Places to Visit in Lucknow

Bada Imambara
Bara Imambara, also known as Asafi Imambara, is an imambara complex in Lucknow, India, built by Asaf-ud-Daula, Nawab of Awadh, in 1784. Bara means big. An Imambara is a shrine built by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari. This imambara is the second largest after the Nizamat Imambara.The building complex also includes the large Asfi mosque, the Bhul-bhulaiya (the labyrinth), and Bowli, a steep well with running water. Two imposing gateways lead to the main hall. It is said that there are 1024 ways to reach the terrace, but only two ways to come back, which is through the first gate or the last gate. It is an accidental architecture.

Image of a mosque with garden in front of it
A beautiful ancient window depicting Mughal art

Chota Imambara
Chota Imambara, also known as Imambara Hussainabad Mubarak is an imposing monument located in the city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. It took 54 years to finalize it. Built as an imambara or a congregation hall for Shia Muslims, by Muhammad Ali Shah, the Nawab of Awadh in 1838, it was to serve as a mausoleum for himself and his mother, who is buried beside him.

Rumi Darwaza
The Rumi Darwaza and sometimes known as the Turkish Gate in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh India, is an imposing gateway which was built by Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daula in 1784. It is an example of Awadhi architecture. The Rumi Darwaza, which stands sixty feet tall, was modelled after the Sublime Porte (Bab-iHümayun) in Istanbul.It is adjacent to the Asafi Imambara, Teele Wali Masjid in Lucknow and has become a logo for the city of Lucknow. It used to mark the entrance to Old Lucknow. When the city grew and expanded, it was later used as an entrance to a palace which was later demolished by the British Raj following the Indian Mutiny.

Wide view of a ancient gate with its reflection in the water on the road
Image of a library with lots of books

La Martinier College
La Martinière College is an elite private educational institution located in Lucknow, the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh La Martinière College (for boys) was founded in 1845 and La Martinière Girls' College was established in 1869. La Martiniere Boys' College is the only school in the world to have been awarded royal battle honours for its role in the defence of Lucknow and the Lucknow residency during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.