Rumi Darwaza Lucknow - A Gateway to Paradise

 

On the forth day of my visit to the city of Nawabs, I was planning to visit the very famous Rumi Darwaza . But as it was a little cold on this day which made me postponing my time to move out. Influenced by the low temperatures outside, I decided to move out after lunch and to relax till then.
 
I ordered a lavish breakfast and hot coffee…which I cherish on a chilly day and spent the rest of the day by going through the photographs that I clicked during my last three days visits to historical monuments and the local areas and people on my way. I was overwhelmed with joy to visit such a beautiful place.

After a nice nap and a delicious meal, I asked the hotel staff to arrange for a cab, so as to visit my next place- the Rumi darwaza. Rumi darwaza is known as the signature building of Lucknow. It is also called as the “Turkish Gate”. The name ‘Rumi Gate’ comes from an entangle of stories; some say that it was constructed by workers from Rome , thus called as Rumi while some say that it is thought to be indistinguishable in design to a similar gateway in ancient Constantinople, and hence is called as Rumi Gate.

 

Rumi Darwaza Lucknow
Rumi Darwaza Lucknow | Image Resource : flickr.com/photos/28742607@N02/7101317885

 

Anonymous to the origin of the name, I cherished myself by observing the remarkable structure of the Gate. It was built in 1784 by Nawab Asaf-ud-daula. The Rumi Darwaza is an excellent example of the skilled architectural style of Awadh.

 The Darwaza is about 60 feet high .The topmost part of Rumi Darwaza holds an octagonal Chatri (Umbrella) which is beautifully carved. It can be reached through a staircase to observe closely. The structure would light up during the night making it look all the more beautiful and stunning. Tiny water jets make their way from the sides of the arch initiating from beautifully engraved flower buds. The beautifully carved flowers along with the lights made me call it as a ‘Gateway to Paradise’. The Rumi Darwaza is truly a splendid piece of work and details and is a must visit if you are traveling Lucknow.

 

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"Hi there, my name is Lalit Chandran. I currently reside in ‘Pink city’ i.e. Jaipur where I run a garment export business. Having spent all my childhood in Rajasthan, I fell in love with Indian history and all its glory. So, whenever I get an opportunity, I travel to various places all across India exploring old cities, museums, forts and historic monuments. This blog will catalogue all the places I have visited, people I have met along the way and different cultures I got a chance to experience.

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