Lucknow breathes history. For centuries it was ruled over by the Nawabs of Awadh, who cultivated the city’s long-standing reputation for literature, architecture, and culinary excellence. During the time of the Raj the city became a major hub in northern India; the British adding wide boulevards and leafy parks to its sparkling mausoleums and memorials. Lucknow today is a large and very busy city: the administrative and political capital of Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state. Tourism is a lesser industry here, but those who do pass through will revel in a storied history, staggering monuments, cultural heritage, and a cuisine which is famous throughout the land.