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Former home of the Nawabs, and Utter Pradesh’s capital, Lucknow seems to play third fiddle to the state’s other famous cities (Agra and Varanasi). However in reality this is not the case. Even today it remains the culinary and cultural hotspot that it has always been. Our pick of the best places to stay in Lucknow are all ideally located for exploring this historic city’s sights.
Lucknow has witnessed history in the making and breaking: the rise and fall of the Raj. And even though it attracts fewer tourists than its famous counterparts, it is popular amongst history buffs.
Visible from almost every point in the city the Bara Imambara overlooks all of Lucknow. This labyrinth of corridors dedicated to a holy Shiite is a spectacular visit.
A former bastion of the Raj, Lucknow has some impressive colonial architecture. The Residency, a collection of gardens and crumbling colonial architecture, is definitely worth a look.
Famous for its cuisine (very much a meat based affair) Moti Mahal is a culinary institution. Or why not let Oudhyana’s head chef Nagendra Singh whip you up some authentic Awadh cuisine.
Just a few hours drive from town (you might want to spend the night) is Dudhwa National Park. Home to Indian rhinos, barking deer, sloth bears and the odd tiger, it is a great place to experience the region’s wildlife. Especially with the family!
Our pick of the best places to stay in Lucknow all provide a comfortable stay in the heart of town.
- Providing an elegant stay for its discerning guests Vivanta by Taj - Gomti Nagar lies amidst beautifully landscaped gardens. Rooms are modern with far reaching views plus there is a pool, spa and fine dining. An excellent stay.
Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of the best places to stay in Lucknow to start to plan your trip. Or widen the net and search all our recommendations in Uttar Pradesh, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Lucknow
Vivanta by Taj Gomti Nagar 110 rooms from $117Lucknow
Elegant hotel with stunning landscaped gardens and outdoor pool. Each of the modern and peaceful rooms offers a spectacular view, a bathroom with bathtub, and European flourishes. Spa, gym, salon. Feast in one of two excellent restaurants serving contemporary and traditional Indian cuisine.Great walks - Heritage walks through the old streets of LucknowSpa - Available any time of day or eveningOpulentLocal markets - Good for local colour.