Once you hear about Lucknow, it is hard not to visit. Nestled along the banks of the Gomti River, Lucknow, the city of Nawabs, exudes an enchanting charm that captivates hearts with its romantic allure.

Wander through the narrow lanes of Old Lucknow, where time seems to have stood still, and the centuries-old architecture whispers tales of bygone eras. Indulge in a culinary journey through the aromatic delights of Awadhi cuisine, where kebabs melt in the mouth and biryanis are a sensory delight.

Knowing the best season to visit Lucknow is important because it makes all the difference. Your experience of Lucknow would greatly depend on the season.

We bring you some interesting information about why winter is the best time to go to Lucknow.

The Best Time to Visit Lucknow


  • October to February


The best time to visit Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, India, is during the winter months from October to February. 

Winter brings comfortable temperatures ranging from 8°C to 22°C (46°F to 72°F), making it easier to explore the city's historical monuments, gardens, and markets without discomfort from the heat.

With mild weather, outdoor sightseeing, picnics, and leisurely walks become more enjoyable, allowing visitors to witness the city's architectural beauty and natural surroundings.

Winter is the best season to visit Lucknow to savour Lucknow's delectable Awadhi cuisine, such as rich, warm biryanis and kebabs, which can be heavy during the hotter months.

Winter months coincide with some cultural festivals and events in Lucknow, such as the Dussehra, Diwali and Lucknow Mahotsav, which showcase the city's rich heritage, traditional performances, food, and handicrafts.

The clear winter skies and comfortable weather conditions provide an excellent opportunity for photography enthusiasts to capture the stunning architecture and vibrant atmosphere of Lucknow.


  • March to June


These are the summer months and not the best season to visit Lucknow for those who don't prefer heat. With temperatures ranging from 25°C to 45°C (77°F to 113°F), summers can be quite hot, making it less comfortable for tourists to explore the city during the day. However, evenings and early mornings are relatively cooler, allowing for some sightseeing and outdoor activities.

If you overlook the heat, you can enjoy the mango season and indulge in various mango-based delicacies unique to the region. It can make summer the best time to visit Lucknow. Summer is also a good time to visit water parks and amusement parks in and around the city for fun and relief from the heat.


  • July to September


The monsoon season temperatures range from 24°C to 34°C (75°F to 93°F). During this period, the city receives moderate to heavy rainfall, which may cause some inconvenience for outdoor sightseeing and activities.

The monsoon is one of the best seasons to visit Lucknow because of the charm of the lush green surroundings and the pleasant atmosphere. This is an ideal time for nature lovers and photographers to capture the city's beauty in a different light. The monsoon season also allows tourists to enjoy hot tea and snacks at local eateries while enjoying the rain-soaked cityscape.

Places to Visit in Lucknow

  • Bara Imambara: Lucknow's Architectural Marvel 

Explore the grand Bara Imambara, a historic structure built in 1784, showcasing a unique blend of Mughal and Rajput architectural styles. Discover its iconic central hall, the world's largest arched hall without pillars, and experience the intriguing Bhulbhulaiya maze.

Winter is the best season to visit Lucknow for exploration, as the pleasant weather allows visitors to enjoy the expansive architecture of the complex and the intriguing Bhulbhulaiya maze more comfortably.

  • Chota Imambara: A Jewel of Elegance 

Delve into the beauty of Chota Imambara, built in 1838 and adorned with intricate glasswork and elegant decorations. Learn about its stunning illumination during the festival of Muharram, highlighting chandeliers and delicate mirror work.

  • Rumi Darwaza: Gateway to Lucknow's Heritage 

Uncover the history of Rumi Darwaza, a towering gateway inspired by Istanbul's entrance gates. It was built in 1784 and stands as a symbol of Lucknow's rich cultural heritage. It features intricate carvings and an enormous lantern. If you plan to visit this marvel in Lucknow, the best time would be winter or summer (in the evening) as the cooler temperatures allow you to spend more time and take photos.

  • British Residency: Witnessing History's Echoes 

Explore the ruins of the British Residency, constructed in the late 18th century. Originally a residence during the First War of Indian Independence in 1857, it now serves as a poignant reminder of Lucknow's turbulent past.

  • Lucknow Zoo: A Wildlife Oasis

Discover the diverse wildlife at Lucknow Zoo, which was established in 1921. Spread across 71.6 acres, it houses various animals, including the Royal Bengal Tigers and Asiatic Lions, providing families an enjoyable and educational experience.

  • Hazratganj Market: Shop and Savor in Lucknow's Heart 

Immerse yourself in the lively Hazratganj Market, a bustling shopping area. When the weather is cool and the sky is clear, you can explore the traditional crafts, delicious street food, and the rich artisanship of chikankari embroidery and zardozi work.

  • Dr. Ambedkar Park: A Tribute to Social Reformers 

Find tranquillity in Dr. Ambedkar Park, a sprawling public park dedicated to social reformers. Explore its 107-acre expanse, featuring red sandstone monuments and the central Ambedkar Stupa.

Again, winter would be the best season to visit Lucknow and stroll through Dr. Ambedkar Park's expansive grounds. You can appreciate the red sandstone monuments and the central Ambedkar Stupa without the scorching heat tormenting you.

  • Dilkusha Kothi: Ruins of Colonial Elegance 

Visit Dilkusha Kothi, a European-style palace built in the 19th century. Damaged during the First War of Indian Independence, its ruins now stand as a testament to Lucknow's colonial past, surrounded by peaceful gardens.

Winter months are the best time to go to Lucknow if you want to have a picnic in the gardens here. Summer evenings can also be a good time to visit the gardens as kids can play, and adults can take leisurely strolls in cooler temperatures. However, it closes at 6 pm so you cannot be there for too long in the evening.

  •  Masjid: Architectural Splendor 

Admire the architectural masterpiece of Jama Masjid, a 15th-century mosque featuring a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles. Its intricate stone carvings, lattice windows, and majestic domes create an awe-inspiring sight.

  • Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden: A Conservation Haven 

Experience the Nawab Wajid Ali Shah Zoological Garden, established in 2015, promoting wildlife conservation and education. Enjoy large enclosures, a reptile house, an aviary, and a butterfly park for a fun-filled and educational family day.

Visiting Lucknow during winter allows tourists to explore the city comfortably and make the most of their time, appreciating the city's rich history, culture, and culinary delights.

If you are holidaying at the Club Mahindra affiliated Resort in Agra, don’t miss the chance to visit. It will be the best time to go to Lucknow since the city is only a 7-hour away.


Frequently Asked Questions


  • How many days are enough for Lucknow?

If you're in Lucknow for 3 days, explore the must-see spots, squeeze in some shopping and delicious eats, and take a day trip to the Buddhist sites in Kushinagar or swing by the iconic Taj Mahal.

You could extend your stay in Agra with Club Mahindra and see more.

  • Which is the hottest month in Lucknow?

In June, expect high temperatures in Lucknow, with an average of 32.9 °C (91 °F). Nights offer some relief at 26.6 °C (79.9 °F), but daytime can peak at a sweltering 39.2 °C (102.5 °F). It's the hottest time of the year, so prepare for serious heat. Hence, winter is the best time to go to Lucknow.

  • Which month monsoon comes to Lucknow?

The monsoon graces Lucknow from July to September, bringing moderate rainfall that persists throughout this period. Unless you love the romantic vibe of the rain and are fine with a bit of monsoon adventure, this would not be the best time to visit Lucknow.

  • What food should you try in Lucknow in winter?

One of the reasons winter is the best season to visit Lucknow is the food! Savour the richness of Kali Gajar Ka Halwa and the creaminess of Makkhan Malai. Indulge in the unique flavours of Kashmiri Chai and Noon Chai, and warm up with the hearty Paaye Ka Shorba. Treat yourself to Jouzi Halwa's sweetness and relish the robustness of Nihari. For those who enjoy offal, Bhuni Kaleji offers a flavourful twist. Don't miss the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of Galawati Kebab—a true winter delight in Lucknow.

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