Lucknow, famous for its kebabs and the era of Nawabs, is one of the most popular cities in India, thanks to its historical significance. A city that has taken up to development without giving up its hold on the age-old charm and glory, is the largest city of Uttar Pradesh.
The city is also home to some wonderful artists. In fact, it was on the streets of Lucknow that tabla and sitar were born.
With that, let's take a look at some facts about Lucknow that will surprise you:
According to the legends, the city of Lucknow derived its name from Lakshman, Lord Rama's younger brother.
Lakshman was asked by Rama to establish a city of his own. Over the time, the city's name changed from Lakshampuri, Laksmnaut, Laksnaut, Laksnau to Laknau and finally Lucknow.
It is home to Husainabad Clock Tower, which is the tallest clock tower of the nation. Taking an inspiration from Big Ben, this clock tower was built in the year 1881 by Nawab Nasir-ud-din Haider.
According to a survey conducted in 2015, Lucknow is the second happiest city in India. And that is how the phrase, "Muskuraiye aap Lucknow mein hain" came into existence.
Lucknow's airport which is named after Chaudhary Charan Singh, the fifth prime minister of India, is the world's second best airport in small airport category.
Lucknow is the first city in India to have installed more than 9,000 CCTV cameras for security purposes, thus making it the first CCTV city of India.
Lucknow's Charbagh Railway Station is considered as one of the most beautiful and busiest railway stations of India. Not to mention that, when looked at from a flight or a chopper, the station appears like a chess board, and its domes and pillars look like pieces of a chess game.
It was in Lucknow that the seeds of the first rebellious activity against Britishers were first sowed in. The word then spread to the other parts of the country, and the city quickly became popular for its uprisings against the British Raj.
You will also be thrilled to know that Lucknow was once home to the most powerful Member of Parliament, popularly known as Tauji.
Tauji was famous for resorting to harsh ways to save his money and career as a politician until a fearless income tax officer came his way. The movie Raid is based on the same story.
Find out if Tauji manages to stop the raid or loses to the fearless Amay Patnaik (Ajay Devgn) on March 16, 2018.