Lucknow offers the monumental attractions of bigger cities, such as striking heritage architecture and fascinating state museums, but retains an off-the-beaten-path charm. The Gomti River flows through the heart of the city, coursing alongside sprawling parks, iconic monuments and bustling shopping districts.
Things to do in Lucknow
Immerse yourself in Lucknow’s historic architecture, starting with the impressive Bara Imambara. This 18th-century shrine showcases intricate Mughal architecture and features a mesmerising vaulted chamber and underground tunnels. Afterwards, check out the beautiful Chota Imambara, a centuries-old Muslim congregation hall with vibrant chandeliers and a mausoleum.
Learn more about Lucknow’s rich history at the State Museum Lucknow, which houses Adwah artwork, excavated antiques and exhibits on the region’s natural history. Keep your eye out for the ancient Buddha of Yashavihar statue and the circa-1,000 BC Egyptian mummy. The nearby Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden is perfect for a quiet afternoon with its miniature train rides and exotic animal enclosures.
If you’re visiting Lucknow with your family, head to the Anandi Water Park and enjoy the thrilling water slides, kids’ splash zones, lazy river and wave pool. Closer to town you’ll find the expansive Ambedkar Memorial Park, where you can explore intricate columns and statues.
Spend some time in the Raja Bazar neighbourhood to discover handicraft boutiques and family-run Indian restaurants. Kick back at The Nawaab's Tea Corner or dine on delicious North Indian cuisine at Roshni Just Food. You’ll find numerous art galleries, stores and restaurants in the city centre, including bagel shops, the Shaakshi Art jewellery retailer and Swati Garments boutique.
Getting around Lucknow
Lucknow is serviced by the Delhi-Gorakhpur railway route and Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, about 15 kilometres away. You can use taxis, city buses and auto rickshaws to get around, while numerous rental shops offer car hire.