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How to Spend 2 Days in Lucknow

How to Spend 2 Days in Lucknow

With two days in Lucknow, you can check out the city's most important historic sites, learn about traditional embroidery techniques, and eat plenty of rich Awadhi dishes for which the city is known. Here's how to best plan your time.

Day 1: Historic Highlights

Morning: Devote your morning to visiting Lucknow’s historic imambaras, Shia congregation halls. Start with Bara Imambara complex, an important city attraction, making sure to check out the landmark Rumi Darwaza gate. Then head to nearby Chota Imambara, known for its crystal chandeliers. Most tours of the area cover both.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, make your way to the British Residence, the site of the 1857 Siege of Lucknow, one of the events that led up to India's independence a century later. From here, continue to La Martinière College, the city's finest example of British colonial architecture.

Night: For dinner, consider skipping a sit-down restaurant experience in favor of a food-focused walking tour, which gives you the chance to try out some of Lucknow’s most beloved dishes and desserts while exploring the city on foot with a local guide.

Day 2: Cultural Immersion

Morning: Spend your second morning learning about Lucknow’s most celebrated craft: embroidery. While locals will tell you that Janpath Market is one of the best places in town to pick up embroidered fabric, a more immersive way to learn about the tradition is by signing up for an embroidery tour.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, take a tour of Kaiserbagh, a 19th-century palace complex filled with all sorts of old treasures, from historic maps to period furniture. Tours here generally finish with the chance to watch scenes from Umrao Jaan, a 1981 film set in Awadhi Lucknow.

Night: Spend your last evening taking a cooking class followed by dinner in a local home. If you’d rather stay out of the kitchen—but still want the chance to eat homemade food in a local home—choose to book a meal-only dining experience instead.

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6-Hour Lucknow Sightseeing Tour with Hotel Pickup

6-Hour Lucknow Sightseeing Tour with Hotel Pickup

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Appreciating all of Lucknow’s historic and cultural highlights can be difficult on a self-led tour. Discover attractions including the Asfi Mosque, Tombs of Sa'adat Ali Khan and the Begum, and Chota Imambara on a day tour, benefiting from the small-group size for a more intimate experience. Gain insight into the city as you explore its streets with your local guide, and save time with round-trip transfer from your hotel.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Lucknow Culinary Walk with Food Tastings

Lucknow Culinary Walk with Food Tastings

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Lucknow is known for its culinary scene, dominated by rich meat-heavy dishes typical of the local Awadhi culinary traditions. With this food walk, you can try some of the best the city has to offer with an expert guide by your side to help navigate. You'll visit four different spot to try kebabs, curried lamb, and marinated skewered meat, as well as rich local desserts.
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  • 2 hours
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A Walking Tour for Vegetarian Foodies in Lucknow

A Walking Tour for Vegetarian Foodies in Lucknow

This walking tour for vegetarian foodies takes you to the most authentic eateries that invented or mastered the dishes over 150 years ago. To enjoy this walk, it is recommended that you have a light breakfast, as the tour offers an opportunity to savor a lot of local vegetarian delicacies. Highlights • Authentic Vegetarian dishes  • Specialty accompaniments • Paan, prepared from Betel leaves
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  • 2 hours
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$195.00
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$195.00
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La Martiniere Decoded

La Martiniere Decoded

Lucknow's best-known school and a gem of local architecture, La Martiniere is one of the prettiest spots in the city. With this tour, you'll get to visit the campus with an expert local guide, learning all about its history as you go. You'll also get a chance to stop for tea and snacks while at the school.
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  • 3 hours
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$96.00
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Cook and Dine in a 100-year-old Home with a Local in Lucknow

Cook and Dine in a 100-year-old Home with a Local in Lucknow

When in Lucknow, one has to experience the Nawabi (royal) culture! Here is your chance to interact with a local, Sheeba who lives in a 100 year old haveli (residential palace) and hear interesting stories about her family and their food journey. Indulge in a hands on cooking class with her and enjoy a royal spread of home cooked food! Highlights of the experience: 4 course homemade lunch/dinner Opportunity to interact with a local in their 100 year old home Cooking demonstration
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  • 3 hours
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Curated Dining At Kotwara House

Curated Dining At Kotwara House

In this evening tour, enjoy a curated dining experience at Kotwara House, the residence of one of the oldest royal families of Awadh. Situated in the posh Qaiser Bagh area of Lucknow, this royal residence of the present Raja Muzaffar Ali is a living museum of art and craft. Essentially a painter, poet and film-maker, Muzaffar Ali is known for his classic film Umrao Jaan. Enjoy a meal specially curated by Muzaffar Ali and his wife Meera Ali. Highlights: - • Legacy of Kotwara House • Curated menu from the royal kitchens of Awadh • Chance to meet Muzaffar Ali, subject to availability
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  • 2 hours
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$258.00
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Custom Private Lucknow Sightseeing Trip with Guided Trip

Custom Private Lucknow Sightseeing Trip with Guided Trip

Receive personalized service and avoid haggling with taxi drivers or navigating the public transit on this private, full-day sightseeing tour of Lucknow. The city is full of historical monuments, and you’ll get the chance to visit many of them. You can linger at the places that interest you most, as this is your private day tour. Learn about the city’s long and fascinating history from your knowledgeable driver.
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  • 8 hours
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$68.18
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Lucknow Mutiny - An Exclusively Curated Tour

Lucknow Mutiny - An Exclusively Curated Tour

On this exclusively curated tour, ‘Revisiting the Lucknow of 1857-58’, you will learn about the Lucknow Mutiny also known as the Siege of Lucknow.  You will follow the routes and relief efforts led by the British Major General Henry Havelock, Lieutenant General James Outram and General Colin Campbell.  Visits will be made to the sites and areas that were affected during the siege of Lucknow. Your guide will share how this siege progressed to a conclusive end, but not without sacrifices from both warring fronts. Highlights:-   • History of the Siege of Lucknow • La Martiniere • Sikanderbagh • Residency • Lunch in a local restaurant
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$281.00
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Private Walking Tour of Kaiserbagh Palace Complex

Private Walking Tour of Kaiserbagh Palace Complex

This is a private two hour walking tour of the Kaiserbagh Palace complex. This historic Palace is considered one of India’s beautiful royal buildings. It was planned and built by the Rajput ruler, Wajid-Ali-Shah in the mid 1800s. Your tour will also take you to the Kotwara House, now the home of famous Indian filmmaker, Muzaffar Ali. Highlights:- • Kaiserbagh Palace Complex • Tea at Kotwara House. • Film clip from Muzaffar Ali’s film, “Umrao Jaan”
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  • 2 hours
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$182.00
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Threads of Lucknow

Threads of Lucknow

Lucknow has been a center of an embroidery industry that has survived and still flourishes today. This excursion will familiarize you with the industry and give you an intricate, detailed view of an art form, which reflects the past but is just as important today. Highlights: • Embroidery familiarization • Chikan and Zari embroideries styles • Talk by an Expert • Home cooked Rastogi Lunch (Beverage Excluded)
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  • 4 hours
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$418.00
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$418.00
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