Formerly known as Avadh, Lucknow is the renowned capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow, the “Golden city of the east”, is popularly called the city of Nawabs and Kababs. The royal city, nestled on the banks of the river Gomti, is admired for the richest forms of art, culture and traditions. Lucknow is popular as a great tourist destination because of its rich history, architecture, handicrafts, exquisite embroidery, etiquette, and even sports. The city traces its origin to the Suryavanshi dynasty of Ayodhya in ancient times, and derives its name from Lakshmana (the brother of Lord Rama). The city is known all over the world for the courteous behaviour of its people. The main tourist attractions here are Bara Imambara, Chota Imambara, Lucknow Museum, Rumi Darwaza, Shah Najaf Imambara and The Residency.