INTRODUCTION : Lucknow the capital of Uttar Pradesh, extends along the banks of the river Gomti.The creator of Lucknow as it is today was Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula.The city became known as a centre for Urdu poetry and courtly diction, and reached its zenith during the reign of Wajid Ali Shah who was a connoisseur of music and poetry. It was during his reign that the British appropriate Awadh.Today the city id dotted with remnants of its rich historic past.Lucknow is also known for its elaborate cuisine and “Chikankaari” or exquisite shadow work embroidery on fine muslin cloth. This is also popularly referred as “City of Nawabs”.
ORIENTATION : Lucknow in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India is situated on the northern Gangetic plains of India between 26.50o North and 80.50o East.
HISTORY History claims that this is one of the most ancient Hindu states with rich cultural heritage and monuments.Lucknow being the centre of urudu language dates back to the reign of various Mughal rulers like Muhammad Amin Saadat Khan, Abdul Mansur Khan Safdur Jung, Amjad Ali Shah, and Wajid Ali Shah who ruled the state capita for more than hundred years. The original name of Lucknow was Lakhimpur or Lakshmanpur for it was gifted to Lakshmanan brother of Lord Rama after their period of exile from the forest.