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Day 12 Lucknow > Delhi

We had a 3.30pm / 15:30 train to catch so the day was free. Most of us took up JD offer of showing us a bit more of Lucknow.

Another foggy start to the day and at 9C it was chilly to begin with. Soon the fog burnt off and it turned into a lovely day.

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Opposite the hotel - Look at what is being used as wickets

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Rumi Darwaza / Roomi Gate

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Husainabad Clock Tower

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Film crew in action

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Chhota Imambara

Leaving at 8.30am / 08:30 first up was Chhota Imambara where we had 30 minutes.

It is situated near the Bara Imambara and on the connecting road stands an imposing gateway known as Rumi Darwaza. The building is also known as the Palace of Lights because of its decorations and chandeliers during special festivals, like Muharram.

The chandeliers used to decorate the interior of this building were brought from Belgium. Also housed within the building, is the crown of Muhammad Ali Shah and ceremonial tazias. Thousands of labourers worked on the project to gain famine relief.

It has a gilded dome and several turrets and minarets. The tombs of Muhammad Ali Shah and other members of his family are inside the imambara. This includes two replicas of the Taj Mahal, built as the tombs of Muhammad Ali Shah's daughter and her husband. The walls are decorated with Arabic calligraphy. Thanks Mr Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chota_Imambara

http://lucknow.me/Chota-Imambara.html

https://www.holidify.com/places/lucknow/chota-imambara-sightseeing-2647.html

http://www.lucknowonline.in/city-guide/chhota-imambara-lucknow

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An anemometer in the form of fish at main gate

An anemometer in the form of fish at main gate

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Shahi Hamam or Royal baths

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Tomb of Princess Zinat Asiya, Daughter of King Mohammad Ali Shah Bahadur (3rd King of Awadh). Taj Mahal Replica.

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Chhota Imambara

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Chhota Imambara

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Chandeliers

Chandeliers

Floor chandeliers

Floor chandeliers

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The Throne of Muhammad Ali Shah

The Throne of Muhammad Ali Shah

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Pink clock - kind of out of place

Here are some more images from Dr “Google”:

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=Chhota+Imambara++lucknow&rlz=1C1GGRV_enNZ751NZ751&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjm8feDwo7aAhXDVrwKHU6sBsQQ_AUICigB&biw=1396&bih=668

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Husainabad Clock Tower

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Residency

Residency entrance was 200 rupee / NZ$4.20 / US$3.10. During our short 30 minute stop here it was the door frames and arches that caught my eye. That was long enough to walk through the whole complex. Hardly anyone here so it was a really peaceful relief from the hustle and bustle of the trip.

The Residency, also called as the British Residency and Residency Complex, is a group of several buildings in a common precinct in the city of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. It served as the residence for the British Resident General who was a representative in the court of the Nawab.

It was constructed during the rule of Nawab Saadat Ali Khan II, who was the fifth Nawab of the province of Awadh (British spelling Oudh). Construction took place between 1780 and 1800 AD. Between 1 July 1857 and 17 November 1857 the Residency was subject to the Siege of Lucknow, part of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The Residency now exists as ruins.

The Residency has been maintained as it was at the time of the final relief, and the shattered walls are still scarred by cannon shot. Even since Indian Independence, little has changed. The ruined building is surrounded by lawns and flowerbeds and is a tourist attraction nowadays. The cemetery at the nearby ruined church has the graves of 2000 men, women and children, including that of Sir Henry Montgomery Lawrence who died during the siege.

There is a weathered epitaph near the grave of Sir Henry that reads "Here lies the son of Empire who tried to do his duty" while another nearby grave reads "Do not weep my children, for I am not dead, but am sleeping here." A light and sound show to display the history of the Residency is also played each evening. Thanks Mr Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Residency,_Lucknow

http://www.lucknowonline.in/city-guide/lucknow-residency

http://asi.nic.in/asi_monu_tktd_up_residency.asp

https://www.roughguides.com/destinations/asia/india/uttar-pradesh/lucknow/lucknow-residency-siege/

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It was Friday so the museum was closed. Wonder if this guy has been here since yesterday and is staying here till tomorrow?

It was Friday so the museum was closed. Wonder if this guy has been here since yesterday and is staying here till tomorrow?

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Chipmunks

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Here are some more images from Dr “Google”:

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=Residency++lucknow&rlz=1C1GGRV_enNZ751NZ751&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi50sjMw47aAhUFH5QKHakwDtQQ_AUICigB&biw=1396&bih=668

A quick stop at Mr Brown Bakery for a stand up pastry breakfast 87 rupee / NZ$1.80 / US$1.30 which we ate outside the bakery. Then onto to our third stop.

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Ambedkar Memorial

The short 15 minute stop overlooking Ambedkar Memorial Park wasn’t enough but it gave us a taste of what was down below and inside. It would have been good if we had time to see close up some of the 62 huge elephants on either side of the path leading up to the monument. Word of warning … if you touch the statues equals a fine of 500 rupees. After sunset the place gets lit up so that would be a really beautiful sight to see.

Ambedkar Memorial Park is a public park and memorial in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is more formally known as Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal (Hindi: डॉ. भीमराव अम्बेडकर सामाजिक परिवर्तन प्रतीक स्थल ) and is also referred to simply as "Ambedkar Park". The park honors the lives and memories of Jyotirao Phule, Narayana Guru, Birsa Munda, Shahuji Maharaj, Bhimrao Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram and all those who've devoted their life for humanity, equality and social justice. The memorial was constructed by Mayawati, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, during her administration when she led the Bahujan Samaj Party.

The foundation stone of the memorial was first laid in 1995. Earlier, the park was named Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Udyan. In 2012, it was renamed the Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Memorial and development work continued until 2002-03. In 2007, the park underwent further renovation and development. It was initially opened to the public on 14 April 2008 by Chief Minister Mayawati.

The entire memorial is built using red sandstone brought from Rajasthan. It is situated in the posh locality of Gomti Nagar, the largest planned residential colony in India. Cost of the memorial is estimated at 7 billion rupees. Its name was changed from Ambedkar Park to Bhimrao Ambedkar memorial in May 2012. Thanks Mr Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambedkar_Memorial_Park

https://www.nativeplanet.com/travel-guide/visit-the-ambedkar-memorial-park-in-lucknow/articlecontent-pf18207-003696.html

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Babasaheb & Ramabai Ambedkar Statue

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Statue of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati

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Here are some more images from Dr “Google”:

https://www.google.co.nz/search?q=Ambedkar+Memorial++lucknow&rlz=1C1GGRV_enNZ751NZ751&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiH0JKPxY7aAhUJoZQKHUdpBRQQ_AUICigB&biw=1396&bih=668

The 3 hours went by very quickly. Even our time at each stop was brief, it was most worthwhile seeing attractions of 3 quite different styles of architecture from the newly built to the ruins.

Lunch at Fork & Spoon – dal makhani 150 rupee / NZ$3.20 / US$2.30, steamed rice 100 rupee / NZ$2.10 / US$1.50, soft drink 40 rupee / NZ$.80 / US$.60. Total = 305 rupee / NZ$6.50 / US$4.70.

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In the afternoon boarded the Swarna Shatabdi Express train through to Delhi.

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Left at 3.30pm / 15:30 heading west.

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Soon the sun was about to set just after 5pm / 17:00 as we crossed the Ganges River on the outskirts of Kanpur, a large industrial city with just some 3 million people.

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Dinner was provided on board which took 4 hours to serve the various courses.

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Soup

Soup

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Ice cream

Ice cream

It was late 11.10pm / 21:10 when we finally arrived at Delhi and taken to Good Times Hotel for our last night’s stay.

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Hotel security on duty

Hotel security on duty


Posted by bruceontour 03:18 Archived in India Tagged indian_train Comments (0)

Friday 9am - Empty Mumbai train carriages

My 13 days G Adventures “Northest India & Darjeeling by Rail” Kolkata to Delhi tour wasn’t due to start for a few days. Between the 2 G Adventures tours I had 4 days free and decided to see Mumbai and Kolkata by myself. I have always said I may never get back to a city / place so how to make the most of this opportunity? How can I pack as much in not knowing the layout of the city? Use one local company and let them show me the sights, especially how the locals live. So after researching decided for Mumbai on using Reality Tours for two full on days with effectively 6 back to back tours. By then on my last day there can fill in the gaps by myself before heading to Kolkata for 1 day.

Local Transport Tour

08:30 / 8.30am
Meeting Point
- Regal Cinema
Reality Tours guide – Chetan

This is what Reality Tours said …

Learn about the realities of working class life as you discover Mumbai through its local transport.

Ride the famous suburban train, hop on a classic red bus, cruise around town in a typical black and yellow taxi and look on as millions of Mumbai's working class head out in the morning. We will discover Mumbai beyond the typical tourist sites; we will see a number of different markets and the world famous Dabbawallahs (the workers of India’s intricate lunch delivery system). This view of the Maximum City will give you an idea of the struggles and challenges felt by the working class, as well as their unconquerable spirit.

At the end of the tour we’ll have a special tiffin (lunchbox) lunch delivered to us by a dabbawallah service and we’ll have a picnic at the nearby park.

http://realitytoursandtravel.com/local-transport.php

Local Bus

First up was catching a local bus the short distance to CSMT Station (1874). It was the first railway station in Asia.

Bus

  • 400 buses covering 4,000 routes but one need to know the local language to read the destinations on the bus.
  • Few of the 124 double decker buses are left.

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Railway

  • 130 km with 158 stations.
  • 7 million people use train daily. Mumbai has 20 million people.
  • 3 people die daily through train accidents like falling out of the carriage or off the roof. I didn’t see anyone travel on the roof.

Taxis

  • 55,000 taxis in Mumbai.
  • Mainly black and yellow but Cool Car and Uber are muscling in.
  • Yellow licence plate - can carry tourist.
  • Black and white licence plate - for private use only.
  • Taxi driver wearing a white shirt - owner operator.
  • Taxi driver wearing a brown shirt - is an employee and has to pay the owner 500 rupees / NZ$10.60 / US$7.70 a day plus petrol. Rest is his to keep.

CSMT Station

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) formerly known as Victoria Terminus is a historic railway station and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India which serves as the headquarters of the Central Railways. The station has been designed by Frederick William Stevens according to the concept of Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and meant to be a similar revival of Indian Goth (classical era) architecture. The station was built in 1887 in the Bori Bunder area of Mumbai to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

It is one of the busiest railway stations in India, serving as a terminal for both long-distance trains and commuter trains. The station's name was changed from Victoria Terminus (with code BB) to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in March 1996 in honour of Emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire. In 2017, the station was again renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Thanks Mr Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chhatrapati_Shivaji_Terminus_railway_station

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City government offices opposite the station

City government offices opposite the station

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Ladies only carriages

Ladies only carriages

To my surprise the station was not busy at all. In fact look at the empty carriages.

Where is everybody? It’s not the weekend but a Friday workday at 9am / 09:00.

(How wrong I was going to be. We were heading out of the station which is at the end of the line whereas the mass were heading into the station.)

Chetan

Chetan

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Where is everyone?

Where is everyone?

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Chetan

Chetan

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Getting off at the busy Dadar railway station and the first stop was the local flower market under the flyover.

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Posted by bruceontour 02:16 Archived in India Tagged railway_station indian_train Comments (0)

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