The history of the Lucknow Mahaotsav dates back to the year 1975-1976, when the on the event of the Tourism Year. On this occasion, it was aimed to promote art, craft, culture and tourism for national and international tourists. The idea of organizing Lucknow Lucknow Mahaotsav was conceived then. From the date, the festival is celebrated each year.
What does the Lucknow Mahaotsav has to offer?
The festival is celebrated over a period of ten days in the winter months. Each year the Lucknow Mahaotsav is based on different themes. Each year the festival houses different programs to attract the tourists from all over the world.
The festival offers a chance for the people to enjoy a wide array of events, activities and displays. Some of the famous ones are the Tonga Race and the Vintage Car Rallies. Events change from year after year. However, some events like cock fights, ekka races and the kite flying events speak aloud about the long lost history of the city of Nawabs. A regular feature at the festival is the kavi sammelan, hot air balloon ride and mushaira.
The festival also hosts a number artisan from the state of Uttar Pradesh. You get a chance to see the brilliantly carved crafts of the state at the festival. Like the Silk Sarees from Varanasi, Zari and Cane from Bareilly, Chicken work from Lucknow, appliqué work from Rampur, Brass items from Moradabad, Wood from Saranpur, leather goods from Kanpur and many other crafts from the other cities in the state.
For Music lovers, the festival offers a wide array of events like Comedy Nite with Krishna-Sudesh., Punjabi Night, Folk Music, Sufi Night, Ghazal night, Shayari Night and many other events. Get an opportunity to enjoy the traditional dramas displaying the rich culture of the country? Guests can get a chance to see artists like Prahlad Tipanya, Arijit Singh, Sonu Nigam, Chhannulal Mishra ,Javed Ali ,Sunidhi Chauhan ,Malini Awasthi and many others to make the event an unforgettable one.
For the kids, there are a number of rides and games to keep the little ones excited and busy. There are a number of toy stalls for kids. In the recent years, the festival for attracting the younger crowd has made a gaming section.
Enjoy the world famous Lucknowi cuisine at the festival. Ranging from lip smacking vegetarian dishes to the scrumptious tasting non-vegetarian dishes for which the city of Nawab is known over the world. Get a chance to enjoy the real flavours of the Awadhi Cuisine. Some of the most loved dishes not to miss at the festival are Kakori Kebab, Tangri Kebab, Patar Ka Gosht, Seekh Kebab, Biryani, Shekawati, Tunde Kebab, Kebab Paranthas, Lucknowi Korma, Aloo Chat, Kesaria Doodh, Shahi Tudka, Kulfi Falooda are a few to name.
What time the festival is organized?
The festival runs for ten long days, generally celebrated between 25th November and 5th December. The festival is organized by organized jointly by Lucknow District Administration and UP tourism. The festival exhibits the splendours and the elegance of the City of Nawabs.