An erstwhile provincial seat marked by the glamour and fine taste of Nawabs, Lucknow is home to many art forms and architectural wonders. Among the ancient buildings dotting the landscape of the city, is Moti Mahal, which is also famous as its literal translation, Pearl Palace. Built by Nawab Sadat Ali Khan, the palatial premises of Moti Mahal is a testimony to the lavish lifestyle of the nawabs of Lucknow. So let's take a virtual walk, down the annals of history to know more about this heritage site!
A pearl white palace on the banks of Gomti
Situated on the banks of river Gomti, Moti Mahal was a residence of the nawabs and it derived its name from its immaculately white exterior. Further, if you are in the Moti Mahal complex, then you cannot miss out on the two nearby attractions- Shah Manzil and Mubarak Manzil.
It is believed that the nawabs of Lucknow enjoyed watching birds and animal sports, that were held on the banks of Gomti during their leisure hours and in an attempt to secure the best viewing spot, this palace was constructed. However, some state that pastime activities were a ruse and that the palace was built like a citadel, used to keep a close watch on enemies.
Whatever the true reason behind its construction may have been, the tradition of indulging in a lavish lifestyle has survived here. Today, the gardens of the palatial complex of Moti Mahal are used to host conferences, parties and similar special occasions. Choose what you wish to explore here- a magnificent night view or the intricacies of its architecture in broad daylight, so that your post-pandemic visit to this place is all planned out!
Opening Hours: 11 AM to 11 PM
Location: Rana Pratap Marg, Purana Haidarabad, Hazratganj, Lucknow