Lucknow is the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, in northern India. It has a population of approximately three million people.
Ajay lives in a middle class suburb called Indira Nagar, which is approximately 45 minutes by taxi from the Lucknow train station.
When to Come
Lucknow has cool, dry winters from December to February and dry, hot summers from April to June. The rainy season is from mid-June to mid-September.
In winter the maximum temperature is around 25 °C (77 °F) and the minimum is in the 2 to 3 degrees Celsius range. Fog is quite common from late December to late January.
Summers are extremely hot with temperatures rising to 40 to 45 °C (113 °F), with the average highs being in the high 30's.
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What to Expect
Indira Nagar is a typical Indian middle class suburb, and is not an area frequented by foreign tourists in large numbers. Consequently there is no German Bakery or other restaurants specifically catering for westerners that you would find in popular tourist destinations such as Rishikesh or Varanasi. Nonetheless, ATM's, toilet paper, and all of the basic necessities are available.
Getting to Lucknow
Lucknow has an airport (Amausi) and main train station (Charbagh). On Cleartrip.com you can research plane and train times and availability and book your transport. As an indication, a flight from Delhi to Lucknow takes an hour, the Shatubdi express train takes six hours, and there are also numerous overnight train options.
On arrival in Lucknow a taxi or auto rickshaw to Indira Nagar will take approximately 45 minutes, but the travel time can vary considerably depending on the traffic. If you are staying at Baba Guest House (see below) your driver may be familiar with Satsang Bhavan, which is nearby.
Staying in Lucknow
If you wish to stay in Indira Nagar it is recommended to book in advance, as reasonably priced accommodation and beds are limited.
The main guest house is Baba Guest House. It is centrally located in Indira Nagar and is close to restaurants and shops and Ajay lives nearby.
Baba Guest House can provide meals if you pre book, and the local Bhootnath shopping area has several restaurants, numerous general stores, and a market.
Please note that Ajay does not have an Ashram and there is no official centre that he teaches at. Everyone is invited to come to Lucknow, but please be aware that you are responsible for finding your own accommodation and organising your own meals, etc. For more information on seeing Ajay in Lucknow please read our Teachings page.