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ISKCON Temple Delhi

ISKCON Temple Delhi, also known as Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir is part of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (as the name suggests). Devoted to Vaishnavism – meaning they believe Vishnu is the creator of the universe, they worship mainly Krishna (avatar of Vishnu) and push for monotheism as a belief system.

I love ISKCON temples, they are well maintained, they have lots of books to offer to those seeking answers and I tend to feel a peace at their mandirs – be it truly placebo or be it the collective energy gathered by their daily chantings. – If a city has a ISKCON temple, its definitely worth the visit.

I go for the interesting paintings they hold on Hindu Mythology, the energy released during chantings and their food courts. This is second ISKCON temple I have visited in my life – the first one was Mumbai.

For those who travel a lot, they offer a membership where you get to stay in any of their temples worldwide – not sure about the costs but definitely a great way to travel the word and forget about accommodation.

I leave you with a few experiences ->

And of course, food at the Govinda Restaurant ->

I might take up on visiting them all in India – not for religious reasons, just to feel the aura at the places – definitely worth the time.

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Eating in Lucknow

Eating in Lucknow you will be satisfied with everything. From traditional vegetarian dishses to all kinds of succulent meat, be it for breakfast or dinner, you will be satisfied.

Most of the time we ate breakfast at home – some parathas or cheese omelettes etc – dinner was also served at home with rice/biryani and a main dish with the usual sides – salad and yoghurt – (amazing cookery where I was staying)

Lucknow is famous for its kebabs – they are sold everywhere else, but their spice mixture is composed of different quantities – You will therefore find really soft and succulents kebabs very rich in taste.

Some kebabs would be –

  • Galaouti Kebab
  • Shami Kebab
  • Sheekh Kebab
  • Kakori Kebab

There is also a bread named Sheermal, a thick dryish paratha which is supposed to be eating with ghee or butter infused to it – usually comes in an orangish colouring. – I ate it before I could document it :/

Aloo Tikki Chaat - Comes covered with yoghurt too. - Its much better with it.
Aloo Tikki Chaat – Comes covered with yoghurt too. – Its much better with it.
Butter Chicken Masala
Butter Chicken Masala
Dahi Batashe - Batashe are the Golgappa in Lucknow
Dahi Batashe – Batashe are the Golgappa in Lucknow
Galouti Kebab
Galouti Kebab
Garlic Chowmein - Europe n salsa
Garlic Chowmein – Europe n salsa
Malai Kulfi - Not frozen, just constantly churned
Malai Kulfi – Not frozen, just constantly churned
Matter (chole) Chaat
Matter (chole) Chaat
Safed Mutton - Mutton in white cream sauce
Safed Mutton – Mutton in white cream sauce
Sheekh Kebab, Galouti Kebab, Shaami Kebab
Sheekh Kebab, Galouti Kebab, Shaami Kebab

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Lucknow – The Nawabi City

Lucknow, once know as the Nawabi City would have left a voyageur with his mouths open. With Muslim and Indian arts fusing together, now it offers –

  • Bara Imambara w/ Bulbulaya Maze
  • Chhota Imambara
  • Rumi Darwaza
  • Amazing Kebabs
  • La Martinière School
  • Hazratganj Road

There are a few more places to see which I did not. Lucknow is an interesting city – for foodies like me, you will have a vast amount of meaty dishes and breads which have crossed civilizations, and well, if you are thinking of getting into politics – this city seems to be a good place for it. The main road, Hazratganj has an interesting air to it. All boards are the same black and white color, there is proper street lighting throughout the road but it surely is crowded. 

At first I was a bit reluctant to go, when I googled up the city – it pretty much looked like any other crowded place – but I quite enjoyed it. – If you are fond of simple meats like me – ie Kebabs, Chicken Tikka – Lucknow has a few variations you would like to try, ill write a post on what I ate in Lucknow.

Transport – Mumbai to Lucknow 3,279.00 INR- GoAir (Booked 1 month in advance)

A bit of sightseeing / places to see / attractions in Lucknow.

#1 Bara Imambara – Looked like a mosque with spacious hall inside, coupled with a maze and fort.
#Bara Imambara Fort

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#The Imambara Halls
Bara Imambara Halls - Lucknow
Bara Imambara Halls – Here the guide lights a match on the other side, to prove its acoustic worth.
Bara Imambara Halls - Lucknow
Bara Imambara Halls – The hall, the longest in the world with no pillar support – bricks where put into accurate places.
#2 Chhota Imambara
#3 La Martinière School
#4 Rumi Darwaza
Rumi Darwaza (back) - Lucknow
Rumi Darwaza, so I did not know that the beauty is on the other side, so I got its back side jajaja
#5 Maal – Outskirts of Lucknow

We arrived late to the farm and town, otherwise you would have seen a big field full of mango trees and more, a mandir built by family friends with a very old Shiv artefact and a proper Lucknow Haveli.

The snake below was twice the length, the rest of the skin broke, only half was conserved.

Lucknow is a great city to put on your travel list, you will enjoy the food, the people with their kind heart and quite open mindedness. However, having visited Maal in the upper eastern corner of Lucknow, well, the farm life will always get my points.

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