I am back after my short monsoon trip to the City of Nawaabs i.e. Lucknow. It was not a planned visit without any intentions of hanging around in the rainy season. Well, this just proved to be not true in this tip and we visited the famous places in Lucknow in the drizzling monsoon showers
I had a plan to see some really famous historical buildings in Lucknow like the Bara Imambara, Bhool Bhulaiya, Chota Imambara, Residency etc. Well, I did get a chance to see these places and so I am here to tell you all about it.
How to Reach
We had our personal vehicle as Lucknow is also my in-laws place and so I make a trip to the city whenever I get a chance to.
Bara Imambara is located in the heart of the city and can be easily reached by cabs or auto-rickshaws. There are prepaid taxis & cabs also available at the railway station & airport which will take you to the magnificent structure. There is also a car parking area in case you are going with your own vehicle.
Entry Ticket fare
As you reach the beautiful building, there are giant gates which marks the location of Bara Imambara. One needs to take entry tickets to see this place and the ticket charges vary from INR 25-50 per person depending upon the monuments a person wishes to see. These tickets are checked everywhere upon the entry of the monuments
A person who is visiting Lucknow for the first time may not be acquainted with the history of the monuments so it is better to avail the services of official guides which will give a brief account of the history of the monument.
Also. Bhool Bhulaiya is believed to be really a distant dream to see and come out of it without anybody’s help, so it is better to take a guide with you along. The charges vary from INR 75- 200 depending upon number of persons per guide.
Facts about Bara Imambara
This is believed that the Nawab of Avadh Asaf-Ud-Daula was a kind and generous ruler of the time and when a massive famine hit the city, he was humane enough to start the construction of this monument to help the people by providing employment to them so that they can earn a living for their families.
Bara Imambara is believed to be one of the oldest buildings which is still standing high without the use of iron, pillars or beams in it. The Giant hall in Bara Imambara is also known to be one of the biggest halls in the monuments of India.
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The adjoining halls in Bara Imambara which are shaped as watermelon & sunflower are standing high without any iron pillar support and this is something really amazing and makes us think about the architectural styles in the days of Nawabs when there was no electricity, or big machinery available.
One can see the grave of Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daula in the center of the hall. The ceiling of all of these halls are believed to be up to 15 meters.
The guide will talk all about the culture, traditions, symbols used during the reign of Nawabs. The central garden located just at the entrance of Bara Imambara was simply stunning as it was raining outside. The view of the green garden was a unique experience to witness.
It was a refreshing experience for me although it was raining heavily still the big buildings saved us from being completely drenched in the rain.