Sunday, December 13, 2015

Lucknow In All Its Glory

Entrenched in colors of Mughal glory, Lucknow is a city with a spectacular blend of both modern and historical. Although I may be living in another city, but if it comes to my favorite city then my heart will always belong to this city wherever I may go or live.
The ambience of Awadh has commonly been associated with the leisurely habits, etiquette, architecture, food and exiquisite traits - all a legacy of Nawabi culture. 
There has been a lot of changes over the years and now another attraction – its high rising flats and apartments, sprawling townships, malls, commercial and official complexes.

Drive in the city will give you the taste of both new and old. If you are history lover, you can drive through the narrow roads of old Lucknow and see Bada Imambara. This is a Shia shrine complex that includes a mosque, a baoli (step-well), and a bhul bhulaiya (labyrinth). If you want to see the newer traits of the city you just have to ganjing, a name given to roaming in the streets of Hazratganj where you will get to see all the big brands. Or you could go to gomti nagar and feel the comfort of driving through wider roads with the cool breeze from gomti river.

When you think on design of the city, then it has not been made in a structured fashion. The old part of the city with ornamental Mughal designed architectures will takes your breath away.The Awadhi Nawabs, known for their extravagant and lavish lifestyle, did not only gift the city magnificent monuments but also provided it with a delicious cuisine and beautiful embroidery style ‘Chikankari'.The intricately done work is restricted solely to Lucknow and is believed to be introduced by Noorjahan, the wife of Mughal king Jahangir. Traditionally done with a white thread over cloth pieces of pastel shades, chikankari is practiced since the time Awadhi rulers owned the city.

Lucknow is connected in all ways, be it by roads or Indian Railways or the airport. But another way in which the city is connected is by its people. If you get lost in the city, you just have to stop and ask anyone and you will get the answer in a polite manner.

Over the years Lucknow has grown with the latest development as well as has managed to preserve the spirit of the bygone days.

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**The pics have been taken from various websites.

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