Uttar Pradesh

Residency – An Enigma of 90 Days

                                   Residency – An Enigma of 90 Days

हम भी बीते हुए को जी लेते हैं.
और एक दिन हम न होंगे … पर हमारा निशां होगा.

It was my second trip to Lucknow. UPSTDC guys settled for a guide for me for Rs.700 and overwhelmingly he came in tie and in full enthu next morning in his bike. Since I was alone he offered to accompany me in bike for my convenience.

Now we are at Residency at 3.30 PM. Took the entry ticket. Guide told me that it is 33 acres area and now is in complete ruins.

Order of Local Tour : SikandarBag-Shah Najaf Imambara- Saadat Ali Tomb-Kaiser Bagh Palace-Chhatr Manzil-Residency-Bada Imambara-Chhota Imambara-Aet gallery

Where to stay

I normally stay at state tourism guest houses and my experience has been good at all guest  houses in entire India.  For Uttar Pradesh you can book online using  https://online.up-tourism.com/booking

Nawabs of Awadh completely submitted to East India Company in battle of Buxar in 1774. They ordered Nawabs to construct Residency (office cum residence) at Lucknow. That is how residency started in 1774 by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan and completed in 26 years.

The souroundings inside the residency of 33 Acres is well maintained.

As we know the war of independence in 1857 this place was attacked. Out of 3000 Britishers including Indian soldiers, two thousand were killed. They were trapped for 90 days.

Bailley Guard Gate : Entrance is from Entrance direction and is welcomed by Baillie Guard Gate.

Bailley Gate – 200 years old. Built by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan in early 19th century. he was British resident here. He also had fought war against Tipu Sultan.

Sikh Square : The memorial of Indians who fought for support of British from inside the residency and lost their lives. This memorial is just next to Baielley Gate.

Sikh Square- Built in memory of Indians who fought ofr british from inside the Residency during 1857

Treasury House: Built in 1851. Situated right across Baillie Guard Gate. Design of Rajput art and arches can be seen here. In 1857 war it was converted into ordinance factory.

Treasury House- Dear guide is standing in all pride

Part of treasury.

Bullet and bomb shell marks are visible in almost all buildings in residency.

inside Treasury

Banquet Hall : Furnished with costly chandeliers, mirrors and silk diwans those days. Broken fountain, marble works were there. During was it was converted to field hospital.

Banquet Hall- Standing with Guide. This was most decorated building in this entire residency.

The banquet hall was having costly chandeliers. Fireplace was in first floor.

Roof of the banquet hall was damaged during 1857 bombing

The fine fountain in black and white “inlaid” marble is at the entrance of the banquet hall.

Fountain in Banquet Hall

In the banquet hall

Dr. Fayrer’s House : Tehkhana in this gave shelter to women. Sir Henery Lawerence died here on July,4,1857 who had lead battle of Chinhat in April,1857.

Doctor Feyrer’s House

Inside Feyrer’s House

Main Residency Building :  It was 3 storeyed. One storey was underground (Tehkhana). During seize ground floor was occupied by 32nd Regiment and officiers which underground portion was occupied by women and children.

Main residency building

Inside the main residency. You can see flag there on top. This flag tower was higher but broken in 1857 attack

The ventilation of the basement part of main residency

Church and cemetery :  Now only ruins upto 2-3 feet remain.

Church remains

cemetery

Begum Kothi :  Built by Asaf-ud-daula. Initially it was used by European businessman to sell european good. Later here lived the european wife of Nawab Naseer-uddin-Haider. Step sister of european wife built a mosque here.

Begum Kothi

Bahu Begum Mosque

Bahu Begum ki Masjid

Anderson Post :

Andesrson’s Post

Hose of Captain Routleff during seize of 1857

Captain Routleff during seize of 1857

Epilogue

This place is the tale of 3000 lives trapped for 90 days under continuous shell bombings. This is one of the very few monuments which mark 1857 revolt so vividly. It was the 1857 revolt when british crown took the reign in their hands from East India Company.

There are many other points inside the residency like House of martin Gibbon, Kanpur battery, Duprat’s house, Martiniere Post and Sheep and Slaughter House which I missed to ask from the guide.This place is important in history of India while Chhota and Bara Imambara are important on Awadh map.

By the time Akbar became emperor in 1556 Mughal Empire had almost completely settled. he
It was my first day of stay at Agra. I reached by train from Lucknow.
Whenever I roam in Lucknow I feel Lucknow is new but clothe is still of
गुजरेंगे जाने वाले, मंजिल यूँही रहेगी अफ़सोस हम न होंगे, महफ़िल यूँही रहेगी While i
ढूंढोगे कहाँ मुझको, मेरा पता लेते जाओ, एक कब्र नई होगी एक जलता दिया होगा।

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