The palace of Dilkusha Kothi, the oldest building in the Dilkusha colony, was built in the eighteenth century by Nawab Saadat Ali Khan (1798-1814). This is another historical place in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh, India.
Today the Dilkusha Kothi is the remains of an eighteenth-century house built in the English baroque style.There are only a few towers and external walls as a monument, though the extensive gardens remain.
Dilkusha Kothi was damaged considerably during the First War of Indian Independence in 1857.
The house was constructed around 1800 by the British resident Major Gore Ouseley , a friend of the ruler of Oudh, Nawab Saadat Ali Khan. It was initially intended as a hunting lodge for the Nawabs of Oudh, although it was later used as a summer resort too.
Today this place are visited by few people. It has been surmised that the reason may be the lack of publicity. There are a greater number of visitors during the winter when foreign tourists make up the normal visitors of families picnics, school children and young couples.
The Archaeological Society of India has done work to prevent further decay, carrying out gardening and small repairs.
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