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Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state of India. According to popular folklore Lucknow derives its name from the younger brother of Lord Rama, Lakshman who was also known as Lakhan. Located in what was historically known as the Awadh region, Lucknow has always been a multicultural city. Courtly manners, beautiful gardens, poetry, music, and fine cuisine patronized by the Persian-loving Shia Nawabs of the city are well known amongst Indians and students of South Asian culture and history. Lucknow is popularly known as the The City of Nawabs. It is also known as the Golden City of the East, Shiraz-i-Hind and The Constantinople of India.
Aminabad is situated in the old part of the city of Lucknow. After changing several hands, it was established by Imdad Husain Khan, a minister to the Nawab Wazid Ali Shah. Since he was famous by the name of 'Aminuddaula', the place was given the name of Aminabad. It is a combination of several markets and home to hundreds of retail and wholesale outlets of chikankari fabrics, ornamental jewelry, garments, medicine, footwear and other apparels, etc. Several famous eateries and food joints add to the charm of the bazaar. Closed on Thursdays, and alive till late into the night, Aminabad caters to the demands of a huge number of customers visiting from nearby areas and is always bustling with activity.
The Bada Imambada, built by Asaf-ud-Daula in the year 1784 was part of the famine relief project where a number of laborers were appointed to build this Imambada. It is said that this hall is the world's largest arched room without any pillars and the Nawabs used to hold their public hearings. The Rumi Darwaza was also built as a relief work during the famine of 1783.
This edifice, which is 60 feet high, is believed to be built like one of the gates of Constantinople The Husainabad Imambada, also known as Chhota Imambada is the mausoleum of Mohammed Ali Shah. The Imambada also encloses a tank with small imitations of the Taj Mahal on each side There is also the tallest clock tower estimated to be 67 m high overlooking the Husainabad tank
Deriving its name from the umbrella shaped dome, Chattar Manzil is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the city. The construction was started by Ghazi-ud-din Haider, but the building was completed under the reign of his son, Nasir-ud-din Haider. Revealing traces of modern European style of architecture, the building is situated opposite one of the city's famous hotels - The Clarks Avadh. Though the building now houses the office of CDRI, it is a place with the old world opulence and charm. It played its part in the freedom struggle of India by being one of the meeting centres of freedom fighters.
The Husainabad Imambada, also known as Chhota Imambada is the mausoleum of Mohammed Ali Shah. The Imambada also encloses a tank with small imitations of the Taj Mahal on each side.
Standing at an astounding height of 221 feet, the Clock Tower of Lucknow is the tallest of its kind in India. It was built in 1880 by Nawab Nasir-ud-din-Haider, and is situated between the famous Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara in Lucknow. It is one of the finest examples of English architecture, and was built by the Nawab in honor of Sir George Cooper, who was the first Lieutenant Governor of United Province of Avadh. Decorated with artwork that is European in style, pure gunmetal was used to construct a part of the clock. The dial itself is shaped like a dozen petaled flowers with beautiful bells surrounding it. It is one of the major attractions of the city.
Hazratganj in today's day and age is the central market of Lucknow, full of shopping malls, emporiums, eateries, fine dining restaurants and age old coffee shops. But its origins reveal a different story. It was built by Amjad Ali Shah, the fourth king of Avadh, and was originally called Queen's Way, as only British carriages could travel on that road, and Indians were not allowed to enter, in the pre independence era. A must visit place full of commercial vibrancy, Victorian era walkways and energy of Lucknow, it is the nerve centre of the city.
Near the Husainabad Imambada lies the Jami Masjid, the largest mosque in Lucknow.The construction of the mosque was started by Mohammed Shah and was completed by his wife after his death in the 1840s.
The remnants of British rule in India are seen in the ruins of Lucknow Residency, which was once the Mansion of East India Company's agent in Avadh during the Sepoy Mutiny.