In the quest of exploring the world we often ignore our own backyard. So this time I decided to do a little exploration of my own city, Lucknow. I belong to Lucknow, I have spent most of my life there. Besides being popular for its “tameez” and “tehzeeb” it has a lot more to offer in terms of history and heritage as well. Along with a lot of popular historical monuments Lucknow also boasts the possessions of some nicely built parks. Amongst many of the parks in Lucknow, here is how an evening in Ambedkar Park looks like.
Ambedkar Park is located in one of the most posh areas of Lucknow, Gomti Nagar. A little insight of the park from wikipedia:
“Ambedkar Memorial Park is a public park and memorial in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is more formally known as Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal and is also referred to simply as “Ambedkar Park”. The park honors the lives and memories of Jyotirao Phule, Narayan Guru, Shahuji Maharaj, Bhimrao Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram and all those who’ve devoted their life for humanity, equality and social justice. The memorial was constructed by Mayawati, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, during her administration when she led the Bahujan Samaj Party.”
The whole park is built with red stones which give a rustic feel to the architecture. There are many sections in the park and the main section showcases a huge statue of Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar with an inscription in Hindi which reads
मेरा जीवन संघर्ष ही मेरा संदेश है
(Mera jeevan sangharsh hi mera sandesh hai )
My struggle of life is my only message.
I didn’t get a chance to visit all the sections as I had very little time in hand but the area showcasing Elephants in two parallel lanes is definitely a highlight. Each row has 62 huge Elephants standing tall and sturdy.
If you keep walking along this lanes of Elephants you would come across a huge wall structure which possesses the overall map of the park. You can enjoy a holistic view of the park from this point.
A good time to visit this park would be after sunset, because then you will be able to enjoy the lit up view of the park. You can spend some leisure time in the park and enjoy the beautiful architecture.
So next time you are in Lucknow, you shouldn’t miss on visiting this Ambedkar Park. If you have been to the park do share your experience with me, I am all ears.