Welcome to the land of Nawabs – Lucknow, where every nook and cranny is filled with stories and history.
One such place that tops the list for history buffs and art admirers is the Hussainabad Picture Gallery. And let’s be real, who doesn’t love gazing at portraits of royals from the 19th century and admiring their exquisite royal accessories and shoes!
As you walk towards the gallery, you’ll come across an imposing historical building called the ‘Baradari’, which is known for its twelve doorways. And if you’re worried about burning some calories, don’t worry, because there are only 30 stairs that lead to the gallery. Plus, a gorgeous pond surrounded by trees and verdant lawns awaits you in front of the gallery, perfect for an Instagram-worthy photo!
Inside the gallery, you’ll find life-size portraits of the Nawabs of Awadh, along with pictures of officials and administrators of the British era. The craftsmanship is simply splendid, with each portrait painted on elephant skin and having an element of optical illusion. The gallery also has an interesting past, with a mosque and a market called Mina Bazar being housed in the same complex.
And as you make your way towards the gallery, don’t forget to check out the Husainabad Clock Tower, which stands tall adjacent to the Rumi Darwaza. With a height of 67 meters, this tower has been the tallest clock tower in India since its establishment in 1881. Fun fact – it was even upgraded from a manually operated clock to an electrical one in 2010, but it still makes that iconic metal noise every 27 years.
The tower is a beautiful blend of Victorian and Gothic architecture, with a dial in the shape of a 12-petalled flower and a 14-feet-long pendulum. It’s said to be modeled after London’s Big Ben, and even though it was built to commemorate the arrival of Sir George Couper, the second Baronet, it has become a symbol of Lucknow’s rich history.
So, whether you’re a history buff or just looking for a great photo-op, the Hussainabad Picture Gallery and the Husainabad Clock Tower are definitely worth a visit. And while you’re there, don’t forget to take a horse carriage ride around the area to get a true feel of the Nawabi era. Trust us, it’ll be a trip you won’t forget!