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HERITAGE WALK.


Lucknow city is famous for its rich architectural beauty of using 'Lakhori' bricks, fragrance of 'itra' (perfume), refined speech, unique entertainment style, costumes and manner of locals. One may take the pulse of the city through this walk. At Waltz India we take you into the lanes and by lanes of Chowk Bazaar – one of the oldest bazaars of Lucknow and the epicenter of culture. You may explore the vast history and culture of Lucknow walking down from Gol Darwaza to Akbari Gate. Our expert heritage guide will take you into the bygone era of this city making you feel that you are living in that era. Map Courtesy: UP Tourism Department

 

A DATE WITH WASHERMEN AT DHOBHIGHAT(Though the washer men stay at one end of the river but by beating and washing the clothes they try to make their both ends meet somehow…..):


We take you to a ghat where one may see washermen beating clothes rhythmically on the rocks just on the banks of the river Gomti to clean them. You’ll definitely praise them doing so when you look them washing and beating clothes efficiently and pouring so much of their
energy to make you look so pretty in those traditional chikan embroidered garments. This is not an ordinary dhobi ghat but with a difference as most of the clothes are chikan embroidered. Chikan is the embroidery work of Lucknow and is famous world over. The washermen collect these colourful chikan garments and dress materials from the manufacturers in the morning and wash them on the banks of river. As these chikan garments get dirty when going under the master crafts women for quite a long time (as it takes a fortnight or so to complete the work depending on the design), these garments and dress materials are sent for a last wash, starching and ironing before being delivered to emporia. Each moment looks very beautiful – the sound of beating clothes on the boulders, sprinkling of water in the air, colourful garments being hung on the strings to dry in the Sun. The entire bank looks so colourful that the scene will leave you spellbound. Moreover, the local folk songs sung by the washer men add the beauty of the scene. We arrange chilled lassi or thandai served in earthen cups called kulhar along with charpoys (jute cots) to sit. You may talk to the washer men and know about their community or just roam around the ghats and appreciate the beauty of the infinite chikan embroidered garments on the ghat. Though the washermen stay at one end of the river but by beating and washing the clothes they try to making both their ends meet somehow. Through this programme we salute their hard work.

 

CULINARY TOUR:


Lucknow is very well known for its cuisine called Avadhi cuisine. Lucknow is the only city in India which has a colony of chefs called “Bawarchi Tola”. In this colony one may still find the chefs whose forefathers use to cook a special kind of dish to the royals of Avadh. There is also a street where one can find the best from Lucknow’s very own kitchen. We take you to evening cuisine tour to the narrow lanes and bylanes of Lucknow where one may find the authentic taste of the various traditional dishes of Lucknow.
This is a guided tour with our own set of cutlery and other necessary items like paper napkins, mineral water etc. there are several stops at different eateries like – kaleji kebab stop (grilled beef lever marinated with light spices, baked on charcoal fire and garnished with coriander and mint sauce). Mobeen’s Pasanda kebab stop (thin meat taken from hind leg of a lamb / beef marinated with spices and yoghurt, set on a steak and baked on charcoal fire, served with sheermaal – a special baked bread with milk, saffron and orange colour as its main ingredients and the mixed with purified butter), Rahim’s Nihari ghost stop (lamb meat chunks served with curry with special bread known as Kulcha which is made of fine flour and baked in earthen ovens , Tundey Kebab stop (finely minced meat mixed with more than 150 secret Indian spices and fried on a special pan over charcoal fire. This preparation is served with special kind of bread) and at last Kulfi stop (thickened milk mixed with dry fruits, saffron and cardamom in small air tight tin cylinders put into a big round pitcher with crushed ice and shaken for long to freeze the mixture in a form of an ice cream. It is served as a sweet dish.

 

TEA ON WATER:


River Gomti is the life line of Lucknow. One can enjoy a sip of tea or coffee with light snacks on the boat beautifully decked up for you. This programme is for maximum of four persons on one boat and minimum of two persons. For entire one hour you are away from the materialistic world and in the lap of Gomti river which is one of the scared rivers of this region. After having tea / coffee on the boat you land on an island temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
It is a small and very old temple just in the mid of the river. You spend some time here seeking the blessings of the God and then continue to move on the boat seeing some beautiful old buildings of Lucknow (your guide will explain the importance of the buildings and history too). You may also see the life of the people living on the banks of the river. Every wave of the river will tell you their story. After an hour’s time you disembark to the same place where you started this mesmerizing journey of one hour away from the rest of the world.