Category Archives : Lucknow History

History of Lucknow and state of Awadh (Oudh)


The Historical Kakori Shaheed Smarak Getting a Facelift

Kakori, a small town located 18 kms from Lucknow in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is widely known for its Dussehri mangoes, Zardozi embroidery work and Kakori Kebabs. The town is also the hub of Urdu literature, poetry and Qadiria Qalandari Sufi order. However, many may not be aware that Kakori was witness to a […]


Wajid Ali Shah Festival 2016_Chhattar Manzil

3rd Annual Wajid Ali Shah Festival, 2016

The third annual Wajid Ali Shah Festival, held on 14th February, 2016 at Chhattar Manzil, transported the audience to Matia Burj where Nawab Wajid Ali Shah was exiled after the mutiny of 1857. The audience got to see the nostalgic nawab’s yearning to see Radha Krishna’s Raas that came alive in the form of a ballet. […]


Open air markets in Lucknow – Mirror of its Heritage and Spirit

  Shopping can be a delightful time pass for most Lucknowites, a fact that is validated by the ever growing number of shopping malls and market places in the city. Almost every nook and corner of Lucknow has big and small open air market places, commonly known as Bazaars. Lucknow city houses some of the […]

Picture of Roadside market at Hazratganj Lucknow

Pleasure Trips around Lucknow: Bithoor

Your trip to Lucknow will not be complete without a visit to Bithoor, the town holding great religious and historical significance. Bithoor is a picturesque town, situated on the banks of the river Ganges, which lies on the Kannauj road, at a distance of 18 kms from the capital city of Lucknow. According to the […]


Pari Khana: The Hub of Cultural Activities during the Nawabi Reign

Lucknow was considered the cultural capital of northern India during the Nawabi era. The Nawabs used to enjoy the traditional Ghazals and Nazms sung by accomplished singers in their courtrooms and reputed Kathak dancers are said to have impressed the Nawabs with their artistic dance moves. With their appealing grace and charm, the courtesans, who […]


Lucknow ka Jashn-e-Virasat: Lucknow Mahotsav

India is known for its diverse culture. Every city in the country has a unique feel and energy that captures the very essence of it. Lucknow is one such city that has an authentic Nawabi feel to it and a distinctive energy coupled with the leisurely approach so synonymous with the city. Lucknowites love to call themselves […]


The Majestic Kothis of Lucknow

The architecture of Lucknow city has won world-wide recognition and fame for the city. The place is rich in cultural and architectural heritage so much so that it has become an intrinsic partof the city and its people. The regal charm of Lucknow is fuelled by the royal construction and architecture that gives the city […]


Kabutarbaazi and Cock-Fighting – The Royal Sports of the Nawabs of Lucknow

The Nawabs of Lucknow led a supremely luxurious life, the traces of which are very much evident in the Lucknawi culture. The Nawabi lifestyle was replete with royalty, grandeur, class and utmost luxury where amusement and entertainment occupied the top most spot. Kabutarbaazi (pigeon racing) and Cock- fighting are two such leisure sports that were […]


Ram Advani Book Sellers in Lucknow

In the 1960’s, the popular Mayfair building of Lucknow housed the  Mayfair Cinema, the British Council Library and Ram Advani Booksellers, recalls a proud Lakhnawi. The City’s fanciest restaurant of the time, Kwality resturant, known for its pastries and ice creams was also present in the same building. Across the road was the almost as […]


Picture of the famous galawati kebabs from Lucknow, India

Where to get the best tasting kebabs in Lucknow?

The people of Lucknow are known for their culinary skills and their love for food. What started as a means to satisfy the culinary desires of the opulent rulers has trickled down the levels of the society and has become a way of life for the city. A true Lakhnawi’s finds immense pleasure in add-ons that are otherwise not […]