The moments of amazement spent in the Lucknow Zoo were still fresh in my mind when the time for my next destination had arrived. There is no doubt in the fact that Lucknow is one of the richest cities in the country in terms of forts, monuments as well as tombs. I had already covered some of the most famous ones and had planned to end my trip with another. It was the tomb of Saadat Ali Khan Lucknow. I knew the place was associated with some unique historical stories of its own but was pretty excited in witnessing them with my own eyes. Asaf ud Daula was the father of Saadat Ali Khan who received the crown by John Shore in 1798 in the month of January during a darbar organized at the Bibiyapu Palace. In order to express his feeling of gratitude for the British, he donated half of the area covered by the Awadh Kingdom in 1801.
Some of the local people told me that the ruler was always energetic as a builder and constructed and commissioned a lot of grand palaces which included Farhat Kothi, Dilkusha, Hayat Kothi and Lala Baradiri. However, he was not too lenient in terms of fiscal management. Farhat Baksh, the huge complex consisting of buildings, was bought from Martin and served as the main royal residence till the construction of Kaiserbagh by Wajid Shah.
The tomb of Saadat Ali Khan Lucknow came into existence after the ruler’s death in 1814. His wife named Khursheed Zadi was buried in this tomb along with him. I could see the park named after Begum Hazrat Mahal close to the two tombs. I came to know that the site was badly affected as a result of the protest from Lucknow during the Revolt of 1857. After the war, the Chattar Manzil served as one of the clubs for the Britishers till independence, after which, it has been used as the Central Drug Research Institute. I also visited the Kothi named Dil Aram which was built as a personal resting place for Nawab Saadat Ali Khan is situated on the river bank. With this tomb, my amazing trip in Lucknow came to an end.