Mysteries of Bhool Bhulaiya - Lucknow

Mysteries of Bhool Bhulaiya – Lucknow

Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, is renowned for its rich history, cultural heritage, and architectural marvels. During my recent visit to this captivating city on the weekend, I had the opportunity to explore the famous Bhool Bhulaiya or “labyrinth” also known as the Asafi Imambara, located within the grandiose Bada Imambara complex.

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The gigantic architecture took fourteen years to be completed by the fourth Nawab of the Awadh province, and the sight is truly splendid. Its magnificence will leave you in awe and the interiors are inspiring. The intricate details and building structure truly catch the attention.

Well, before you enter the building, the beautiful garden is attractive and the best place to enjoy a winter picnic. However, during the spring and monsoon seasons, the tranquil ambience with the soft cool breeze makes it relaxing.

Entering the Bhool Bhulaya:

As I entered the main building, I felt a sense of mystery. The maze-like structure boasts around a thousand passageways with interconnecting staircases and hidden chambers that can make you feel lost. While I chose to explore the mysterious architecture myself, you can choose to hire a guide, one who will also share fascinating stories and historical anecdotes about the place.

Navigating the Complex Architecture:

Navigating through the Bhool Bhulaiya was both thrilling and exhilarating. The dimly lit corridors, uneven staircases, and intriguing architectural design created an atmosphere of intrigue and anticipation. The maze was designed in such a way that it often led to dead ends or circular paths, leaving me amazed at the ingenuity of its creators.

Additionally, the intricate layout of the corridors and the interconnected staircases create a sense of exploration. As you wander through the maze, you’ll feel a thrill of discovery, never knowing what lies around the next corner. Each turn opens up a new path, inviting you to uncover hidden chambers and secret passageways. Yet, you will fail to reach the outdoors many times. I do not even remember how many circles I took and how many I failed to reach the starting point.

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Yet, navigating through the maze-like corridors challenges your navigation skills. You’ll need to rely on your instincts, observation, and the guidance of your guide to find your way through the complex. It’s like solving a puzzle, and the satisfaction of successfully navigating the maze adds to the excitement. For me, the element of uncertainty and the possibility of getting lost in the corridors was giving an adrenaline rush. But it wasa thrilling experience as I was unsure of what lies ahead. The anticipation and the occasional dead ends or circular paths add to the excitement of the journey.

Mysteries of Bhool Bhulaiya - Lucknow

Mysteries of Bhool Bhulaiya – Lucknow

Spooky Gallery:

Another highlight of my visit was the Whispering Gallery located within the Bhool Bhulaiya. The unique feature allows sound to travel across the complex, enabling whispers to be heard clearly from one end to the other. It was a delightful experience to communicate with my fellow travellers using only whispers, feeling the echoes of our voices bouncing off the walls.

Photo Sessions:

What I also enjoyed was the photo session of theunique architecture and intriguing designs. The symmetrical patterns, narrow corridors, and hidden nooks make for interesting compositions. I was captivated by each corridor and its unique connectivity, adding a sense of joy to my exploration. Moreover, if you are accompanied by friends or family the adventure becomes more engaging. You can click pictures, help each other solve the puzzles and celebrate each successful discovery, making the experience even more enjoyable.

Points to Remember

Yet, while you discover the different areas and floors, you must know about the restricted areas. You will find many locked corners and closed corridors due to historic reasons.If you are not well versed in history, you may want to know some of the historically fascinating stories associated with them, and a guide can be useful at such an hour. Legends of secret tunnels, hidden treasures, and ghostly encounters can add an element of mystique to the entire experience.

However, exploring the Bhool Bhulaiya is an exhilarating experience. At some point in time,I even felt like I might not be able to find my way out. Yet, I did!


So, next time, if you are planning a trip to Lucknow, do not miss the Bhool Bhulaiya or Imambara. Visiting this historical marvel allowed me to immerse myself in the rich heritage of Lucknow and appreciate the remarkable craftsmanship of the bygone era. The intriguing architecture, the labyrinthine corridors, and the enchanting tales surrounding the place will make it an unforgettable experience. If you ever find yourself in this charming city, be sure to explore the captivating Bhool Bhulaiya and unlock its secrets for yourself.

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Sunaina Agarwal

Sunaina Agarwal is a freelance writer with Post Graduation in Mass Communication. She loves to travel and pen her experiences.