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Surviving the Siege of Lucknow, Sikandar Bagh is a reminder of the city's cultural legacy

Every Lucknowite has either read Shatranj Ke Khiladi penned down by Premchand or watched its cinematic adaptation by Satyajit Ray. Either way, you know that the City of Nawabs played an important role during the Revolt of 1857 and Sikandar Bagh can be called its epicentre, for it bears a connection to the Siege of Lucknow. Built during the nineteenth century by Wajid Ali Shah, the last Nawab of Lucknow, this Bagh is spread across almost 4.5 acres of land. If you want a peek into the rich heritage of this city, then tag along with us on this know-all virtual tour of Sikandar Bagh.

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The woman who led Lucknow to a rebellion, this is the story of Begum Hazrat Mahal!

Of the several chapters that history has scripted, this one remains largely overshadowed by the folklores of Rani Laxmi Bai, Mangal Pandey and other such popular protagonists of the Revolt of 1857. This is the story of Begum Hazrat Mahal, a courtesan, a begum and an exceptional leader who became the symbol of Awadh's resistance against the British. Belonging to an age when women were expected to stay in pardah, the course of Begum Hazrat Mahal's destiny has taken a turn, a turn that flipped the British world upside down.

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