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The saga of the bloody uprising of 1857 was the clarion call for India to rid itself of the British.
Lucknow played a pivotal role in rising against the British in 1857 and nowhere was this outrage against their rule as formidable as it was at the Residency, from where the British Resident presided over the affairs of Lucknow. Having annexed Awadh on February 11, 1856, the British deposed Nawab Wajid Ali Shah and sent him packing into exile in Calcutta. The siege of the Residency by the Indian soldiers, the longest and most intense carried from 2nd of July 1857 to September 1857. Over 2,000 people living inside the complex are said to have died. The revolt was finally crushed by the full force of the British armed forces. During the course of this event, the elegant city of the nawabs was practically left in wrack and ruin.
The narrative of this bloody saga unfolds as you wander around the key points of this event amongst in the Residency complex.
The ruins of this old British settlement spread over acres of pleasantly forested grounds, and listening to interesting, at times unbelievable trivia, anecdotes and stories, will help you get an intimate introduction to the history of the place and the people who once inhabited it. The narrative also touches upon related events from the wider theatre of war across north India, and the aftermath of this important conflict which laid the foundations for the freedom struggles against colonial rule across the globe.
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