When I had read about Elizabeth Gilberts memoirs, Eat, pray and love, I was completely bowled over her by her philosophy. She had me impressed with all her quotes, especially about this travel quote of hers. I simply believe that what she says is true, and I can connect with her attitude so well. I try my best to follow this travel philosophy too.
Malai Ki Gilori Lucknow : I have a sweet tooth and when I was told of this exotic dish of Lucknow I could not stop myself from indulging in it.It has the most deliciously soft texture. The chandi ka warq or the silver covering on it is something that had me digging into it enthusiastically. The sugar syrup and the filling inside left me wanting more.
Tokri Chaat Lucknow : One of the yummiest snacks I have every tasted in my life is this tokri chaat of lucknow.Imagine the basket being made of grated potatoes and in it is filled the freshest kinds of fruits and yogurt and spices and baked goodies. Eating it is the most heavenly experience I have ever had. I had it at a café in Hazraganj and could not stop drooling.
There are a few places that just catch you off guard and the Buddha Park in Lucknow is one of them. This is one the best parks to visit in India when it is dark. I was absolutely thrilled when I arrived here. The amazing colourful lighting that has been done here is worth mentioning. There were moments when I was like “At one side there are ruins, and here I stand at one of the best modern day gardens”.
The park is full of multiple lush green gardens that fill the place along with facilities for boating in an artificial stream. The location is one of the most expensive places in Lucknow and what has made it the most expensive place is Buddha Park. Roads to the park are very wide and well lit as I visited it at night.
It is one of the most beautiful parks you will ever visit and it was the perfect place to end my trip in style. Here you will see the present Lucknow, where everyone is a Nawab and the city’s affinity with royal things does not seem to fade away. A parade of elephants is going to welcome you here with statues of political leaders at some corners of this huge complex.
There are ample food stalls in and around Buddha Park, which will satisfy your hunger and thirst. A few malls are also nearby and I happened to visit one of them which had “Barbeque Nation”. I had loads of food there and could not resist myself for having a walk in the park just once more before I leave this beautiful city that has the perfect blend of historical buildings and modern marvels.
There is going to be a Next Time
I am going to remember this trip for a lifetime and I think that I will need to visit the city again as many things have been left out. Hope to take out sometime soon and come here again to have a taste of famous Tundey Kebabs which I failed to taste on this trip!
Best Western Plus levana Lucknow : Visiting Lucknow and staying at this hotel was an amazing experience. The posh exteriors as well as the interiors were absolutely charming. The rooms were cozy. The good thing was the free cancellation till a certain date. I simply loved the complimentary breakfast they provided us every morning. A real worthwhile experience.
I simply love the festival of lights, Diwali. And this time I was pleased to know that there were wonderful cards available online. The designs were awesome and colorful the perfect wordings helped me just pick up the right cards for all my friends. This time I also tried the Facebook, WhatsApp, which had the Best Deepavali Messages too.
Begum Hazrat Mahal Park Lucknow : Visiting the old Victoria Park in Lucknow, that too for viewing the Begum Hazrat Mahal’s memorial was a moving moment. Her contribution in the 1857 revolution was commendable. As I am a lover of history I feel the government has done a good job of commemorating her. It also is a beautiful park with wonderful fountains.
Nawab Muhammed Ali Shah started the construction of this place with a mission of getting the bird’s eye view of the whole city. The tower was intended to be seven stories tall but due to the Nawab’s untimely death; its construction stopped after the fourth floor was built. It is believed that another purpose of building the tower was to have a clear sight of the moon which would help the Nawab spot it during the time of Eid as the celebrations of this festival depends on the moon.
The tower is located close to Husainabad Imambara and is a 67 metre tall structure. People who knew about its history in detail, told me that since the Nawab was badly injured while climbing its stairs, the construction was limited to four floors only as the injury to him was seen as an omen and they felt that supernatural powers do not want them to complete the tower. It is a fine blend of Italian and French architecture and attracts many foreign tourists.
The historical tower is begging for restoration work, but all authorities including ASI seemed to have ignored it. Satkhanda lies at one corner as a ruined building that people seem to have forgotten. Its construction began in mid 19th century and the tower is also famous among the British people as it is also believed that it has something to do with Sir George Couper too, who was the governor of UP during British rule.
Lucknow is full of historical buildings and if one wants to grasp as much of its history, then visiting Satkhanda is a must. Do not skip this 19th century tower because although it has decayed because of ignorance, the tower still has its own charm. The history to it is very interesting, and if you talk to a few locals living near it, you may get to hear some inside stories that you will never find on the internet. Lucknow is where the true culture of India lies. Rich and full of colour, there is so much to explore here. You just have to be interested, and this city will offer a lot.