You all must be aware of the recent trip I made to the City of Nawaabs i.e. Lucknow which was also the capital state of the Nawab of Awadh Asaf-Ud-Daula for a while and it was during this time he began the construction of many famous monuments and historical places in the city of Lucknow.
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Lucknow is known for the huge impact of Awadh culture on the traditions and practices of the Nawaab rule. Famously known as the Lakhnawi Tehzeeb is sure to get in the day to day lives of the people residing here.
So till now, I witnessed the rich cultural heritage of Lucknow city by visiting monuments like Bada Imambara, Asafi Mosque, Shahi Baoli about which you can read here. Now I am going to tell all about the most amazing architecture of the city which is the Labyrinth or Bhool Bhulaiya.
Location Of Bhool Bhulaiya
The amazing piece or architecture is located on the upper floor of Bada Imambara. It is known that the labyrinth has only one way which takes you out from where you started. As you enter the structure you can see four identical passages which will lead to another four passages and so on.
Only one out the four is the right way to take you out of Bhool Bhulaiya. It is believed that there are almost 1000 passages, about 489 identical doorways and a number of staircases which go up and down all over the labyrinth.
We had hired the services of a guide who told us about all these things. On our request to explore the truth behind the Labyrinth’s never ending passages we asked him to not tell the right way so that we can guess the same, but sadly after many attempts we were not able to trace the right passage as each one looked similar!
Many of the inside doors are closed due to security reasons and also because anyone could easily get lost in the numerous passages. There is enough light to move around inside Bhool Bhulaiya but because it was a rainy day on our visit, we had to take the help of our cellphones torches to see the passages as it was dark all over inside!
The terrace of this Labyrinth is another marvelous thing to see! The stairs which take you to Labyrinth itself wiil lead to the terrace!
I happened to go there in spite of the rains just to click a few pics of the beautiful place!
The view of the Bada Imambara complex is great from the terrace and I am sure you would feel as if you can see the whole Lucknow City from here.
Since his monument is located inside a religious place for Muslims, there are certain rules to follow before entering the Bada Imambara complex. One should enter Bada Imambara in proper clothes ( for women) to avoid any religious sentimental outbreak. For this reason itself shoes are not allowed in Bara Imambara and so in the Labyrinth. One can visit Shahi Baoli along with the shoes.
One may easily get access to the Labyrinth by obtain a combine ticket (INR 35-50 per person ) to visit Bada Imambara & Shahi Baoli.
I had always wanted to see Bhool Bhulaiya as to how any it would look and I am glad I could finally go there.