Lucknow travel guide

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You're Going to Love Lucknow

Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh and sits on the banks of the Gomti River. It is famous for its fine cuisine and is known as the center of culture in North India, with a long history of poetry and art coming out of the city.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Lucknow

1. Bara Imambara and Bhool Bhulaiya

This impressive tomb complex dates from 1783 and includes a complex labyrinth to get pleasantly lost in.

2. See the Crocs

Get up close and personal (relatively speaking) with the crocodiles at the Kukrail Sanctuary.

3. Indira Gandhi Planetarium

View the heavens at one of the daily shows in the city's planetarium.

4. Sample the Local Food

The kebab and tikka dishes in the city are famous. The spicy red Kashmiri tea and Makhan Malai ice cream flavored with saffron are also delicious.

5. Shopping!

Lucknow has lots of fascinating street markets. Try Nepali Kothi in the Old City to purchase spices from Nepalese herb traders.

1. Bara Imambara and Bhool Bhulaiya

This impressive tomb complex dates from 1783 and includes a complex labyrinth to get pleasantly lost in.

2. See the Crocs

Get up close and personal (relatively speaking) with the crocodiles at the Kukrail Sanctuary.

3. Indira Gandhi Planetarium

View the heavens at one of the daily shows in the city's planetarium.

4. Sample the Local Food

The kebab and tikka dishes in the city are famous. The spicy red Kashmiri tea and Makhan Malai ice cream flavored with saffron are also delicious.

5. Shopping!

Lucknow has lots of fascinating street markets. Try Nepali Kothi in the Old City to purchase spices from Nepalese herb traders.

Where to Eat in Lucknow

Haji Sahib at Akbari Gate serves delicious lamb dishes, and Dastarkhwan at Hazratganj is renowned for its shaami kebabs and rumali roti. You can expect to pay from ₹150 to ₹350 for a meal in these restaurants.

When to visit Lucknow

Lucknow in August
Estimated hotel price
$30
1 night at 3-star hotel
Lucknow in August
Estimated hotel price
$30
1 night at 3-star hotel

Lucknow has a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The rainy season from July to September is best avoided.

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How to Get to Lucknow

Plane

The city is served by Lucknow Airport (LKO), which is a hub for daily regional connections and international flights from the Middle East. A taxi to the city center will cost around ₹200 and a bus ticket is ₹40.

Train

Lucknow is a major railway junction and is well connected to other major Indian cities. The train fare from New Delhi starts from ₹860.

Car

Lucknow is at the center of a major regional road network, with Route 34 connecting the city with New Delhi.

Bus

Buses arrive in Lucknow from Nepal and major Indian cities such as Jaipur and Agra. The fare from New Delhi is ₹560.

Plane

The city is served by Lucknow Airport (LKO), which is a hub for daily regional connections and international flights from the Middle East. A taxi to the city center will cost around ₹200 and a bus ticket is ₹40.

Train

Lucknow is a major railway junction and is well connected to other major Indian cities. The train fare from New Delhi starts from ₹860.

Car

Lucknow is at the center of a major regional road network, with Route 34 connecting the city with New Delhi.

Bus

Buses arrive in Lucknow from Nepal and major Indian cities such as Jaipur and Agra. The fare from New Delhi is ₹560.

Airports near Lucknow

Airlines serving Lucknow

KLM
Good (850 reviews)
Air France
Good (971 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,924 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,117 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (914 reviews)
Japan Airlines
Excellent (953 reviews)
Air India
Okay (2,260 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (529 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (5,736 reviews)
SAUDIA
Good (410 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
Good (523 reviews)
SriLankan Airlines
Good (47 reviews)
Vistara
Good (173 reviews)
flydubai
Good (68 reviews)
Air India Express
Good (3 reviews)
Thai AirAsia
Good (143 reviews)
SpiceJet
Okay (62 reviews)
Oman Air
Excellent (63 reviews)
Air India Express
Good (19 reviews)
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Where to stay in Lucknow

Dayal Paradise is a modern luxury hotel around three miles from the city center, while Hotel Anant is a well-located budget option.

Popular Neighborhoods in Lucknow

Qaisarbagh - this district is famous for its huge palace complex and is centrally located by the river.

Aminabad - Aminabad is just to the south of the river and is known for the bustling Aminabad Bazaar, which specializes in the city's famous 'Chikan' embroidered garments.

Aliganj - Aliganj is close to the major colleges and is popular with young people and students.

Qaisarbagh - this district is famous for its huge palace complex and is centrally located by the river.
Aminabad - Aminabad is just to the south of the river and is known for the bustling Aminabad Bazaar, which specializes in the city's famous 'Chikan' embroidered garments.
Aliganj - Aliganj is close to the major colleges and is popular with young people and students.

Where to stay in popular areas of Lucknow

Most booked hotels in Lucknow

Novotel Lucknow Gomti Nagar
5 stars
Good (7.9, 833 reviews)
$64+
Hyatt Regency Lucknow
5 stars
Good (7.7, 1147 reviews)
$77+
Fairfield by Marriott Lucknow
4 stars
Good (7.5, 1207 reviews)
$62+
Hilton Garden Inn Lucknow
5 stars
Good (7.5, 992 reviews)
$63+

How to Get Around Lucknow

Public Transportation

Lucknow has an extensive bus service, with more than 35 different routes. Fares start from just ₹15.

Taxi

Taxis are everywhere in the city and are relatively cheap. The starting fare is ₹55 and then around ₹15 per mile.

Car

Driving in Lucknow is frantic and not recommended for visitors unfamiliar with local road customs. An alternative is to rent a car with a local driver; the costs are from ₹1,700 for eight hours.

Public Transportation

Lucknow has an extensive bus service, with more than 35 different routes. Fares start from just ₹15.

Taxi

Taxis are everywhere in the city and are relatively cheap. The starting fare is ₹55 and then around ₹15 per mile.

Car

Driving in Lucknow is frantic and not recommended for visitors unfamiliar with local road customs. An alternative is to rent a car with a local driver; the costs are from ₹1,700 for eight hours.

The Cost of Living in Lucknow

Shopping Streets

Aminabad Bazaar is good for clothing, while Hazratganj Market (also in Aminabad) is the place for international fashion brands.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk in Lucknow will cost around ₹50, while a loaf of bread is ₹23.

Cheap meal
$2.22
A pair of jeans
$29.80
Single public transport ticket
$0.27
Cappuccino
$0.87
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