India in pictures
The City of the Nawabs8:27 AM
Lucknow! The city I am heading to next weekend. DH's native place. A city with a rich cultural heritage, an unmatchable culinary tradition...
Lucknow has like many cities in North India, vestige of Islamic and Mughal architecture. THE architecture most foreign tourists associate with India. The India of the tourist books. Here, you have the entry gate that leads to the "Chota Imambara" one of the two well known palaces in Lucknow. the other one being the "Bara Imambara". Chota means small, Bara means big. The small one is still big enough for something small though, and having visited the two of them back in 2006, that one was far better maintained. Though the big one was going through renovation that last time we were in Lucknow.
Between the Chota and Bara Immambara, the Chota one is my favourite. Sorry for being partial, I just really loved the intricate architecture and beautifully maintained water strip and gardens. When I visited it, a lot of glass and crystal chandeliers were displayed inside, while its big brother offered a big empty cavernous space. Both are grand in their own way, that goes without saying.
Have you visited Lucknow? Which of the two Imambara was your favourite?