Uttar Pradesh – a day trip to Lucknow

On the way home from working in rural Uttar Pradesh my colleague Sonie and I stopped in at Lucknow, the state capital.

The first impressive thing we saw was the Rumi Darwaza, an important gate to the city. It was built under the patronage of Nawab Asaf-Ud-daula in 1784.

We also visited the Bara Imamabara, a huge mosque also built by Asaf-Ud-daula in order to employ the local people during ten years of famine. The top floor of the mosque is a labyrinth of passages with 489 identical doorways.

There was more to see but we were just passing through…

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