25 Places to Visit in Lucknow, Tourist Places & Top Attractions

Tourist Places to visit in Lucknow


Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, British Residency, Chattar Manzil, Amrapali Water Park, Ambedkar Park, Lucknow Zoological Garden, Ram Manohar Lohiya Park and many more.

The city of Nawabs, Lucknow is a place overflowing with rich culture and ancient heritage.  As a tourist when you check for Places to visit in Lucknow, you will be surprised to see the places serving almost every age group. Filled with numerous famous landmarks like Chattar Manzil and obviously the Jama Masjid, Lucknow attracts many pilgrims from all over the world. The Tourist attractions in Lucknow range from historical spots, to water parks, theme parks to temples and memorials. Even after transitioning from a small town to a modern day metropolis, the place has still maintained its heritage.

From marvelling at the architecture of Chota Imambara to clicking a picture in the backdrop of Rumi Darwaza, this city gives you the privilege of experiencing the life lived by the king and the queens. Apart from this, places like the Ambedkar park, Ram Manohar Lohiya Park, Indira Gandhi Planetarium and Lucknow Zoological Garden offer you the best walking trails filled with beautiful flowers on both the sides. Overall, these locations having a blend of modernism with culture should not be missed.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Lucknow:

Bara Imambara
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The British Residency, which stands witness to the Revolt of 1857 must feature in the list of the most important Places to visit in Lucknow. The Residency Complex  consists of several individual structures and is not only rich in history, but it is also an everlasting example of British architectural skills.

If you are a history enthusiast and you want to relive the Sepoy Mutiny then a visit to the Residency Building in Lucknow is a must. Although, most of the structures are in ruins now, you can still visit the cemetery, the church and the graves of people who died in the Siege.

Address; 
Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Deep Manak Nagar, Qaiserbagh.

Timing: 
-The Residency remains open on all days except on Mondays and
-Holidays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Entry fee: 
-The entry fee is Rs. 15 for Indian citizens and
-Rs. 200 for foreigners.
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Chota Imambara
When you look for important Places to visit in Lucknow, then you will come across a place called ‘Chota Imambara’. This too is a historical spot built by Muhammad Ali Shah, the Nawab of Awadh in 1838.

The Chota Imambara is an architectural marvel and its unique features are the chandeliers that adorn the structure -thereby goes the name as the Palace of Lights. Bought by the Nawab from Belgium these chandeliers are lit up during special festivals like Muharram. It is yet another one of the best Places to see in Lucknow.

Timing:
The Imambara remains open on all days from 6:00 am to 5:00pm. Best time to visit 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Address:
West of Bara Imambara, Lucknow, 226001.

Entry Fee: The entry fee to this place is 
-Rs.25 for Indian visitors and 
-Rs. 300 for foreigners.
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Rumi Darwaza
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You definitely cannot give this unique architectural marvel a miss while selecting the most important Places to visit in Lucknow. The Rumi Darwaza is a gateway between the Bara Imambara and the Chota Imambara. It is one of the few remaining examples of Awadhi architecture featuring a huge gateway that is sixty feet tall.

This gate has been named after the famous thirteenth century Muslim Sufi mystic, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi. The Rumi Darwaza is one of most famous Tourist attractions in Lucknow which is accessible by the public all day.

Address:
17/11, Hussainabad Road, Lajpat Nagar Colony.

Best time to visit: 
-You should try visiting it when the weather is mild and not when it is extremely hot or cold.
-You should also visit it with time on hand, because it takes nearly an hour to see and understand the beauty of the structure.
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British Residency
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The British Residency, which stands witness to the Revolt of 1857 must feature in the list of the most important Places to visit in Lucknow. The Residency Complex  consists of several individual structures and is not only rich in history, but it is also an everlasting example of British architectural skills.

If you are a history enthusiast and you want to relive the Sepoy Mutiny then a visit to the Residency Building in Lucknow is a must. Although, most of the structures are in ruins now, you can still visit the cemetery, the church and the graves of people who died in the Siege.

Address; 
Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Deep Manak Nagar, Qaiserbagh.

Timing: 
-The Residency remains open on all days except on Mondays and
-Holidays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Entry fee: 
-The entry fee is Rs. 15 for Indian citizens and
-Rs. 200 for foreigners.
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Chattar Manzil

If you are looking for Tourist attractions in Lucknow that are rich in historical and cultural heritage, then you must pay a visit to the Chattar Manzil. Standing on the banks of the River Gomti, this palace has been home to the great Nawabs of Lucknow. The structure consists of the Bari and Choti Manzils of which only the Bari Manzil survives.

The Chattar Manzil should be on the top in your list of Places to visit in Lucknow. This historical structure has octagonal domes that cover the top of the individual structures. It is from these domes that the building gets its name Chattar or umbrella.

Address:
The Chattar Manzil is in Qaiserbagh.

Timing:
-It remains open 8:00 am to 6:00pm on all days except Sundays and to enjoy your trip visit Manzil when the weather is mild.

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Amrapali Water Park

If you are looking forward to relaxing and enjoying a hot summer’s day, then you should visit the Amrapali Water Park. The water park consists of numerous rides. It is one of the best places to spend a summer afternoon with friends and family. The rides in the park use the latest technologies that are bound to capture the imaginations of all visitors. 

The park also has a live DJ console which makes the park all the more attractive for youngsters.

Address:
Located in Sh -25, Sehlamau, Hardoi Road, Lucknow.

Timing;
The park remains open on all days from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Entry Fee:
-The fees payable for a visit to visit the park are Rs.600 per head for adults, 800 (with refreshment).
-Rs. 400 per head, for children, 600 (with refreshment).

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Ambedkar Park
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The Ambedkar Memorial Park in Lucknow too is one of the most important Places to see in Lucknow. It is also known as Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal. The park covers an area of one hundred and seven acres.

The park has museums and galleries commemorating the life of Ambedkar and other great freedom fighters of India. The entrance to the park is a unique one as both sides of the path are lined by sixty two majestic stone elephants.

Address:
Located in  Vipul Khand 2, Gomti Nagar.

Best time to visit:
If you want to visit the Ambedkar Memorial Park then it is advisable that you do so when the weather is good, because on summer afternoons the heat is unbearable.

Timing:
The park remains open on all days from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Entry Fees:
The entry fee is Rs. 20 per head.

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Lucknow Zoological Garden
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If you are an animal enthusiast then a visit to the Lucknow Zoological Garden must feature in your list of Places to visit in Lucknow. This zoo holds historical importance as well because it was built to commemorate the visit of Prince of Wales Edward VIII. The zoo covers nearly 71.9 acres of land and houses more than nine hundred species of animals, birds and reptiles.

Address:
The zoo is located in Hazratganj Road, Opposite to Civil Hospital, Lucknow 226001.

Timing:
The zoo remains open on all days except Mondays from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. However, since the zoo is primarily an open area, you should try visiting the zoo in the early hours of the day otherwise the heat will become intolerable.

Entry Fee:
- For adults (above 12) Rs.60.
- For kids 
 (below 12) Rs.30.

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Ram Manohar Lohiya Park

The Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya Park is another endeavour by the Uttar Pradesh government to establish Lucknow as an important tourist spot for both Indians and foreigners. This park consists of four courtyards, a water body and fish and duck ponds.

It also has jogging tracks, modern day acupressure track and play areas for children. The park is covered with trees and is the ideal place to exercise and relax. The park also has a unique and modern rainwater harvesting facility within its grounds.

Address:
The address of the park is Vipin Khand, Gomti Nagar.

Timing:
The best time to visit the park is from January to March when the weather is good and you can visit all the places within the park grounds.

Entry Fee: 
-Rs.5 for Adults (above 5yr.).

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Indira Gandhi Planetarium
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The Indira Gandhi Planetarium should feature amongst your list of Places to visit in Lucknow. This planetarium is entirely air-conditioned and has state of the art projectors. The shows in the planetarium are held in both Hindi and English, which makes it a favourite amongst children. The planetarium holds special shows from 6:00 pm onwards during summer vacations.

Address:
Located in 9, NabiUllah Road, Suraj Kund Park, Lucknow.

Timing:
-The planetarium also holds regular shows at 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm,
-4:00 pm and 5:00 pm every day.
If you want to watch the shows in English then you will have to purchase tickets for the first shows that are held on Saturday and Sunday. Rest of the shows throughout the week are held in Hindi.

Entry fee:
-The entry fee for the planetarium is Rs. 25 per head.
-For differently abled individuals the authorities do not charge any entry fees.

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Hazratganj
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Hazratganj is a bustling market that lies in the heart of Lucknow. The foundation for this market was laid in the year 1827 by Nawab Nasiruddin Haider. However, the market was renamed in the year 1842 and came to be known as Hazratganj. It has been so named after Nawab Amjad Ali Shah who was known as ‘Hazrat’.

The market is rich in history as well as culture. If you are looking for beautiful chikankari items or exclusive handicrafts of Uttar Pradesh, then Hazratganj is the place to be. The best time to visit the market would be from October to March. During this time the weather in Lucknow is comfortable and you can do your shopping in peace.

Address:
Downtown Lucknow.

Timing:
-The market place remains open on all days of the week except on Sundays.
-Shops in the market remain open from 10:00 am in the morning to 11:00 pm at night.

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Jama Masjid
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The Jama Masjid is one of the most beautiful mosques in India. Built on lines similar to the one in Delhi, this mosque too is an architectural splendour. The construction of this mosque was started in 1839 by Nawab Mohammad Ali Shah Bahadur.

The mosque is rich in history and is one of the favourite haunts of history enthusiasts. The mosque has a central prayer hall with eleven massive arches. The pillars  in the mosque are covered with beautiful and intricate carvings that are reminiscent of Indo-Islamic art.

Address:
Located in Tahseen Ganj, Husainabad, Lucknow.

Timing:
The mosque remains open to visitors for all days of the week from 5:00 am to 9:00 pm. However, you should try to visit the mosque during the early hours of the day, so that you can admire the architectural splendour of the mosque with ease.

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Dilkusha Kothi
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Of all the major Places to visit in Lucknow Dilkusha Kothi holds a special place. It is the ruins of a house that was built on the lines of baroque houses found in England. Although, this house was the summer resort for Nawabs, yet it was built by a Britisher, Major Gore Ouseley.

The house stands witness to the splendour of British India. It was designed on lines of the major palaces and halls in England. The Kothi is a beautiful culmination of Indian and British style of art and architecture.

Address:
The Dilkusha Kothi lies four kilometres from the central market of Lucknow, i.e. Hazratganj.

Timing:
The Dilkusha Kothi remains open to visitors on all days of the week from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Entry Fee:
-Rs. 5.00 for Indians.
-Rs. 100 for foreigners.

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Constantia House
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The Constantia House is a part of the grounds of the La Martiniere College of Lucknow. It is also a major historical spot because during the Sepoy Mutiny the British forces had converted this house into a fortress. You can still see the plaques commemorating the contribution of the young students of La Martiniere College in protecting the Residency against the mutineers.

Other than being a historical spot, the Constantia House is also known for its extensive burial grounds.

Address:
The exact address of the building is La Martiniere Road Lucknow 226001.

Timing:
-The building remains open to visitors all days of the week from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm and there is no entry fee.
-However, if you want to really enjoy your visit then try planning a trip some time from January to March.

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Chandrika Devi Temple

The Chandrika Devi Temple is an ancient Hindu shrine dedicated to the Goddess Chandi, an incarnation of the Goddess Durga. This temple is located twenty eight kilometres outside the city of Lucknow. The temple is also a natural beauty, because it is surrounded by the Gomti on three sides.

The Temple traces its history back to the era of the Ramayana. The Chandrika Devi Temple is a pilgrimage spot for all Hindus and is also known as the Mahi Sagar Teerth.

Address:
The exact address of the shrine is 31, Ruchi Khand 1, Sharda Nagar.

TIming:
-Remains open from 5:00 am to 1:00 pm in the morning,
-and from 4:00 pm to 11 pm in the evening.
The best time to visit the temple would be during Navratri and Chaturdasi.

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Gautam Buddha Park

If you are planning to spend a day in a park with your family and your children, then you could consider visiting the Gautam Buddha Park. This park has lots of rides, swings, slides and even electric powered swings. There is also a water body within the park in which you can do paddle boating.

The entire park is covered with trees making it ideal to spend a winter’s afternoon with your friends, family and children. The greenery in the park will make you forget that you are in the bustling city of Lucknow. This park is a favourite picnic spot amongst residents of Lucknow.

Address:
The exact address of the shrine is 31, Ruchi Khand 1, Sharda Nagar.

Timing:
-On all days of week from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Entry fee:
-Rs. 5 per person.

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State Museum

The Lucknow State Museum is located within the grounds of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Gardens, in Banarasi Bagh. This museum has an extensive collection of archaeological artefacts, coins and paintings. You will also find a wide collection of ancient weapons and musical instruments in the museum.

Similarly, if you want to learn about your country’s history then a trip to this museum must feature on your list of top Places to visit in Lucknow.

Address:
Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Gardens, in Banarasi Bagh.

Timing:
The museum remains open on all days except on Mondays from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm for all visitors.

Entry fee:
-Rs.5 per person for Adults,
-Rs.3 per child.
-For foreigners the entry fee is Rs. 100 per head.

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Shri Ram Krishna Math
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If you are looking for a place to sit and meditate then you should pay a visit to the Shri Ram Krishna Math in Lucknow. The Math stays true to the principles of Swami Vivekananda and welcomes all visitors with open arms. The widespread grounds of the Math and its well kept temple grounds add to the serenity of the place.

The temple has been made using white marble and red sandstone. The incorporation of red sandstone in the temple commemorates the Mughal heritage of the city.

Address:
The Math is located at IT Crossing, Nirala Nagar.

Timing:
-8:30 am to 12 noon on all week days,
-and from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
The Math remains closed from 12 noon to 4:30 pm.

Best time to visit:
January to March, so that you can enjoy the temple grounds as well.

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Mankameshwar Temple

The Mankameshwar Temple is one of the oldest shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is more than a thousand years old. It has been and still is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. During Shivratri, thousands of devotees throng the temple to pray to Lord Shiva.

It is also the best time to visit the Mankameshwar Temple.  Legend has it that the silver Shiva Linga that forms the central attraction of the temple, was found by Lord Shiva himself. The temple traces its roots back to the Mahabharata and Dwapara Yuga.

Address:
The temple is located in Karimnagar, Hasanganj, Lucknow.

Timing:
- Mondays from 4:00 am to 12 am.
- Other week days open from 5:00 am to 12 noon in the morning and 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm in the evening.
-The temple remains closed from 12 to 3 everyday.

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Satkhanda
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If you want to visit a place that has been built on the lines of the Leaning Tower of Pisa then pay a visit to Satkhanda in Lucknow. It is a historical spot in Hussainabad and it stands just outside the grounds of the Chota Imambara of Lucknow. The construction of this tower was started by King Mohammed Ali Shah.

However with the death of the Nawab the construction of the watch tower was abandoned. Hence, only four levels of the tower had been built. Originally, it was planned that the tower would have seven levels and hence, the name ‘Satkhanda’. It is one of the major landmarks of Lucknow.

Address:
Outside the grounds of the Chota Imambara of Lucknow.

Timing:
- 24*7.

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Janeshwar Mishra Park
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The Janeshwar Mishra Park has been developed by the Lucknow Development Authority to provide city dwellers a chance to enjoy a recreational facility that is lush, green and environment friendly. The greenery in the park also provides a suitable habitat for various species of birds.

The water bodies within the park attract migratory birds, which are rare sights in a busy city like Lucknow. The best time to visit the park would be during the months of January, February and March. The park is nearly 376 acres in size.

Address:
It is located at Patrakarpuram Road on the outskirts of Gomti Nagar.

Timing:
5:00 am to 9:00 pm on all days of the week.

Entry fee:
- Rs. 100 for 
gondola ride.

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Hathi park

If you are looking for the best place to take your children out for a perfect evening, then check out the Hathi Park in Daliganj in Lucknow. Lucknow does not have many places that you can visit during summer, because the heat is unbearable. But during the summer months you can easily take your children to the Hathi Park in the evening.

The park has many slides, swings and rides that young and small children will enjoy. Similarly, you can take your family to this park for a picnic during the winter months. The Hathi Park is one of the few places in Lucknow that you can visit in summer and winter.  The Hathi Park is small but the perfect place for a family outing.

Address:
Hathi Park in Daliganj.

Timing: 
- On all week days 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

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Shaheed Smarak

This monument was built to pay tribute to the mutineers of the Revolt of 1857 who have been recognized as the first freedom fighters of India. The Shaheed Smarak stands opposite the Residency Building in Lucknow. The white monolith pays homage to all those unknown soldiers who laid down their lives in the hope to free India from British dominance.

When you visit the Smarak you must pay tribute to the fallen heroes of India. After that you can enjoy walking in the gardens that surround the structure. You can also go for paddle boat rides in the water body near the Smarak.

Address:
The exact address of the Shaheed Smarak is Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Mukarimnagar, Qaiserbagh Lucknow.

Timing: 
- 24*7.

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Moti Mahal

This monument built by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan is also known as the Pearl Palace. Situated on the banks of River Gomti, it was used by the royal family of Lucknow to watch animals on the other side of the river as well as bird-watching. The palace derives its name from its white pearl-like appearance.

If you visit the Moti Mahal, you also get to visit two other buildings Shah Manzil and Mubarak Manzil which were built on both sides of the Pearl Palace and are presently being used as government offices. Once, the monument also acted as an important building for enemy operations at that time; today, its lawns are used for public events like exhibitions and parties.

Address:
Situated on the banks of River Gomti.

TIming:
The palace is open for visitors from 11 am to 11 pm.

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Firangi Mahal

Lucknow is known for its architecture and grandeur. Among the list of palaces is the Firangi Mahal. During the reign of the Mughal emporer Aurangzeb, this grand monument belonged to a French businessman named Neal who lived here with other French traders. Situated between the Victoria Road and the popular Chowk of Lucknow, the building is no less than a palace. It was confiscated by the government of Aurangzeb and was transferred to the emperor’s properties.

Moreover, Aurangzeb’s consultants used this building for imparting Islamic education and it soon became one like the Oxford in popularity. The place has a special significance for Islamic heritage and culture and its preservation. Once a centre of learning and culture, this palace is open for tourists who want to witness the Islamic culture of that era. While you are in Lucknow, you should surely visit this grand monument.

Location:
Situated between the Victoria Road and the popular Chowk of Lucknow.

Timing:
24/7.

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