21 facts about Lucknow that will blow your mind!

Lucknow, beyond the Nawabs and Kebabs

Lucknow is popular for its archaic buildings, its rustic heritage and a rich culture but there are several facts about the city that are unknown to most people. So, read these 21 amazing facts listed below and see how well you know your city:


Chessboard of Charbagh

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The Charbagh Railway Station of Lucknow is approximately 97 years old and is one of the most beautiful specimens of Awadhi, Mughlai and Rajputana school of architecture. The station complex has been so designed that it looks like a chessboard from above!

Edged in History

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Lucknow Railway Station is the place where Mahatma Gandhi met Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru for the very first time in December 1916, even before the Railway Station started its operations in 1923.

Home to monument that defies laws of physics

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The Bada Imambara in Lucknow defies the law of gravity. It is the world's largest foyer that stands without external beams and supports.

From Lakshmanpur to Lucknow

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Legend says that Lucknow was a part of the ancient province of Lakshmanpur which was ruled over by Lord Rama's brother Laksham. Since then, Lucknow's name has gone through several processes of nomenclature; the city's name changed from Lakshampuri to Laksmnaut to Laksnaut to Laksnau to Laknau and finally Lucknow.

Tallest Clocktower

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The Lucknow Ghantaghar of Husainabad is the highest clock tower in India, standing proudly at a height of 130 meters.

Culture and Art

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Lucknow has been a cradle to the Indian classical dance form of Kathak and has given birth to various dancers of this artform. Besides, that several great musicians were also cultured in the Nawab's court and some of the greatest poets and musicians were born and trained in the city.

The Site of Anarchism

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Though Lucknow is pretty known for its typical Awadhi culture which evolved during the Mughal era, not many are aware of the fact that this was among the first sites of the first rebellion for a free and independent India. Yes, you read that right! The City of Nawabs is the birthplace of Anarchism.

Longest Race Course

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India's longest race-course of 3.5km track length happens to be in the city of Lucknow.

1st STD call in the country

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Lucknow is the first city in India to have connected an STD- Subscriber Trunk Dialing call. These calls are used to connect operators from other Indian states.

Biggest Asian Park

Lucknow houses the largest park in the Asian continent- the Janeshwar Mishra Park. Located at one of the prime locations in Gomti Nagar, this park took 2 long years of construction and is inspired by the Hyde Park in London.

Preserving Wildlife

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The Kukrail garden in Lucknow is a breeding spot of an endangered crocodile species.

The wondrous Gomti

Lucknow stands at the bank of the river Gomti, a tributary of the Holy Ganges. This is also the only river in the country that does not originate from the mountains but flows perennially, all year long!

The Jewels of Gomti

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Lucknow's Gomti river is the only water body that furnishes a peculiar yet beautiful white stone known as the Gomti Chakra which is believed to be the harbinger of the good and positive. This stone is also said to correct vastu doshas and is used in many religious rituals in the city.

World's Largest School

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The City Montessori School in the city is the biggest school in the whole world, which brings Lucknow onto the International Educational Map. This Lucknow School is a part of the Guinness Book World Record with its never-ending list branches.

World Heritage Site

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La Martiniere College in Lucknow is one of the oldest schools in college that still ranks in the Top 5 educational institutes of the city. With its legacy of 219 years, the school's main building known as Constantia is a UNESCO World Heritage site!

Set of 9000 eyes!

Lucknow is India's first 'CCTV City'. Initially, the cityscape was brought under the surveillance of over 9000 CCTV cameras in 2015, way before any other Indian city had such an elaborate monitoring system.

Invisible wiring

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One may never find any loose wires in the Hazratganj area of the city. All electrical wirings in this space are underground.

The Highway Connect

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Lucknow is a nexus of highways – Four national highways originate at Hazratganj intersection. These are NH-24, NH-25, NH-56 and NH-28.

The intricacy of Chikankari

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The threadwork embroidery of the of Chikankari, a 400-year art is Lucknow's gift to the world. This cloth embroidery technique has not only been preserved but the city also happens to be the biggest manufacturers of this beautiful and intricate thread work.

Bada Mangal Celebrations

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The Bada Mangal celebrations are unique and limited to the city. Lucknow is the only city in the country to observe a celebration on each Tuesday where more than 8 lakh devotees visit the Bada Mangal Temple in the Hindu month of Jyestha and food (langar) is fed in every street of the city.

The Lucknawi Food

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The Awadhi cuisine of Lucknow is boon to the food culture of India. Famous for its varieties of biryani and kebabs, Lucknow is known for adding zaika and zing to every foody's platter!

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Made in Jaipur pair of gold & enamel elephants to be auctioned in Sotheby's auction, London

An invaluable lot will be up for trade in London and these pieces have made it to the Sotheby auction lot.

The Sotheby's Auction in London has indexed a long list of over 350 objects from the late Patricia Edwina Victoria Mountbatten which will be exhibited as the lot. These items from the eldest daughter of Britain's last Viceroy of India would go under the hammer on March 24, where a priceless pair of Made in Jaipur gold and enamel elephants will also be up for trade. Facts suggest that these were given by Louis Mountbatten to his wife, as a present to mark their 24th wedding anniversary in 1946. The pair had become engaged at Viceroy's House in Delhi in 1922.

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Lucknow witnesses the historic unveiling of the world's largest Khadi mask on U.P. Diwas

A mask measuring 150 sq. meters was unveiled which trumped the old world record of 72.29 sq. meters.

Lucknow witnessed a string of celebrations to mark the state's foundation day, U.P. Diwas on Sunday. Among the major highlights were the launch of the world's largest mask crafted from Khadi and an innovative Khadi fashion show. The Chief Minister launched a 150 sq. metre mask developed by designer Manish Tripathi in collaboration with the Odra Foundation and Uttar Pradesh Khadi and Village Industries Board, Government of Uttar Pradesh.

The making of the world's largest Khadi mask

Motivated by the government's initiatives for a self-reliant India like 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' & 'Vocal for Local', Manish envisioned a mask that could make it to the Guinness Book of world records. For his endeavour, he sought help from the Khadi and Village Industries Board. He was offered 2 metre of the Khadi fabric from each of UP's 75 districts by the Additional Chief Secretary of the Board. In addition to this, his project was also aided by Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, Jaipur.

The designer traveled to 10 states across the country for collecting fabric for the mask including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar, Haryana and Rajasthan. The accumulated cloth was stitched together into a mask measuring 150 sq. meters which trumped the old world record of 72.29 sq. meters. It is proposed that the raw material of the mask would be reused for producing alternative products by the self-help groups which would be later introduced in the market.

Khadi Fashion Show organised in Lucknow at the Avadh Shilpgram

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On the occasion of U.P. Diwas, Avadh Shilp gram in Lucknow witnessed an uncoventional fashion show inspired by the indigenous fabric. In a spectacle to behold, fashion models from Delhi and Mumbai sported the Khadi costumes designed by notable designers like Ritu Beri, Manish Tripathi, Rina Dhaka, Asma Hussain, Runa Banerjee. The fashion show event was graced by the Minister of Khadi & Gram Udyog.

Proud moment for Lucknow: City girl marches in the NCC contingent at the R-Day parade

A resident of Thakurganj, Khushi aspires to serve in the Indian armed forces one day.

Republic day 2021 marks a moment of immense pride and joy for Lucknow. Khushi Srivastava, from Lucknow marched in the prestigious Republic day parade at Delhi's Rajpath. She is the only girl from the city to have found a place in the 200-member contingent which is constituted of cadets from different regions of the country. Khushi, an alumnus of City Montessori School is a final year student of BSc at Lucknow's Isabella Thoburn College.

Aspirations to serve in the Indian Armed forces one day

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Reportedly, the young girl is an Under officer in the senior NCC wing of the 19 UP Girls Battalion and she cracked the four-stage selection process after meticulous training and rigorous practice. A resident of Thakurganj, Khushi aspires to serve in the Indian armed forces one day.

Girl credits all her success to her parents

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Khushi further stated that though NCC is considered a tough choice for girls, the strenuous nature of activities makes them more interesting for her. After gaining exposure at the Thal Sainik Camp last year, she decided to apply for the esteemed Republic day parade. Crediting all her success to her parents, she expressed gratitude for their consistent support.

The contingent officer of U.P. girls' battalion informed that the group from Uttar Pradesh included three from Agra, two from Bareilly and one each from Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Aligarh & Prayagraj. Uttar Pradesh's participation in the Republic day parade was also marked by the four boys selected from the state; 3 from Agra and 1 from Gorakhpur.

Indigenous products shine the brightest at Lucknow's Hunar Haat

The fair is giving its visitors a peek into the market of local products, thereby boosting the spirit of a self-reliant India.

The recently inaugurated Hunar Haat in Lucknow has managed to grab a lot of attention from the city folks, owing to the amazing artwork that's been put on display here. The most loved products at the fair, are the natively crafted items that have been designed by Indian artisans and craftsmen. In two days of the launch, the art-fair has become one of the busiest hubs in the city, flocked by visitors who are enjoying the interesting range of creative artworks.

From Pashmina Shawls to Kalamkari Sarees, a display reflecting the diversity

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As per reports, the second day of the event saw a tremendous increase in footfall. Organized under the theme of 'One District One Product', the innovative market is displaying products like the famous Chikankari from Lucknow, carpets from Bhadohi and Gorakhpur's terracotta items amongst others. Reportedly, these items are attracting greater audiences to the fair that is in town till the 4th of February.

The artworks produced under ODOP have made their maiden entry to this event organized by the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs. The fair is witnessing participation and products by artisans and craftsmen from across the country including a long list of states and Union territories-Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya.

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The fair presents a captivating lay of the finest artworks like Ajrakh textiles, art metalwares, appliqué, Batik, Banarasi sarees, Bagh prints, Bastar art, Bandhej, block prints, herbal products, brass metal bangles, Kota silk, wood carvings, cane and bamboo products, canvas painting, Chikankari, pashmina shawls. Additionally, the Hunar Haat in Lucknow is also showcasing handwoven textile works like Mangalgiri sarees, kalamkari, leather products, lac bangles and others.

A step towards promoting locally developed artworks

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While launching the fair on Saturday at Avadh's Shilpgram, the Chief Minister stated that the event would provide a platform for the promotion of locally developed artistic products. The event is offering its audiences a peek into the market of local products, thereby boosting the spirit of a self-reliant India.

Knock Knock

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While the fair boasts of having something for everyone, we wish some artworks displayed here could be as desirable to our pockets as they are to our eyes! But it is not every day that one finds the best art from the different corners of the country exhibited together at one spot in Lucknow. This is why this fair counts for a must-visit. Love it or not; It is impossible that you return without losing your heart to something at this extravagant fair. If you happen to hit this place, do not forget to tag us in your clicks on Instagram.

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UP mandates liquor license for domestic storage over the prescribed limit

According to the latest guidelines, only six litres of alcohol would be allowed per person or in a house without a license.

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With the introduction of the revised excise policy, booze consumers need to be extra alert and careful about their liquor stocks at home. The Uttar Pradesh government has mandated the presence of a license for keeping liquor stocks above the prescribed limit within the household. As per the rules entailed in the policy, citizens would be required to have a license for purchasing, transporting and stocking liquor in excess of the authorized retail limit.

A limit of six litres per person or a single household

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According to the latest guidelines, only six litres of alcohol would be allowed per person or in a house without a license. If an individual wants to consume more than this, he would have to obtain a license from the Excise Department at an annual fee of ₹ 12,000. In addition to this, ₹ 51,000 would have to be deposited as security money under the specified conditions.

"The state government has set a revenue target of Rs 6,000 crore more than Rs 34,500 crore in the year 2021-22, against Rs 28,300 crore in the year 2020-21 of the Excise Department. As a result, 7.5 percent increase in annual license fees for country liquor, foreign liquor retail shops, and model shops for the year 2021-22." stated the Additional Chief Secretary of the Excise Department. He further informed that there has been no increase in the retail shop license fees of beer through the revised policy.

New policy promotes liquor production in the state

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The ADC also mentioned that the new policy encapsulates provisions that would encourage liquor production in the state. As per one of its clauses, the liquor produced in the state from the state-grown fruits will be exempted from consideration duty for the next five years.

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