Lucknow is the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh. The city is also the center of the old Awadhi culture, by virtue of it having been the capital of the Awadhi nawabs at one time. For this reason, it also called 'the City of Nawabs'. Lucknow is known for its multiculturism and for its cuisine. Lucknowi sweetmeats and Mughlai foods are world famous. The city has a strong cultural scene. At the center of the city's nightlife is the Mushaira, a poetry recital which can go up to late at night.
For a long time, the city was locked in a healthy rivalry with the city of Delhi for the honor of being the center of North Indian culture, cuisine and art. It is no wonder because Lucknow is a major urban center in North India. Consequently, the city has received a lot of policy focus over the years. Lucknow is well connected through an MTRS system (Metro), state transport buses, rickshaws, ride sharing platforms like Uber and Ola and private vehicles.
State Highway 25 connects Lucknow to Paliya, State Highway 34 connects Lucknow to Azamgarh and Ballia Marg, State Highway 36 connects Lucknow to Raebareli and Jaunpur. Three major national highways connect Lucknow to other parts of India. National Highway 24 connects Lucknow to Delhi. National Highway 30 connects Lucknow to Allahabad, through Rae Bareli. National Highway 27 connects Lucknow to Porbandar, though Jhansi. The under-construction Dewa road to Kursi road project, when complete will further help to decongest the traffic in Lucknow city.