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Lucknow (Hindi: लखनऊ Lakhnaū) is the capital of Uttar Pradesh and one of the most populous cities in northern India. Lucknow, the "City of the Nawabs", thrives along the banks of Gomti river. The city along with the rest of Awadh fell to the British during the colonial era. Today, Lucknow is dotted with remnants of its rich cultural past.


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Understand[edit] Lucknow is also known for its elaborate cuisine and chikankaari or exquisite shadow-work embroidery on fine muslin cloth. Lucknow is a historically important city and for many centuries was at the heart of North Indian culture. In particular, the city was famous for its adab and tehzeeb (manners and etiquette), intricate embroidery, beautiful gardens and dance forms such as kathak. It was also one of the sites of the 1857 Indian Mutiny (or First War of Indian Independence). The city has a population of around 3.4 million. Lucknow is the heart of the art, cuisine, dance, culture and music of Northern India. It was the cradle of the Hindu-Muslim-symbiosis that was the epitome of India for hundreds of years. it brought in the best of various cultures and accepted Western institutions like La Martiniere College in her womb. It was made famous by the soft-spoken, and sweet tongued, Awadh-Lucknowai culture that was based on civilised behaviour toward fellow human beings. The city is also famous for its sweetmeat, the sweet shops in the old city dates to 1850s. Awadhi and Mughlai food is the delight of the visitors to Lucknow. Lucknow became known as a centre for Urdu poetry and courtly presence and diction, being the birthplace and city of residence for many poets. The Mushaira, an event of poetry recitation forms the heart of Lucknow's nightlife where Mushairas go on into the wee hours of the night. Lucknow's only rival in Northern India was Delhi, though Lucknowis were always embroiled in a healthy rivalry with Delhi, home of the famous poet Ghalib and others. Another thing that may surprise visitors are the ubiquitous posters, billboards and signs boasting of great progress and bearing the picture of Mayawati. She is the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh state and is quite controversial. Labelled by some as the "Dalit Queen," she has received criticism for misuse of public funds and abuse of power. She has spent millions of rupees on massive public works projects such as the Ambedkar Memorial (see below) which opposition leaders see as a waste. No matter who you speak to in Lucknow, everyone will have an opinion about her, and it's an excellent conversation starter. Climate[edit] @media all and (max-width:720px){ .mw-parser-output .climate-table{float:none!important;clear:none!important;margin-right:0!important} .mw-parser-output .climate-table .infobox .infobox{}}.mw-parser-output table.climate-table{width:30em;margin:1em;padding:0.5em;text-align:center;font-size:80%;border:1px solid #9EBDC7;box-shadow:2px 2px 5px #9EBDC7;border-radius:3px;background:#f3f3ff;color:#333;white-space:nowrap}.mw-parser-output table.climate-table th{background:#CEE0E7}.mw-parser-output .climate-table .infobox{background-color:#f9f9f9;color:black} .mw-parser-output .climate-table .infobox{color:#f9f9f9;background-color:black} .mw-parser-output .climate-table .climate-red{color:#ff4747!important}@media(prefers-color-scheme:dark){ .mw-parser-output .climate-table .infobox{color:#f9f9f9;background-color:black} .mw-parser-output .climate-table .climate-red{color:#ff4747!important}} Talk[edit] Lucknow is the home of Hindi and Urdu languages, and the Hindi spoken in the city is considered the most beautiful and gentle in the country. Like most cities of northern India, English is widely understood by locals.