An interesting attraction during a sightseeing tour in the city of Lucknow, is Hussainabad Clock Tower. Located near Rumi Darwaza, Husainabad Clock Tower was erected by Hussainabad Trust in the year 1881. The construction of this architectural marvel was started by Nawab Nasir-ud-din. Standing comfortably at a height of 221 ft, this imposing structure was built as a gesture to welcome of the first Lt. Gov of United Province of Awadh - Sir George Couper. Amidst the chaos of the citylife, this historical tourist attraction in Lucknow often referred to as Ghantaghar is tallest of its kind in India. The inside of this must-visit place in Lucknow is made up of gunmetal, which is a rare material used in the construction.
This 19th-century construction was aimed to be constructed as a replica of London’s BIG BEN Clock Tower. Therefore, the architecture of Hussainabad Clock Tower boasts a major influence of the Gothic and Victorian style of design. After being inoperative for 27 years, the clock of the tower was decided to be replaced in the year 2010 by the district administration of the region. However, Captain Paritosh Chauhan and Akhilesh Agarwal - two patron, proposed to repair the clock to the administration. They worked for three years and repaired the clock without asking any pay and ensuring the charm of the clock remains intact.
Designed by Roskell Payne, the architecture of Hussainabad Clock Tower is in Gothic-Victorian style. The clock, which is made up of gunmetal, includes a large pendulum with a length of 14 feet. Besides, the shape of the dial of this historical clock is in a 12-petalled flower form. During that time, the entire cost of construction of the Husainabad Clock Tower was Rs. 1.75 lakhs.
Hussainabad Road, Husainabad, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226003, India.
Hussainabad Clock Tower remains accessible all days of the week. One can visit the place on any day between 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM.