Being the principal centre of the erstwhile Awadh province, Lucknow, situated on the banks of the river Gomti, is the capital of Uttar Pradesh. This 'golden city of east' is regarded as one of the finest cities of India. Having the most spectacular gardens, palaces, fine architectural mosques and temples, it is synonymous with cultural finesse, social warmth and an enduring love for gracious living. Chowk, as the name suggests, is a street in old Lucknow with the distinction of being the oldest in the city. Most of the Mukaish karigars live and work in the narrow lanes of this area itself.