Lucknow, even in its old Nawabi days, was incomplete without a reference to the neighbouring towns and villages that were inhabited by noble families related to the Nawabs, the courtiers, the barristers, the intellectuals, poets and Sufi saints. The curiousity to explore the hidden landmarks and untold stories, inspired a group of heritage lovers and foodies to take the Kakori Trip on a fleet of cars, unlike the palanquins – as were used in the bygone era.
The group reached Kakori around 8 am and all the cars were parked inside a complex that had a Kothi, 3 big tombs of revered Sufi saints and several graves of their ancestors and descendants. The Kothi was a perfect example of typical homes owned by the affluent class and the nobility during the Nawabi times or the British Period.
Welcomed by the Head of the family, the group was given a walkthrough of the house and the tombs. Various anecdotes related to the household were shared with the eager audience that kept popping questions that crossed their minds as they tried to capture the minute details in the architecture, the arched gates, the wells, and the tombs.
Pic Courtesy: Dr. Shrikant Shrivastava
After clicking pictures and climbing the terraces, the foodies were all set for the unusual but an extreme gastronomic delight – Chola – Bhatura, Aaloo ki Sabzi – Bhatura, Kakori Kebabs, Kakori Kebabs with Bhatura and all possible combinations. Those who still wanted to carry a few kebabs with them for Lunch, happily ordered and got it packed before leaving for the chaotic city life.
This Kakori trip was organized by Citizens for Lucknow – a group that aims to preserve the Architectural Heritage of the city. If you wish to take such trips in future, watch out for event updates from Citizens for Lucknow or LucknowPulse on their Facebook pages.