Lucknow Old City Walk, Lucknow

Lucknow Old City Walk (Self Guided), Lucknow

Lucknow is the city with rich, dramatic and glorious heritage. Walking through its streets you can feel the touch of history everywhere. The local architecture, preserved in its original form, can tell volumes about victories and losses, sorrow and triumph, feud and love witnessed by the city stones over the centuries. This orientation walk will lead you to the most significant sights of Lucknow's Old City.
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Lucknow Old City Walk Map

Guide Name: Lucknow Old City Walk
Guide Location: India » Lucknow (See other walking tours in Lucknow)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Author: Xena
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Husainabad Clock Tower
  • Hussainabad Picture Gallery
  • Satkhanda
  • Chhota Imambara
  • Jama Masjid
  • Kala Imambara
  • Chowk
  • Imambara Ghufran Ma'ab
  • Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station
Husainabad Clock Tower

1) Husainabad Clock Tower (must see)

The Husainabad Clock Tower of Lucknow is the tallest and the most beautiful tower in India. It represents one of the finest examples of British architecture. The tower was raised in 1887 with the obvious impact of the Victorian-Gothic architectural style. Some of the structure's components were imported straight from London. The tower is 67 meters (230 feet) tall and can be seen from most parts of the area.
Hussainabad Picture Gallery

2) Hussainabad Picture Gallery (must see)

The Picture Gallery, housing full-length portraits of nawabs of Awadh, is a small part of the brick colored building raised by Mohammed Ali Shah around 1838. The building used to be named “Baradari“, which literally means “having 12 doorways”. What’s unique about the Hussainabad building is that iron pillars support the second-floor pavilion. In addition to portraits of the royal family members, performed by such artists as Harrison, Dawling and Gravet, as well as Indian artist D.S.Singh, the gallery exhibits photographs of various officials of the Colonial period.

Why You Should Visit:
Can be compared to any good art gallery. Some of the paintings stand out for their 3D effect, which may give butterflies to anyone who sees them for the first time.

You will need a guide to explain the history behind the paintings and the intricacies of each.
Photography is not allowed.

Opening Hours:
Sat-Thu: 10am-4pm; closed on Fridays

3) Satkhanda (must see)

The Satkhanda watchtower, or "the tower of seven storeys", is located outside the Chhota Imambara. Satkhanda was built between 1837 and 1842 during the rule of Mohammad Ali Shah and the construction was interrupted when he passed away – thus, in spite of its name, the tower only has four storeys. Ali Shah wanted to make it similar to Qutub Minar of Delhi and the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy. Its main purpose is lunar observation.

Why You Should Visit:
Well renovated and pretty in the evenings with the lights-arrangements, plus surrounded by a green and spacious park.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Chhota Imambara

4) Chhota Imambara (must see)

Chhota Imambara is an imposing structure built by Nawab Muhammad Ali Shah in 1838. It aimed to serve as his mausoleum. The tombs of other family members of this ruler are placed inside the Imambara as well. Thousands of workers labored on the project to sustain their lives during a severe famine. Chhota Imambara is also known as the Palace of Lights due to its ornaments during festivals and holidays. The chandeliers that adorn the interior of this building were acquired in Belgium. The mausoleum features a beautiful white dome, as well as turrets and minarets. Arabic calligraphy decorates the walls.

Why You Should Visit:
Rich Indo-Ismalic and Persian style monument; clean and has washrooms plus a drinking water facility within the premises.

The entry ticket for this is combined with the Bara Imambara, so you should actually visit Bara Imambara first.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8am-6:30pm
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Jama Masjid

5) Jama Masjid (must see)

Located in the center of the old city, Jama Masjid is considered one of the most beautiful mosques in India. It was built by Sultan Ahmed Shah. The mosque is designed in a harmonious combination of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. It’s built out of yellow sandstone and lakhauri (special small size bricks). The uniqueness of the building lies in the fact that its 15 domes stand on 260 pillars. All the mosque decorations have deep cultural and religious meaning. Since the very day of its construction, the Jama Masjid has become a significant place of worship.

Please note, that non-Muslims are not allowed inside of the mosque during prayer hours. And when entering the mosque visitors need to remove their shoes.
Kala Imambara

6) Kala Imambara

Kala Imambara is the oldest imambara and one of the most popular mosques in Lucknow. It was raised by order of Nawab Asif-ud-daulla around year 1700. The Kala Imambara complex consists of a mosque, Dargah and the imambara itself. At the present moment Kala Imambara is under restoration works. It is intended to preserve the structure as a significant architectural and cultural heritage of the area.

7) Chowk

Chowk market is considered an absolute “must see” tourist spot. It is included in most Heritage walks around Lucknow. Here you can witness the real Lucknow life as it is: loud, crowded, colorful and spicy. The market houses all possible kinds of shops and presents the perfect place for nice bargains. Chowk is also known for a wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food, including Chats, Jalebi, Lassi, Chole Bhature, Kebabs, Kulfi ice cream, Poori Subzi, different sweets and many more. The market also offers its famous handicrafts and souvenirs.
Imambara Ghufran Ma'ab

8) Imambara Ghufran Ma'ab

Imambara Ghufran Ma'ab is located at Maulana Kalbe Hussain Road in the Chowk area of Lucknow. It was constructed by eminent Shia cleric Ayatollah Syed Dildar Ali Naseerabadi at the end of the 18th century. He was also known as Ghufran Ma'ab, and that’s where the name of the imambara comes from. This place is a significant religious and cultural center of Lucknow. It is run by descendants of Ayatollah Ghufran Ma'ab. The popularity of the Shaam-e-Ghariban majlis (an Islamic gathering) held here is reaching beyond national boundaries. Outside the Imambara there is a cemetery built as a place of burial for scholars and other illustrious personalities.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station

9) Lucknow Charbagh Railway Station

Charbagh Railway Station is one of the two main stations of Lucknow for broad gauge railways. It is located in the southern part of the city. Its name comes from the word “Charbagh” that translates as four gardens, which existed here earlier. This station is also known as "Lucknow NR station" (because it is operated by Lucknow division of Northern Railway) and LKO railway station.

The building for the station was raised in 1923 and it was designed in Rajput, Awadh and Mughal architectural styles, in ceremonial red and white colors. It has a large garden in the front part. From afar, the structure looks like a palace. An interesting fact about it is that from aerial view the building looks like a chessboard and its domes and pillars as pieces of the game. It is a definite “must-see” spot in Lucknow.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

Walking Tours in Lucknow, India

Create Your Own Walk in Lucknow

Create Your Own Walk in Lucknow

Creating your own self-guided walk in Lucknow is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Lucknow Introduction Walking Tour

Lucknow Introduction Walking Tour

Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the most popular Indian destinations due to its valuable architectural, cultural and historic attractions. This tour will guide you around the most beautiful buildings, giving you the chance to experience and admire Lucknow’s great heritage.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.2 Km or 3.9 Miles