Seeped in culture and history, the land of the tameez (manners) and tehzeeb (refinement), Lucknow is a traveler’s paradise. The land of the Nawabs and the kababs, as it is popularly called, is the culture capital of Uttar Pradesh and a quaint city. Old world minarets, cenotaphs, colonial buildings, old bazaars filled with the choicest of delicacies – the Idris ki biryani, the tunde kababs, the paaya to be sampled at all costs and for those who love chaats, the city boasts of a pani puri stall that spreads out an array of 16 kinds of tastes. The UP Tourism’s Travel Writer’s Conclave 2015 was held in Lucknow, organized by The Lonely Planet that is part of Worldwide Media, brought world press to the city. While the two senior journalists Ayaz Memom and Anil Dharker, who were special guests at the event made a case for cleanliness, better roads and infrastructure, Hindi film director Nagesh Kukunor suggested that the state have a mango trail as part of its gastronomical tourism circuit. The Chief Minister of the State, Akhilesh Yadav, addressed the audience and spoke of the vast wealth of Uttar Pradesh that includes the Taj Mahal, the Chambal ravines, the banks of the Ganga, a proposed lion breeding centre at Etwah and an existing sloth bear rescue centre at Agra among many other tourist attractions. Etihad Airways operates direct flights to Lucknow.
Photographs: Jeremiah C Rao and Vardhan Kondvikar
Words: Manju Ramanan