywhere in it can be heard across the hall.

Chota Imambara

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The Chota Imambara, or the Husainabad Imambara, is also known as the Palace of Lights. Built in 1837, the Chota Imambara is called the Palace of Lights because of its chandeliers that come alive during the Muslim festival of Muharram.

The Chota Imambara, with its golden dome, silver throne and gold-edged mirrors, is the grander of the two Imambaras. The Mughal Emperor, Muhammad Shah began the construction of the Jami Masjid. Situated towards the west of the Chota Imambara, the Jami Masjid was completed by the emperor’s wife in the mid-1840s.

To the east of the Chota Imambara’s is a representation of the Taj Mahal. The false gate near the main entrance was where musicians performed to venerate the departed. In the Victoria Park, near the Imambara, are tombs of the British. Other interesting monuments around the Chota Imambara are the Dargah (shrine) of the Sufi saint, Hazrat Abbas; the Nadan Mahal with the tomb of Shaikh Abdur Rahi, Governor of Oudh, appointed by Emperor Akbar, and the tomb of the Sufi saint Ibrahim Chisti’s son.

Lucknow is on important cross routes of National Highways 24/25/28. There are no yellow-top taxis. Tourist taxis (rates negotiable) are available in the city at the railway station, hotels or through travel agencies. There are plenty of auto-rickshaws in the city but most of these run on fixed route point-to-point basis. Only at the railway station or two ends of the route can you hire a rickshaw all for yourself. The best way to get around the city, however, is on a horse cart (tonga and ekka) that can crusade through narrow lanes and costs little.

Express and superfast trains, including the Delhi-Lucknow Shatabdi Express link Lucknow to cities all over India. The two stations Charbagh and Lucknow Junction are side by side. Charbagh handles all trains between New Delhi and Kolkata, while Lucknow Junction handles the trains heading to the cities in the south. Take a pre-paid auto rickshaw from Charbagh Railway Station from the counter located in the parking area just outside the main entry hall.

Lucknow being the capital of north India's most visited state, Uttar Pradesh, is well linked to all major destinations of India. Indian Airlines (situated on M.G Road), Jet Airways (Park Road) and Air Sahara (Kapoothala Complex, Aliganj) flights connect Lucknow with many cities all over the country. Amausi airport is 14 km from downtown Hazratganj and is directly connected with Delhi, Patna, Kolkata, Mumbai and Varanasi.

Hotel Clarks Avadh

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Category : 5 Star Deluxe

Accessibility : 17 kms. from Amausi Airport;
                        4 kms. from Charbagh Railway Station;
                        01 km. from Bus Stand
Address: 8 - Mahatma Gandhi Marg City : Lucknow

Hotel Deep Palace

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Category: 4 Star Deluxe

Accessibility :  12 kms. from Airport;
                        2 kms. from Railway Station;
                        2 kms. from Bus Stand

Address: Cantt Road, City : Lucknow  PinCode : 226 001 State : Uttar Pradesh

Hotel Sagar International

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Category: 4 Star Deluxe

Accessibility :  12 kms. from Amausi Airport;
                       3 kms. from Charbagh Railway Station;
                     3 kms. from Charbagh Bus Stand

Address: 14-A, Jopling Road Opp. Butler Palace