Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Patal Pani at Indore

Water falls in Indore
Patal Pani waterfall during Summer
Patal Pani is a small halt of Indian railway near Indore city which is very famous for the waterfall situated there, which is popularly known as Patal Paani. This is the best place for a picnic during monsoon season. That’s why there is a very huge crowd during the peak season. Mainly couples and students of nearby cities came here to enjoy their weekends and also families came here for enjoying and celebrating picnic.

Water falls in Indore
A view of the waterfall before fall
Patal Paani water fall’s natural beauty, you can see optimum in only during monsoon after its water level down and looking less attractive during the hot summer season. So you can go for a visit this place only during monsoon which is around here July to August. But after July, in August, you can see greenery around there and that is a good thing for nature lovers.

Patal Paani Indore
Restrooms for tourists of Patalpani
M.P. state tourism department makes footbridges over there and other facilities developed there for the tourists. There are also some guards and guides who watch the tourist for their activities and guided them because in 2011 there are three members of the family died due to sudden water flow increases and takes them along. So be careful when you visit and not try to dare with nature and watch it by footbridges around it.

Things to do at Patal Pani 


There are not such big shops or hotels or Dhabas for breakfasts and lunch so it will better if you can take your lunch and water bottle with you and it will be the best way to enjoy for a full day like the family picnic. This place is good for photographers and nature lovers so they can take DSLR cameras for good and memorable clicks.


Temples

Patal Paani
Utkaran Baba temple
There are two temples also where local people go for their daily prayer which is Katya temple situated near the railway line of the Patal Pani and Utkaran baba which is behind the railway station and about half a kilometer far away.

How to Reach Patal Pani 
Patal Paani railway station
Railway Station of Patalpani

You can reach there by a local passenger train. It is only 27 km from the Indore railway station and 6 km from the Mhow railway station. The local passenger’s trains running Mhow to Khandwa and Mhow to Akola have 1-2 minutes stoppage at Patal Paani station. You can also visit this place by self-vehicle, it will be very convenient because trains timing can be not suitable for you and direct Patal Pani to Indore passenger trains very few but you can change the train from Mhow for Indore.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Qutub Minar : A World Famous Tower

The world famous Qutab Minar is situated in the capital of India, Delhi. It is a UNESCO world heritage site which attracts the tourist from worldwide and thousands of visitors from India and other countries come here to see it. It is a top priority tourists spot for those who came Delhi first time. 

Qutub Minar Delhi
Qutub Minar Delhi
Five Storey Building of Qutab Minar

Qutab Minar is five storey building whose height is 73 meter or 239.5 feet. Each storey of the tower has a projecting balcony. Qutub Minar is cone type building whose diameter at the base is 47 feet or 14.3 meters and at top 2.7 meter or 9 feet. Each storey of Qutub Minar is distinct from each other due to its construction completed by three Muslim Sultans Qutb Ud-Din Aibak, Shamsuddin- Iltutmish and Firoz Shah Tuglak. The first three storey of Qutub Minar constructed by red sandstone and other two storey constructed with marble and sandstones. Its construction design was based on Afghanistan’s Minaret of Jam that why it also contains spiral stairs of 379 steps. Qutub Minar is the best example of the different style of construction of building used in Qutb Ud-Din Aibak to Firoz Shah Tuglak time period. It is also the example of Indo-Islamic architecture style of construction. 

A view of Qutub Minar tower
A view of Qutub Minar tower
Qutub Complex

Other than Qutub Minar there are lots of other famous tourist attraction monuments also present in the surrounding area of Qutub Minar which were built by the Delhi Sultans from time to time. Some of the major archaeological monuments are listed below.  
  • Alai Darwaza
  • Alai Minar
  • Ala-ud-din Madrasa
  • Iron Pillar of Delhi
  • Major Smith's Cupola
  • Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque
  • Tomb of Iltutmish
  • Tomb of Imam Zamin

Qutub Minar : A World Famous Tower
Iron Pillar of Delhi
History of Qutub Minar

In 1192 Mohammed of Ghur’s general, Qutb Ud-Din Aibak founder of the Delhi Sultanate who captured Delhi from Hindu rulers started the construction of the Qutub Minar first storey immediately as a symbol of victory over Delhi’s last Hindu Kingdom. Construction of Qutub Minar started in 1192 and completed in 1220 by Aibak's son-in-law Shamsuddin- Iltutmish. Qutb Ud-Din Aibak only constructed the basement of the Qutub Minar, three more storey constructed by Iltutmish and Firoz Shah Tuglak completed the last two storey.

Restoration works or additions of Qutub Minar

In 1369 due to the lightning strike on this historical monument its top storey was destroyed then Sultan of Delhi Firoz Shah Tuglak done restoration work of it and added one more storey on it. The entrance to the tower is later added by Sher Shah Suri.

In 1505 due to the earthquake, it again damaged then that time Sultan of Delhi Sikandar Lodi starts the reconstruction of Qutub Minar top two storey. Qutub Minar once again faced major earthquake in September 1803 damaged badly then in 1828 its renovation work was done by the British Indian Army’s Major Robert Smith.

How to Reach Qutub Minar

Delhi is the capital of India so reaching to Delhi for tourists either national or international is not a tough job. New Delhi is well connected to other cities by railway, bus services, and airplanes. In Delhi Qutub Minar is situated in Southwest district of Delhi, Mehrauli. For reaching to Mehrauli from Delhi you can take Metro, DTC bus or you can book cab also.

Visiting Time of Qutub Minar

It opens from 10:00 am to 06:00 pm daily. When I visit this place the entry fee was Rs. 30/- per head for Indians and for foreign tourists it was Rs. 500. Entry was free for children’s up to 15 years.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Hanuman Garhi - Ayodhya

Ayodhya is a divine place for every Hindu and it is famous worldwide due it is the birthplace of Lord Shri Ram. There are lots of Hindu God, Goddess temples. One of the very famous temples of Ayodhya is Hanuman Garhi. Hanuman Garhi is the temple of Lord Hanuman. Every devotee or tourist who come to Ayodhya must visit the Hanuman Garhi.

Ayodhya- The Ram Janam Bhoomi
Hanuman Garhi-Ayodhya
Temple features

It is a very old temple and due to it situated at height there are 76 stairs to reach Lord Hanuman temple. There is a huge Lord Hanuman statue with a nice golden umbrella adjacent to the temple. Hanuman Garhi temple is nearest to the main road so easy to reach there. Temple has also a statue of Baal Hanuman with his mother Anjani.


Lord Hanuman is the extreme devotee of Lord Shri Ram. So he lives with Lord Shri Ram in Ayodhya. According to legends, Lord Shri Ram provide this place to Lord Hanuman for watching and protecting the Ram birthplace (or Ramkot).

History of Hanuman Garhi

This temple was constructed near to the 10th century and peoples believe it was constructed by the King Vikramaditya. As per information, this temple reconstruction is done by Nawab of Awadh (Lucknow) and Sant Abhyaramdas.

How to reach Hanuman Garhi

Ayodhya is well connected by railway and bus services to other cities. Hanuman Garhi is only one km far away from the Ayodhya railway station. You can reach there within 3 to 4 hour from Lucknow by train or Bus. It is only 135 km from the Lucknow. There is no airport in Ayodhya, the nearest airport is in Lucknow.

Parijaat Plant - The Wish Fulfilling Tree


Kalpavrisha plant or Kalptaru
Parijat Plant
There is a very famous and historical plant called Parijat tree in the Kintoor village, Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh, India. Parijat tree is a unique type of plant of its kind found in India. It is about more than 5000 years old tree and peoples believes it as living proof of Mahabharat because of many mythological stories related to its mention in Mahabharata.

Parijaat Plant also called by various names such as Kalpavrisha plant and Kalptaru which means a tree who can fulfill your wishes. It is considered a Divine plant due to various mythological stories related to God.

Touching and harming this religious tree is fully prohibited by the local governing bodies and this very large tree is covered by the boundary to restrict the entry near to the Parijaat tree and touching or damaging anything there. This tree looks like Lord Ganesha in an angle and on other angle looks like an elephant. 

Parijaat Plant
Kalpavrisha plant or Kalptaru
According to modern science- Botany, this tree is called Baobab which is found in dry and arid regions such as Africa, Madagascar, Australia, and Arabia. Parijaat plant is unisex male. It has five petals white color very beautiful flowers which turn into golden color after drying but there is no seed or fruit produced by the tree. It is also unable to produce another plant. Due to uniqueness kind of tree, Indian Postal Department issued a stamp on the Parijaat tree showing it with flowers.

Mythological Stories

According to local people saying and temple priest Parijaat tree is brought by the Arjun from heaven for his mother Kunti, who wants to use this tree flowers for offering to Lord Shiva during the prayer.

How to Reach to Parijat Plant

Barabanki is a small district of Uttar Pradesh which is fully connected by train and public or private bus facility. But for going to Kintoor you have to take a private taxi or cab. I visited this place with my own car. It is the only two-hours journey from Lucknow and distance between the Lucknow and Kintoor is only 72 km.

Nearby places to visit in Barabanki

Mahadeva Temple- Lord Shiva Temple

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Lucknow Residency

British Residency
Lucknow Residency
There is a famous historical monument in the Lucknow called Lucknow Residency or British Residency. British Residency now ruins but has a special place among the colonial monuments of Lucknow. Since it is a historical landmark, Archaeological Survey of India kept it under the reserved and protected monument and it under the maintenance of Government of Lucknow.

History of Lucknow Residency

British Residency construction started in 1775 by the Awadh’s Nawab Asaf-Uf-Daula and completed in 1800 by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan for the residence of British General. Residency building is spread over 33 acres of land in Lucknow near the Gomti River.

In Indian history year, 1857 will be always be remembered due to the first war of Indian Independence against the British kingdom. During the world famous Indian first revolt in 1857 Lucknow sieged from 1 July 1857 to 17 November 1857 then British Residency becomes the center of all British activities and operations. Almost every British and European who lived in Lucknow at that time took shelter in this Residency. 

British Residency is very spacious and large that why during this Seige of Lucknow for more than 140 days it served as a shelter for approximately 3500 British peoples. British Residency walls full of cannon balls marks and damaged badly at that time. Till date walls have scars of the cannon balls showing Indian Independence revolt symbol. 

Lucknow Residency
Lucknow Residency presences of cannon balls mark
Lucknow Residency Museum
 
Now British Residency is known as Lucknow Residency or Residency and converted into a Museum. It serves as a monument of the First Indian Independence war and consists that time Residency model, photographs, paintings, guns, swords, cannons, etc. It shows the story of 1857 in chronological sequence. It is also popular as 1857 Memorial Museum.

Visiting Time of Lucknow Residency

It opens at 10:00 am to 05:00 pm and closed on Monday. There is an entry fee for all visitors. It has all facilities such as food stalls, washroom, drinking water, etc. So it is overall a good place if you go to Lucknow and want to see such a famous monument.

How to Reach Lucknow Residency

It is situated at Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Qaisebagh, Lucknow. Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh so reaching to Lucknow from anywhere no problem. You can reach Lucknow easily by railway, bus or Aeroplane.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Nakshatrashala-Indira Gandhi Planetarium

Indira Gandhi Planetarium also has known as popularly in Lucknow as Taramandal or Nakshatra Shala is a nice place to visit for science students and common people who are interested to know the world of stars - Astrology. Its foundation was laid on 28th February 1988 and inaugurated on 8th May 2003 by that time chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh.

Indira Gandhi Planetarium
Nakshatrashala-Indira Gandhi Planetarium
Objective of Planetarium

The objective of establishment of Planetarium to provide different aspects of astronomy, popularising Astronomy, organizing exhibition, quiz competitions for students and common people and establishing amateur astronomer club. During celestial events such as Solar and Lunar Eclipse Planetarium offers special programs to see these celestial events live by using the telescope. It also provides Night Skywatching for common public. For attracting more visitors during the Lunar and Sun eclipses Indira Nakshatrashala Lucknow installed 4 new telescopes in May 2018.

Facilities and Features of Nakshatrashala

The building of the Indira Gandhi Planetarium is in the shape of Saturn with five rings around it so it looks very attractive for the visitors to know how the building is designed from outside and its inner view. Saturn shaped the spherical building of the planetarium is in 21-meter diameter. The platform of the planetarium is surrounded by beautifully with a water pool and fountains.

The fully air-conditioned building of Planetarium having good projection system with special effects and digital sound system. There are various Astrological models and models of Rockets which are launched by the ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) on the first floor. There is a very interesting planetary weighing machine which is based on the specific planet gravitation force. This planetary weighing machine shows your weight on different planets due to the different gravitational force of the planet.

Planetarium means a hemispherical dome which white painted inner surface used as the screen for the projection of optical and digital scenes of stars, planets with the astronomical effects. There is an optical projector in the center to show stars, planets, sun, and moon with their actual motions which are observed from the earth.

How to Reach Nakshatrashala

Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh so reaching to Lucknow is not a tough job from any city of India. You can easily reach here by train, bus or by air. In Lucknow, it is situated at Nabi Ullah Road, Suraj Kund Park, Near Dali Ganj Bridge, Lucknow. To reach Indira Gandhi Planetarium you can take a private taxi, auto, and cab from the railway station, Bus stand or from the airport.

Visiting and Show Timing of Nakshatrashala

Indira Gandhi Planetarium opens at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m. The show duration is 45 minutes. It closed on Monday. For groups shows at 11:00 am and at 12 Noon. For the general public, shows at 1:00 pm, 2:30 PM, 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM.

Entry Tickets of Nakshatrashala

For a common person Rs. 25/-. For group 30 or more persons, it will be Rs. 10/-.There is no ticket charge for handicapped persons. 
        
TouristBug’s Recommendations

Regional Science City (Anchalik Vigyan Kendra), Lucknow

If you are in Lucknow and want to know about science, means want to know how things happen in our Earth. You will get each and every question answer related to science either it physical, chemical, biological or advance sciences such as Biotechnology and Nanotechnology. This is a very good place for science students and common peoples for understanding the basics of science and understanding science role in our daily life. Here daily schools students come in a group for understanding the basics of science practically with their teachers. You will easily understand the basics of science with lots of practical models.

Regional Science City Lucknow
Anchalik Vigyan Kendra Lucknow
History of Regional Science City (Anchalik Vigyan Kendra) 

Regional Science City (Anchalik Vigyan Kendra) was designed and developed with the clear conceptualized idea by the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) and stabilized in 7th September 1989. At that time it was the Regional Science Center when started and work under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. Later it has been upgraded and inaugurated on 21st September 2007 as Regional Science City. Built cost for it was approx. Rs. 9.7 crore and it is spared over in 4000 square meters.

Regional Science City Lucknow
A Lucknow City Model
Main attraction of Regional Science City (Anchalik Vigyan Kendra) 

Regional Science City is full of entertainment with the learning of lots of scientific knowledge. The main attractions of the Science City listed below.

Shows
  • Scimax Show: It is the main attraction of the science city. Scimax movie theatre has modern world-class facilities for the film projection with the fully air-conditioned hall. The Scimax shows are changed after every six months. So you can check the latest show on its website. Scimax show is full of thrilling experience. You can’t forget Scimax’s amazing and wonderful experience.
  • 3-D Show: Another attraction of the Science City is 3D Show. You will get 3D viewing glasses for the watching short 3D film.
  • Taramandal Show: The Best way to learn about the Galaxy and space things.
Exhibition Halls

There are ten exhibition halls showing lots of things about the topic by working models, posters, audio videos visuals.
  • Aquamobile: There is a working model in the entrance of the science gallery to demonstrate the principles of hydrostatics and hydrodynamics.
  • Biotechnological Revolution: This gallery shows all aspects of biotechnology in our daily life. From Genetic code-DNA to biotechnological applications in our life and future of it.
  • Being Human: This gallery based on the human mind and its behavior.
  • Fluidics: Fluids means which can flow such as air, water, oil, etc. So understanding these fluids with working models and posters is full of fun.
  • Fun Science: This gallery is full of entertaining models such as Aqua-Mobile in which water passing through various channels of transparent pipes creates the vortex, rotating the turbine, make fountains, etc.
  • Meri Anokhi Duniya: This gallery is fully dedicated to children’s. There are lots of models to explain the basics of shape, size, sound, and colors to kids.
  • Popular Science: This gallery has lots of educational and entertaining science models.
  • Underwater Exploration: As the name suggests there are lots of models and aquariums for explaining the life in water such as in oceans, rivers, ponds, Lake, etc.
  • Water- Our Life: This gallery is fully dedicated to rivers. Rivers are the main source of sweet water on earth. Humans and all living things grow and flourished near river valleys.
  • Wonder World of Materials: This is a new open gallery showing the different world of materials such as polymers, plastics, electronic material, industrial materials, fundamental materials and many more. 
Parks
Regional Science City Lucknow
The Prehistoric Park
  • Science Park: It includes various models related to science like Eco-Tube, levers, Acrobatic ball, musical pipes, optics models, machines, etc.
  • The Prehistoric Park: As the name suggests in this park there are models of animals and human which found millions of years ago in the earth.
Facilities and Features at Regional Science City (Anchalik Vigyan Kendra) 

Auditorium

There is fully air-conditioned auditorium which is well equipped with audio-visual equipment’s having 150 seating capacity.

Conference Halls

There is also a conference hall for up to 20 peoples with similar facilities in the auditorium.

Cafeteria

There is a nice cafeteria with all facilities and serving Indian, Chinese and continental snacks and foods. So it is good for relaxing and refreshing with light snacks or lunch.

Parking

There is a very spacious parking facility for two or four wheelers. Up to 30 cars and 50 bikes can be easily parked in the parking area.

How to Reach Anchalik Vigyan Kendra

Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh so reaching to Lucknow is not a tough job from any city of India. You can easily reach here by train, bus or by air. In Lucknow, it is situated in Aliganj. To reach Science City you can take a private taxi, auto, a cab from the railway station, Bus stand or from the airport.

Visiting Timing of Regional Science City (Anchalik Vigyan Kendra) 

Regional Science City opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 5:30 p.m. It closed only two days in a year Holi and Diwali.

Entry Tickets of Regional Science City (Anchalik Vigyan Kendra) 

For a common person the full charge including all shows and exhibitions it will be Rs. 105.

TouristBug’s Recommendations

Science City is full of fun and entertainment for kids and adults. It is a full family visiting the place. So you can plan to visit this place with the whole family. There are lots of things to see so it will consume your full day so plan accordingly and must be reached at science city before 10:00 am to avoiding delay. There will be a huge crowd at the ticket counter on weekends and public holidays.

If you are interested in more scientific things to see then you can go at Nakshatrashala or Indira Gandhi Planetarium in Lucknow. 

Friday, 1 March 2013

Charminar-Signature Monument of Hyderabad

The architectural monument and most famous landmark of the Hyderabad city are Charminar. Charminar is the symbol of Hyderabad. Tourists who come to Hyderabad can’t miss this iconic monument. If you missed it to visit, your Hyderabad visiting will be incomplete until you do not visit the Charminar. Charminar is an Urdu word meaning four towers, Char means four and Minar means Tower (pillars). It is situated in the old city of Hyderabad near to Musi River’s eastern bank.

Charminar-Signature Monument of Hyderabad
Charminar- Symbol of Hyderabad
History of Charminar

Charminar was constructed in the year 1591 by the Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. There are lots of mythology behind its construction. According to one, it was built to celebrate the end of the plague which was spread at that time in the Hyderabad. Another story tells that it was constructed in the honor of Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah’s wife named Bhagmati when Sultan change his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad. According to popular belief, four Minars of the Charminar stands for Islam’s first four khalifs.

Architecture of Charminar

Charminar-Signature Monument of Hyderabad
Inner view of Charminar
Charminar is the example of Indo-Islamic architecture which has some Persian architecture style in its design. Square shaped Charminar which has four Minars in each corner of the monument. Charminar’s each side base having 20 meters (66 feet) in length, 56 meters high and 30 meters wide. If we measure from ground whole monument structure has 48.7 meters in height. From the roof of Charminar, its Minars height is 24 meters. There are four arches on each side of Minar which are in 11 meters wide. All four Minars arches open into a plaza. Charminar building is constructed by using the granite, limestone and pulverized marble. Each Minar having 149 spiral staircase steps inside it for going to the top floor of Charminar. Its main gallery having an open space for the mass prayer on Friday. In the year 1889 four clocks were added in the Charminar in all four cardinal directions.

According to a popular legend about Charminar, there is an underground tunnel inside the Charminar which is connected to Golconda Palace which was only used by the royal family of Qutb Shahi. Around the Charminar, there is a market which is very popular for old antique items, bangles Mughlai delicacies, pearls, etc. This historical monument is now maintained by the Indian Government body, Archeological Survey of India.

Visiting Time of Charminar

Charminar opens at 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Daily.

Total time will be only 2 hours for a complete visit of the Charminar monument. The Charminar is illuminated from 7pm to 9pm so you can also visit during that time but entry not allowed inside.

Entry Fee of Charminar

There is a very nominal entry fee, Rs. 5 for Indian Nationals and Rs. 100 for foreign nationals.

How to Reach Charminar

Hyderabad is well connected to all of the cities of India by air, rail and bus services. So you can reach here easily. For Charminar you can get the easily private taxi, auto and cab also.

TouristBug’s Recommendations

If you love to collect historical things like coins, jewelry then you can purchase all these things at a very low cost near the Charminar market.

I will recommend you must visit once Charminar if you are in Hyderabad.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Bara Imambara- Bhool Bhulaiya of Lucknow

Among the major landmarks of Lucknow, Bara Imambara is the major attraction for the tourists who visit Lucknow first time. It is popularly known as Bhool Bhulaiya (Labyrinth) due to it has thousands of ways but only a single right way to reach the destination so peoples who entered in it unable to find the way to get out. It is only the type of labyrinth in India. Its name Bara means big and Imambara means shrine. Imambara refers to the place where Shia Muslims celebrate their various ceremonies such as Muharram. It’s another unpopular name is Asafi Imambara due to its construction was done by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula.

Bara Imambara Lucknow
Bara Imambara Lucknow
History of Bara Imambara

As per records, its construction was started in the year 1784 by that time Awadh’s Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula and the architect was Kifayat-Ullah. At that time there was a devastating famine in the Awadh region and peoples of Awadh suffering from it. So Awadh’s Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula planned to employed peoples for the construction of a building. More than 20000 men were selected from all class at that time so-called poor, working and elite class. As per the planning of Nawab, in the morning poor and working class peoples build the complex and in evening elite class peoples broke the construction of morning for ensuring the work for everyone. That’s why Imambara takes 11 years to complete.   

Bara Imambara Lucknow
Second gateway of Bada Imambada
Architecture of Bada Imambara

The architect of Bara Imambara was Kifayat-Ullah who win this project through a competition. This huge complex reflects the mixture of Mughal and Rajput architecture which shows the maturation of Mughal design with strong Islamic influences. There is Badshahi Mosque which is the major project constructed at that time without the use of iron. The main hall of the Imambara having the tomb of Asaf-ud-Daula which is the largest arched construction in a world without the use of supporting beams or iron rods. It is 50 by 16 meter in length and width and more than 15 meters in height.

Bara Imambara Lucknow
A view of Asfi Mosque from Bada Imamabada
There are nine halls in the Imambara, in which central hall is the largest and surrounded by other eight halls. Due to different roof heights of the halls, there is space on the roof to create such a beautiful three-dimensional labyrinth where zig-bag passages interconnected with each other and confusing to people in choosing the right way. There are lots of dead ends so without knowing the exact way it was unable to get out from this building so popularly called as Bhul Bhulaiya.

As per saying there were lots of underground passages which open in nearby cities of Lucknow such as Faizabad, Agra, Kanpur, etc. but now all underground passages blocked. The wall's thickness of the Imambara is 10 to 16 feet which provides space for the passages and there were stairs to going up but all are now closed.
Bara Imambara Lucknow
Shahi Baoli Main Gate
There is Shahi Bawli which is five-storey building around a well. This is very interesting building it designs such a way if you stand to the main gate of the entrance of Bawli your clear image will be displayed in the well as peoples inside the Bawli easily see who is coming inside the Bawli. This Bawli well is connected to the Gomti River. There is Asafi Masjid which is a mosque and it’s named after Asaf-ud-Daula.

Asfi Mosque
Asafi Masjid
TouristBug’s Recommendations for tourists
  • For couples, it is compulsory to take government authorized guide and also for husband-wife who have no kids with them.
  • Others have the option to take guide or not but I will be recommended to take a guide or join a group who take guide under sharing for better knowing this historical place and stories related to this place.  
  • The maximum time for visiting this place will be around 3 to 4 hours to reach in the morning to enjoy the full day.
  • In the main building shoes or sleeper not allowed so you can use shocks for visiting the Imambara.
  • If you have DSLR cameras then there will an extra charge for the camera.
Bara Imambara Lucknow
Corridors Inside the Bada Imambada
Facilities inside the Bada Imambara
  • Park for rest and enjoy.
  • Car and bike parking available.
  • Washrooms for gents and ladies.
  • Old and antique item shops for purchasing.
  • Small canteen for snacks cold-drinks water etc.
  • There are all facilities for tourists at Bara Imambara.
  • Photographers who will take your photo and give print immediately. 
Visit Timing of Bada Imambara

It opens in the early morning at 06:00 am and close at 05:00 pm.

Entry fee of Bada Imambara

For Indias Rs. 50.00/person and for Foreigner it will be Rs. 500.00/person. There is a single ticket for all including Bara Imambara, Chhota Imambara, Picture Gallery, Shahi Hamam, and Bawli. You have to take a guide and it will cost Rs. 100 to 150 for couples and groups or for a single person.

How to reach Bara Imambara

Bada Imambada is situated at Machchhi Bhawan, Hussainabad Trust Road, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh so reaching to Lucknow from anywhere no problem. You can reach Lucknow easily by railway, bus or Aeroplane.