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What makes Lucknow a wonderful place to live in?
A Quick Overview of Lucknow:
Popularly known as the City of Nawabs, Lucknow is the capital and the largest city of Uttar Pradesh. The city owes its importance for being the largest city in the East, North and Central India after Delhi and Kolkata. Finance, commerce, education, poetry, music, and tourism are some of the vital sectors of the city.
Lucknow stands at an altitude of 123 meters approximately above sea level and covers a total geographical area of 2,528 kilometers. The rural district of Barabanki lies on the east, Unnao, Sitapur, and Hardoi in the west and Raebareli in the South. Lucknow is on the North-western shore of river Gomti. The city lies on seismic zone III, meaning that earthquakes are few and rare.
A Brief History of Lucknow:
The capital of Awadh was under the reigns of Nawabs of Awadh which in turn was under the rule of Mughals. Later on, with the decline of Mughal Empire, the reigns of Awadh were transferred to Nawabs of Awadh. It was in the year 1856 that the East India Company abolished the local rule and the entire Awadh province came under their control. In 1857, the reigns were transferred to the British Government.
Serene Climate of Lucknow:
Lucknow has a humid subtropical climate. Mid-November to February is dry winter and fog is a common phenomenon during this time. March to June remains extremely hot. Rainy season in Lucknow starts from July and lasts till mid-September. Occasionally, January gets frontal rainfall.
Demographics, People, and Culture of Lucknow
Residents of Lucknow are known as Lucknowites or in the local language Lakhnavi. Awadhi way of life is embedded in the day to day life of Lucknow. Talking of demographics of Lucknow, its total population according to 2011 census is 2,815,601. 70 percent population in Lucknow follows Hinduism. Islam is the major religion in the city and Muslims constitute up to 27 percent of the total population. Among Muslims, the follower of Shia sect of Islam forms a majority. Other major religions followed by the residents of the city are Sikhism and Christianity.
Lucknow is known for its Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb, a symbol of utter courtesy. Hindi, Urdu and English are the main languages which people speak in the city. Lucknow is the home of Urdu poetry and dialects. Lucknow is one of the prominent Islamic centers in South East Asia.
Cuisine of Lucknow
Awadhi cuisine is the USP of the city and is one of the major reasons why people visit the city. Lucknow serves a blend of Mughlai and Awadhi cuisine which are both aromatic and delicious. Biryani, nihari, kebabs, korma, kheer, sevai, khichdi, thandai, paan and meat stu are the main dishes of Lucknow.
Tunde ke Kebab restaurant is the culinary hub of the city where you can get to taste kebabs which melt in your mouth as soon as you put them in. The main specialty of Tunde Ke Kebab restaurant is galawati, kakori, botti, and seekh kebabs.
Festivals in Lucknow
Bada Mangal is a major festival in the city and is celebrated with huge pomp and for 8 consecutive Tuesdays, in the month of May and June. The celebrations include worship of lord Hanuman and distribution of Prasad (food offerings). Hanuman Setu Mandir receives a large number of devotees from different parts of the country to worship during this time.
Lucknow hosts several cultural festivals like Lucknow Mohatsav and Lucknow Literature Festival which assist in bringing forward local culture and talent to the vast audience.
Lucknow being the seat of Shia Islam is a major flourishing center for the sector. Muslims adhering to Shia faith observe Muharram on Ashura (10th day of the month according to the Islamic calendar). The eve is observed all over Lucknow and major processions remembering Imam Hussain are taken out in the streets of old Lucknow. These processions include Jaloos-E-Mehndi, Shahi Zarih, Chup Tazia, and Alam-E- Ashura. All these processions end at Bara Imambara and Chota Imambara. People in Lucknow come together for all the festivals demonstrating inter-religion unity. Festivals like Eid, Holi, Deepavali, Christmas, and Bada Mangal are celebrated with great enthusiasm in the city.
Dance and music are also an integral part of Lucknow’s heritage. Bhatkhande Music Institute University in the city is the center of learning for music and dance. A new form of Kathak became very popular in the city in the times of Nawab. Legends like Lachhu Maharaj, Birju Maharaj, Naushad, and Talat Mahmood have earned accolades for the city because of their exemplary contribution to the field of dance and music.
Lucknow as a educational hub
Lucknow is a well-established seat of learning. From 200-year-old premier schools to some of the country's best universities, Lucknow has a range of options for children, adolescents, and adults. Combined with, it’s easy going culture, affordable lifestyle, and connectivity to all parts of the country, Lucknow is a destination of choice for those seeking education. Also, students of Lucknow regularly find meritorious mentions in various professions across India and abroad, leading to a rich legacy.
Popular 6 universities
Top 30 schools in Lucknow
CMS: The school that has made a world record
Lucknow is also home to City Montessori School, which has more than 52,000 students. The school featured in the Guinness Book of World Recordsas the school with the largest number of students within one city anywhere in the world.
Advance Transport System in Lucknow
Like any other major Indian city, Lucknow has a systematized form of transport system which makes Lucknow connected to every major city via different modes of transportation. Within Lucknow, you can travel through various ways with the help of buses (UPSRTC), autos, e-rickshaws, cabs, and tempos. Lucknow is all set to get Metro Rail Service from next year which will be first in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Honorable CM of UP, Shree. Akhilesh Yadav announced the Metro Rail Project in 2013. Construction of Metro infrastructure is in full flow in the city and the first phase of the project (starting from Chowdhury Charan Singh Airport to Charbagh Railway Station) will be completed in 2017.
Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport in Lucknow is ranked as the second-best airport in the world under small airport category. Also, Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport has the capacity to handle Boeing 747 to Boeing 400 aircrafts.
Lucknow Railway station is the main station in Lucknow and is a magnificent building constructed in 1923. Lucknow junction serves as the headquarters of the Northern Railway. Other major railway stations in Lucknow are Aishbagh Railway Station, Alamnagar Railway Station, Gomti Nagar Railway Station and Manak Nagar Railway Station.
Lucknow is connected to neighboring cities, districts, and states via following highways and roads:
Economy of Lucknow
It is a major market and a prominent trading center in North India. It is the capital of the state and hence government departments and the public sectors are the major employers. Top MNCs are also making their way in the city and hence the employment rate is on a steady rise. Apart from this, Lucknow is also known internationally for its Chikankari work and Dussehri mangoes.
Government PSUs that play an active role in supporting businesses in Lucknow
Processing and Manufacturing Majors in Lucknow
Lucknow’s business environment is mainly centered on services and it is home to many prominent IT and BPO companies like HCL and TCS.
Major Trades in the City:
Chikankari (Traditional Embroidery)
Chikankari is the most famous and flourishing trade in the city. People from all across the nation visit Lucknow to purchase beautifully stitched chikan kurtas and saris made with the help of 400-year-old art. Lucknow is an exclusive hub for chikan works. Most of the Chikankari is done on silk cloth with “shadow work” stitching method. You can get best of the chikan clothing from shops like Sewa Chikan, Garha Bhandar, and Ada Chikan in Lucknow.
India is the largest exporter of Mangoes, thanks to Lucknow. Farming of mangoes is a booming trade in the city. The major mango plantation zones of Lucknow are Malihabad and Barabanki. Dusseri, Safeda, Langda are some of the famous varieties of mangoes that are exported. Dussehri is famous nationwide.
Top markets in Lucknow worth visiting
Aminabad (for budget shopping)
Aminabad is the oldest market in Lucknow and is an all-in-one market. Right from pickles to clothes, from devouring kebabs to books you can get it all in Aminabad at affordable rates. It is home to several Lucknow’s marquee stores which have been around for generations. Gita Vastralya is famous for all kinds of textiles has its store in Aminabad. Netram Poori shop in Aminabad is famous for making pooris in desi ghee.
Hazratganj is to Lucknow what Connaught Place is to Delhi. Its modern brands and famous restaurants manned by essentially Lakhnavi staff steeped in customer service and expertise in their trade give the true meaning for happy shopping. Janpath Bazaar located within Hazratganj is akin to Palika Bazaar in Delhi. Hazratganj has stores of all the top brands including various fashion brands. Showrooms like Ada Chikan, Calcutta in style etc, are stores that can get the best deals on Chikan garments. One can find good restaurants like Royal Café, Gemini Continental, Ritz etc here. Saharaganj a popular mall is also located in Hazrat ganj. Hazratganj is the only market which has a specific word – Ganjing - coined to explain a leisurely stroll along its corridors wherein one can indulge in window shopping combined with street food. Hazratganj has been declared by the UP government as afree wifi- zone, which is a great move in order to complement the free laptop scheme introduced by the CM of the state. This move will enable underprivileged students to access internet and learn. Jio by Reliance is the service provider for free wi-fi in Hazratganj.
Chowk is the old Lucknow area where the heritage of the Lucknow can be experienced. The place is famous for Tunday Kebabi (a delicacy made up of minced meat). Owing to its popularity, the chain of Tunday Kebabi has sprawled all across the city. Along with awesome food, chowk is also famous for age-old jewelry, utensil, garment, and pet shops.
Gomti Nagar is the poshest and developed area of Lucknow. A number of famous malls are also located here like Waves, Fun Republic, Citi Mall etc. Taj Continental and Ambedkar Park are a few other prominent spots located in Gomti Nagar. Janeshwar Mishra Park, Asia’s largest garden is worth a visit. Not only this, Gomti Nagar in Lucknow along with Gomti Nagar Extension forms the largest planned township in the country. Gomti Nagar Extension developed by Lucknow development authority is all set to be the economic centre of the city many investment projects are in the pipeline for the area. LDA is also planning to develop a modern shopping-cum-multifunctional hub, which will be similar to that of Connaught Place in Delhi. According to reports the multifunctional hub will include community centers, malls, schools, hospitals, parks, and sports arenas. Gomti Nagar extension is developed to be a prime example of urban living with stress on both residential and commercial aspects of the area.
Places of tourist attraction in Lucknow
Lucknow is a historical city with various monuments from the Nawabs and British era. Lucknow’s heritage has Awadhi charm in it and attracts tourist from all over the country.
Medical Facilities in the city
Lucknow has some of the finest medical facility in the state. Following is the list of some top hospitals in Lucknow
Residential Hubs in Lucknow
Lucknow’s vibrant and laid back lifestyle along with its growing economy and political importance attract a number of people to the city. Major builders like DLF, Ansal API, Shalimar, Tulsiani, and Sahu Properties have completed several vertical residential projects in Lucknow and are continuously working on new ones. Here is the list of major residential areas in Lucknow:
Cricket, badminton,football, hockey and golf are among the most loved sports in
Lucknow. The city is home to two premiere sporting institutes that are BBD Badminton Academy and Guru Gobind Singh Ji sports college. Lucknow is all set to get an international level cricket stadium and a cricket academy in Gomti Nagar locality of the city which is under construction on a very fast pace.