Motifs at Vivanta by Taj - Gomti Nagar, Lucknow
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- Heritage and Victorian Walks: Lucknow, the charming capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Awadh blossomed under the rule of the Nawabs- patrons of architecture, arts and crafts- from about the mid-18th to the mid- 19th centuries. The British ruled over the city subsequently, and even today a walk through the city’s historic lanes with a knowledgeable guide unfolds the life of an old city that is a world unto itself.
Guests can enjoy a Heritage Walk or a tonga (a traditional horse buggy) ride through old lanes and by-lanes of Chowk for a flavour of a bygone era. As the guide shares details of history, old spaces come alive with history. Guests can also opt for the Victorian Walk through the erstwhile British Market of Lucknow, which has been renovated to its full glory, where each building seems to have stories to share! The walk is fittingly wrapped up with a traditional Awadhi dinner of delicate Lucknawi kebabs, biryanis, breads, main course preparations and desserts.
- Colourful Dhobi Ghat: An unusual walk through the steps by the Gomti River to watch washermen washing exquisitely embroidered chikankari garments by the river bank. From the rhythmic sound of beating clothes on the boulders to the sight of water being sprinkled artistically in the air and of colourful clothes being hung to dry in the sun……. each moment of the washing process is breathtakingly beautiful. Guests can also try their hands at washing.
A drink of chilled lassi or thandai served in earthen cups, a chat with the washer men, a walk along the ghats, browsing the embroidery on hundreds of garments , roaming the ghats, sitting on jute cots and listening to folk songs being sung by the washermen make for a charming experience. Guests also visit the embroidery unit of SEWA to watch needleworkers at work and are presented a chikankari souvenir at the end of the visit.
- A History Filled Evening at La Martiniere: A fascinating trip back to British times! Over an elegant high tea at the atmospheric 19th century La Martiniere College, guests learn about Maj Gen Claude Martin, the institution’s founder; the system of British education followed here; the role of La Martiniere during India’s First War of Independence in 1857, and enjoy a chat with students.
- Culinary Delight at the Poolside: An elegant canopy, swaying palms, lush walkways, marble statuary, fountains and the star studded sky craft an exclusive ambience as guests dine by the ornamental swimming pool. A special menu designed by the chef that features traditional and continental Indian barbecues, grills and sizzlers with live music enhances the dining experience.