The city of Nawabs, Kebabs, and Adabs – Lucknow

The Golden City of India, Lucknow resides on the banks of river Gomti. The capital city of Uttar Pradesh is renowned for its nobility, polite traits, beautiful gardens, exceptional-cuisine, Shayari, and its phenomenal architecture. Earlier known as Awadh this city was a possession of the Mughals, which was the Nawabi era of Lucknow. Having a diverse cultural heritage it is home to people from various communities having different backgrounds.  


Fine-Cuisines of Lucknow

Lucknow has its explicit Awadhi cuisine. The chefs here are known as Bawarchis, who cook the most exceptional biryanis, kebabs, and breads. There are varieties of kebabs, served in different ways, like, shami kebab, boti kebab, seekh kebab, etc.

Tunday kebabi is one of the most popular restaurants serving the most luscious kebabs of Lucknow.


This place is also famous for its street food, like chaat, kulfi, paan, etc. Sheermal, sweet bread is also eaten a lot by the people of Lucknow.

Festivals of Lucknow

Other than all the Indian festivals there are a few traditional festivals celebrated in Lucknow such as;

Lucknow Mahotsav– This festival is coordinated every year to exhibit the art and culture of Uttar Pradesh and to encourage tourism. The cultural evenings of the Mahotsav are adorned by famous artists and classical singers, whereas on the other hand, by the poets and the Shayars.  People from different regions come and showcase their crafts in the stalls made for them.


Lucknow Literature festival– India’s second-largest literature festival highlighting amazing authors and philosophers. Held annually in November since 2003.

Bada Mangal Celebrated in the name of Lord Hanuman, in the month of May. Bhandaras are organised which provide free food to the people irrespective of their religion. 


Creativity and Art

The Indian classical form of dance, “Kathak”  was born in Lucknow. the last Nawab of Awadh, Wajid Ali Shah was very fond of this dance form. Even now Lucknow has spectacular ‘kathkars’.  There are many institutions keeping this tradition alive and giving what they’ve learned from their ‘gurus’. 


‘Shayari’ is another art, Lucknow is famous for. These are beautiful poems having a profound meaning.  

Lucknow radiates a culture that is blended with affection, elegance, and courtesy. Its “Tehzeeb” is a divine cultural trait of this city. lt is in the habit of the locals, to be very polite and kind to each other. 

Lucknow and Chikan


It is said that people here wear chikan as well as eat chicken. Well known for its “chikankari”, an embroidery work which the “dargis”(tailors) are well versed in. This work is done on kurtas, saris and scarfs. 

Architecture in Lucknow

It has some palatial buildings exhibiting a captivating blend of oriental, antique and raw architecture. 

Bara Imambara

This enormous structure was constructed by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula. The central hall of this edifice is said to be the largest arched hall in the world. 


It is believed that this building was constructed when a calamitous famine struck Awadh, to aid the locals affected by it. Having large underground passages that are now blocked. A staircase that leads to the perplexed Bhool-Bhulaiyan. 

Chhota Imambara

Also known as the Hussainabad Imambara, is located on the west of the Bara Imambara built by Nawab Muhhamad Ali Shah. Its fine calligraphy on the exterior makes it an exceptional monument of the Mughal architecture. 


It looks very gaudy due to its design with a golden dome on top. It also has unique mirrors exported from different places like Belgium embellishing the interiors. 

La Martiniere College 

The finest example of the European era in the subcontinent, now a leading educational institution of the city. 


Built and crafted by Claude Martin, a french soldier who became an architect. It embodies details of Italian architecture blended with the natal Mughal and Hindu architecture. It is recognized as one of the top ten educational institutions of India. There are colleges of the same name running in Kolkata and France. 

Rumi Darwaza

It is a huge ornate construction believed to be identical in design to an ancient entrance in Turkey. 


An edifice marked by eight curtailed chhatri on the uppermost part. It was used to spot the passageway to The Old Lucknow City. Built by the Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula to bring about employment in the famine of  1784. 

 Lying in the middle of the Heritage Arc, this city welcomes you with an open heart. It has a very pleasant atmosphere during the winter, from October to March precisely. Visit and feel the essence of the Nawabi tradition, have the most exceptional experience of amazing cuisine and Tehzeeb. 

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  1. This blog is the best blog I have ever read for Lucknow.

  2. It’s a very innovative n creative blog it’s inspires me also also to write a blog on my city also i also share some of my special memories with lucknow as i was a part of la matinere which proved to be turning point in my life somehow

  3. Beautifully and Honestly Written ❤️

  4. This blog has successfully explained the diverse nature of Lucknow and it’s very well written covering almost everything about the City of Nawabs.

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