7 Nawabi Things That You Will Experience Only In Lucknow

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“Nawab Chale Gaye par Nawabi Chhor Gaye”. Yes, this holds true for the lovely people of Lucknow. The laid-back residents of this Nawabi city still believe in enjoying every bit of their lives.

Here we list for you 7 Nawabi things that you will only experience in Lucknow:

1. Patang Baazi

A scene from Lucknow Kite Festival

Do not consider it to be a thing of past; Lucknowites are still crazy for their kite fiesta. Celebrated on the next day of Diwali, Lucknowi Patang Baazi festival is called ‘Jamghat’. With people of all religious beliefs coming together to paint the sky with colourful kites, the festival marks the Gangi Jamuni tehzeeb of Lucknow. 

2. Hookah

Hookah in Lucknowi Bazaar

Talk of Nawabs and you just can’t ignore their Hookah. Propagated during the Mughal reign, hookah became the favourite pastime of Nawabs of Lucknow. Intricately carved hookah is something that still find place in the old bazaars of Lucknow. The lavish trend is still a rage among young Lucknowites, thanks to the mushrooming hookah lounges in the town.

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3. Kabootarbaazi

Kabootarbaaz at Chowk in Lucknow

The traces of luxurious Nawabi lifestyle are still evident in Lucknow, and Kabootarbaazi is one of them. Back in Nawabi Era, the life of the pigeons in Lucknow was no less than royal. Nawab Wajid Ali Shah even got a kothi constructed for his pigeons, which was known as ‘kabutar wali kothi’. The legacy is still continued and ‘Kabootarbaazi’ is conducted in the city where pigeons fly on the projected way and come back to their owners known as ‘Kabootarbaaz’.

4. Mushaira

Mushaira organized at Lucknow Mahotsav

“Saliqe se hawaon mein jo khushboo ghol sakte hain, abhi kuch log baaki hai jo urdu bol sakte hai”. If there is any place in India that celebrates the soulfulness of Urdu poetry in all its glory, it’s Lucknow. Mushaira have been part of the royal legacy of Nawabs for time immemorial and continues to be the most pious congregation for Urdu lovers. Believe it, we Lucknowites can’t get enough of marvelous Urdu poetry and mushairas.

5. Kathak

Pandit Birju Maharaj performing Kathak

The swift twirls of kathak dance is enough to charm the onlookers. One of the most graceful classical dances in India, Kathak flourished in the land of Nawabs. It was during the reign of Wajid Ali Shah that this traditional dance form entered the royal court. The Lucknow Gharana Kathak was presided by Pandit Birju Maharaj and the legacy is continued. Bhatkhande Music Institute in Lucknow is where you can witness the splendor of contemporary Kathak dancers.

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6. Paan

Lucknowi Paan

If you have been to Lucknow and not tried Paan, you surely missed half the fun. Banaras might be Bollywood acclaimed Paan destination, but Lucknow is no behind. From elaborate Paan arrangements in the Nawabi style to the wide variety, Lucknow has lot to offer when it comes to Paan. It’s not just a mouth freshener, but an eminent part of dining etiquettes in Lucknow.

7. Mujra

Aishwarya Rai in Umrao Jaan, a film based on a life of a courtesan from Lucknow

Shaam-e-Awadh finds mention in annals of history, and it’s nothing but exotic evenings in the city Nawabs where dwelled the glamorous courtesans. These beautiful ladies charmed the Nawabs with their graceful charms and style. You can still find the culture prevailing in old Lucknow.

If Nawabiayat is all you want experience, then what are you waiting for? Lucknow welcomes you to experience the Nawabi Era in even in 2017!

And for those who are already in Lucknow, let us know in the comments below your Nawabi experiences in the city of Nawabs.

  1. satyendra kumar kashyap says


    1. Richa Sharma says

      Thank you Satyendra for the appreciation. Keep following LucknowBytes for more fascinating updates on Lucknow.

  2. Faisal says

    Nice compilation but the last one doesn’t exist anymore and we are ok with it :p 

    1. Richa Sharma says

      Thanks for the feedback Faisal. Keep reading Lucknow Bytes for more.

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