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Published on : Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Best known for its succulent kebabs, beautiful zardori work and mouth watering Dasheri mangoes, the small sleepy town of Kakori is also etched in the annals of Indian history as the centre of a major Indian revolutionary attack on a British train carrying treasure!
As the Renaissance Group of Hotels celebrated the 5th Global Day of Discovery worldwide, the guests of Renaissance Lucknow got a rare peak into the history, heritage and local traditions of Kakori on a day-long visit to the town, just 14kms from Lucknow.
Global Day of Discovery is an annual event celebrated across Renaissance Hotels worldwide with an objective of inspiring travelers to explore popular as well as lesser known destinations around the places they visit. On this day, guests are invited to attend exclusive hotel events and venture into the neighborhood to experience hot spots for food, bars, nightlife and entertainment.
Nearly 170 Renaissance Hotels worldwide catered its guests to discover genuine local experiences in and around Renaissance hotels. Renaissance Lucknow took the opportunity to introduce its guests to the history and culture of Kakori.
To make sure the visit is true to local taste, the guests were taken via a local train to Kakori where they spent their day learning about the town, its history, its people and indulging their taste buds in some irresistible delicacies associated with the town.
“As travelers, most of us make sure we visit the most popular and well-known tourist hotspots of any destination we are visiting. However, often hidden around us are lesser known but highly attractive features of a place steeped in history and cultural richness. All it takes is a little bit of exploring. This is what the Global Day of Discovery aims to promote – the art of exploring and unearthing places to arrive at lesser known historic or cultural facets. While we all have read about Kakori in the history of Indian independence, not many Indians might have visited the town which is just a stone throw’s distance from Lucknow,” said Mr. Anand Ganesan, Multi Property, General Manager, Marriott Group, Lucknow.
The trip started with an introduction to the historic Kakori Railway Station which was made famous in 1925 when revolutionary freedom fighters of the Hindustan Republican Association stormed a British train and looted its treasury. The Kakori conspiracy, as it came to be called, was executed by revolutionaries Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqullah Khan, Chandrashekhar Azad and Keshab Chakavarty, among others.
Apart from the historic angle, the visit also included aspects of the culinary and couture as the guests were then taken to a guided tour of the town’s famous Mango Farm, home to the delicious Dasheri mangoes and the Handicraft factory producing the traditional zardori work of Kakori. Zardori is the metal embroidery which once used to embellish the attire of the Kings and the royals in India.
And how can a visit to Kakori be accomplished without a feast on the succulent and soft kakori kebabs? Known for their characteristic melt-in-the-mouth tendency, Kakori kebabs are the best known delicacy of the town, believed to be prepared by chefs of a ‘toothless’ nawab who couldn’t chew.
The guests were then treated to the internationally acclaimed Desheri Mango and the indigenous mango-based Panna drink.