WEAVER'S WORLD / LUCKNOW / PLACES TO VISIT -4
One of the main monuments of Lucknow and the smaller version of Bara imambara it is a symbol of nawabi culture and heritage for which Lucknow is famous about. It is a shia shrine adjacent to the Bara Imambara. It is restricted to one hall but is worth seeing for the architecture. A gilded white dome and several turrets and minarets, the tombs of Muhammad Ali Shah and other members of his family are inside the Imambara itself. The Naubatkhana is small, but lovely in white and gold. On the left of the courtyard is a lovely Hamam, and a jewel-like Jawab opposite the grave of princess Zeenat. The mosque across the courtyard is also lovely, and the Imambara painted white with a golden cupola looks lovely. Inside is an explosion of colour due to a huge overabundance of imported Belgian chandeliers.
Believed to be almost ancient, Mankameshwar Mandir is a popular temple of Lord Shiva in Lucknow. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu god and it sees many devotees everyday throughout the year, specially on Mondays, which is considered to be an auspicious day to worship Lord shiva.
Dilkusha Kothi is a historical palace, built in the year 1800 that once served as a hunting lodge and summer retreat for the rulers. The building was designed in the European Baroque style. The huge pillars on the front, grand steps leading to those pillars are examples of this style of architecture.
The Archaeological Survey of India has taken steps to preserve this place and today, the park around this monument is a favourite place for visitors, mostly during winter for the glorious sunshine. Dilkhusha is close to La Martinere College and can be clubbed with a visit to the school.
Though in ruins, it is well maintained, set in manicured lawns, in a quiet serene location. It is just right to stroll into, sit and read a book, spend a little time reminiscing or relaxing. A lovely, peaceful park with the ruins of two eighteenth century buildings built by the Nawab of Oudh for his friend the British Resident. During the Mutiny of 1857 they suffered serious damage. Henry Havelock, the British General, died here in November 1857.
It is a very old and prestigious university in Uttar Pradesh, located at Lucknow. Lucknow University is one of the very old and most reputed universities, where topmost personalities of our country and abroad have studied. The architecture of the building is amazing and every department has his own building which is the beauty itself. A huge campus with lots of open space, it is definitely worth a visit.
Kukrail is slightly on the outside of the city of Lucknow. A good picnic spot it is also a very unique breeding house of crocodiles and alligators. A nice place for holidays and for picnic nicely maintained lawn with play area and Restaurant. It could very well be developed into a proper forest reserve with inclusion of animals.
Basically it is known as Kukrail Reserve Forest and Gharial rehabilitation Centre. It is one of the most renowned breeding centres in India covered with natural forest land. It’s a forest reserve, which is said to be the largest breeding ground for crocodiles and alligators. The place is like a large forest, with parks and gardens to sit, play, relax and enjoy the green lush surroundings with family or friends.
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