After getting transferred to various cities my parents decided to settle in Lucknow as it was my Mom's favourite city. They had stayed in all the major cities of Uttar Pradesh like Allahabad,Banaras Kanpur but found Lucknow the most suitable and lovable.
What makes Lucknow so lovable, is it because its a compact city, with an International airpot, excellent schools and colleges, a reputed university and superb medical facilities??
Perhaps its all this and more which cannot be pinpointed.
Maybe I am biased towards Lucknow because its natural to love the place where one grows up unless one is a robot! Decades have passed but I have yet to taste better 'chat' , kebabs ,mangoes , guavas to name a few delicacies . The much acclaimed Alphonso mangoes cannot hold a candle to the delicately green and yellow tinted mildly fragrant tasty Dasheris .
The famous local floral Chikankari or embroidered dresses and clothes are popular worldwide, the handworked shadow embroidery is seen to be believed and traditionally done on super fine cotton in pastel colors.
Lucknow has been the capital of Awadh under the rule of Nawabs and later a Residency was built by the Bristish and a huge cantonment flourished beyond the old city. .
The city has lots of historical monuments and gardens built by the various Nawabs and of course the massive Residency wrecked during the First War of Independence fought by Begum Hazrat Mahal for Lucknow. Jhansi Ki Rani, Tantia Tope and the elderly Bahadur Shah Jafar were other leaders who had made a frontier against the British rule.
But more of that later !