Best Places to visit in Lucknow: With Expert Tips

Lucknow is known for its heritage and hospitality. So here we bring the best places to visit in Lucknow. If you have been to Lucknow these 10 places are a must-visit.

1.    Bada Imambara

The first place to visit if you are Lucknow. Bada Imambara is a historical and heritage building in Lucknow. Almost 90% of tourists visit Imambara in Lucknow. It’s a good place to hang out with family and friends.

Bada Imambara, also known as Asfi Imambara is an Imambara complex in Lucknow, India built by Asaf-ud-Daula, Nawab of Awadh in 1784. Bara means big. This Imambara is the second largest after the Nizamat Imambara

It’s so beautiful from the outside and it’s not only an Imambara where usually Taziah are kept. It also has bhul bhulaiya, bawli, jama masjid and some other places as well, inside the imambara. Must visit in Lucknow.


Quickknows tips you Must know  (before you visit here):

  • Hire a guide: Without a guide, you won’t be able to understand the history and significance of the place. The good thing about this place is the guide charges are fixed ₹100 so one doesn’t have to bargain for that. And remember without a guide it’s very difficult to get out from Bhulbhulaiya you can get lost there so don’t take any risk.

           Prices and timing:

  • Ticket price : ₹50 per person Adult for Indian Citizens
  • ₹25 per person Children for Indian Citizens
  • ₹500 per person for Foreigners (inclusive of Bara Imambara, Chhota Imambara, Picture Gallery, Shahi Hamam)
  • ₹10 for Digital Camera
  • ₹25 for Video Camera     
  • Timing:- 6:00am to 5:00pm (Open 7 Days a week)

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2.     Chota Imambara

Another imambara near bara Imambara also known as chota imambara. Its in walking distance from bara imambara . its another beautiful heritage monument of lucknow. Actually it is smaller than the bara imambara that’s why they name it like that, but that does not mean it is less in any manner.

There are so many things inside it to see like how king live there. Inside you will find silver colour everywhere it feels like you are standing in a palace which is made of silver.

 Chota Imambara, also known as Imambara Hussainabad Mubarak is an imposing monument located in the city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. It took 54 years to finalize it. Built as an imambara or a congregation hall for Shia Muslims, by Muhammad Ali Shah, the Nawab of Awadh in 1838,[1] it was to serve as a mausoleum for himself and his mother, who is buried beside him.

Quickknows tips you Must know  (before you visit here):

  •  Hire a guide: without guide you won’t able understand the history and significant of  place. Here guide charges are not fixed but they don’t charge much so don’t worry about it .
  • Visit here after bara imambara: you must first go to bara imambara and then to chota imambara for better understanding
  • Walking distance from bara imambara: it is situated very close from bara imambara so fall ask for auto as they will get to know you are knew here and charge you more for just little distance.

         Prices and timing:

  • NO separate ticket: the ticket you brought to visit bara imambara is entry ticket for here so    no separate ticket for this place.
  • Timings: 08:00am to 6:30pm daily

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3.     Rumi Darwaza, Lucknow


Rumi darwaza is a sixty feet tall gate which lies between bada imambara  and chota Imambara . its beautiful architecture made it more special .  it is consider as gateway of old lucknow city.

The Rumi Darwaza in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, is an imposing gateway which was built by Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daula in 1784. It is an example of Awadhi architecture. The Rumi Darwaza, which stands sixty feet tall, was modeled (1784) after the Sublime Porte (Bab-iHümayun) in Istanbul.

It is adjacent to the Asafi Imambara, Teele Wali Masjid in Lucknow and has become a logo for the city of Lucknow. It used to mark the entrance to Old Lucknow City, but as the City of Nawabs grew and expanded, it was later used as an entrance to a palace which was later demolished by the British insurgents.

Note:-No Need of any ticket to visit here.

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4. Husainabad Clock Tower, Lucknow

Another famous monument near bada and chota imambara . Husainabad Clock Tower is a clock tower located in the Lucknow city of India. It was constructed in 1881 by Hussainabad Trust to mark the arrival of Sir George Couper, the first lieutenant governor of United Province of Avadh. It was built at a cost of Rs. 1.75 lakhs

Husainabad Clock Tower is adjudged as the tallest among all the clock towers in India. it was built as a replica to the Big Ben clock tower of London


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5.   Amrapali Water Park, Lucknow


Amrapali water park and resort is famous amongst travellers and visitors. If you want to relax or want to have good and fun time with your family and friends then this water park is a must visit place .

Amrapali resort has almost all type of activity to make your day enjoyable and its worth going there. They also have live DJ there.

It is situated in outskirt of lucknow but going there is totally fun with affordable price.

  • Entry Fee*:
    • Adult: ₹800
    • Kids (90 cm to 120 cm): ₹600
    • *Includes food
  • Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

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6.   Hazratganj Market, Lucknow

Hazratganj is the most famous market in lucknow for shopping, food or just to roam in market and enjoy its beauty.

 This market has many showrooms  to shop and there are so many things what you can do there just go there and find out. This market remain closed on Sundays so avoid going there on Sundays.


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7.    Aminabad Market, Lucknow

Aminabad is another famous market in lucknow. It is the busiest market of lucknow its always full of people buying stuff. You can buy stuff in very cheap prices so this is the reason why this place is so crowded.

It is famous for shopping, melt in mouth kebabs, kulfi and here you can find a book market also it is largest book market of lucknow.


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8.  Nawab Wahid Ali Shah Zoological Garden

Its is the famous lucknow zoo. People intrested in animals and birds  can go there and enjoy, toy train is also one of the main attraction there. It is a must visit place in lucknow

The zoo receives about 1,100,000–1,200,000 visitors annually. The zoo is home to 463 mammals, 298 birds, and 72 reptiles representing 97 species, including the royal Bengal tiger, white Bengal tiger, Asiatic lion, gray wolf, hoolock gibbon, Himalayan black bear, Indian rhinoceros, blackbuck, swamp deer, barking deer, hog deer, Asiatic elephant, giraffe, zebra, European otters, hill mynahs, giant squirrels, great pied hornbill, golden pheasant, silver pheasant etc. The zoo is successfully breeding swamp deer, blackbuck, hog deer and barking deer, white tiger, Indian wolf and several pheasants. It is one of the only two zoos in India to exhibit an orangutan (the other being the Kanpur Zoo).

Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Prani Udyan earlier known as Prince of Wales Zoological Gardens or popularly known as Lucknow Zoological Garden  is a 71.6-acre (29.0 ha) zoo located in the heart of the capital city of Uttar Pradesh named after Wajid Ali Shah- the last Nawab of Awadh. The Central Zoo Authority of India categorizes it as a large zoo. The Prince of Wales Zoological Gardens, was established in the year 1921 to commemorate the visit of the Prince of Wales to Lucknow.

*It remains closed on Mondays

Tickets prices are between ₹60-₹100


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9.    Indira Gandhi Planetarium, Lucknow

It a Saturn-shaped planetarium with a high-tech projection system & sound & multiple shows daily. People interested in science and technology must visit this place it will be a lot of fun going there.

Timings: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm Daily


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10.    Chowk, Lucknow

If you are in lucknow you cannot miss chowk market this market is basically old lucknow so every shop here is old and classic . people are doing business since decades. You can find old chicken garments factories here and showroom as well.

Makkhan malai is must must try if you are in lucknow and you can find it nowhere else but chowk.

*This market remain closed on Thursdays


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Note:- These are some Famous places in Lucknow but this does mean that these are the only places to visit there are much more than these few famous places in Lucknow. It’s an experience to explore the city with these must-visit places. Happy Journey

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