Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, is known for its culture, etiquettes, monuments, traditions, cuisine, chikankari, and monuments which are built during several dynasties and becomes tourist as well as religious attraction not only in India but also in other countries as well. Among all the monuments, Bara Imambara is one of the must visit tourist attractions in Lucknow as like Taj Mahal in Agra and which is also known as Asfi Imambara and is an complex of several things like labyrinth, step wells, Badshahi mosque, two imposing gateways, a large vaulted central chamber built in 1784 by Asaf-ud-Daula, a nawab of awadh. Bara Imambara is the second largest imambara after the Nizamat Imambara which is situated in Murshidabad and built in 1847 by Nawab Mansur Ali Khan, Nawab of Murshidabad. The labyrinth is believed to have 489 identical doorways, only two will take you to the first and last gate. It is built accidently.
History of Constructing Bara Imambara:-
This grandiose building was built to provide relief the people of famine. Asaf-ud-Duala did not want to provide relief to his subject directly; on the other hand, he wanted them to engage in work so that they can take their mind off famine. It is said during the day; people used to make it and during night it was demolished by nobles and elite people in order to create work for next day. The construction work was between 1780 and 1794. The amount spent on its construction was estimated between half million to one million.
Architecture of Bara Imambara:-
It is believed to be one of the refined architectures during the Mughal period after the Taj Mahal which can be visited by booking same day agra tour package. It is also known as last great architecture of Mughal dynasty. A large vaulted central chamber of this building comprising the tomb of Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula and its size is 50 by 16 meters without getting support of any beam. Roomi Darwaza, located outside of this building, is embellished with unique decoration also built by Asaf-ud-Daula, which is 18 meters tall. This monument was designed by Kifayatullah who was selected through a competition and his body is also buried within its premises.
How To Reach Lucknow:-
Lucknow, the city of etiquette, is well-connected by all major modes of transport like road, train, and air. The charbagh, the renowned railway station, is known for its connectivity across the India. It can be accessed by tourist from anywhere in India. The road network of this city is also second to none which connects to all the major cities of India. If you have intention to be here using flight, it has Chaudhary Charan Singh international Airport which operates a good number of flights to all the prominent cities of India.