Lucknow

About

Lucknow  is the largest city of the state of Uttar Pradesh, India A major metropolitan city of India, Lucknow is the administrative headquarters of the eponymous District and Division and the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is the third largest city in north, east and central India after Delhi and Kolkata and the second largest city in north and central India after New Delhi. It is also the largest city in Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow has always been known as a multicultural city that flourished as a North Indian cultural and artistic hub and the seat of power of Nawabs in the 18th and 19th centuries. It continues to be an important centre of governance, administration, education, commerce, aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, culture, tourism, music and poetry.

The city stands at an elevation of approximately 123 metres (404 ft) above sea level and covers an area of 2,528 square kilometres (976 sq mi). Bounded on the east by the Barabanki, on the west by Unnao, on the south by Raebareli and in the north by Sitapur and Hardoi, Lucknow sits on the northwestern shore of the Gomti River. Hindi is the main language of the city and Urdu is also widely spoken. Lucknow is the centre of Shia Islam in India with the highest Shia Muslim population in India. It is accessible from every part of India by air, rail and road.

Historically, the capital of Awadh was controlled by the Delhi Sultanate which then came under the Mughal rule, it was later transferred to the Nawabs of Awadh. In 1856 British East India company abolished local rule and took complete control of the city along with the rest of Awadh and later transferred it to the British Raj in 1857. Along with the rest of India, Lucknow became independent from Britain on 15 August 1947. It is the world’s 74th fastest growing city.

Lucknow, along with Agra and Varanasi, is one of the 3 cities in the Uttar Pradesh Tourism’s Heritage Arc and in India to, a chain of survey triangulations created by the Government Of Uttar Pradesh to boost tourism in the state.

Etymology

“Lucknow” is the anglicised spelling of the local pronunciation “lakhnau”. According to one legend, the city is named after Lakshmana, a hero of the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana. The legend states that Lakshmana had a palace or an estate in the area, which was called Lakshmanapuri (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मणपुरी, lit. Lakshmana’s city). However the Dalit movement believes that Lakhan Pasi a dalit ruler, was the settler of the city and is named after him. The settlement came to be known as Lakhanpur (or Lachhmanpur) by the 11th century, and later, Lucknow. A similar theory states that the city was known as Lakshmanavati (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मणवती, fortunate) after Lakshmana. The name changed to Lakhanavati, then Lakhnauti and finally Lakhnau. Yet another theory states that the city’s name is connected with Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth. Over time, the name changed as follows: Laksmanauti -> Laksmnaut -> Laksnaut – > Laksnau -> Laknau.

History

From 1350 onwards, Lucknow and parts of the Awadh region were ruled by the Delhi Sultanate, Sharqi Sultanate, Mughal Empire, Nawabs of Awadh, the British East India Company (EIC) and the British Raj. Lucknow was one of the major centres of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and actively participated in India’s independence movement, emerging as a strategically important North Indian city. Until 1719, the subah of Awadh was a province of the Mughal Empire administered by a Governor appointed by the Emperor. Persian adventurer Saadat Khan, also known as Burhan-ul-Mulk, was appointed nizam of Awadh in 1722 and established his court in Faizabad, near Lucknow.

For about eighty-four years (from 1394 to 1478), Awadh was part of the Sharqi Sultanate of Jaunpur. Emperor Humayun made it a part of the Mughal Empire around 1555. Emperor Jahangir (1569–1627) granted an estate in Awadh to a favoured nobleman, Sheikh Abdul Rahim, who later built Machchi Bhawan on this estate. It later became the seat of power from where his descendants, the Sheikhzadas, controlled the region.

The Nawabs of Lucknow, in reality the Nawabs of Awadh, acquired the name after the reign of the third Nawab when Lucknow became their capital. The city became North India’s cultural capital, and its nawabs, best remembered for their refined and extravagant lifestyles, were patrons of the arts. Under their dominion, music and dance flourished, and construction of numerous monuments took place. Of the monuments standing today, the Bara Imambara, the Chota Imambara, and the Rumi Darwaza are notable examples. One of the Nawab’s enduring legacies is the region’s syncretic Hindu–Muslim culture that has come to be known as the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb.

Many independent kingdoms, such as Awadh, were established as the Mughal Empire disintegrated. The third Nawab, Shuja-ud-Daula (r. 1753–1775), fell out with the British after aiding the fugitive Nawab of Bengal, Mir Qasim. Roundly defeated at the Battle of Buxar by the EIC, he was forced to pay heavy penalties and surrender parts of his territory. Awadh’s capital, Lucknow rose to prominence when Asaf-ud-Daula, the fourth nawab, shifted his court to the city from Faizabad in 1775. The British East India Company appointed a resident (ambassador) in 1773 and by early 19th century gained control of more territory and authority in the state. They were, however, disinclined to capture Awadh outright and come face to face with the Maratha Empire and the remnants of the Mughal Empire. In 1798, the fifth Nawab Wazir Ali Khan alienated both his people and the British, and was forced to abdicate. The British then helped Saadat Ali Khan take the throne. He became a puppet king, and in a treaty of 1801, yielded large part of Awadh to the EIC while also agreeing to disband his own troops in favour of a hugely expensive, British-controlled army. This treaty effectively made the state of Awadh a vassal of the EIC, although it continued to be part of the Mughal Empire in name until 1819. The treaty of 1801 proved a beneficial arrangement for the EIC as they gained access to Awadh’s vast treasuries, repeatedly digging into them for loans at reduced rates. In addition, the revenues from running Awadh’s armed forces brought them useful returns while the territory acted as a buffer state. The Nawabs were ceremonial kings, busy with pomp and show. By the mid-nineteenth century, however, the British had grown impatient with the arrangement and demanded direct control over Awadh.

In 1856 the EIC first moved its troops to the border, then annexed the state for alleged Maladministration. Awadh was placed under a chief commissioner – Sir Henry Lawrence. Wajid Ali Shah, the then Nawab, was imprisoned then exiled by the EIC to Calcutta. In the subsequent Indian Rebellion of 1857, his 14-year-old son Birjis Qadra, whose mother was Begum Hazrat Mahal, was crowned ruler but later killed by Sir Henry Lawrence. Following the rebellion’s defeat, Begum Hazrat Mahal and other rebel leaders sought asylum in Nepal.

During the Rebellion (also known as the First War of Indian Independence and the Indian Mutiny), the majority of the EIC’s troops were recruited from both the people and nobility of Awadh. The rebels seized control of the state, and it took the British 18 months to reconquer the region. During that period, the garrison based at the Residency in Lucknow was besieged by rebel forces during the Siege of Lucknow. The siege was relieved first by forces under the command of Sir Henry Havelock and Sir James Outram, followed by a stronger force under Sir Colin Campbell. Today, the ruins of the Residency and the Shaheed Smarak offer an insight into Lucknow’s role in the events of 1857.

With the rebellion over, Oudh returned to British governance under a chief commissioner. In 1877 the offices of lieutenant-governor of the North-Western Provinces and chief commissioner of Oudh were combined; then in 1902, the title of chief commissioner was dropped with the formation of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, although Oudh still retained some marks of its former independence.

The Khilafat Movement had an active base of support in Lucknow, creating united opposition to British rule. In 1901, after remaining the capital of Oudh since 1775, Lucknow, with a population of 264,049, was merged into the newly formed United Provinces of Agra and Oudh. In 1920 the provincial seat of government moved from Allahabad to Lucknow. Upon Indian independence in 1947, the United Provinces were reorganised into the state of Uttar Pradesh, and Lucknow remained its capital.

Lucknow witnessed some of the pivotal moments which changed the politics of the country forever . One being the first meeting of the stalwarts Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru & Mohd Ali Jinnah during the congress session of 1916 (lucknow pact was signed and moderates & extemists came together through the efforts of Annie Besant during this session only). The Congress President for that session , Ambica Charan Majumdar in his address said that “If the congress was buried at Surat, it is reborn in Lucknow in the garden of Wajid Ali Shah”.

Also the Famous Kakori Incident involving Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqullah Khan, Rajendra Nath Lahiri , Roshan Singh and others followed by the Kakori trial which captured the imagination of the country took place in Lucknow.

Culturally, Lucknow has also had a tradition of courtesans, with popular culture distilling it in the avatar of the fictional Umrao Jaan.

Map

How to Get There

By plane

There are daily flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Patna to Lucknow’s Amausi Airport, which is also directly connected with Bangalore, Sharjah, Jeddah, Muscat, Dehradun, Indore, Pune, Goa and Varanasi by direct flights.

  • Indian Airlines (0522)220927, (0522)435401, 436188 (pre recorded, 142)

By train

Lucknow is on the DelhiGorakhpur railway route. Connections can be made from Agra and Allahabad. A major railway junction, Lucknow is conveniently connected to many cities. Some of the important trains are : 12003/12004 Shatabadi Ex. : 15063/15064; Nainital Ex; : 19165/19166; Sabarmati Exp : 12553/12554; Vaishali Exp : 15609/15610; Awadh-Assam Exp : 12875/12876; Neelanchal Exp : 14283/14284; Ganga-Yamuna Exp : 12229/12230 Lucknow Mail : 12419/12420; Gomti Exp : 14257/14258; Kashi-Vishwanath Exp : 14011/14012; Nauchandi Exp : 11015/11016; Bombay-Gorakhpur Exp : 12511/12512; Cochin-Gorakhpur Exp.

The important contact for Lucknow Railways are: Railways Manual Enquiry 139, 2636132; resservation 0522-2635841; Badshahnagar 0522-2385182. 0522 is Lucknow’s STD code.

By road

Lucknow is connected by road with all the major cities of the country. Some of the major road distances are: Agra 363 km, Allahabad 210 km, Ayodhya 135 km, Kolkata 985 km, Corbett National Park 400 km, Delhi 497 km, Dudhwa National Park 238 km, Kanpur 79 km, Khajuraho 320 km, Varanasi 280 km.

By bus

The bus stations are situated at Alambagh, and Kaisar Bagh and Polytechnic.

The telephone number for Roadways Inter State Bus Terminal Alambagh is: 0522-2458096

Buses from Sunauli-Bhairawa on the India/Nepal border stop on their way to Varanasi.

From Lucknow to New Delhi: There is a luxury air-conditioned bus from Quaiser Bagh Bus station. Route for this bus is Lucknow – Sitapur – Bareilly – Muradabad – Gaziabad – Delhi [Anand Vihar ISBT]

Get around

By hired car

There are many car rental companies available. One should hire cars with local drivers as traffic is dangerous for anybody not used to local traffic conditions.

By taxi and rickshaw

Taxi and rickshaw drivers in Lucknow are of the more insistent type, although few of them speak enough English to go to locations that are out of the way. Trilok Battery Rickshaw has launched a battery-operated tricycle. Now the plan is to introduce solar tricycles also. CNG buses and rickshaws are available to get you around the whole city. Metro Project was approved by the government in 2013 and was scheduled to be available 3-4 years later.

Sightseeing

Places of interest are spread out over a large distance, therefore will require the use of taxis or rickshaws. Cycle rickshaws contribute less pollution to this historic city than their motorised cousins, and provide work to some who need it most.

  • Ambedkar Memorial. A large, new 107 acre development to honour Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar who was the architect of the Indian constitution. Impressive stone work, statues and fountains intermix with carefully sculpted gardens. free.
  • Amrapali water park.
  • 1 Bara Imambara and Bhool Bhulaiya. A large and impressive tomb complex built in 1783. There is an interesting labyrinth too. You could easily spend half a day wandering around these beautiful but crumbling examples of Mughal architecture. If you hire a guide, do not expect him to know the way around; some are known to get lost in the labyrinth. The ticket also includes the Chhota Imambara, the Husainabad clock tower and picture gallery. Lone couples are not allowed to enter the labyrinth inside the complex without a guide. This prohibition is not brought to notice while buying the entry ticket. You will also have to pay a man 1 rupee to mind your shoes while exploring the complex: shoes are not allowed inside. Rs500 for foreigners.
  • Botanical Gardens. 06:00-08:30
  • 2 Buddha Park. A small park on the side of a noisy congested road in Lucknow. A statue of the Buddha gives the park its name. The park features fun rides and boating facilities.
  • Cathedral SchoolHazaratganj. It is a school and comprises of a massive church. Lot of celebrations take place around Christmas time and is packed.
  • 3 Chhota Imambara. An imposing mausoleum built by the third Nawab of Avadh in 1837. The ticket for Bara Imambara is also good for admission to Chhota Imambara.
  • Colvin Taluqdars College. A must see place it has great architecture built in 1896 named after Sir Auckland Colvin.
  • Crocodile sanctuary at Kukrail. One of the biggest sanctuaries in Asia.
  • Deva Shariff, around 30 km from the city, is a place of worship and faith where people from all the religions gather, a symbol of unity and love.
  • Dilkusha ruins
  • Farangi Mahal. The Oxford and Cambridge of India author/poet Shibli Naumani. For more details see the book Ul Farangi Mahal by Francis Robinson
  • Globe Park
  • 4 Husainabad Clock Tower (Ghanta Ghar), Hussainabad Lucknow. A British landmark, set in a park with the somewhat poorly curated picture gallery, and a lake. A great place for sunset. The ticket for Bara Imambara also grants admission here.
  • 5 Indira Gandhi Planetarium9, Nabi Ullah Road , Suraj Kund Park +91 2629176. Tu-Su Shows 13:00-18:00 (45-min shows 13:00-13:40 English, 14:30-16:00, 17:00 Hindi). A building in the shape of Saturn. Rs25.
  • Marine DriveNear Inox Cinemas, Gomtinagar. Beautiful Gomti river-side and monumental structures view for fun with Family and friends. Best time to visit is 16:00-18:00, during the sunset.
  • La Martiniere College. Boys college. Building also known as Constantia, La Martiniere College is one of the oldest schools in the country. It was built in 1840 and started as a school in 1845. The school building is still well maintained. The best time to visit is either in the morning at around 08:00, when one can see the assembly, or after the school finishes at 15:30. This landmark building has also featured in several Bollywood films.
  • Qaiserbagh complex
  • The Ram Krishna MathNirala Nagar.
  • Rammanohar Lohiya park
  • Ruins of the Lucknow Residency and Museum. The bloody history of the demise of this Raj era compound is immortalised in the Museum in the Basement. This was the scene of the 1857 First Battle for Independence, referred to by the British as `The Indian Mutiny.´ Although you can still clearly see numerous canon ball marks in the ruined buildings, thankfully it is a peaceful place today. So much so in fact, that you are likely to stumble across couples taking a little private time in the leafy shady groves. The Residency is clearly recognised by the locals and tourists alike as a breezy haven to escape from the bustle and dust of a busy Indian city. The Residency will try to sell you a photo pass for an additional Rs25. The guard will also ask you if you have a camera. However once you are inside, no one will say anything if you take photos. Rs100 for foreigners, Rs5 for Indian citizens.
  • 6 Rumi Darwaza (Rumi Gate), Hussainabad Lucknow
  • Shaheed Smarak
  • The Zoo/Museum, closed on Monday

Best Time to Visit

The Gomti River, Lucknow’s chief geographical feature, meanders through the city and divides it into the Trans-Gomti and Cis-Gomti regions. Situated in the middle of the Indus-Gangetic Plain, the city is surrounded by rural towns and villages: the orchard town of Malihabad, Kakori, Mohanlal ganj, Gosainganj, Chinhat, and Itaunja. To the east lies Barabanki, to the west Unnao, to the south Raebareli, while to the north lie the Sitapur and Hardoi. Lucknow city is located in a seismic zone III.

Lucknow has a humid subtropical climate with cool, dry winters from mid-November to February and dry, hot summers from late March to June. The rainy season is from July to mid-September, when the city gets an average rainfall of 896.2 millimetres (35.28 in) from the south-west monsoon winds, and occasionally frontal rainfall will occur in January. In winter the maximum temperature is around 25 °C (77 °F) and the minimum is in the 3 °C (37 °F) to 7 °C (45 °F) range. Fog is quite common from mid-December to late January. Occasionally, Lucknow experiences colder winter spells than places like Shimla and Mussoorie which are situated way high up in the Himalayas. In the extraordinary winter cold spell of 2012–13, Lucknow recorded temperatures below freezing point on 2 consecutive days and the minimum temperature hovered around freezing point for over a week. Summers are extremely hot with temperatures rising into the 40 °C (104 °F) to 45 °C (113 °F) range, the average highs being in the high of 30s (degree Celsius).

Do

  • CIMAP (Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants)
  • East End Mall & Wave CinemasVibhuti Khand, Gomti Nagar
  • Fun Republic Mall & Fun Cinemas (Adjacent Eldeco Greens, Gomti Nagar). 
  • Haathi Park
  • Hazaratganj (the center of the city). 
  • NBRI (National Botanical Research Institute)
  • Phoenix United Mall & PVR Cinemas (Behind Piccadilly Hotel , Alam Bagh Kanpur Road). 
  • River Side Mall & Inox Cinemas (Adjacent Taj Residency Hotel, Gomti Nagar). 
  • Sahara Ganj Shopping Mall & PVR CinemasShahnajaf Rd
  • TORNOS (Lucknow Walks), Tornos House, C-2016 Indira Nagar (‘C’ Block crossing),  +91-522-2349472, toll-free: 18001022882, e-mail: . 1000 hrs to 1900 hrs. They offer some great heritage walks including a culinary walk. Rs15.

Buy

Chikan dress — a cotton dress with hand-made embroidery, is a must-buy in Lucknow. These garments are both for men and women. The cost is anywhere between Rs250-Rs5000 depending on the chikan work (hand embroidery work on cloth is of various types, “Murri” is the traditional handwork and is therefore a little more expensive). In old Chowk and Aminabad it is a small scale industry so it is cheapest to buy from there. There are a lot of shops next to each other, and for the obvious reason of close competition, you’ll get the best bargain. In Hazratganj (“Ganj”) the same piece will cost some 200 rupees more. Beware of the touts who will take you to shops near the Civil Hospital and Hussain Ganj where the prices are 500% higher!

  • Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan SthalGomti Nagar
  • Aminabad Market. Very old market, good for buying chikan (hand-embroidered clothes), leather shoes/bags and for chaat/sweets. There’s a reasonably large book-market, consisting of an entire street. Gadbad-jhala is a market to get cheap bangles and fashion jewellery.
  • Chowk (in the old city, just south of the Imambara complex and the clock tower). Lively market. This is the place to find bargains, and check out the locals. Visit in the evening.
  • FUN Republic
  • Hazratganj Market. Very trendy and upscale. All recognizable Western brands will be available here.
  • Inox. Movie multiplex and shopping mall
  • Kapoorthala
  • NishatganjNishatganj, NH-24. A very big fruits and vegetable market is here. Also, one can buy latest fashion trends clothes at a huge market area under the Nishatganj Gurudwara located nearby NH24
  • Sanatkada130, Jagdish Chandra Bose Road, Kaiserbagh. 11:00-20:00. Sells wide variety of crafts, including woven and hand embroidered garments, short tops, sarees, dupattas, home furnishings, artefacts, silver jewellery and accessories, organic honey, jams, preserves and herbs.
  • SaharaGanj MallSahanajaf Road, Hazratganj, Lucknow. The very first and biggest mall in the city. Good for everything you need.
  • The Tornos Studio (Indira Nagar), Tornos House, C-2016 Indira Nagar +91 2349472. 2. They have great collection of book on Indian Mutiny. One can visit to read pr watch a film on Lucknow. They will offer tea/coffee free of cost. But nothing is for sale – great place for evening. All this by appointment (call: 0522-2349472)

Eat

Everyone in Lucknow knows about the famous tikkas and kebabs. They are Mughal delicacies. Lalbagh, many roadside hotels near Aminabad and old Chowk offer cheap and unique types of dishes. Also, try out the street next to Tulsi thatre in Hazratganj for some exotic non-vegetarian delicacies.

The Food Court at Sahara Ganj, near Hazrat Ganj is the recent hot favourite with a number of fast food joints. If coffee and tea is something you like, you will find a huge variety at Cappuccino Blast at Mall Avenue. At Akbari Gate, during winters one can also enjoy Kashmiri Tea (a red coloured hot tea) with cream and Makhan Malai (a local variant of ice cream, saffron flavoured, made by hanging unsalted butter overnight in dew and then aerating it by beating it).

Budget

  • Alzaiqa (Near Novelty Theatre). You can find great non-vegetarian food here, specially chicken.
  • Bajpai Kachauri Bhandar (Leela Cinema Road, Hazrat Ganj Lucknow). Best kachauri from lucknow.
  • Dainik Jagaran Chauk. Cheap and delicious non-veg food
  • Dastharkwan (Near Tulsi Theatre). 
  • Haji Sahib’s ShopAkbari Gate. 07:00-10:00. This is in the heart of Old Lucknow. Serves the juiciest Nihari (lamb shanks in gravy) and Kulchha (a traditional bread). This is the best in the city
  • Jai Durgmaa Hotel (Lalbagh, Lucknow). Very good Vegetarian food etc.
  • Prakash kie kulfi (Aminabad). One must have faloodha kulfi from here
  • Ram Asrey Sweet Shop (Baanwaali Gali,Chowk Lucknow). Very good sweets and snacks like Namkeen,Daalmonth etc.
  • Tundey’s Kebabs (Aminabad and Food Court, Sharaganj Mall). Has been serving kebabs for more than 50 years. The place offers wonderful kebabs with parantha and also sells biryani.

Mid-range

  • Basket Chatat Royal Hotel, hazratganj and at sahara ganj
  • 1 Cappuccino Blast12 The Mall Avenue, Lucknow, UP, India +91 522 223 6238. 10:00 – 00:00. Cafe, hookah lounge and restaurant serving continental, Indian and Chinese cuisine.
  • Dastarkhwan (The street next to Tulsi thatre in Hazratganj). Exotic non-vegetarian delicacies, specially the special chicken masala, shaami kebabs and rumali roti/mughlai parathaas.
  • Kewal’s (Outside Maqbara Compound, Hazratganj). Famous for their tea and mouth watering samosas (potato stuffed pancake).
  • KFC (Saharaganj Mall). 
  • Lalbagh. Famous for their tea and mouth watering samosas (potato stuffed pancake).
  • McDonalds (Saharganj Shopping Mall, Fun Republic, East End Mall and Phoenix mall),  +91 9841673647
  • Mint (Arif Castle). Offers alcoholic beverages and great food. Food festivals are common.
  • Paani Batashe (Sadar (Cantt)), Near chappan Bhog
  • Pizza Hut (East End Mall and opposite Raj Bhawan). 
  • Sakhawat (In a narrow lane next to Gymkhana Club, near Gemini Hotel, Hazratgunj). 57:00-22:00. A lesser-known but good joint for connoisseurs. Operating since 1911, it has a limited stock and little seating space, with a select clientele.
  • Sharma Tea House. Famous for their tea and mouth watering samosas (potato stuffed pancake).
  • Ultra VioletMall Ave. Offers non-alcoholic beverages, great food and has a great ambience. Food festivals are common.

Splurge

  • Aryan’s (Hazratganj). is also located at many various parts of the city
  • Royal Cafe
  • The SaltSapru Marg, Lucknow. Family restaurant

Drink

Finding alcohol is not a problem, but most bars are seedy and are to be avoided, except for those in five-star restaurants.

  • A safer drink alternative is the famous local lassi yogurt drink.
  • Not all retail shops of wine/liquor are authorised to serve so it’s always suggested to drink in a bar or at your home or hotel.
  • Cool Breakashok marg. Nice ambience, rich menu.

Sleep

Please be wary of any hotels listed here that give details like ‘close to x y and z’ and ‘air-conditioned rooms’. Most of these might be self-promotion attempts and not based on real tourist feedback.

Budget

  • 2 Lucknow Homestay110-D Mall Avenue +91 522 223 5460. 110D Mall Avenue. Has WiFi, home cooked meals and boasts of space. Just off The Mall. The hosts are friendly, and a mine of information.
  • Sharma Hotel Contact person Shujat Hashmi, Mob:9369266335. Opposite charbagh railway station

Mid-range

  • 4 Arif CastlesRana Pratap Marg, Hazratganj
  • 5 CarltonRana Pratap Marg
  • Hotel Gomati near Hazratgunj and Sharagunj mall is run by Uttar Pradesh Tourism and offers decent rooms at moderate cost.
  • 8 Hotel Mandakini Saket Regency92/3-A, Old R.T.O. Compound, Gautam Budh Marg (Latouche Road) +91 522 407 3402, +91 98100 68858. Check-out: 12:00. Located in the cluster of hotels just north of the railway station. Reasonably friendly staff, just don’t ask where to eat nearby, instead go a block or two back towards the station. The hotel doesn’t have a restaurant but does offer room service. Rooms are reasonably clean but the air-con units are ancient and noisy. Large LCD TVs with cable. You may be able to negotiate a double room down to Rs1350 in the low season. Double room Rs1800.

Splurge

  • 11 Clarks AvadhParivartan Chowk, Mahatma Gandhi Marg (Opp. Begum Hazrat Mahal Park),  +91 522 261 6500. One of the more centrally located hotels in Lucknow. Clean, well-kept and very smart. The restaurant named “Falaknuma” at the ninth floor has the right ambience to enjoy a Mughlai dinner with awesome views of the city. The Murg Malai Tikka is recommended. The service at the restaurant leaves much to be desired however, and the alcohol selections are in no way on par with what would be expected from an upscale hotel elsewhere. Wi-fi is available for a price.
  • 13 Piccadily HotelKanpur Road, Sector B, Bara Birwa +91 522 409 6000. A new addition to the luxury hotels of Lucknow. Just 3 km from Lucknow Airport.

Connect

Cell phone coverage in the city is excellent. There are many service providers offering a wide variety of plans, including Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance, Tata Docomo, Aircel, BSNL and Uninor. It might be a good idea to buy a mobile phone and use one of those prepaid plans to get yourself connected while you are in the city.

Phone numbers in Lucknow begin with 0522, typically followed by seven digits. To call Lucknow from outside India you will need to dial the international prefix for your country, followed by India’s country code 91. If you want to dial a landline no. from a mobile, then you have to add 0522 before the number.

Cope

Emergency numbers

  • Emergency Helpline (Local): ☎ 108
  • Police: ☎ 100
  • Fire Department: ☎ 101
  • Ambulance: ☎ 102, or dial the nearest local hospital.
  • Childline: ☎ 1098
  • Women Power Helpline: ☎ 1090
  • Emergency Helpline (India): ☎ 112
  • Stay safe

    Considering the size of the city and its mini metro nature, Lucknow is quite safe to visit. Just adhere to basic safety rules as applicable to any foreign city and you will enjoy your stay in Lucknow.

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