It is one of the most famous and most visited places in Lucknow. The Imambara is a shrine of Shia Muslims and was built by Asaf-Ud-Daula in 1785. It boasts of the world’s largest arched room which has no pillars. It was used by Nawabs to hear public grievances. The whole complex comprises of a number of things including a labyrinth. It also contains the tomb of Asaf-Ud-Daula which is being paid respect by most of the visitors.
This is the major attraction of the complex. The bhool bhulaiya is a confusing maze that consists of at least 450 identical doors and passageways that are going to confuse you, and there is no chance that you will come out of it in the first attempt. I had some real fun here as I was accompanied by some more confused people like me who did not know where to go. This was probably the ultimate highlight of the day!
This was the royal bathroom where all royal subjects used to take a bath. It has a very deep well and all bathrooms are constructed around the well. The well is built with an aim that if somebody is approaching it, you will see his/her reflection from the eastern side. Built with precision, it was certainly enjoyable.
Rumi Darwaza and Asifi Masjid
Rumi Darwaza was built by workers who were specifically brought from Rome to construct it. From the top of this building, you can have a clear of river Gomti. It is also known as the Turkish Gate. Asifi Masjid is a beautiful building on the western side of the complex and you will see thousands of Muslims visiting the place to offer namaz on Friday. The building is an amazing example of architecture of the times of Mughals.
Bara Imambara is a must visit place, and you are going to be stunned by the technology used to build this. The building would have been way ahead of its time when it was built during the latter part of 18th century.