Umaid Bhawan  Palace JODHPUR Logo Northindia (1)
Back to Listing


Of its looks, Kipling wrote in Kim: “No city – except Bombay, the Queen of all – was more beautiful in her garish style than Lucknow.” And of its historical importance, India’s first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, described Lucknow as “the seat and centre of both ancient and medieval civilisations, the melting pot of so many races and cultures.”

Lucknow, once one of the foremost cities in India, was renowned for its grand Nawabs who loved the arts and architecture and developed a refined court cuisine. For the British, it is more commonly associated with the starting point of the Indian Uprising in 1857. Today it is the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh, one of the most populous in India. Although the era of the Nawabs is long past, many of their fine monuments remain, including Chota Imambara and Bara Imambara, whose unusual and extravagant design and decor should not be missed (the best view can be achieved from the opposite building, known as ‘the maze’).

The crumbling British Residency, scene of the uprising where 2,000 British residents and Indians loyal to the Raj died, appears largely untouched since the fateful event with charred ruined walls. The 18th century palace of La Martiniére (now a school) also carries an authentic atmosphere of the departed Raj. The building was originally constructed as the home of a French soldier, Claude Martin, who was a major general in the East India Company army and then in the forces of the Nawab of Oudh. The architecture constructed in Lucknow during this period was abundant and it displayed a fascinating and unexpected mix of European and Indian indigenous styles.

Lucknow is also famous for its fantastic food and buzzing bazaars, which provide a snapshot of day-to-day life for the city's residents. Considered one of the gastronomical capitals of India, Lucknow’s Nawabi heritage shines through in its exceptional Awadhi cuisine, which uses complex scientific techniques to achieve a rich depth of flavour. Raisins, saffron, cashews and cream are everyday ingredients of Lucknow’s luxurious cuisine. Lucknow’s myriad of kebabs and biriyanis are legendary and the locals are known for their culinary knowledge and passion.​​

>> Read our blog: Lucknow; The City of Illusions & Princes

Lucknow North India Lucknow North India
When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.
Susan Heller

Client Testimonials

Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Ampersand provided a bespoke and flexible holiday, tailored to my every whim. Their highly professional staff had only one goal which was to arrange an exceptional holiday and some unforgettable experiences in India. I have no hesitation in fully recommending them and they will be the first company I approach in the future - 10/10
- Anonymous, India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had. Everything – from the individual care and attention in planning the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round!
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India

Let us keep you up to date

Sign up to our newsletter and never miss out on unmissable exclusive luxury experiences