Lucknow...Bada Imambara

by - 5/28/2014

I had started my Lucknow diaries here but after two posts, I got lost somewhere!! He he..this is very typical of me..I get bored very easily and need new things constantly to keep me prepped up :D  So today as I was flipping through my travelogue, I decided to complete my Lucknow series in a few posts :)

The second day of our trip began with a visit to the most important landmark of Lucknow...Bada Imambada. 

Bara Imambara is an imambara complex in Lucknow, India, built by Asaf-ud-Daula, Nawab of Lucknow, in 1784. It is also called the Asafi Imambara. Bara means big, and an imambara is a shrine built by Shia Muslims for the purpose of Azadari. Adjacent to the imambara lies the Asfi mosque, which is huge. This complex also houses the famous Labyrinth or Bhool Bhulaiya, where one would definitely get lost, if not with a guide!!

After completing all the paper work in the court ( I needed an affidavit to prove that I am married :D ), we set out to venture into old Lucknow. This being my husband's city during his medical college days, we zoomed around on his friend's bike like a localite. I had some pretty weird as well as amazing experiences while dealing with the people here!!

THis old part of Lucknow is predominantly a Muslim area and I was not dressed appropriately; bare calves you know!! Whenever we would stop for taking photographs, people would stop to see what we were upto!! However the staff of a tiny restaurant were really sweet. I had my life's first sweet samosa ( which was amazing) and a plate of mouth watering kachouri!! Among the other famous delicacy of old Lucknow which I relished was Shahi toast, Meaning ROyal Toast which was a kind of sweet sandwich. It was definitely an overdose of sugar but I was four months pregnant during this trip ( apparent from my wide waistline) and had pathological craving for sweets!! At the end of the day ( a rainy one) what mattered was that I had some really good photographs and wonderful memories!!


Standing back to back...the staff thought that we were some illegally dating couple and tried to shoo us from here!!

the ancient pillars of bada imambada...

the bada imambada under the overcast sky....

the Asfi mosque near the imambada...

stepped well or Baoli...
After Imambara, we went to Residency, which was the erstwhile residence of British governors of British colonised India.
the erstwhile residence of British governors..

fulfilling my fantasy of getting clicked sitting in midst of the road :D

the famous Bhool Bhulaiya or Labyrinth...

house of the Empress of British colonised India...

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  1. You look stunning!!!!
    I really love those photos sweetheart. So amazing
    Maggie D

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  2. Wow! What a beautiful place! And u look gorgeous ^^


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  3. I must visit this place, amazing! I love your skirt!

  4. Another amazing place with outstanding pictures pretty outfit you have the colors are perfect.

  5. Beaitufl location as always. And I love the colors of your outfit :)

  6. I love the first pictures where you are together!! Beautiful red skirt!

  7. I salute ur passion for travelling. Even ur pregnancy cudnt keep u away frm it.
    Lucknow looks so beautiful...n u too.


  8. Very cool photos, love the red skirt!

  9. Looks like a great place! Love your skirt!

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  10. Awesome pictures and as always Lucknow is beautiful!