9 things You should know to get a clear picture of Lucknow

Muskuraiye ki aap Lucknow mein hai!

Ever thought about visiting the capital of Uttar Pradesh or have been there already? Here are 10 things which will surely help you get a picture of what Lucknow is all about.

1. TEHZEEB

Saying ‘hum’ and ‘aap’ makes the people of other places wonder what this royalty is all about. But don’t fret, we lucknowites will treat you as one of our own, with utmost respect and love.

 

                                                       “Hum? Yeh hum-hum kya hai? Tum aur kaun?

                                                                                      Split personality!”

 2. FOOD (synonym-LOVE)

Visit Aminabad to know why non vegetarian food is bliss with the scrumptious broiled meat which is bound to take your taste buds on a roller-coaster ride. (literally!). Love ‘makhhan misri’ like Bhagwan Krishna, come to Chowk to have the mouth-watering white butter on foggy & exceptionally cold winter mornings.

3. CHICKEN-KAARI WORK

Want some low-cost ethnic wear? Visit Nakhhas and Hussainabad to find the most beautiful hand-work which will make sure that you receive compliments for your elegant dress style.

4. HAZRATGANJ (GO GANJING PEOPLE!)

Shop in the most mind-blowing lanes of Hazratganj where you can get anything. From PUMA to UNIVERSAL booksellers, from shoes to clothes to food to books to Gandhi Ashram goodies, Ganjing will offer you everything you need and want! (Ps. there is a lot of traffic sometimes so plan accordingly)

5. ARCHITECTURE

Enthralled by French architecture? Visit the La Martiniere Boy’s College in Kalidas Marg and the Central Drug Research Institute to marvel at human progress and creativity. Do Mughal designs make you happy? Visit Bada Imambada, Shahnajaf, Sat-khanda to experience ecstacy (*wink wink). British architecture can also be seen at the Lucknow Railway Station, the Epiphany Church and the Clock Tower.

6. METRO (YAYY!)

When it comes to progress, Lucknow is not behind. The first metro run-off, flagged by Mr.Akhilesh Yadav, the chief-minister of U.P. was indeed what we lucknowites say-“khushi se seena chauda hogya bhai”

7. CULTURAL DIVERSITY

Witness the scenes of extreme devotion, love and faith on the streets of Lucknow. Be it the processions during Muharram where both muslims and hindus weep together or the Bada Mangal Bhandara Festival, celebrated in the honour of Lord Hanuman, co-operation is seen amongst the people of all communities.

8. PHRASES

We are known for our phrases like ama yaar, bhaukaal, khalana, tafree & aukaat mein rahiye bhai aap(*laughs hysterically). So if you hear these phrases/words, be assured that a Lucknow-wala is near.

9. MALLS & CLUBS (partyyyyyyyyy)

The FUN Cinemas in Gomtinagar or the Phoenix in Alambagh, the best malls are here where you can shop to your heart’s extent. Let’s not forget the clubs which will enable you to experience the night-life of a lifetime. Have fun partying at Zero Degree or Blue, it will be unforgettable, I assure you!

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? COME VISIT LUCKNOW RIGHT AWAY!!

(Written by: Khatija Fatima who is pursuing Bachelor in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi)