6 Unbelievable facts about Lucknow
“Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, lies in the middle of the Heritage Arc. This bustling city, famed for its Nawabi era finesse and amazing food, is a unique mix of the ancient and the modern. It is home to extraordinary monuments depicting a fascinating blend of ancient, colonial and oriental architecture.”
- First CCTV city of India
Lucknow became the first city in India to start CCTV surveillance of the area. It started off with 4000 cameras which is being doubled up as the year goes. The cameras are stacked in place to perfectly cover the cityscape.
- It was renamed a couple of times
According to the legends, the city of Lucknow derived its name from Lakshman, Lord Rama’s younger brother. Lakshman was asked by Rama to establish a city of his own. Over the time, the city’s name changed from Lakshampuri, Laksmnaut, Laksnaut, Laksnau to Laknau and finally Lucknow.
- Cradle of dance and music
Lucknow is known for its magnificent dance. One such dance is Kathak, part of Indian classical dance which gained recognition during the Nawabs reign of Awadh. The soul-touching ghazals and shayaris (also known as poems) originated in the royals courtrooms of the Sultanate.
- Rebellion hotspot
The first rebellious activity against the British Raj in India was ignited in Lucknow. It was from here that the fire reached out to other parts of the nation like Kanpur and Bengal. The city became known for its uprisings against the British.
- The cuisine
Lucknow has a rich variety of cuisine that has been handed down from the time of Awadhi Nawabs. The cuisine features the rice and meat dish, Biryani, the kebabs, and bread. The food is a delight to devour upon. Specifically, the kebabs from Lucknow is famous all around the globe.
- It is India’s second happiest city
According to a survey conducted in 2015, Lucknow is the second happiest city in India. And that is how the phrase, “Muskuraiye aap Lucknow mein hain” came into existence.