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How to Spend 1 Day in Lucknow

How to Spend 1 Day in Lucknow

Celebrated for its Islamic and British architecture and fantastic food scene, there's a lot to experience in the city of Lucknow. With one day in the city, you'll be able to see some of the most important historic sites and get your fill of local fare. Here's one way to plan your day.

Morning: Historic Imambaras

Lucknow is known for itshussainiyas (known locally asimambaras), Shia congregation halls. The most celebrated is the 18th-century Bara Imambara, also known as the Asfi Mosque. It’s a good spot to start your day of sightseeing, and its Rumi Darwaza (Turkish Gate) on the northern part of the complex is easily the city's best-known landmark. From here, it's a short walk to the Chota Imambara, known for its extensive crystal chandeliers. Both sites are best visited with a guide for historical context, and both are frequent stops on half- and full-day city tours and area walking tours.

 

Afternoon: Colonial Lucknow

In the afternoon, visit Lucknow's two most important colonial-era attractions: the British Residence and La Martinière College. The former, now in ruins, was built at the end of the 18th century, and the main reason to visit is to learn about the Siege of Lucknow, part of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Guided tours go into detail about the historic event. From here, it’s a short drive to La Martinière College, an excellent example of British colonial architecture. Most day tours stop here, but for something more in-depth you can prearrange a historic campus tour that goes into greater detail.

Night: Culinary Adventures

Lucknow is known for its food, particularly grilled meats cooked in the Awadhi style (though, like everywhere in India, there’s plenty for vegetarians, too). There are a lot of local specialties to try, and with only one day in town, you have to be strategic is you want to sample a lot of different items. A good way of doing this is by joining a food walk, which allows you to sample dishes at a variety of different restaurants with a guide on hand to help narrow your choices.

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6-Hour Lucknow Sightseeing Tour with Hotel Pickup

6-Hour Lucknow Sightseeing Tour with Hotel Pickup

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Appreciating all of Lucknow’s historic and cultural highlights can be difficult on a self-led tour. Discover attractions including the Asfi Mosque, Tombs of Sa'adat Ali Khan and the Begum, and Chota Imambara on a day tour, benefiting from the small-group size for a more intimate experience. Gain insight into the city as you explore its streets with your local guide, and save time with round-trip transfer from your hotel.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Lucknow Culinary Walk with Food Tastings

Lucknow Culinary Walk with Food Tastings

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Lucknow is known for its culinary scene, dominated by rich meat-heavy dishes typical of the local Awadhi culinary traditions. With this food walk, you can try some of the best the city has to offer with an expert guide by your side to help navigate. You'll visit four different spot to try kebabs, curried lamb, and marinated skewered meat, as well as rich local desserts.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.32
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A Walking Tour for Vegetarian Foodies in Lucknow

A Walking Tour for Vegetarian Foodies in Lucknow

This walking tour for vegetarian foodies takes you to the most authentic eateries that invented or mastered the dishes over 150 years ago. To enjoy this walk, it is recommended that you have a light breakfast, as the tour offers an opportunity to savor a lot of local vegetarian delicacies. Highlights • Authentic Vegetarian dishes  • Specialty accompaniments • Paan, prepared from Betel leaves
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$195.00
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$195.00
Price varies by group size
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La Martiniere Decoded

La Martiniere Decoded

Lucknow's best-known school and a gem of local architecture, La Martiniere is one of the prettiest spots in the city. With this tour, you'll get to visit the campus with an expert local guide, learning all about its history as you go. You'll also get a chance to stop for tea and snacks while at the school.
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  • 3 hours
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$96.00
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Victorian Walk

Victorian Walk

Victorian Walk at HAZRATGUNGE (Hazratganj) lets you into its rich history, legacy and of course the marketplace that has evolved with times to cater the cultured and the elite of Lucknow. We take you on this walking tour, that includes a seated session to enjoy a Darjeeling Tea and some tea-time essentials. On this tour you will discover and rediscover Hazratganj of yore and will be able to compare it with the transformed Ganj of today. Understand the checkered history of Hazratganj from the mutiny days of 1857 till the second world war in 1939-45 and again till the Indian independence in 1947. Further on, you learn about how Hazratganj plays a pivotal role in people’s life and why the people of Lucknow take pride in being seen here.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Custom Private Lucknow Sightseeing Trip with Guided Trip

Custom Private Lucknow Sightseeing Trip with Guided Trip

Receive personalized service and avoid haggling with taxi drivers or navigating the public transit on this private, full-day sightseeing tour of Lucknow. The city is full of historical monuments, and you’ll get the chance to visit many of them. You can linger at the places that interest you most, as this is your private day tour. Learn about the city’s long and fascinating history from your knowledgeable driver.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.01
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$70.01
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Lucknow Mutiny - An Exclusively Curated Tour

Lucknow Mutiny - An Exclusively Curated Tour

On this exclusively curated tour, ‘Revisiting the Lucknow of 1857-58’, you will learn about the Lucknow Mutiny also known as the Siege of Lucknow.  You will follow the routes and relief efforts led by the British Major General Henry Havelock, Lieutenant General James Outram and General Colin Campbell.  Visits will be made to the sites and areas that were affected during the siege of Lucknow. Your guide will share how this siege progressed to a conclusive end, but not without sacrifices from both warring fronts. Highlights:-   • History of the Siege of Lucknow • La Martiniere • Sikanderbagh • Residency • Lunch in a local restaurant
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$281.00
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$281.00
Price varies by group size
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