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.

  • 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. 
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) 


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.


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.


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.