You bid goodbye to Ahmedabad and fly to the historic city of Lucknow this morning.
On arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel where you check –in.
In the novel, Kim, Rudyard Kipling wrote 'no city - except Bombay, the Queen of all - was more beautiful in her garish style than Lucknow', and in the 18th century Lucknow was one of the most architecturally beautiful of India's cities.
Start by exploring Lucknow's historic buildings, monuments and mausoleums that are a architectural mix of British Raj and Nawab influences; explore the Bara Imanbara and Chota Imanbara before heading to the Hussainabad picture gallery, where you can see a range of portraits depicting the former Nawabs. Explore the Dikusha Palace and the Rumi Darwaza, which was constructed in 1786 and incorporates an eight faceted chattri.
La Martiniere College is worth a stop. It was built as the country home of the French soldier, Laude Martin, who made his fortune as a trader in Lucknow and endowed it as a school upon his death in 1800.
Explore the cultural aspect of Lucknow on a walking tour in the evening through Lucknow's ancient alleyways, nooks and crannies, past medieval temples and mosques. Explore crumbing houses with ornate windows, local markets selling freshly cut flowers, silverware, hookahs, itar (oil based perfumes) and Chikan embroidery work.
Lucknow is famous for Awadhi Cuisine which was perfected by the Nawabs who were not only gracious hosts but also extremely fond of good, tasty and nutritious food. The art of slow cooking was invented here.
Luxeperience: Tonight, dress-up to the occasion in traditional Lakhnawi attire to dine in the unique Dastarkhwan style with a descendant of the Nawab’s family.
On arrival at the home of an erstwhile royal family of Lucknow, you will be greeted by the family, after a short introduction and customary wishes, enjoy in their company a most lavish meal that would have the following dishes: Korma (braised meat in thick gravy), Salan (a gravy dish of meat or vegetable), Keema (minced meat), Kababs (pounded meat fried or roasted over a charcoal fire), Bhujia (cooked vegetables), Dal, Pasanda (fried slivers of very tender meat, usually kid, in gravy). Deseert of course follows as no meals can end without sweet. It truly is a feast fit for royalty.
Return to your hotel after dinner.
Overnight in Lucknow.