Lucknow is the heritage city with thousand of years old history. It is the cultural capital of Northern India with so much to offer from Food, Music, Art and Handicraft. In this post, we explore some facts about Lucknow you might not know.

10. Rumi Darwaza is also known as Turkish Gate

9. How the ‘Lovers Lane’ in Hazratgunj got its name

During the British rule, there were not many places for couples to meet, the narrow lane in Hazratgunj was the only place where couples could walk hand in hand, hence the name Lovers Lane, the tradition continued even after the British Rule.

8. The Horse Racing Course is the longest in India with 3.5-kilometer long track

7. The City Montessori School has the largest number of branches in the same city in the world

Currently, CMS has 19 separate branch campuses spread across the city

6. La Martiniere School, the only school to receive battle of honours and has a postal stamp issued in its name

‘Defence of Lucknow’ for the part the staff and pupils played in the Defence of the Residency at Lucknow during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 – the only school in the world so distinguished.

5. Lucknow’s Bada Imambara is the largest hall in Asia

Delhi architect Kifayatullah, who also lies buried in the main hall of the Imambara

4. Janeshwar Mishra Park is claimed to be Asia’s 10th Largest park

It was developed with a cost of 168 crores($276,026.668).[3] The park was modelled with Hyde Park in London as an inspiration.

3. The City got its name After Lakshman

The city was known as Lakshmanavati (Sanskrit: लक्ष्मणवती, fortunate) after Lakshmana. The name changed to Lakhanavati, then Lakhnauti and finally Lakhnau and today it is called Lucknow as we know it.

2. Lucknow embroidery work, Chikankari, is a 2000-year-old embroidery art

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According to Wikipedia article, there are references to Indian chikan work as early as 3rd century BC by Megasthenes, who mentioned the use of flowered muslins by Indians

1. One of the three forms of Kathak is from Lucknow

Kathak is found in three distinct forms, named after the cities where the Kathak dance tradition evolved – Jaipur, Banaras and Lucknow. Lucknow style emphasises on acting.

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