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Lucknow

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  • Day7

    Lucknow

    November 19, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Our first part of the trip has now come to an end as we head on our way to Varanasi. It took us a while to recover from the initial journey which took about 25 hours. So the first day or two we were sleeping a lot, unable to force ourselves just then to adjust from jetlag. Trying to get a simcard here was harder than expected so our first adventure failed but we did have a cool walk through town.

    It's strange having to be on guard for scammers all the time but we do find that generally people are nice. Lucknow has interesting variations of architure with recently built slum-like housing mixed with post colonial British architecture. Its all quite dirty from the smog and I don't even want to know what my lungs have been through.

    Fun seeing monkeys on top of buildings everywhere even in the busy highstreet.

    Food highlight was definitely the "melt-in-your-mouth" kebabs at Tunday Kebabi. Lucknow is famous for these kebabs and we found the best of the best. The place was super crowded and busy and we got stared at a lot (we get that everywhere though) but it was totally worth it. The kebabs are slowly marinated with papaya seeds or something so they do literally melt in your mouth 10/10. Left very happy and full for only 5€.

    Which brings me to the next part which is how cheap everything is! Happy days.
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  • Day6

    Bara Imambara

    November 18, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    By far the highlight of Lucknow (also the only touristy thing we did) was the beautiful mosque by the name of Bara Imambara. Just wauw.

    Not much to say about it just that it was so beautiful and breathtaking. The architure inside as well as outside was stunning (I am a real lover of detail) but the garden around it just finished it off. I'm not sure about the exact history but we did have a short tour through the adjoining labrynth. This had the first cc TV ever made probably- without any technology! The way the towering maze was put together included a pool of reflective water placed so smartly you could be standing somewhere completely away in the dark tunnel and keep an eye on the entry port. So if intruders came you could shoot them before they ever knew what was coming. Absolutely genius architecture and engeniering, I was so impressed.

    Amusing to us was also being part of the attraction as we got stopped countless times (literally I can't recount) to have our picture taken with people. Up until this point we haven't seen ANY other white people, not one, so we think that's why. Still strange to have everyone treating you like a celebrity just because of your skin colour. Not complaining though, we smiled happily for all the pictures and chatted with them here and there. Though the language barrier has been a bit of a struggle. Lucknow is a less popular tourist destination so we've found most people don't speak English.
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  • Day64

    Lucknow

    March 9 in India ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Il est minuit, nous voilà sur le quai de la gare à Varanasi. Des centaines de gens sont assis ou allongés sur le sol, dorment, mangent, comme s'ils étaient dans leur canap', tranquilles. Ce soir tous les trains ont au moins deux heures de retard, et on est bien les seuls à s'en émouvoir. Quand un train passe, les gens qui ont pris des billets pour les classes sans sièges attribués se jettent dedans sans même attendre l'arrêt. Certains trains sont pleins jusqu'à ras bord, même si on est en pleine nuit. Les annonces déchirent les oreilles et le jingle de la IRCTC toutes les 30 secondes ("tadaa") rend marteau. Nous avons pris des billets en classe 2AC, ce sont des couchettes confortables. On dort plutôt bien jusqu'à l'arrivée à Lucknow.

    Repas délicieux chez Tunday Kababi - on y reviendra 2 fois tellement c'est bon. Car oui, Lucknow est la capitale du kebab! Mais ce n'est pas le kebab tel qu'on le connaît en France, salade-tomate-oignon et sauce blanche. Sans renier ce dernier - source de joie et de bonnes fins de soirée - ici le kebab c'est un plat raffiné : viande émincée, relevée d'un savant mélange d'épices et grillée à la perfection.

    Nous visitons les mausolées de Saadat Ali Khan et de sa femme. Deux petits garçons peinturlurés de poudre rose pour Holi jouent avec nous dans le jardin. Nous nous rendons ensuite à la British Residency, complètement détruite pendant la révolte des cipayes de 1857.

    Aujourd'hui, c'est le premier jour de Holi. Dans les rues de Lucknow, des hommes boivent et dansent (bizarrement) sur de la musique genre techno-Bollywood. Les femmes ne boivent pas, elles sont privées des trucs marrants (désolante constante...). De grands bûchers sont allumés dans la rue. Les gens y accrochent des couronnes de fleurs, que les vaches ont vite fait de mâchonner. Ces feux brûleront toute la nuit. Nous rencontrons Ashu et ses soeurs, qui nous tartinent de poudre verte et nous invitent chez eux le jour suivant.
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  • Day65

    Lucknow, ça sera la guerre.

    March 10 in India ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    Aujourd'hui, c'est le deuxième jour de Holi : la grande débauche de poudre colorée ! Nous sortons nous balader dans la rue pour voir ce qu'il s'y passe. On se fait vite tartiner de poudre jaune, verte, bleue, rose... Puis nous retrouvons Ashu qui nous emmène chez sa famille. On passe un bon moment, super accueil très chaleureux. Un peu bizarre quand la tante salue en "prenant la poussière des pieds", à l'ancienne. Nous goûtons les pâtisseries au lait typiques de Holi, puis nous sommes traînés de maison en maison, sachant qu'à chaque fois on nous donne à manger (à la fin on prend juste une mini chips, on n'en peut plus !). Les gens sont super gentils et contents qu'on fasse la fête avec eux, il y a juste un type grincheux qui nous fait comprendre qu'on doit se casser de son trottoir, mais c'est tout. Des gamins interpellent Khalid : "Ali baba! Ali baba!"...

    Plus tard dans la journée, Ashu insiste pour nous voir, on va boire un thé, sympa mais un peu bizarre. On rentre. Plus tard, il demande s'il peut faire un tour en scooter seul avec Marie : tout s'explique...
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  • Day66

    Lucknow, dernier jour.

    March 11 in India ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    Journée dédiée au patrimoine moghol de Lucknow. Nous commençons par le Bara Imambara, un complexe incluant un mausolée et une mosquée. Au-dessus du mausolée se trouve un labyrinthe géant, partiellement dans le noir. Ça + foule d'Indiens en congé = gros bazar assuré. On tourne et on vire, incapables de trouver la sortie. Rappelez moi qui a eu cette idée à la noix de visiter un labyrinthe ?

    Parmi les pays que nous avons traversé l'Inde est sans conteste celui où les gens sont les plus accros aux selfies. On ne compte pas le nombre d'Indiens qui nous ont demandé de poser avec eux. Au début on s'y pliait gentiment, puis on a commencé à se poser des questions. Les familles, les femmes, les gamins, ok c'est cool. Mais les groupes de gars qui veulent faire les malins sur les photos avec Marie, ça nous a gonflé. Fallait voir les poses absurdes de lover que les types prenaient...

    Nous nous rendons ensuite au Chota Imambara. De dehors, c'est un ravissant mausolée dont la façade ouvragée est ornée de versets calligraphiés en noir et blanc. Dedans, c'est la fête du kitsch avec moquette rose et lustres de toutes les couleurs. Photos interdites - mais on n'a pas pu s'empêcher de documenter ce délire polychrome. Dans un coin, une tazia en bois, papier doré et franges brillantes type guirlande de Noël (qui a cru que les chrétiens avaient le monopole de la guirlande en plastique qui brille ?). On est perplexes, est-ce là le résultat d'un atelier loisirs créatifs à l'école du coin ? Ben non. Chaque année la tazia est promenée solennellement lors des processions de Muharram. Sacrés chiites.

    Enfin nous allons faire un tour à la Jama Mosque. Elle est réservée aux prières (Namazi only!). Mais Khalid tombe sur un Indien qui parle arabe, tout content de pouvoir discuter un peu. Du coup, les règles s'assouplissent...
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  • Day53

    Imambara, Lucknow

    November 24, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Major Shia shrine that was built to provide jobs for people during a famine in the 18th century. It is a site of mourning over the 7th century martyrdom of Ali.
    1st is the main building of the mosque. 2nd is a look across the courtyard. Then three pictures inside the mosque. The last is the Bouli or well.Read more

  • Day53

    Lucknow

    November 24, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    A large city in northern India, state capital of Uttar Pradesh state and former capital of the local kingdom. The British had a large presence here living in an area called the Residency, mostly in ruins now. I'm told more than 2,000 Brits were killed here during an uprising in the mid 19th century.
    The first two pictures are of the old main city gate. Next is a view over the city from atop The Imambara (see another post). Next is a relatively new city park.
    Across the street from the park is Sheroes, one of the best things I've seen. This is a restaurant run by and for survivors of acid attacks. A number of the survivors were working. I was saddened to see what had been done to them but also richly blessed to see them not only surviving but flourishing. Their smiles through the damage was in itself a blessing. And it was a darn good lunch. I'm told there is a similar place in Agra. If you visit either place, be sure to support them.
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  • Day302

    Road trip!

    October 30, 2017 in India ⋅ 🌫 30 °C

    Back in Delhi I ran into max and told him about my plan to go to varanasi. His plan was the same, almost the stop in Agra was planned for him. So he asked me to join him with the bus. During breakfast we met Laura and Nina, also from Germany. Their plan was similar and we decided to go together, with max caravan. ROAD TRIP!!!

    Sunday night, the guys from the hostel asked max and me to join them for going out. Some booze and food... Just an hour or two... Eventually we came back at 1am...
    We had food, twice... And a beer or two...

    Next morning was waking up early necessary. Past ten we left to agra to visit the Taj mahal, again. The drive was great, everywhere cows on the road. Honky everywhere: a crazy city! Taj mahal is still impressive, but more from the outside than from the inside. We spent two and a half hours on the ground of Taj mahal. We became hungry.
    So, we head for food. After a good curry it was too late to visit the agra fort. So the journey went on. We tried to get as close varanasi as possible. Max got tired and offered me to drive if I like. We swapped and I made the way to Lucknow. A city 200km from agra...
    To get a hostel is not easy because they most of them are out of a license. For safety reasons every hostel or hotel has to report the police if they have tourist in the house.
    Finally we found one. Max slept in his van and Nina, Laura and me we shared a bed. No complaints about the company or sharing a bed but the room and bath were dirty and moldy. And finally it was the cheapest option. The other were way more expensive.
    Laura, Nina and me went out for breakfast while Max was still asleep. All bakery opened at 10am so we had some samosa and tea.
    As we came back to the hotel Max was already waiting for us. We left for some sightseeing in the main city and found a old mosque with a beautiful garden around. Like everywhere the asked for money for taking pictures but max asked them if locals also have to pay? No response... So we didn't neither.

    After a short visit and some photos we made our way towards Varanasi. Less than ten minutes after we started the to girls were already silent. Fell asleep for almost the whole trip. They just woke up for food and the necessarily walk to the toilet...
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  • Day75

    lucknow

    August 29, 2016 in India ⋅ ⛅ 35 °C

    Mein erster eigener Sari 😃
    Ich hab ihn mit sogar selbst umgebunden.. hat aber ewig gedauert.

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