Lucknow City Guide

The capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow is called as the “city of the nawabs”.

One of India’s finest cities, Lucknow is north India’s city of high culture, where the legendary etiquettes (adab and tehzeeb) are still a way of life. Under the rule of the Nawabs of Awadh, art, culture and cuisine flowered here. Lucknow’s Glorious history has been known as the cultural centre of Northern India for over two centuries.


Lucknow experiences a typical subtropical climate with hot summers and chill dry winter. The city experiences summer from April to June. The temperature in the summer months rises to about 48 °C (118.4 °F) and the climate becomes very hot and scorching.

The weather in the city experience seasonal monsoon.

Monsoon sets in the month of July with the arrival of South-westerly monsoon winds and lasts till September.

Area 310.1 sq km
Population 22,66,933
Altitude 123 m above sea level
STD Code 0522
Languages Spoken Hindi, Urdu, and English
Religion Hindus (78.97%), Muslims (19.66%), Others (1.37%)
Annual Mean Rainfall 972 mm
Maximum Temperature 31°C
Minimum Temperature 18°C

Lucknow receives 101 cm of rainfall annually during these months. Weather of Lucknow during the winters is chilly. The winters start from October and lasts till February. The winter season is comparatively pleasant with the average temperature revolving around 11°C. It is the best time to visit this city. At times the mercury drops to about 5 °C making the weather very chilly.

Shopping in Lucknow

Lucknow is very famous for its chikan work. Chikan is a very famous thread work that is done by the skilled craftsmen of Lucknow. It is combines with Zardosi (embroidery with gold and silver threads) and crystal work and embroidered on clothes for women, men, kids, mats, bed sheets, table mats and just about anything you can think of. They make great gifts and beautiful souvenirs.

If you are fond of jewellery, then Lucknow is the place to shop for gold and silver ornaments with wonderful filigree (metal ornamentation) and jadau (gem studded). Gadbadjhala is a bazaar where you will find out colourful jewellery, especially the huge jhumkas which are enviable possessions for every lady. Some of the major and famous shopping places in Lucknow are Aminabad, Kapoorthala, Hazratganj and Janpath.

Shopping in Lucknow is a good choice as markets here cater to the needs of all kinds of people. There are many markets in Lucknow. Some of these are wide-ranging markets and one can expect to find all kinds of goods in these markets. Then there are other markets which deal in or are admired for a particular type of goods. One can find shopping places in almost every locality but these usually keep things of daily use only. Shopping in Lucknow is a different experience as the city has a variety of things to offer.

Content updated in January 2020

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