Lucknow is a city with a rich historical background and cultural heritage. There are many ruins of old palaces in Lucknow that hint at the luxurious lifestyles of the old Nawabs of Lucknow. The city though small attracts several tourists and has its fair share of parks and other touristy spots. Several of its palaces have accompanying gardens that have now been converted into parks.
Best Parks to Visit in Lucknow with Images:
Here are a few of the best parks in Lucknow.
Dilkusha garden is an adjoining part of the Dilkusha kothi (Palace). While the original kothi stands in ruins, the garden has been rebuilt and is a frequent haunt of the morning walkers and joggers. Walking along the path surrounded by the remains of the kothi and the newly planted flowers is an interesting experience. The ruins add a historical charm to the place, lending it personality and a story. The entrance fee is reasonable and practical.
Swarna Jayanti Smriti Vihar Park:
This is a typical public park with a separate children’s section that has swings and slides installed in it. the park starts getting filled up from the early hours of dawn when the first of the morning walkers or members of the laughing club arrive. Swarna Jayanti Smriti Vihar Park is starting to be known as the Fitness Track of Lucknow! The entry tickets are available at a reasonable price and they even have a scheme for a monthly pass.
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Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Park:
Dr, Ram Manohar Lohia was a philosopher and socialist. This park has been named after him. Located in Gomti Nagar, it’s one of the most famous picnic spots in Lucknow complete with an artificial lake. The park has been developed and is maintained by the Lucknow Development Authority. A special arrangement has been made for the morning visitors of the park. From 6 to 7 in the morning, the park’s visitors can avail of vocal and instrumental music.
This is one of the most popular tourist haunts in Lucknow. The park brings forth Lucknow’s rich cultural heritage amidst a setting of lush green gardens. Besides the natural beauty that the park’s flora and fauna lends it, a number of art displays like bronze statues of animals and trees, a central mound, water bodies with beautiful stone fountains, some of the tallest fountains of the world made of bronze and granite etc, attract the attention of tourists to the skill of the Lucknow craftsmen.
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Jyotiba Phule Zonal Park:
This park located in sector D-1, Kanpur Road Housing Scheme, has all the basic amenities that a park should have. Lush greenery, beautiful flowers, swings, resting spots, a jogger’s path and beautiful fountains are just a few of the park’s good points. Its the best place for local residents to go and just relax or carry out their exercise routines.
Begum Hazrat Mahal Park:
Begum Hazrat Mahal was the first wife of Nawab Ali Shah. This park was built in memory of her. She had a major contribution in the first freedom movement and it is this contribution of hers that the government wanted to honour by building her a memorial. This memorial was built in the old Victoria park which is now known as the Begum Hazrat Mahal Park. The memorial is a beautiful piece of sculpture with colourful flowers adorning its surroundings.
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Gautam Buddha Park:
This park is located near the Hathi Park. It sports several interesting rides for children as well as boating in the canal for adults. The park is a popular haunt of the rallying political parties! This park’s green gardens are a safe area to take your kids too.
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