explore bara imambara in all its glory - history, best time to visit and all that you need to know

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Lucknow is not only the capital city of the North-Indian state of Uttar Pradesh but also the largest and one of the oldest cities. Historically significant and architecturally marvellous, Bara Imambara is one of the most fascinating structures that one shouldn’t skip on their visit to the city of Nawabs. If you are travelling to Lucknow for the first time, you might want to check for hotels in Lucknow located close to the Bara Imambara, read on till end to know one of the best places to find your solace. 


History of the Bada Imambara


Lucknow’s Bada Imambara has an interesting back story to it. It is believed that the construction of the monument was a part of the Nawab’s plan to keep the common people fed during the famine of the 1780s. The workers were paid in meals for the construction of the Imambara. On the other hand, the noblemen, who also had to bear the brunt of the famine had the responsibility of destroying the progress made by the workers in the morning, in the darkness of the night. This way, the royal head made sure that the period of construction gets stretched out and that people would be able to survive the famine. The famous architect of the time, Hafiz Kiyafat Ullah designed the structure. Interestingly, it is an amalgamation of Mughal, Rajput and Gothic architectural patterns.

The most fascinating part of the grand structure is the maze situated inside the compound which is famously called the Bhool Bhulaiya. It is advised to be accompanied by a certified guide while visiting the maze. Once in, you will surely start believing in the myths and stories of people getting lost forever inside the maze.


Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Lucknow is during the winter months between November and February. The weather is pleasant and it allows you to go around the city to explore the monuments, vibrant bazaars and the famous street food lanes. However, if you are someone who adapts well to hot and dry air, you can visit the city throughout the year.

The entry fee for the Bada Imambara is placed at INR 50 for Indian Adults, INR 25 for Indian Children and INR 500 for International tourists.

How to Reach

  • By Air - The Lucknow Airport is located around 15 kilometres away from the city centre.
  • By Rail - Lucknow is well connected by train to major Indian Cities. The Charbagh Station is 3 kilometres from the city centre.
  • By Road - Lying at the conjuncture of NH 24, 25 and 28, Lucknow is accessible by road from Indian cities such as Delhi, Agra, Allahabad, Calcutta, Kanpur, Varanasi and the like.

Once in the city, you can hop on a local bus, hire a taxi or take the metro to reach the Bada Imambara.

Lucknow is the city of Nawabs, and we believe that while exploring it you deserve the royal treatment. Book your stay at the Lords Hotel and Resorts and enjoy your time in the old and mysterious city. Perfectly located near station and airport, the hotel is a perfect choice for both leisure and corporate hotels.



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