The northern Indian city of Lucknow is home to over 2.5 million people and is the capital city of the Uttar Pradesh state. Few cities are so breathtakingly steeped in history or so full of opulent and ancient landmarks. Often called "The City of Nawabs" in reference to the city's historical Muslim rulers – the 'Nawabs' of the legendary Mughal Empire – this is a city with a strongly international history and an architecture richly influenced by the Islamic designs favored by its old rulers. There is a vast amount for expats living in Lucknow to explore, including the elaborate Bara Imambara, the Jama Masjid Mosque, the grand Chota Imambara and the wonderful Hussainabad Imambara Gateway into the city. Alongside the city's wealth of cultural and architectural heritage, there are more street markets, curiosities and street-side vendors than the most energetic expat living in Lucknow could ever hope to get around.
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The city's British-built Charbagh Railway Station is in itself another popular landmark. The city is connected to most major Indian regions via this station and expats moving to Lucknow also have the option of taking an interstate bus. The latter can be a very comfortable way to travel, although it is advisable to make sure you have identified the best bus service before traveling. The city's Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport is another option, operating a good number of flights to Indian destinations as well as to several Middle Eastern cities. Before traveling, you may like to get in touch with other global minds and expats living in Lucknow – the huge city is a very international one and organizing a meet-up or getting information through the InterNations discussion groups, forums or private messages is easily done. Arriving as an expatriate in Lucknow with contacts already found is a good way to start off on the front foot.
The city has a subtropical humid climate with cool winters and hot summers. Compared to cities further south, expatriates working in Lucknow will find the climate very comfortable and the city's relative proximity to the world famous Himalayas offers a wonderful weekend getaway. The local food culture is rich and intense, as is the atmosphere of the city – in fact, a recent study ranked it as the 6th fastest growing city in India. This dynamic atmosphere should be a great backdrop for expats working in Lucknow and, alongside the city's large handicrafts industry, a growing IT sector is a magnet for global minds. Life as an expatriate in Lucknow will be dynamic and stimulating, and for any expatriation issues you come across, from expat finance to family & relationships, the Expat Magazine on the InterNations website offers plenty of useful information to help you get the most out of life in this vivid, lively and beautiful city.