As you wander through this expanse of green gardens and crumbling ruins, it’s difficult to imagine the horror faced by the people once trapped here. It’s a serene place, this, and invites you to settle down under a tree with a gripping read – Dalrymple’s White Mughals, perhaps?
Do also make a quick walkthrough of the 1857 Memorial Museum (The Residency complex; 10am – 5pm Tues – Sun; ` 5), and spend some time wandering through the Begum’s Kothi, the residence of Begum of Nasir-ud-Din Haidar, as well as the atmospheric ruins of the lovely mosque and imambara (shrine) in which she worshipped.
The Residency isn’t the only place in the city where you’ll hear stories of the Siege of Lucknow, though. Head over to La Martinière College, whose students famously assisted in the defence of The Residency (00-91-9454469226; www.lamartinierelucknow.org; La Martiniere Rd, Martin Purva). This beautiful complex is centred around the gorgeous Constantia, built to be the residence of Major-General Claude Martin, who died before it was completed. One of the clauses in the eccentric Major-General’s will was that his home be converted into a school for young men. Ano