Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, lies in the middle of the Heritage Arc. This bustling city, famed for its Nawabi era finesse and amazing food, is a unique mix of the ancient and the modern. It is home to extraordinary monuments depicting a fascinating blend of ancient, colonial and oriental architecture. Lucknow was the epicentre of the 1857 War of Independence, and much before that, it was the seat of a line of nawabs who gave the city its unique identity. Lucknow is famous for its tehzeeb, literature and delicious cuisines like Kebab and Biryani. Chikan embroidery and zardozi have made Lucknow a brand in global fashion. Metro train connects the city directly fom airport and railway station and is the convenient way for roaming around the city.

Among the magnificent monuments are Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, Bhool Bhulaiya, Clock Tower, Residency, Ambedkar Park and Dilkusha.



Climate

Weather will be cold in the month of January. The maximum temperature is around 25 °C (77 °F) and the minimum is in the 3 °C (37 °F) to 7 °C (45 °F) range. Fog is quite common from mid-December to late January. Warm clothes are recommended during the month of January in Lucknow and entire North India.

How to Reach Lucknow

Air: Lucknow’s Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport (15 km from Hazratganj) is directly connected by regular flights with Delhi, Patna, Kolkata, Mumbai, Varanasi, Hyderabad and Sharjah, Muscat, Jeddah, Dubai.

Rail: A major railway junction, Lucknow is conveniently linked with prominent cities through Northern Railway and North Eastern Railway. Major railway stations are Charbagh, Lucknow Junction, Lucknow City Junction, Aishbagh, Badshahnagar, Daliganj, Amausi and Mahibullapur and Malhaur.

Road: Lucknow is connected by road with all major cities of the country through many National Highways. Some of the major road distances are: Kanpur-79 km, Agra-378 km, Ayodhya-135 km, Allahabad-210 km, Dudhwa National Park-238.

Nearby Places to Visit

Allahabad – Kumbh Mela 2019

Allahabad is crowned in ancient scriptures as ‘Prayag’, ‘Prayagraj’ or ‘Teertharaj’ and is considered the holiest of pilgrimage centres of India. Kumbh Mela, inscribed on the UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred or holy river. The Kumbh held in every six years and Mahakumbh in every 12 years at Allahabad (Sangam). The festival is one of the largest peaceful gatherings in the world, and considered as the "world's largest congregation of religious pilgrims". In 2019 the Ardh Kumbh will begin on January 15, 2019 and end on March 4 2019. Triveni Sangam is the meeting point of three rivers — Ganges, Yamuna and invisible Saraswati River, which according to Hindu legends, wells up from underground.



Agra

Agra is the city of the Taj Mahal and capital of the erstwhile Mughal Empire. Agra is also the gateway to the legendary Braj region, the land of Lord Krishna. Agra is a major tourist destination because of its many Mughal-era buildings, most notably the Tāj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpūr Sikrī, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Agra is included on the Golden Triangle tourist circuit, along with Delhi and Jaipur. Agra is 378 kilometres west of the state capital, Lucknow and 206 kilometres south of the national capital New Delhi. One can reach to Agra in just 3 hours from Lucknow-Agra Expressway.



Mathura-Vrindavan

Just an hour’s drive from Agra, on the banks of the river Yamuna, is situated the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The entire land is dotted with magnificent temples, dedicated to various aspects of his life. The twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan, where he was born and where he grew up, still resound to the sound of his laughter, antics and his magical flute. Some of the famous temples are Govind Dev Temple, Rangaji Temple, Dwarikadhish Temple, Bankey Bihari Temple and the ISKCON Temple. Gokul, Barsana and Goverdhan are the other township associated with the legend of Lord Krishna. Gokul is the hideout where Lord Krishna was secretly brought up- away from the eyes of his maternal uncle Kansa. His consort Radha belonged to Barsana, where the unique Holi festival Latthamar Holi is celebrated with great gusto. At Goverdhan, Krishna raised a mighty mountain on his little finger to protect the locals from the wrath of rain-god Indra.



Ayodhya

Famed as the birth place of Lord Ram, it is an important pilgrimage centre situated on the right bank of the river Saryu, about 110 km from Lucknow. Skand and some other Puranas rank Ayodhya as one of the seven most sacred cities of India. Ayodhya is pre-eminently a city of temples. Remnants of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam can still be found in Ayodhya. According to Jain tradition, five Tirthankaras were born at Ayodhya, including Adinath (Rishabhadeva) the 1st Tirthankar. Ramkot, Hanumangarhi,Kanak Bhawan and Suraj Kund appear to spring up from pages of history.



Dewa Sharif

Dewa Sharif is a famous pilgrimage town about 25 km from Lucknow in Barabanki district. It is the seat of renowned shrine of Sufi Saint Haji Waris Ali Shah, an exponent of universal brotherhood and has a special place in the history of Awadh. Haji Waris Ali Shah commanded mystical powers and revered by members of all communities. His father Qurban Ali Shah too was a Sufi Saint. Devotees from far off places visit their "Mazars", popularly known as Deva Sharif. The place also offers a good range of handicrafts for the tourists. A brilliant display of fireworks marks the conclusion of the fair. An annual fair in November is a perfect example of universal brotherhood.



Dudhwa

This National Park is situated in the Tarai foothills in Lakhimpur Kheri district bordering Nepal, about 265 km from Lucknow. Dudhwa Tiger Reserve is one of the finest examples of the few remaining exceedingly diverse and productive Tarai eco-system. The northern edge of the reserve lies along the Indo-Nepal border and the southern boundary is marked by the river Suheli. Dudhwa is home to tigers, leopards, varieties of deer, antelopes and elephants amid thick green forest and grassland. Being a quiet, tranquil and green nest, Dudhwa is a bird watchers' heaven, Dudhwa is also noted for its wide variety-about 400 species.



Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary

It is a welcome pause midway on the Lucknow-Kanpur highway, with a sparkling lake and a vast green expanse. It is famous bird sanctuary which is known to host Siberian cranes among scores of migratory bird species that rest here during the winter months. This pleasant wetland is also home to hundreds of Indian and migratory birds. The sanctuary also houses a deer park, watchtowers and boats.