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There is royalty associated with every bit and parts of this historical city of India. You hear the name and you immediately try to picture the food, try to imagine the flavor of the food. The super spicy Lucknowi culinary is on every foodie must try list. The city’s food includes an exorbitant range of food including kebabs, niharikulcha, kaliya, ghewar, nimish, Zarda,warqi. This might lead someone not quite aware of the Lucknowi cuisine to think that there are hardly any vegetarian items in Lucknow. Well to get rid of this illusion, Lucknow has a variety of vegetarian options as well for the folk who prefer their vegetarian food a wee bit too much. Lucknow offers an exquisite range of vegetarian kebabs like Dalcha and paneer, as also others made of little uncommon vegetables like kidney beans, raw jackfruit, colocasia, and yam.
The food which makes Lucknow incomplete, especially if you’re in a vacation to Lucknow, are Nihari and Kulcha, Awadh Biryani, Shammi Kabab, Handi Chicken with Sheermal Roti, Chaat Tokri, and Nimish (Makhan Malai).
There is food for every taste possible under the sun! For the tangy lovers there are the kebabs with their tangy chutneys, and chaats, for the sweet lovers, there is Malai ki Gilori, which is so soft that it melts in the mouth, for spicy lovers, well, Lucknowi Biriyani screams in spice and aroma! In true sense, Lucknow is the best place for those people who are awed by the rich heritage of India and is a little too passionate about Mughlai and Awadhi cuisine.
When it comes to Street Food in Lucknow, Chowk is perhaps the first name that comes to mind, the charm of Chowk remains completely unmatched. It’s an old market area located in the busy and bustling old Lucknow. Well-known for things which are essentially considered quintessential Nawabi, including its much-renowned cuisine of Awadhi food.
Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lucknow
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Lucknow’s scintillating architecture to refinement in culture, intricate crafts to scrumptious cuisine makes it heaven on Earth for travellers and wanderers!
If history, food and royalty are what you die for, then Lucknow is just a flight away. Pack your bags, book your flight and come to the capital city of UP.
We would reach the hotel around noon and go out to relish some authentic Lucknowi cuisine. We would have a hearty meal at “The Mughal’s Dastarkhwan”. We would immerse ourselves in their Mughlai dishes.
After the meal, we would visit Bara Imambara. This is the most famous architecture in Lucknow and is extremely famous for the entangled maze-like passages! We would straight away head next for evening snacks and also pack our dinner.
We would savour on the succulent Tundey ke kabab and Makhan Malai (Nimish), a soft foamy milk dessert, sold only during winters and Sheermal Kebab. For dinner we would pack Awadhi biriyani from the famous Idris Biriyani, which is a must visit place in Lucknow for their awesome biriyani.
On the second day, we would explore quite some important places in Lucknow. We would start our day with traditional UP breakfast of Kachori, Khasta and Jalebi from Net Ram’s.
The first visiting point would be the British Residency. This historical landmark offers a glimpse into the first signs of befall of the British Raj. There are a lot of gardens, a graveyard of around 2000 soldiers who lost their lives during that war and the main Residency building now houses a museum, offering a view in the past era.
The next sight-seeing point would be Jama Masjid. The structure was built entirely of yellow sandstone and is revered today for its intricate designs and stunning combination of Hindu and Muslim architecture. There are many elaborate carvings in the pillars aesthetically inspired by Jain and Hindu culture.
We would have the famous Lucknowi Mutton Biriyani and Firni for dinner.
Early the next morning we would set foot in Chhota Imambara. A golden dome and fine calligraphy on the exterior of the building makes it truly exceptional piece of Mughal architecture. It is decorated and lit up during special occasions.
A delicious breakfast of Chhole Bature and Lassi would set the entire day in motion. The next destination would be Ambedkar Memorial Park. We would drive past the imposing gateway- Rumi Darwaza. Built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula, it is a brilliant piece of architecture. The 60 feet tall structure was built inspired by Sublime Porte in Istanbul.
Located in Gomti Nagar, Ambedkar Memorial Park was built in honour of the lives of Jyotirao Phule, Narayana Guru, Birsa Munda, Shahuji Maharaj, Bhimrao Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram and people who’ve devoted their lives for humanity, equality and social justice.
After the visit to Ambedkar Memorial Park, we would go on a spree to Dilkusha Garden, Shah Najaf, Ram Krishna Math, La Martiniere, Chattra Manzil. These are all places of historical significance and are very popular destinations in Lucknow.
In between, we would have lunch at Oudhyana-Tajmahal. This elite Lucknowi restaurant serves authentic Lucknowi cuisine like Galauti Kebab, Pineapple Cake, Paneer Tikka, Nihari, Naan, Chicken Handi, among others.
Dinner would be consumed at Moti Mahal veg restaurant which is one of the most famous pocket-friendly joints in Lucknow.
Post our Lucknowi breakfast at the hotel; we would start our tour for the day. We would drive past the hovering Husainabad Clock Tower. This Victorian-Gothic brilliance is the tallest tower in India. Shah Najaf Imambara houses the graves of Nawab Ghazi – ud – din Haider and his wives. The mausoleum has a separate tranquillity associated with it. We would also visit a very important tourist site namely Marine Drive Lucknow. We would relax on the seats and be one with nature at the Marine Drive, which we’ll visit in the evening. This boulevard is mainly popular among youngsters and adults.
We would relish on the spread of Chicken Masala, Chicken Biryani, Paratha, Murgh Kalimirch, Mutton Biryani, Shahi Tukda, Butter Chicken at Mughals-Dastarkhwan, known for their Awadhi and Mughlai dishes. We would pack our dinners also from this place because you would definitely not be satisfied by visiting the place once.
This would be the last day of the trip and since no trip is complete without shopping we would shop at Aminabad Shopping Complex. You would get a plethora of product here from trinkets to footwear to proper eateries serving the best street foods of the capital city.
We would end our tour with a visit to Chhatar Manzil. This palace was used by the Awadh rulers and their wives for residence purposes and is a wonderful glimpse into the Awadh culture and heritage.
Lunch would be done at the hotel of stay only and with this, we would bid adieu to all our happy guests.