Lucknow – The upcoming METRO is a hallmark of cultural extravaganza, known all over the world for its many splendours. A city that has a magical charm, a charm that’s forever and a charm that’s apart. Be it the cultural charm or the monumental one, all are well conserved here to make Lucknow ” The city of many splendours”.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.
Walking through the lanes and by-lanes of Chowk and Aminabad one finds Lucknow of yore. The ‘Tehzib’ or mannerism is still prominent and a topic of great appreciation. This is a city that still speaks the language of “aap-janab” and the dictum of “pehle aap” is still a part of everyday life for a true Lakhnawi. – and so natural it is – Aadab or salutation which has its own sophistication and style.
Dress forms though have changed noticeably in the span of a century, yet the beauty and charisma of Chikankari – the intricate and delicate hand embroidery, still rules the wardrobe. Lucknow is in fact among a few cities that duly understands the grace of the ‘dupattas’ or the covering cloth. Wisdom, women and wine are the three things truly understood and respected by the Nawabs.
Not a thing of condemnation but an institution it was the “kothas”, where sons of Nawabs were deliberately sent to learn the culture, sophistication and respect for the fairer sex. Muzzafar Ali’s unforgettable film “Umrao Jaan” is a depiction of this social institution. Love was found in either Paris or Lucknow– a proof of this is the lovers lane in the posh modern Hazratganj: these lanes were used as a meeting place for the lonely hearts to escape the monitoring eyes of their parents.
Lucknow is a wonderful place and can be visited just about anytime through the year. However, the best time to visit Lucknow is usually from October to March. This is usually the peak season for Lucknow travel. The weather in Lucknow varies from time to time and there are some extremities in the climatic conditions also.
The summers of Lucknow are pretty extreme and the temperatures can go upto 45o Celsius during the months of May and June. During winters, the temperatures can go down to as low as 3° Celsius. However, winters are pleasant and the afternoons are usually warm. The temperature is usually pleasant during October to March and this is the time when tourists flock this place, as it is easier to roam around in a good weather.
Air : There are daily flights from Delhi, Bombay and Kolkata. Amausi Airport, Lucknow is directly connected with Delhi, Patna, Kolkata, Bombay and Varanasi by direct flights.
Train : Lucknow is on the New Delhi – Varanasi railway route. Connections can be made to Agra and Allahabad. A major railway junction, Lucknow is conveniently connected to many cities.
Road : Lucknow is connected by road with all the major cities of the country. Some of the major road distances are : Agra – 363 km, Allahabad – 210 km, Ayodhya – 135 km, Kolkata – 985 km, Corbett National Park – 400 km, Delhi – 497 km, Dudhwa National Park – 238 km, Kanpur – 79 km, Khajuraho – 320 km, Varanasi – 650 km.
Venues in Lucknow
Lucknow has some historical venues which are let out for weddings.
Baradari A stunning, white painted edifice, it is a massive banquet hall which is ‘still alive’ today, so to say. Meaning, it is in use.Bara means twelve and dar is door. The Baradari has twelve large doors.The Baradari is surrounded by large parks and courts having marble pavilions.
Dilkhusha Lawns Dilkusha in Lucknow is one of the historical and beautiful places in Lucknow.Dilkusha Kothi and Dilkusha Garden are not just a Kothi or Garden but a most important historical place of Lucknow. In fact, Dilkusha Garden was a part of Dilkusha Kothi -the then most beautiful monument of Lucknow.
La Martiniere College La Martiniere Schools were founded posthumously by Major General Claude Martin in the early 1800s. Martin had acquired a large fortune while serving the Nawab of Awadh Asaf-ud-Daula and bequeathed a major part of his estate to establish the schools.
Besides the above venues which can be hired for holding various functions of a wedding, there are many hotels like Vivanata by Taj, Piccadily, Tulip Inn, Comfort Inn, The Lineage, Gemini Continental which can booked for accomodation of guests.