Victorian Walk

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Our Victorian Walk at HAZRATGUNGE (Hazratganj) lets you into its rich history, legacy and of course the market that has evolved with times to cater the cultured and the elite of Lucknow. We take you on this walking tour, that includes a seated session at one of the local shops, where you meet a senior shopkeeper, who has much more to share with you over a freshly brewed Darjeeling Tea. On this tour you will discover and rediscover Hazratganj of yore and will be able to compare it with the transformed Ganj of today. You also get an opportunity to walk-in and out of the glitzy showrooms and emporia that entice you with their colour and style. Walkers on this tour will be guided through this street by an expert volunteer, who will give ample time to look around and shop at your convenience. The walk will include, a walking kit and of course an afternoon tea with some cucumber sandwiches, cakes, cookies and scones*.

We are sure this is an experience that takes you back in times and lets you travel back again.

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TARIFF…. INR 3000 Per Guest 

(Includes : walking jute bag, mineral water, wet tissues, photocopied exclusive notes and map and services of an expert volunteer) *Scones are served if baked for a larger groups. If we have up to 6 guests on the walk, we may not serve scones.

Why are we calling it a ‘Victorian Walk’ ? The Victorian era of British history was the period of Queen Victoria’s reign from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901. It was a long period of peace, prosperity, refined sensibilities and national self-confidence for Britain. This was a period of great Indian Mutiny of 1857 that changed the way Indians and Britons lived, worked and thought. On one hand it records devastation and on another it is the period of art, literature, culture and style. Hazratganj is a place that has witnessed all of this and survived the strong winds that have surely impacted its fabric, changed cultures and lifestyle yet can tell a story that that starts from the early years of Queen Victoria and travels through the Edwardian into the 2nd World War and further up till date.

It is said that change is inevitable and welcome, if it were not change, we would have never undertaken this walk to understand the transformation of Hazratgunge into Hazratganj. This is one place that so very conveniently connects history to itself, amalgamates it into the aristocracy of the British in India during the Raj and again moves up to Americanization during the World War, back into an Anglo-Indian culture and then again into a British influenced Lucknow that was very Indian at heart, but with a distinct culture.

One finds striking names and places in this road, which have an exciting story to back them and weave history around it.

This tour starts at Hazratganj Crossing at 1630 hrs and ends at the same place everyday except Sunday. The total duration of this tour is about 2 hours including afternoon tea.

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