Lucknow truly has an array of monuments which speak highly of its cultural stance and amidst these historically significant structures, Satkhanda comes up in discussion sooner than later. A red-brick obelisk which is still hailed highly among historians for its towering beauty, Satkhanda attracts eyes from all over the city and beyond.
The Satkhanda watchtower or 'the tower of seven storeys', is seated just outside the Chhota Imambada and is admired for its medieval design wrapped in yarns of magnificence and beauty. It is popularly said that Nawab Naseer-ud-Daulah of Awadh, had primarily intended to construct a nine storey structure- Naukhanda. It was slated to be an eighth wonder of the world and this structure had aspirations of excelling over the grandeur of the Tower of Babylon or the Leaning Tower of Pisa. One of the prominent features of this structure is that each of its successive levels, have been designed in the decreasing order of height and breadth, of it's base storey. The tower has numerous triple-arched huge windows and compartments and there's a spiral staircase inside, which takes you to the top and reveals a panoramic view of the city.
The project however, could only be taken forward by his successor, Nawab Muhammad Ali Shah, who scaled down this structure to a practical height of seven storeys and hence, Satkhanda got its name shortly. But even this plan could not be executed as the Nawab expired in 1840 and Satkhanda settled with four storeys to its repute. This monument's main purpose was for lunar observations and it also served as a watchtower, which was later reduced to ruins. Satkhanda is an amalgamation of French and Italian architectural styles and legends note that it was constructed as a tribute to Sir George Couper, the then governor of Awadh.
So if whenever you find yourself amidst the old parts of Lucknow, you can always halt here to bask in the old world charms of the city, at its best. Especially beautiful during the evenings, Satkhanda gives you all the reasons to sit here for hours to come.