The morning was wonderful. I was in sync with the vibe of the city and the city was also opening its arms to me. The car commute to the sightseeing was courtesy the hotel travel desk and the driver that they had provided me with seemed experienced enough to know all the routes by heart. Together we did not have any problem locating the places that I wished to travel. He took me to the Dilkusha Kothi quite readily as he knew the way to it. Built in the baroque style of the English, the Dilkusha Kothi Lucknow belonged to the eighteenth century. Sadly, much of the splendor seemed lost in so many years, now the remains that can be seen are the external walls and the extensive gardens, which remain for the view of the visitors. The place also is a testimony of the Lucknow siege in 1857 along with the Residency.
Dilkusha Kothi Lucknow | Image Resource : panoramio.com
The place was initially used as a hunting lodge for the Nawabs and the mansion was
created by Gore Ouseley. Then, later the premise began to be used as a summer resort in which there were some changes made by the Nawab. The Englishmen was a friend to the Nawab, Nasir-ud –Din
Haider. The driver seemed to know much about the place and all this information was felicitated by him. The locality is also quiet and standing majestically on its own, the castle like mansion
gave food for imagination regards the opulence that the place probably had. The significance of the Kothi cannot be disputed because its monuments like these of the erstwhile era tell us so much
about the happenings of the past.
Dilkusha Garden Lucknow | Image Resource : pleasingpics.blogspot.com
Some believe that the Dilkusha Kothi Lucknow had been inspired with the Sealton Delaval
Hall in Northumberland, England. Some also have had the fortune to have seen the albumen print of the rare ancient picture of Dilkusha Kothi captured by Samuel Bourne, an eighteenth century
photographer. There is an uncanny resemblance between the two. I had to bid farewell to the charming place to move towards the Ram Krishna Math Lucknow. Lucknow was a rare treat and I was enjoying thoroughly.