Any trip to the enormous Hindi heartland of Lucknow is incomplete without experiencing the countryside of the legendary erstwhile kingdom of Awadh, ruled by the Nawabs, before the last one, Wajid Ali Shah, was deposed by the British.
The word ‘Awadh’, strangely enough, is derived from the Hindu deity Lord Ram’s birthplace — Ayodhya.
The plains here are home to slow rivers, patches of forest, and farming villages, wherein many ways you still find life as it was lived centuries ago. This wonderful tour of a romance with Lucknow’s historic past is illuminated further by a special lunch based on recipes from the royal provincial cuisines of royal Awadh, at an erstwhile prince’s estate.
Why you will love it
- A road trip through Lucknow’s scenic backcountry
- Lunch at one of Lucknow’s princely estates
- Bird spotting, interaction with natives, and travel through the picturesque countryside
- Understanding Lucknow’s history by visiting country homes of Awadh talukdars (Traditional Landlords)
- Interacting with locals and understanding their culture
What you will experience
We take a one and a half drive out of the city to explore the beautiful countryside and informally interact with the locals, soak in the warm winter sun shining down on mustard fields and spot migratory birds. We will stop at scenic spots where you can wade across a stream or harvest water-chestnuts from a lake.
The palatial country homes of the taluqdars of Avadh are a part of the rich tapestry of this pastoral region. The repositories of culture they still retain much of their old-world charm while providing us glimpses of the nawabi lifestyle of a bygone era.
We will move on to a private estate of a for lunch where we will enjoy reminiscences of the days of the nawabs of Awadh over a lunch based on delightful recipes from the royal provincial cuisines of that regal era.