Checkmate Architecture! 5 Unknown facts about Lucknow's Charbagh railway station

Did you know the aerial view of Lucknow's Charbagh Railway Station resembles a chessboard?

Standing as one of the most beautiful railway stations in India, the Charbagh Railway station is a specimen of architectural genius designed by J. H. Horniman. This 97-year-old building was built at a massive cost of 70 lakh and took about a decade to stand to its full glory. Connected to the Northern Indian railway system, Charbagh Railway Station is one of the biggest centres of both passengers and cargo trains in the state with its 9 platforms. Hidden in plain sight, here are some of the facts about the Lucknow Junction which are unknown to many:


Resembles a Chess Board

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An amalgamation of Awadhi, Mughal and Rajput architectures, the domes and pillars of the Lucknow Railway Station have been designed and built in a manner that it resembles like a chessboard when viewed from the top. The magnificent domes, smaller towers, windows and archways are so built that they look like the pieces of the chess game.

The station where Mahatma Gandhi met Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for the first time

Apart from its great architectural finesse, the place holds a greater historical significance. This is the place where Mahatma Gandhi met Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for the first time in 1916!

Authorities had banned the sale of bananas at Charbagh Railway Stn

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One of the quirkiest detail of the Railway Station is the fact that the sale of bananas was prohibited in the station premises. Why you must ask? To ensure cleanliness and hygiene is what the officials answer! It was later on lifted after the protests from vendors and travellers.

Health kiosks 

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The Lucknow Railway Station, recently installed two Health ATMs promoted by YOLO Health ATMs which are independent kiosks that conduct about 16 health check-ups at the minimal cost of ₹50 to ₹100. The reports are generated immediately and sent directly to the patient's email or smartphone.

Regal Renovation

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A massive revamp costing around ₹6000 crores is under the wraps for the Lucknow Railway Station. Post this, The Charbagh Railway will not only have 2 more platforms, Kalpiz roofing, modern washrooms, expanded waiting and retail areas, travelators, polyclinics and food courts, it will also be disable-friendly.

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