Weekend Getaways from Lucknow
City of Gomti and Majaz Lakhnawi has no lack of places for wandering and discovering the scenic beauty of Lucknow and exotic places. Whether you are alone, or with family or friends; you can feel the poetry in its air, specifically in the evenings. Get a break from your hectic schedule because the poetry is calling and the places nearby are inviting you to visit and explore some of the beautiful and really eye-catching places.
5 weekend getaways from Lucknow that you can plan for a perfect weekend with your friends and family are:
Nainital – Charismatic Hills and Scenic Surroundings
Nainital, also called as the ‘Lake District of India‘, is situated in the Himalayan Belt. It is located in between the Kumaon Hills and is surrounded with beautiful lakes. Nainital is regarded as a paradise for tourists owing to its serene surroundings and beautiful landscape. Temples like Hanumangarhi, Naina Devi Temple & Lakes namely Kilbury, Lariakanta, The Land’s End are the perfect place to enjoy the mesmerising views of the place. The Eco Cave Garden is another popular tourist attraction of Nainital, which introduces visitors to eco-friendly lifestyle. Likewise, there are several tourist spots which visitors can never get enough of.
Dudhwa – The Land of the Royal Tiger
Dudhwa is identical with Dudhwa Tiger Reserve which is situated in the sub-Himalayan region denoted as the Terai region of Uttar Pradesh. The park is set along Indo-Nepal border in the Lakhimpur-Kheri District. It is counted among the rarest ecologies on the planet earth.
Wildlife: Animals that rule the national park are leopard cat, ratel, fishing cat, civet, jackal, barking deer and hog deer. Some other major attractions comprise short nosed crocodile, monitor lizards and pythons which can be seen on the river bank.
Birding: Dudhwa is a pearl for the bird fanatics. The park plays homage to almost 400 resident and migrant birds. Lakes and swamps within the park charms variety of water fowls and several other nomadic water birds. The Banke Tal, giving best view in the park gives opportunity to see geese, egrets, heron, cormorants and numerous species of teal and duck.
Pilibhit – A Date with the Tiger
Pilibhit, a picturesque town in Uttar Pradesh is one of the lushest forest areas. Pilibhit is homage to some really fascinating primeval historical monuments which throw light on the tradition and culture of the region.
Pilibhit is home to the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve where one can spot the huge animal. Apart from tiger, other natural attractions comprise Raja Venu Ka Tila, Devha-Ghagra Sangum and Gomat Taal.
There are also several religious sites and temples located in the area, comprising the Gauri Shankar Temple that is approx. 450 years old. Sites, like, Methodist Church, Chhathavi Padshahi Gurudwara, Jama Masjid, Dargah Hazrat Shah Md. Sher Mian Ki, Jaisantri Devi Temple and Ardhnarishwer Temple are also worth mentioning.
Ayodhya – Trace the Footsteps of Lord Rama
Situated on the bank of Saryu River, Ayodhya is a known pilgrimage spot for Hindus. The ancient city of Ayodhya is associated closely with Lord Rama, who is said to be the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu. As per the epic Ramayana, the city was the Surya dynasty capital in which Lord Rama was born.
Ayodhya is among the most holy pilgrimage towns for Hindus. Ayodhya tourism has a lot to offer to spiritual minds. Temples worth mentioning comprise Nageshwarnath Temple and Chakra Harji Vishnu Temple. In the memory of Tulsidas, Tulsi Smarak Bhawan built by the Government of India, Ram Janama Bhoomi, where Babri Masjid was destroyed in 1992 are all worth seeing.
The Kanak Bhawan housing portraits of Ram and Sita with golden crowns, Hanuman Garhi, Treta-Ke-Thakur is the site where Lord Rama carried out the Ashwamedha Yagna.
Mirzapur – Celebrate India’s Artistry
Mirzapur is one of the districts of Uttar Pradesh with Mirzapur town as the district head office. The main fascinations of Mirzapur are its numerous ghats and historical structures which date to the British period in India.
The scenic ghats here are exquisitely lit up with lights and diyas, specifically in religious celebrations. Mirzapur is also recognized for its brassware and carpet industries.
Tourist Places in and Nearby Mirzapur
The city is famous for its scenic beauty where you can watch the Meja Dam, Sirsi Dam and Tanda Falls. Known ghats comprise Nar ghat and Pakka Ghat. Kantit mela, Jhoolanotsava, Ojhala Mela, Vindhyavasini Jayanti Samaaroh and Lohandi Mela. Kal Bhairav Temple and Chunar Fort dedicated to Lord Shiva are also worth watching.