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Chhota Imambara in Lucknow

·  Summer: March-June (21°C - 45°C)
·  Winter: December-February (5°C - 32°C)
·  Monsoon: July-September

Best time to visit:  October-March

Opening Time: 06:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 05:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: 

Entry Fees for Indians Adults:  INR 35
Children:  N/A
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Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals Adults:  INR 300
Children:  N/A
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A magnificent piece of architecture basking in its centuries old glory, Chhota Imambara is the pride of Lucknow. Also known as Hussainabad Imambara, this fascinating monument was built by Nawab Muhammad Ali Shah under his food for work campaign to help the local people fight famine. Later, it served as the mausoleum for the Nawab and his family members.

With its brass dome and numerous white turrets and minarets, the monument earned the designation of ‘Kremlin of India’ from a Russian prince. Special festive decorations earn it the title of Palace of Lights. Arabic calligraphy, inimitable glass work, globe-shaped lamps and collection of Belgian chandeliers are indeed the main highlights of the structure constructed in Persian and Indo-Islamic architectural styles.

Other key attractions include a four-storey tower called Satkhanda, fluted pillars, ornamental candle stands, silver mimbar, gold framed-mirrors and a royal throne. A mosque is also located within the complex where non-Muslims are restricted to enter.

Road: The monument is located in the Old City area near the Chowk and in close proximity to Bara Imambara and is easily accessible by road using taxis, auto-rickshaws as well as cycle-rickshaws.

Railway: About 7 km. from the monument is the Charbagh Railway Station. After getting down at the station, one can hire a taxi or auto-rickshaw to reach the place.

Airway: Lucknow Airport is only about 15 km. from Chhota Imambara and connected to the monument by a well-maintained road. The best way to reach the place from the airport is in a taxi.