Rightly called the Constantinople of the East, Lucknow, draws hordes of tourists who flock the city for their wide ranging individual pursuits. Some seem to draw salvation from the mystical old world charm of the numerous historical monuments of the city; others seem to marvel at the stark contrast between the old city and the new; still others throng the city to experience the inner peace and satisfaction, the humility of nature, the prideful glorious past, the air of regal charm and the list can go on. For all those who want to visit Lucknow, the important questions is – When is the best time to visit Lucknow?
Visiting Lucknow as a tourist can be an exhilarating experience, something that will make you want to come back again and again. The city has a unique air to it; it tends to make everyone feel at home. Lucknow seems to present itself according to the varied preferences of all sorts of travelers, people who derive happiness by transporting themselves back in time by visiting the historical monuments, people who want to experience the Lucknow Pulse by interacting with the local folks, people who want to enjoy a new city by tasting its inherent flavors, and people who want to enjoy the various shades of a city by looking at the various avenues that a city holds.
While Lucknow welcomes all types of travelers with open arms, the city predominantly features a hot subtropical climate with warm summers and cool dry winters. The city can be conveniently explored almost all the year round with the summers peaking in the months of April to June. It is best to avoid a visit during the hot summer months when temperatures can escalate to as high as 48°C.
Lucknow experiences a moderate monsoon every year between July and September. For those who are in love with the showers from heaven and the freshness they bring to the surroundings, this might be the best time to visit the city. But, only if they are prepared for a little inconvenience in the form of a few waterlogged streets and traffic jams.
The best time to visit the place undoubtedly is from October to March, favorable for all sorts of tourist activities. October is when the winter begins to set in and the cool pink of weather is at its peak. The air becomes cool even during sunlight and this is also the ideal time to relish all sorts of delicacies called Awadhi cuisine.
The months of December, January and February are pleasant with maximum temperatures not exceeding 32°C and minimum temperatures occasionally touching the sub zero mark. The early hours of the morning, usually hazy with fog are the best times to step out of the house and enjoy the beauty of Nature as well as the city.
The Pulse of Lucknow can be best described as going for an early morning visit to one of the many majestic monuments, exploring the history of the monument with some old tourist guide over a cup of Kashmiri Chai, satiating your senses in the mystical flavours of Ghilafi Kulcha and Nahari at Raheem’s for breakfast and winding it up with some shopping at the nearby shops.
You can grab hold of the best Itars, buy some kites for the evening fun on the banks of the river Gomti, get your hands on some exclusive and affordable chikankaari adorned clothes and then return to your hotel to take some rest before you are ready for another session with the city.
Lucknow city can be said to be a traveler’s dream and it is best to plan a visit to Lucknow between October and March as these months are suitable for sightseeing activities. Visit Lucknow to have a first-hand experience of the many faces of the city that Lucknow Pulse presents for you.