Exploring Metiabruz — Kolkata’s Little Lucknow

Kolkata’s Little Lucknow- Metiaburuz Walking TOUR

Wajid Ali Shah, the last Nawab of Oudh, found himself in Calcutta after the annexation of his kingdom by the East India Company. He settled in Garden Reach, creating a new haven reminiscent of his beloved Lucknow. His estate, including Sultan Khana, Asad Manzil, and Murassa Manzil, became the heart of Metiabruz. Here, he built several structures, including the Domeless Mosque and the Begum Masjid, reflecting his cultural and religious inclinations. The Sibtainabad Imambara, a replica of Lucknow’s Bada Imambara, stands as a testament to his legacy, housing the remains of Wajid Ali Shah and his successor, Birjis Qadr. He introduced Lucknow’s culinary and cultural traditions to Calcutta, including Lucknow-style biryani, fine tailoring, and kite-flying, shaping the city’s cultural landscape.

However, his life in Calcutta was not without turmoil. He faced detainment by the British during the Mutiny of 1857, and his later years were marked by controversy and alleged poisoning. After his death, his descendants, including Birjis Qadr, continued to navigate a complex legacy, culminating in a legal battle over his estate. Despite the challenges, Wajid Ali Shah’s influence endures in the religious structures and cultural practices of Metiabruz, a reminder of a bygone era of royal splendor and cultural exchange.

Join with us Metiaburuz walking tour with swarajit das & Asish.

Rs. 550/- per person including GST

Including – Pack Brekfast, water bottle, tea & coffee, guide charge.

Excluding – Transport, Accomodation, Parking.

Timeline of Wajid Ali Shah

30 July 1822 – Born
13 February 1847 – Became the king of Oudh
11 February 1856 – Kingdom annexed by East India Company
13 March 1856 – Left for Calcutta
13 May 1856 – Reached Calcutta
29 May 1856 – Received gun salute and officially welcomed to Calcutta
1 September 1887 – Died in Calcutta

Metiabruz Best Walking Tour – Kolkata’s Little Lucknow

While the original residence of Wajid Ali Shah may no longer stand, there are several landmarks around Metiaburuz that bear testament to his legacy. These sites offer a glimpse into the rich cultural and historical tapestry of the region, reflecting the Nawab’s influence and patronage.

Oudh Family Burial Ground: This serene burial ground serves as the final resting place for members of the Oudh royal family, including Wajid Ali Shah and his successors. It offers a tranquil space for reflection and reverence.

Qasr-Ul-Buka Imambara: Constructed during Wajid Ali Shah’s reign, this Imambara is a testament to his architectural vision and religious devotion. It stands as a symbol of community and spiritual unity.

Bait-Un-Nijat Imambara: Another significant Imambara commissioned by Wajid Ali Shah, it continues to be a center for religious and cultural activities, embodying the Nawab’s commitment to preserving Islamic traditions.

Shahi Masjid: The majestic Shahi Masjid, built during Wajid Ali Shah’s tenure, showcases exquisite Mughal architecture and serves as a place of worship for the local community.

Bichali Ghat: This historic ghat along the riverbank provides a picturesque setting for contemplation and relaxation. It offers panoramic views of the river and surrounding landscape.

Sibtainabad Imambara: A striking replica of Lucknow’s Bada Imambara, this structure holds the remains of Wajid Ali Shah and his successor, Birjis Qadr. It stands as a symbol of their enduring legacy.

Begum Umda Mahal Imambara: Named after one of Wajid Ali Shah’s wives, this Imambara bears witness to the Nawab’s familial connections and social influence. It serves as a reminder of the intricate relationships within the royal court.

While Wajid Ali Shah’s original residence may be lost to time, these landmarks offer a glimpse into his multifaceted legacy, inviting visitors to explore the rich history and cultural heritage of Metiaburuz.