It’s 114F at 9am here in Lucknow (Northern India). A & I are off to sightsee until the heat drives us into air conditioned stores for shopping.
The architecture here is beautiful. This is an amazing gate the Rumi Darwaza. It was built by Nawab Asaf-Ud-dowlah in 1784, 60 feet high, inspired by a gateway in Istanbul.
Historically, the top sported a huge lantern that would illuminate the structure at night & little jets of water would rush out of the sides of the arch from beautifully carved flower buds thus making it look like a gateway to Paradise.