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Lucknow
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  Lucknow is a city synonymous with the Nawabi culture. The imperialistic splendor and magnificence of the nawabi era has been glorified and eulogized down the ages by writers, poets, and historians alike. At the same time its mystical elegance and amorous ethos has caught the fascination of many world famous romantics. Known for its ‘Adab’ And ‘Tahjeeb’ (cultural refinement), Lucknow is also associated with its legendary hospitality, world-renowned cuisine and exquisite ‘Sham-e-Avadh’ (Evening in Lucknow). Tremors of time have not effaced Lucknow of its cultural heritage and traditions. The legacy of exquisite forms of dance (Kathak), Music (Thumri, Dadra, Qawali), Poetry (Shairi) and embroidery (Chikan) Still flourishes with equal zest.

 
Modern Lucknow, spread evenly on both sides of river Gomti, is a perfect blend of the ancient with the modrn, as many glitzy shopping arcades coexist with the heritagemonuments. Lucknow has also emerged as “Science City housing several national laboratories, premier medial institutions four universities, dental, pharmacy and engineering colleges and management institute.

 
Lucknow is a major center of Neurosciences in the country. It has a well knit family of internationally renounced basic and clinical neurosciences working in various biomedical institutes and training large number of young researchers and teachers. National and International Neuroscience Congresses, Symposia etc are regularly organized here because of excellent personnel and infrastructural facilities.  
  Accessibillity  
  Lucknow is well connected with most of the metropolitan cities of the country by Air, Rail and Road. There are several daily flights form Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Patna, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Varanasi etc., to the Amausi Airport, Lucknow. The major railway station, Charbagh, is conveniently Lucknow is connected by road with most of the metropolitan cities of the country. Some of the major road distances are Agra – 363 km, Allahabad – 210 km, Delhi-502 km, Kanpur – 80 km, Khajuraho – 320 km, Varanasi – 305 km.  
  Weather:  
  Lucknow weather during November is extremely pleasant. Light woolen wear may be required in the moorings and evenings.  
  Cityscape  
  Bara Imambara
The Bara or Great Imambara (an imambara is the t omb of a Shi'ite Muslim holy man) was built in 1784 by Asaf-ud-Daula. The central hall of the Imambara, at 50m long and 15m high, is one of the largest vaulted galleries in the world. An external stairway leads to an upper floor laid out as an amazing labyrinth known as the Bhulbhulaiya. Beside the Imambara, and built by Asaf-ud-Daula , is the imposing Rumi Darwaza.
 
  Hussainnabad Imambara
Also known as the Chhota, or Small Imambara, This was built by Mohammed Ali Shah in 1837 as his own mausoleum. The main building of the imambara, topped by a golden dome, contains the tombs of ali Shah and his mother. Opposite the Hussainabad Imambara is Satkhanda and also known as Sven Storey Tower. A 67m-high defunct clock tower, overlooks the Hussainabad Tank nearby. West of th e Hussainabad Imambara is the Jama Masjid which was started by Mohammed Ali Shah and Completed after his Death.
 
  The Residency
Built in 1800 for the British Resident, this group of buildings became the stage for the the most dramatic events of the 1857 Uprising the Siege of Lucknow. The red-brick ruins are peaceful now a day, surrounded by lawns and flowerbeds, but thousands died during the months-long siege. The Residency has been maintaind as it was at the time of the final relief, and the shattered walls are still scarred by cannon shot.
 
  Rumi Darwaza
This beautiful structure is also said to be part of the famine relief plans for which the bara imambara was commissioned. Built in 1783, this gigantic gate soars top 60 feet, and is one of the famous landmarks of the city. The gateway is located to the Northwest of the Bara Imambara.
 
  Clock Tower
Near the Rumi Darwaza, is a 221 feet high clock tower built by Nawab Mohammed Ali Shah in 1881.
 
  Sikandar Bagh
This garden was laid in 1800 by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan and was later used by the last Nawab of Oudh, Wajid Ali Shah. The name is derived from his favorite queen, Sikandara Mahal Begum. The garden, with a small pavilion in the middle, served as the venue for cultural events and dance performances. During the 1857 revolt, the freedom fighters took refuge here, and about 2000 of them were reportedly slaughtered by the British.