Muskuraiye, janaab, aap Lucknow mein hain.

There's something about Lucknow that makes you smile instantly. As a person who spent 18 years of her life in the city, I am still not sure if it's the food, the architecture, the people or tehzeeb. Maybe it's the combination of all of these.

It's tough to decide what's that one thing about Lucknow that touches people's hearts the most, so while we figure that out, let us look at the pictures of this gorgeous city and revel in its beauty, kyun?

1. Marne ke baad bhi na mitega jigar se dagh, jannat mein hum ko hogi parwah-e-Lucknow.

Source: Revealed

2. The hues and minars!

Source: BW Disrupt

3. Lucknow ke haseen darwaaze.

Source: The Better India

4. That's how beautiful our railway station looks.

Source: Instagram/lucknowcity

5. Shaam-e-Awadh

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Source: Instagram/lucknowcity

6. Stunning reflections

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Source: Instagram/lucknow_igers

7. Jharokhon se jhaankti tum.

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8. Zinat Algiya tomb in all its glory!

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9. A beautiful contrast

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10. Royal chatt

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11. Old minarets standing tall and beautiful.

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12. Precision and perfection

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13. Shining bright

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14. Point of view

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15. On their way to work

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16. Hussainabad Imambara and its waters.

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17. Looking inside

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18. Royal darwaaza standing pretty against blue sky.

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19. As royal as it gets.

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20. Closed gates

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23. Glorious Ambedkar Park at night.

Source: Wikipedia

24. This is not a palace. It's Lucknow University.

Source: Hindustan Times

25. And we have our own Marine Drive.

Source: Meri Outings

26. Which direction to take?

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27. Bara Imambara thronged by visitors.

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28. Shehar chota hai, par shehar toh hai.

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29. And it was all blue.

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30. Eid Mubarak

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I'll end this article with lines that perfectly depict the emotions of every Lucknavi living outside the city:

Phirta raha har shehar mein mara mara, ai Lucknow tu mujh ko magar yaad raha.