Multi-layered, multi-cultural Lucknow is a history buff’s dream and capital of India’s most populous and politically important state, Uttar Pradesh.
Originally, the capital of the historical region Awadh, the city was ruled by the Mughals until the 18th-century when the empire began to disintegrate and the Nawabs of Awadh took over. Under their leadership, Lucknow became a place of color and culture, with traditional dancing, literature, poetry, Sufi music – and fantastic Awadhi cuisine. Lucknow fell to the British during the imperialistic era and magnificent colonial buildings, accompanied by verdant parks, cropped up along wide boulevards. However, the city’s position as an artistic hub remained and still thrives today.