Bara Imambara stands on the busy road of old Lucknow as a grand attraction of the city. The massive Imambara (Shi’ite ceremonial hall) is a treasure of impeccable architecture, royal relics and fascinating stories. The imambara was built by Nawab Asaf-Ud-Daulah. The unusual labyrinth of corridors inside its upper floor make a visit here particularly special. The construction of this building was ordered by Nawab Asaf-ud-daulah to generate employment for the labours of his kingdom when a severe famine struck Awadh in 1784. The Imambara’s central and main hall is unique as it does not have any conventional pillar support for its 50 Ft. high arched roof - one of the largest of its kind in the world. The Imambara also houses a beautiful mosque known as Asafi Masjid, a large baoli (stepwell) which can be explored but do carry a torch with you. To the left of the central hall is an intriguing ‘labyrinth’ known as Bhul Bhulaiyya, an enticing narrow passageways that winds its ways inside the upper floors of the tomb’s structure, eventually leading out to rooftop balconies. The view of the city from the top of the monument is breathtaking.
It is advised to hire an authorised guide while exploring the stepwell and Bhul Bhulaiyya, else it can get very confusing.
Don’t spread any kind of dirt in and around the vicinity of the monument.
Adult: INR 50, Child upto 12 years: INR 20, Foreigner: INR 500 Guide Rates: INR 100/125/175/200/250 for 2/5/10/15/20 people respectively.