Places to visit in Lucknow

Places to visit in Lucknow

Summer or Winter, every visit to the “City of Nawabs” had me gripped with its amazing history, delightful art, colorful culture & yummy food. The capital of Uttar Pradesh has something for everyone – so much that you might find that two days are not enough to enjoy it all. You might ask me what … Read more

La Martiniere College – An offbeat attraction of Lucknow

La Martiniere college - an offbeat Lucknow attraction

While the Bara Imambara, the Residency and Chota Imambara is there on almost every visitor’s list of attractions in Lucknow, it is time to add a few offbeat places to this list. Last week I shared my heritage walk of Kaiserbagh which I am sure you have already included to your itinerary. This week, you … Read more

The Residency Lucknow: A Reminiscence of British India

The Residency Lucknow made for the British General

With the heritage trot through Old Lucknow, you might have got a glimpse of its history that extends beyond the Nawabs. The Hussainabad Ghanta Ghar to be precise, is what might have given it off. In case you have missed what this is about, take a peek at my last post on the Heritage Lucknow.You … Read more

Trotting along Heritage Lucknow through Rumi Darwaza

The Western side of the Rumi Darwaza at night with its single facade.

Whether you are a connoisseur of food or arts or heritage – there is no missing the epic city of the Nawabs – Lucknow. If you leave out the food bit, then the other two are what appeal to me. This was the city that popularized my chosen form of dance – Kathak and one … Read more

Chota Imambara: Glittering Palace of Lights in Lucknow

Chota Imambara - one of the places to visit in Lucknow

If the Bara Imambara in Lucknow was about the brilliance of the dark, twisted passages of the crypt – Bhool Bhulaiya, then visiting its younger cousin was all about a glittering jewel of the night. The Chota Imambara did not pale in comparison to its giant predecessor. It, in fact, shone brilliantly in the depths … Read more

Varanasi Street Art – celebrating the essence of Banaras

The age-old custom of chillum that prevails in Varanasi

The smoke from his chillum rose high and then merged with the fumes from the aarti. Right next to it, was the Kathak dancer performing a chakkar – all to the tune of tabla. I felt the essence of Banaras through these moments – all captured in the magnificent Varanasi street art. Visiting one of … Read more

Namaste! Welcome to India

Taj Mahal from the Yamuna River

A land of cultural & natural diversity India, the 7th largest country in the world, is a diverse sensorial experience that can take over a lifetime to fully explore. Having spent most of my life here, I feel as if I have barely scratched the surface. As one of the oldest civilizations in the world, … Read more

Dwarka Gomti Ghat – A confluence of culture & nature

Gomti Ghats Dwarka - an exhibition of heritage, culture and nature

I followed the lone floating diya to the first ray of the rising sun that had begun to spread its golden tones onto the river. The slow rhythmic chants in the background added to the mystique in the air. A sudden splash broke my reverie and drew my attention to the ceremonies being performed in … Read more

Reconstructing the past with Kaiserbagh Heritage Walk

The Lakhi Gate of Kaiserbagh as seen from Safed Baradari

The one thing that seemed pretty strange to me when I walked around Lucknow is that none of the heritage monuments I saw were palaces. Given the grand structures like the Bara Imambara, Rumi Darwaza and Chota Imambara, I expected to stumble upon the majestic residences of the Nawab. However, as fate be, almost all … Read more

From India to Gold Coast with Flyscoot Airlines

Flyscoot Dreamliner in Gold Coast City, Australlia

One of the most prohibiting things about a holiday in Australia are the air fares from India. A key reason for us postponing our family holiday here. However, with my recent trip by Invite from Queensland Tourism, I discovered a way in which, it might turn out to be a little less expensive than what … Read more