It continues to be an important centre of government, education, commerce, aerospace, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, culture, tourism, music and poetry. City is also home to the famous poets like Galib and delights for visitors who flock to taste Awadhi and Mughalai food. Lucknow was historically very significant city, known as the capital of Awadh under the Mughal rule, which was later transferred to the Nawabs of Awadh until Lucknow got its independence from British Raj on 15 August 1947, along with rest of India. Today, Lucknow is a vibrant city that is witnessing an economic boom and is among the top ten fastest growing non-major-metropolitan cities of India. City is also a great base to offer day trips for travelers.
Major Attractions of Lucknow: Bara Imambara, Bhool Bhulaiya, Rumi Darwaza, Chhota Imambara, La Martiniere College, Husainabad Clock Tower, Dilkusha ruins, Botanical Gardens, Deva Shariff, Ambedkar Memorial, Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary etc.
Places to see near Lucknow:
Day Trip to Naimisaranya or Neemsar
Naimisaranya is popularly known as Neemsar, located on the banks of river Gomti at a distance of 90 km from Lucknow. Naimisharanya is a small town in Sitapur district and regarded one of the most sacred places of pilgrimage in Uttar Pradesh, India. Here the Lord is in the form of forest.
Day Trip to Ayodhya
Ayodhya is the most sacred city for Hindus, situated on the bank of river Saryu near Faizabad. It is 140 km from Lucknow, which is a capital of Uttar Pradesh. It has a significant role in the ancient Indian epic, The Ramayana. This town is associated with Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Ayodhya is said to be the birth place of Lord Rama.