It's Republic Day. And yes! It's a national holiday. Lucknowites, it's the perfect day to step out and experience the city abuzz with a patriotic spirit, with all its cultural charm and the warmth of unity!
Wondering what to do? Here are 5 things to do in Lucknow this Republic Day (sorry, watching "LOC: Kargil" for the 15th time doesn't count!).
Let's be honest. Watching the Republic Day parade on TV is not quite the same thing as being present in person to witness uniformed men and women with indefatigable confidence adorning their faces, marching past in perfect harmony. So, set your reminders! Take the public transport to Vidhan Sabha and reach by 7 AM to get a seat.
Feeding the adrenaline rush from witnessing the Republic Day parade in Lucknow, fitness freaks can participate in a virtual marathon and cyclothon being conducted for 4 days, starting Jan 26. Here's everything you need to know.
Head to Lucknow's Awadh Shilpgram to witness the UP Diwas exhibition featuring indigenous products from all of the state's 75 districts. It'll be like the perfect combination of a cultural tour and a shopping spree with Saharanpur's woodwork, Agra's leather products, handmade bags from Sultanpur and more on display.
Remember the days when we used to get those Republic Day laddoos at school? As kids, waking up on a sunny Republic Day morning, we would always stop to buy a miniature tricolor on the way. This is a great way to rekindle the past. Why not do it again? Find a vendor on a bicycle loaded with Indian flags of various sizes and buy one like the good old days. If only for a trip to nostalgia town!
Our busy lives don't allow us time enough to explore our own city. What better than a national holiday to spend the day touring old Lucknow, with its grand architecture, toothsome delicacies and, of course, the tangawalas, to get a glimpse of what life was like back in the day.