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Would you dare visit these 5 haunted places in Lucknow?

Aishwarya Bhat

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Lucknow or more specifically, “our” Lucknow is not only famous for its exquisite culture, royalty, sumptuous food stuff, beautiful chikan work, but also for those few places that can give chills down your spine. Yes, you read that right, several spooky and eerie incidents have come into limelight and we bring to you the 5 most haunted places in our very own Lucknow.

Bada Imambara

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Famous for its extremely confusing mazes which can nearly eat up any person if he decides to explore the place without any guide. The main aim behind constructing the monument was to give employment to the people. Due to the major famine, the place encountered a number of deaths. The ghosts can still be seen in the mazes of the place. Many people who had entered the confusing maze and that too alone have never returned to their homes. Scary isn’t it?

Sikandra Bagh

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According to the reports, the British died while taking the lives of 2300 Indian freedom fighters in Sikandra Bagh at the time of freedom movement of India. The Britishers did not let the family members do the last rites. The bodies of 2300 dead Indians were left to rot in open in the Sikandra Bagh until the vultures ate them up and the remains were left decomposed. Since then, the spirits haunt the place.

OEL HOUSE

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During the revolt of 1857 many British soldiers died and were thrown inside a well inside the OEL House. Ever since the ghosts and spirits of the dead soldiers have overtaken the OEL House. When V.C. of Lucknow was given OEL House as his residence, he and his family overlooked all the ghostly stories. His boy was throwing pebbles in the well while playing and soon his body was found mercilessly and mysteriously killed. Rumors are that spirits killed him.

Nirala Nagar

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Spooky city, spooky colony!! Built in 1960 on the cremation ground. The property of the colony used to bear many graves until the human decided to settle here, and ghosts found a new place to own. People have noticed various freaky images disappearing in the air, the cries of the children at night. Moreover, it is also believed that whoever lives here has the curse of spirits of the dead.

Balrampur Hospital

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Built on a graveyard, The spirits of people from graves haunt the place. Patients have reported the sound of footsteps being heard, strange noises of somebody knocking doors of their rooms and sudden cries being heard at night.

Muskariye aap lucknow mein hain, aur thoda dariye agar aap inn jagho par akele hai!! In

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Sahir Ludhianvi’s magic is not one can escape from!

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“Even in deep secrets, even in darkest night,
I’ll be as noticeable as a star shining bright.
If losing heart is what’s called love,
I’ll master the art with pride.”
A wizard of words, Sahir Ludhianvi has countless verses to his credit. His songs date back to 1949, but still serve as lyrical medicine of a lifeless soul.
So let us indulge in some intoxication that Sahir ji has left behind through his words.

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THESE 5 ‘WONDERS’ OF THE NORTHERN INDIA WILL DEFINITELY MAKE YOUR SUMMER ADVENTUROUS

Yashdeep Bajpai

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“Hot weather opens the skull of a city, exposing its white brain, and its heart of nerves, which sizzle like the wires inside a lightbulb. And there exudes a sour extra-human smell that makes the very stone seem flesh-alive, webbed and pulsing.”

―Truman Capote

That’s raw, right? Stripping us right down to our arteries and sizzling them, well let’s beat the hot BBQ and beat the heat this summer with some cool, really ice-cold adventure hotspots.

 

Rewalsar

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This quaint little town in Himachal gets a bit pressed down under the two heavy weights of a hill stations, Manali and Shimla. But, let it amaze you with simplicity and coolness of the Gaia’s amazing breeze brushing gently past the tall trees, stroll down the lanes,visit the scenic lake, hike up and enjoy the sights and cool weather.

 

Tawang

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Let’s “reclaim” Arunachal this Summer from China.Not being easily accessible, it remains an offbeat destination where the temperatures are low during the summer. Getting there itself is quite an adventure.You get to explore a new world, see the Great Himalayas from the Northeastern perspective,breathe the brisk unpolluted refreshing air that reminds us how the Giants look after us.

 

Kurseong

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Who you gonna call ?!

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Kurseong is a small spooky hill station 30 km away from Darjeeling and you can reach here by road or via a toy train. The ghostbusters mobile might not make it up the hills. Some legends suggest that it is “The Haunted” Dow Hill. Grab your salt and iron this beat the heat and hunt some ghosts.

 

Chakrata

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You can easily ditch Mussoorie for a trip to this place. Once a summer retreat for the British Raj, this serene hill station offers a stunning panoramic view of some of nature’s delights.It offers many trekking trails and a huge forest cover makes it a nature lover and a bird watcher’s delight as well.

 

Tirthan Valley

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Located at a distance of just over 500km from the National Capital, this place is hidden within the depths of Kullu’s towering mountains.A much needed respite from the maddening crowds, you’ll find here in, peace, in the lush green mountains and the snow-capped peaks and the babbling Tirthan River.You can either pitch your tents and camp or stay in one of the homestays at the banks of the river and fish for some trout.

 

Douse the fire within, let it be covered with cool waves of bliss by visiting these places and be the adventure man you dreamt of and heave a cool breath and “Let the Summer begin.”

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FROM “JUST PAAN” TO “THE PAAN” !

Harsh Chaturvedi

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Paan, a simple yet effective mouthfreshner-ish kind of snack is probably the most famous munching recipe ever invented in the first place. NOTE:- NO HISTORICAL REFERENCE OR GEOGRAPHICAL INFLUENCE OF THIS FLAVOR GRENADE WILL BE DISCLOSED BECAUSE……YOU KNOW!

Here in Lucknow, this all time iconic snack is regaining its lost luster. All thanks to Mr. Shrikant Modi or better known as Modi Ji and his creative ideas about paan. To shed some light on the “set of special skills” with pan, Modi Ji disclosed his experiments:-
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Brought fire paan to the city –


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Talking about the exploits of pan and it’s properties, one interesting version of this simple recipe is the “fire-paan“. What was the talk of Delhi only is now being enjoyed among the Lucknow folks as well. “I made a different version of this already famous recipe.” So I fathomed hard and brought the Fire Paan here, made a few changes as well” quotes Modi Ji.

Read Also: What makes delhi’s food culture diverse and unique!!

Made a plethora of variants –

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Possibly the most interesting thing about paan is its flexibility towards the creative artist. Modi Ji being one, gives  unique and exclusive variants such as ‘Tsunami Paan‘, ‘Paan Bhelpuri‘, ‘Laddoo Paan‘. Not to mention that all these variants have positive reception beyond all measures. Also, these variants have capacity to mint over a month so you can enjoy them all for a longer duration.

Brought the taste to celebrities –

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It’s just like adding another feather to the cap of this awesome package of taste. Modi Ji’s paan has been on the taste buds of actors like Amitabh Bachhan, Sunil Shetty and all the way to famous politicians like Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav and many more. So that gives him an edge I guess!!

Brought it to the youth –

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Paan has now an increased usage after the surge.The only reason that brought it down in the first place was its content. So now, one can enjoy the delicious snack as Modi Ji’s ‘Lakhnavi Meetha Paan‘. Much as his own invention, this is a favourite of children as well as adults. “I wanted to create a paan that could be eaten by both kids and adults alike“, and guess what he did it!

So next time when you think about paan, don’t just think about munching it down like a regular chewing gum. Feel the taste as it blends with your taste buds. And don’t forget to ring the brass bell hanging on Modi Ji’s shop. You’ll remember it forever!

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