India 2016 (part XXI): Lucknow

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh:

Asfi Mosque and courtyard from the roof of the Bara Imambara

Asfi Mosque and courtyard from the roof of the Bara Imambara

One week after my return from Pune, I left Jaipur again to visit a colleague in Lucknow in order to discuss some projects as well as give a presentation on my research.


Following work, two students took me on a tour to the city’s major sights. We started at the fantastic Bara Imambara, a shrine or congregation hall containing the grave of Asaf ud-Daula, the Nawab of Oudh (=Awadh) from 1775 to 1797. In addition to the hall, the complex includes the majestic Asfi Mosque and a deep step well. Possibly the most famous feature of the Bara Imambara is its labyrinth, a maze of narrow corridors in the roof of the central hall, but similarly spectacular are the views from the roof. Afterwards, we visited the smaller Chota Imambara, the Picture Gallery with life-sized portraits of the Nawabs of Oudh, and the nearby Clock Tower, with 67 m the tallest of its kind in India. The final stop of the day was the Residency, where the so-called Siege of Lucknow happened during the First War of Independence in 1857 (alternatively called Indian Rebellion, Sepoy Mutiny, Uprising etc.).

After a couple of enjoyable days in Lucknow, I joined my colleague for a short trip to the University of Gorakhpur where I could visit nearby Kushinagar, one of most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites.

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