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Chhota Imambara, Lucknow

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Admire the luxury of colonial-era rulers of Lucknow at Chhota Imambara, an exquisite congregation hall for Shia Muslims and a mausoleum for Muhammad Ali Shah, the third Nawab of Awadh. Built in 1838, an ornate pavilion with a radially-ribbed gilded dome has a baroque façade with Arabic calligraphy as ornaments and several pointed arches with elaborate carvings. The interior features elaborate Belgium-made chandeliers with crystals and stained glass used during ceremonies. Tombs of the shad and his mother are made as replicas of Taj Mahals. The front façade overlooks a large pool with fountains supplied directly from Gomti River. Before you head to Lucknow, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Lucknow holiday planner, to make sure you see all that Lucknow has to offer, including Chhota Imambara.
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  • Entrance is free if you have tickets to Bara Imambara. Not as impressive. Not really sell kept. Some keepers force themselves as "guides". 
  • The one touristy thing I wanted to do while in Lucknow and I wasn't disappointed. It's a peaceful compound that's steeped in history. Loved the show round and marvelled at the scientific nuances of th...  more »
  • If you are in Lucknow for a stopover of 1 night, I would not suggest you to visit this place if you have already visited the Bara Imambara. If you have a full day in hand, go for it. 
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  • If you want to see another Taj Mahal, go and watch. The building is very beautiful from inside as well as outside. The entire building is a nice example of oudh times (Nawabs Era). The invidual ticket costs about Rs. 20 for a person.
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  • A good piece of Mughal architecture, especially vast collection of very old chandeliers brought from Belgium. History lovers must visit and explore it. At the entrance of main hall there is no compulsory payment for shoe keeping though might be asked for money while leaving. People inside sometimes explains the history and give guided tour, that too is free of cost.
  • Also known as, Hussainabad Imambara, the Chota Imambara was built by the Nawab of Awadh and is located in Lucknow. Located in close proximity to the larger Bara Imambara, the Chota Imambara is also referred to as the Palace of Lights due to its gilded dome and enchanting decorations during Muharram.
  • Its a beautiful place & a monument to b seen. It shows how a beautiful monument (imambarah) can b built some 220yrs ago. It has a masjid & a maqbara as well.