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Lucknow Guide : Kebab, Chikankari and Architecture

I had  read much about Lucknow over the years. It was the capital of the Nawabs of Awadh during the 18th and 19th century who lived well, enjoyed the arts and indulged in good food. Hence, Lucknow is often lovingly referred to as the city of Nawaabs, Tehzeeb (Respect), Kebab (Food) & Shabaab (Beauty). The rulers of many dynasties ruled the city which finally came under the rule of British. After independence, the city was made the capital of Uttar Pradesh.

A road trip from Kanpur to Lucknow on a Sunday morning and  much of the countryside appeared just as I had  imagined. During the 2 hours journey covering 94 kms, I noticed the empty paddy fields on both the sides covered by smog.

Here are some places you must visit while in Lucknow.

MARVEL AT THE ARCHITECTURE OF BARA IMMAMBARA

Nestled in expansive lawns, Bara Imambara. also known as Asafi Imambara was constructed in 1784 by Nawab Asaf-ud Daulah, the fourth Nawab of Awadh. Bara means huge or big, and an imambara (a congregation …

Sarnath - Land of Ruins And Modern Buddhist Temples

It was  2 PM when  we rushed to Sarnath after a visit to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Our plan was to reach back before 5'o clock for a boat ride in the Ganges.  But Sarnath, one of the four major pilgrimage destinations for Buddhists, had lots of surprises in store. Situated just 10 km from Varanasi, Sarnath is one of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage centers.

WAT THAI SARNATH TEMPLE

This Buddhist temple is built in Thai style. Since there was less crowd at the museum, we wandered freely, gazing at the Buddha temple, Buddha statue and the well maintained garden.

The golden statue of  Lord Buddha  is indeed very beautiful.


As the sun began  its downward descent,  the side view of the  brown-colored  temple building was simply amazing.

THE GIANT BUDDHA

A 80 ft.high Buddha Statue is located near to the temple. It is considered as the tallest standing Buddha statue in India.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

We left the temple premises and walked towards the archaeological museum. It consist…

Varanasi

Just after a week in Kanpur on an official visit, I managed to make my first visit to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India ! It was unplanned and it just happened !! After a night long journey, we reached Lahartara in Varanasi at around 5 AM. Fortunately, we got an autorickshaw and we asked the driver to drop us at any one of the hotels near the temple. Since our visit was on the very next day of 'Dev Deepavali' which is a famous festival of Benaras, all hotels were occupied. But finally, after much search, we could manage to get a room near Shivala ghat.

By 6 AM, I was in the Ghats ( steps down in to the Ganga river) and Galis ( narrow alleys)  of Varanasi. There I was in Varanasi -  the City of Lights , also known by the name of Kashi and Banaras. This is the place where River Varuna and Asi merges with the Ganges. Hence Varun-asi or Varanasi. It is situated along the west bank of the holy Ganga River in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. Wandering through the Galis o…

Mountain Getaway : Meghamalai

Meghamalai  is located in the Western Ghats in Theni zone, the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and is situated at an altitude of 1,500 m above sea level.

DAY 1

At 5.30 a.m. our party of 26 boarded the van from Kochi. When each one of us boarded from different locations, we exchanged quiet good-mornings and set off through the darkness.

Our route was,
Kochi - Idukki - Kumily - Cumbum - Chinnamanur - Megamalai

After break fast at Neriamangalam and frequent halts, we crossed Kumily check post by noon. Unplanned stops are always a pleasure especially when you are travelling through high ranges. From Cumbum onwards, we passed through paddy fields, Coconut and grape plantations. Meghamalai mountain range can be approached in two ways - via Chinnamanur and from Andipatti via Kandamanayakkanur.  Our route was via Chinnamannur which is more scenic. We took a right turn from Chinnamannur town and along the outskirts of Chinnamannur town, the road was surrounded by towering hillocks which is the res…