The capital of Uttar Pradesh and thriving on the banks of the Gomti, Lucknow has been a culturally rich place for long
FORMERLY known for its Adab and Tehzeeb (manners and hospitality), intricate embroidery, beautiful gardens and dance forms such as Kathak, the city of Lucknow has elegantly and enthusiastically kept its heritage intact, making it one of the must-visit tourist spots in India.
A centre for Urdu poetry and courtly presence and diction, Lucknow has been the birthplace for many legendry poets.
Complete your trip to Lucknow by taking the heritage walk. Offering you ample time to complete your tour of the magnificent city, this walk is sure to tickle your taste buds and the quest for knowledge with perfection.
A quick glimpse of what you will experience in this walk:
When it comes to culinary, no other place can beat the food culture here. Famous mainly for their lip-smacking non-vegetarian food, there is also a large array of vegetarian food.
Some of the must tries are: Tunday Kebab, Galawati Kebab, Nihari and Kulcha, Lucknawi Biriyani, Idris ki Biriyani, Lalla Biriyani, Lucknow Chaat, Paan, and much more irresistible dishes.
KOTHAS – COURTESY THE NAWABS
It was possibly Umrao Jaan who made Lucknow known for its Kothas. Her life story echoed the story of the rise and fall of the city, which eventually declined after the revolt of 1857.
Some call the Kothas as a glorified hub for vices, but in reality they were much different. They were places where the Nawabs and other rich men went to learn “Tehzeeb” and learn more about the opposite gender.
They were also greatly fond of art including dance and music, and made Kathak a famous form in the Kothas. Once the Nawabs were disposed of, these places served as the source of entertainment for the Britishers.
The Unani school of medicine came to be known when Islam came to India. The Unani dawakhanas were the most popular health centres, using herbs and the traditional medicines for the treatment of various ailments.
The Unani hospital in Lucknow is structured in an old-fashioned way. The hakim still visits the hospital and charges the patient a nominal fee.
A tola means a community of specific housing with one entry and one exit route. They are connected in such a manner that the exit of one Tola becomes an entry to another, making it a confusing maze-like structure. Such a unique structure was formed keeping in mind the security of the residents.
Ittar is more commonly used in Lucknow. The city has a vibrant perfume industry flourishing here. One amazing fact is that the history and fame of perfumes is closely associated with those of the Kothas.
Most of the perfume shops are located closely or in the buildings of the Kothas.
During the days of Aurangzeb, mahals were considered as places where European traders lived. As time passed, they were slowly converted into centres for Islamic studies and become the epicentre for learning.
Today, their importance as centres of education has subsided, making it a fond memory only to the locals and the residents of respective chowks.