In Kipling's Kim “no city - except Bombay, the queen of all - was more beautiful in her garish style than Lucknow”. The capital of the state sprawls along the banks of the Gomti River in the heart of Uttar Pradesh. The ordered Cantonment area contrasts with the saffron-washed buildings of the congested city centre, dotted with an incredible variety of decaying mansions and historic monuments, the best of which are simply breathtaking. In the heart of the old city traditional craftsmen continue to produce the rich gold zari work, delicate chikan embroidery and strong attar perfume. The arts still flourish and the bookshops do brisk trade in serious reading. Veils have largely disappeared as progressive college girls speed along on their scooters weaving between cows, cars and rickshaws.

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