Lucknow is the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh, and is a historically important city, as the capital of the Awadh kingdom. Lucknow also prominently featured in the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, which was the first battle for Indian independence from British colonialism. Lucknow is famous for its intricate embroidery known as Chikankaari, some impressive tombs and beautiful gardens. Lucknow is also known for its art, Mughlai cuisine, dance, culture and music. It became known as the centre of Urdu poetry, and is home to many great poets.
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