Lucknow district, housing the capital of Uttar Pradesh
, has an area of 2,528 sq km with a population of over 3.7 million. It is bordered by Bara-Banki District
in the east, Unnao District
in the west, Rae Bareli District
in the south, and Sitapur District
and Hardoi District
in the north.
Lord Ram of
Ayodhya, the hero of the
Ramayana, is believed to have gifted the territory of
Lucknow to his devoted brother Lakshman after conquering Sri Lanka and completing his term of exile in the jungle.
The Sai and Gomti are the major rivers. Wheat, paddy, sugarcane, mustard, and potatos are major crops. Vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage, tomato, and brinjals are also cultivated. Generally, Lucknow has a tropical climate and receives an annual rainfall of 100 cm.
Lucknow is famous for its various handicraft works such as Chikan work, a delicate and artistic hand embroidery, Zardozi and Kamdani which are also hand embroidery works with gold and silver thread and the Bidri and Zarbuland silver works.
Bara Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, and Residency are major tourist attractions. The ideal time to visit Lucknow would be October to February, when the climate is pleasant and comfortable.