Lucknow, the garden city of the east, besides being a household name for its culinary delights like kebabs and Mughlai cuisine, is also famous for its vibrant culture and tourist attractions. Though much of the regal splendor has been replaced by growing commercialization in the city, Lucknow still has managed to hold its old world charm with elan. Shopping markets such as Aminabad, Hazrat Ganj, Janpath Market, Lovers Lane and Mayfair Building are some of the centers you can visit for a memorable shopping experience. Tourists, besides hobnobbing with traditional handicrafts form old Chowk, can head towards a particular place called Tunde's Kebab Shop to savor mouth-watering kebabs. Scores of tourists and foreigners visit Lucknow to explore this beautiful city. The ideal time to visit the town is between the months of October and March when the weather is balanced and cool. There are various modes of transportation available to reach this multicultural city from different parts of country. Scroll down the write-up further to discover and find out how to reach Lucknow.
Traveling To Lucknow
To reach Lucknow within a short span of time, traveling by air is the only alternative. Situated just 20 km off the main city, Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, also known as 'Amausi Airport', connects Lucknow to the other parts of the India like Varanasi, Patna, Mumbai and Kolkata through direct flight services. Once you land at the airport, you can rely on pre-paid taxi services that are found in plenty. The taxi drivers may charge about Rs 300/- to carry you to your preferred destination within the city. Some of the significant airlines servicing from Lucknow are Go Business, Air India-IC, Air India, Jet Airways Konnect, Go Air, Jet Airways, IndiGo, Kingfisher Red, Kingfisher, JetLite and SpiceJet. Lucknow is also well connected to international destinations of Sharjah, Muscat, Riyadh, Dubai and Kathmandu by Oman Air, Indian Airlines, Saudi Airlines and more.
Opting for rail transport is the best option for those who don't want to spend exorbitantly on traveling. Fortunately, Lucknow has two good railway heads, namely Lucknow and Charbagh that are well connected to railway junctions of all the major cities in India. Some of the key trains passing through the city are Shramajivi Express, Sadhbhavna Express, Awadh Assam Express, Neelachal Express, and Shaheed Express. The Gorakhpur Express from Bangalore operates only on Mondays. There are trains from Chennai to Lucknow as well.
Lucknow has a pretty good road network and is connected to all the major cities of Northern India via bus services. There are ample buses run by the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation from cities like Delhi, Bhopal, Jodhpur, Jaipur, Agra, Mathura and Varanasi. The prices of the tickets vary and depend on the location and the kind of buses. For example, a private bus provider might charge Rs.250/- for non A/C seat and Rs 350/- for a non A/C sleeper to travel till Delhi. The total distance between Lucknow and other metro cities are - Delhi (497km), Agra (363km), Allahabad (238 km), Dehradun (582km), Kanpur (77km) and Varanasi (300km).
Local buses, taxis and auto rickshaws are available around the clock in Lucknow to help travelers move in and around the city. Hire a cycle rickshaw if you want to enjoy the city's local sights at a slower pace. Though auto rates are nominal, it is always wise to see if the auto driver has put on the meter. Some of the important bus terminals of the city are located at Alambagh, Charbagh, and Kaisar Bagh.