A heartwarming note of “Muskuraiyein, kyunki aap Lucknow mein hai”, welcomes you to the land of architecture, culture, poetry, food and kebabs. Situated on the banks of the River Gomti, Lucknow is one of the biggest cities in Uttar Pradesh and the erstwhile hot seat of the Mughal dynasty. Often called the city of nawabs and kebabs, Lucknow is the artistic hub of the Awadh region and home to some of the most beautiful monuments in the country.
- Why travel from Delhi to Lucknow?
- Traveling from Delhi to Lucknow
- Best time to take a road trip by car
- How to Reach Lucknow By Train
- How to Reach Lucknow By Flight
- Other means of traveling
- Places to eat along this route
- Attractions in Lucknow for Sightseeing
- Savaari recommends – Popular places to eat in Lucknow
- Hotels and resorts – Accommodation in Lucknow
- Nearby Road Trips
Why travel from Delhi to Lucknow?
The roads connecting Delhi to Lucknow are smooth, and this has helped connect the two cities as well as other major cities of Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow is one of the most visited cities because of its food, people, the vibrant culture, etc. People from all over visit the city to admire its beauty and to get a taste of its royal culture. The city’s rich history has been kept alive for more than a thousand years through the monuments that stand tall to this day.
Use this ready-made guide from Savaari when you take a road trip from Delhi to Lucknow. We will take you through a gorgeous route with breathtaking monuments, hidden gems, and eateries en route.
Traveling from Delhi to Lucknow by road
The distance between Delhi and Lucknow is approx 500 km and can be easily covered in under 7 hours by road. One of the most wholesome ways of covering this distance is by renting a reliable cab service from Delhi. It is fun and interesting, and also flexible, allowing you to take detours and customize your itinerary – a flexibility that is often limited when taking a train or flight. The roads are well maintained and you will pass through the towns of Noida, Vrindavan, Mathura, and Agra. Experience the joy of being on the road by directly booking a car in Delhi at best rates.
Best time to take a road trip from Delhi to Lucknow
The best time to take a road trip from Delhi to Lucknow is between October and March. The weather is ideal as well as suitable for local sightseeing in Lucknow. Summers in Lucknow should be avoided because the temperatures are extremely unpleasant for any kind of day tours. July to September is also a good time to visit but rains might be a little hindrance and could delay your local sightseeing plans.
Below are the details of a road trip from Delhi to Lucknow along with insights on popular places along the way as well as places to eat en route.
Route: Distance and Time taken from Delhi to Lucknow Via Taj Express Highway and Agra
|Delhi -> Noida -> Faridabad -> Vrindavan -> Mathura -> Agra -> Lucknow|
Popular places to visit on this route:
- Worlds of Wonder, Noida – Worlds of Wonder will make for a perfect stop for some fun and games along the way.
- Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Noida- Okhla Bird Sanctuary is a perfect place to spot different species of birds and explore nature.
- Badkhal Lake, Faridabad – The lake is nestled in the Aravalli Hills, and therefore, should be visited for the scenic beauty it is surrounded with.
- Raja Nahar Singh Palace – About 15 km from South Delhi, Raja Nahar Singh Palace is an enormous palace with huge arches, beautifully embellished rooms and magnificent courtyards.
- Forts of Pawai, Mali and Chandangarh – Belonging to the migrants from Rajasthan during the medieval period, the forts of Pawai are the major attractions for archaeology and photography buffs.
- ISKCON Temple, Vrindavan – One of the most beautiful temples in Vrindavan, Hare Rama Hare Krishna temple is a place to experience peace and tranquility in the midst of a chaotic city.
- Keshi Ghat, Vrindavan – Watch the most beautiful sunset at Keshi Ghat which is situated on the banks of the River Yamuna.
- Kusum Sarovar, Mathura – Visit Kusum Sarovar for the evening aarti. This is quite a famous attraction among photography buffs.
- Taj Mahal, Agra – Probably the biggest highlight of your road trip, Taj Mahal is one of the world’s seven wonders. Hence is it absolutely necessary to stop here and admire the gorgeous monument adorning the land of Agra.
Popular places to eat along the way:
- Highway Masala – Stop here for breakfast. Chole Bhature and Masala Chai are their signature dishes.
- Slice of Italy – Open from 10 am till the late hours of the night, Slice of Italy is a famous highway stop that takes care of your pizza cravings.
- Hie Five Dhaba – The palak paneer and lachha paratha here are a must try.
- Magic Food Zone – Craving something sweet? They serve the best moong dal barfi.
- Express Plaza – A clean, well maintained food court. Ideal for a short break to stock up on snacks and water bottles.
- Radha Rani Tea Stall – The best masala tea on the highway. They’re known to add a particularly lavish amount of spices in their tea.
Other means of traveling to Lucknow
New Delhi is well connected to Lucknow through the Delhi-Moradabad and Moradabad-Lucknow railway lines. With a distance stretching from 480 km to 513 km, a New Delhi to Lucknow NR train journey normally takes between 7 hours and 12 hours, depending on the route taken.
There are 52 different trains running between New Delhi and Lucknow. Kamakhya Express is the earliest train from New Delhi to Lucknow NR, which departs at 3:48 a.m. every Wednesday from the Delhi railway station. On the other hand, New Delhi – Lucknow AC Superfast Express is the last train running from New Delhi to Lucknow NR, which plies daily from the New Delhi railway station at 11:25 p.m. Visit the official website of the Indian Railways to know more.
These are the domestic airlines which operate their flights daily between the cities of Delhi and Lucknow. The Delhi to Lucknow flight duration on a non-stop flight is 1 hour 05 minutes covering 415 at one go. There are a minimum of 140 flights that operate between Delhi and Lucknow in a week. However, the cost of a Delhi to Lucknow air ticket will start from INR 2984. Visit the numerous online portals or the official website of an airline you prefer to book a flight ticket.
Explore Lucknow like a local – A Handy Travel Guide
Built back in the 18th Century, Lucknow was constructed by the fourth Nawab of Awadh and is a wonderful reminder of a forgotten time. There is much to see and visit in Lucknow that it is important you plan your day tours way in advance. With Savaari’s handy guide to exploring the city of Nawabs, be rest assured to take home only the best experience.
Attractions in Lucknow for Sightseeing
- Bada Imambara – Standing tall since 1784, the beauty of Bada Imambara will amaze you along with its gigantic size. An important place of worship for the Muslims, the mosque receives thousands of devotees during the festival of Muharram. The central hall in Bada Imambara is said to be about 50 meters long, thus making it the largest arched hall in the world as well as an unsupported structure. Do visit the Asifi Mosque and Shahi Bauli.
- Chota Imambara – Only 1.5 km from Bada Imambara, Chota Imambara is a 19th Century structure that delights every visitor with colourful lamps, chandeliers, and a mosaic of green patterns. You can also find the tomb of Muhammad Ali Shah and that of his family members inside the monument.
- Hazratganj – Hazratganj is a renowned attraction situated in the heart of the city. The place has a number of coffee shops and fine dining restaurants like Royal Cafe, Jone Hing, and Chedilal. You can also find the popular Paanch Pani Ke Bataashe here which should not be missed when in Lucknow.
- Chowk – This place is quite a hit among shoppers and foodies. Chowk is popular for its divine Makhan Malai and Rahim’s Nahari kulcha. It is here that you will find the popular embroidered Chikan Garments, a fine collection of itar, traditional and modern ornaments, antiques, etc. This place is also the best corner to buy handicrafts and if you happen to make it to the Golden Darwaja area, do check out other beautifully handcrafted products like knives, lampshades, ivory shirt pins, Nagra shoes, and chappals.
Places to eat in Lucknow
- Rahim’s Kulcha Nahari – Tunday Kebabs and Nahari Kulcha
- Rati Lal’s Khasta Kachori – Poori and Chickpea sabzi
- Prakash ki Kulfi – Falooda Kulfi
- Sharma Tea Stall – Bun Makhan with Masala Chai
- Jain Chat Wala -Dahi Batashe and Aloo Tikki
- Makhan Malai Chowk -Makhan Malai
- Chowk – Chole Bhature
- Gomti Nagar – Chaat and Street food
- Wahid’s Biryani – Awadhi Biryani
- Raja Thandai – Thandai
- Idris ki Biryani – Nawabi Biryani
Hotels and Resorts – Accommodation in Lucknow
|Hotel Name||Address||Phone No.|
|Hotel Deep Palace||Cantonment Rd Opp Irrigation Office Burlington Chauraha, Udaiganj, Husainganj, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226001||0522 223 6738|
|Hotel Olive Tree||169, 92/147, Gautam Buddha Marg, Ganeshganj, Aminabad, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226018||095198 22227|
|Scorpio Club Water Park and Resort||Woodland Garden, Off, Kursi Rd, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 206026||088742 02471|
|Radisson Lucknow ||24, Cantonment Rd, Kaiserbagh Officer’s Colony, Husainganj, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226001||0522 429 9999|
|Lebua Lucknow, Saraca Estate||19, Sarva Palli, Saraca Estate, The Mall Avenue, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226001||0522 223 8333|
|Lucknow to Kanpur||92 km||2 hours|
|Lucknow to Delhi||550 km||8 hours|
|Lucknow to Allahabad||201 km||4 hours|
|Lucknow to Ayodhya||135 km||3 hours|
|Lucknow to Chitrakoot||229 km||5 hours|
|Lucknow to Varanasi||313 km||6 hours|
|Lucknow to Khajuraho||306 km||7 hours|