Dilkusha Kothi Palace, Lucknow

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Dilkusha Kothi is the remains of an eighteenth-century house built in the English baroque style in the quiet Dilkusha area of Lucknow in India. Today there are only a few towers and external walls as a monument, though the extensive gardens remain. The house was shelled during its involvement in the Lucknow siege in 1857 together with the Residency and the nearby school of La Martiniere.
The house was constructed around 1800 by the British resident Major Gore Ouseley, a friend of the ruler of Oudh, Nawab Saadat Ali Khan. It was initially intended as a hunting lodge for the Nawabs of Oudh, although it was later used as a summer resort too. Changes were made to its design by Nawab, King Nasir-ud-Din Haider (1827-1837). The building had patterned walls and unusually no inner courtyard as was traditional in Indian architecture. The building therefore had a smaller footprint and did not extend over a large area but was taller than traditional local architecture. Like its neighbour, La Constantia, it is located on the banks of Lucknow's main river, the Gomti.
The design bears a startling resemblance to the style of Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland, England. Seaton Delaval Hall was built in 1721 and was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh, who also designed Blenheim Palace. Dilkusha Kothi is depicted in a rare early albumen print by the photographer Samuel Bourne, dating from 1864-1865.
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  • If you are history lovers then this place really for you. Its really amazing place and vert attractive.  more »
  • In a Lucknow cantt Historic monument situated just 5 km from Hajratganj. That is Nabab of Lucknow's temporary resistance when he go hunting.  more »
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  • Great history. Huge monument. Dilkusha Kothi is a historical park adjacent to it has Dilkusha Garden. Combined they both are very nice place for picnic or walking. Tree cover with various varieties is itself amazing. Used to have a small boating area in the Garden along with many other rides for small kids but is not managed anymore properly and hence are dysfunction. Ideal for morning walk, meditation, yoga and picnic.
  • A heritage monument that tells the tales of architectural masterpieces created by the nawabs of Awadh in collaboration with the British. It is also a testimony of British apathy and nehlect towards these buildings just to punish the nawabs for the siege of the British Residency by the Indian sepoys who revolted against the British in 1857. The ruins of a majestic Kothi stands amidst the lush green cover in the outskirts of Lucknow city.
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