Once a hunting lodge for the Nawabs, now the ghostly kothi lies in ruins yet it doesn't fail to appeal to its visitors.
Swaddled with ample amounts of fascinating history and culture, Lucknow is a city which is seldom on a quick tour list of true explorers. This city's yesteryear chronicles demand your time as you gently unfurl each of its layers while gorging deep into its true character.
Lucknow is a home to many architectural wonders and its structures are till date, held as prominent storytellers! One such silent narrator is Dilkusha Kothi; located close to the historical La Martiniere college in Lucknow. Tucked away in a peaceful locale far from the urban rush of the city, Dilkusha Kothi isn't frolicked much by visitors but here's why it should be on your to-see list.
Things to know about Dilkusha Kothi
Constructed under the administration of Nawab Sadat Ali Khan (1798-1814) circa 1805, Dilkusha Kothi Palace was initially a country house and a hunting lodge for the Nawabs of Awadh. The Bibiyapur Kothi is located in close proximity to the Dilkusha Kothi on the south-east side of it, which is thought to be where the ladies of the Nawabs stayed.
The architecture of the building draws inspirations from Seaton Delaval House in Northumberland, England and it was designed by Major Gore Ouseley. Also known as the Vilayati Kothi, Dilkusha Kothi had faced major impact during the first war of independence and hence, it lies in a less than perfect state with just a few towers and walls standing. During the revolt of 1857, General Henry Havelock died here and looking at the ruins now, it's not difficult to imagine the grandiosity of this venue back then.
The premises of this kothi had undergone a lot of neglect during the early times but now, the Archaeological Survey of India has been making optimum efforts to restore this beauty. The lush landscaped Dilkusha Gardens provide a much-needed respite in this pollution ridden city and it's surely a haven for shutterbugs. So if you're planning on visiting Lucknow in the coming times, make sure to put Dilkusha Kothi on your priority list.
Location: Bibiapur Marg, Neil Lines, Cantonment, Lucknow
Timings: 8AM - 7PM