Lucknow lies on the banks of River Gomti and the bustling city is the capital city as well as the largest city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The city that was once ruled by the Nawabs, the Mughals, the Delhi Sultanate as well as the British colonizers, continues to spread the charming aura of the ancient days through various relics left behind by the rulers. The Nawabs of Awadh beautifully built the city which proudly showcases its ancient and medieval architecture alongside a rich culture and glory. The Mughals and the Sultans gave the city its delectable Islamic cuisine. The British Raj witnessed the courage of this city as it became a major seat of the Great Revolt of 1857. Over the period of change and time, Lucknow has successfully retained its age-old charm and glory even after its tremendous modernization. The city is known for its warmth and hospitality. Lucknow passionately nurtures its literature, music and art. The picturesque city is filled with extraordinary monuments and mausoleums that depict an enthralling blend of ancient, colonial and modern architecture. Historical monuments like the Kaiserbagh Heritage Zone, Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, Dilkusha, etc attract tourists. Many pilgrims visit the city on their way to the birthplace of Lord Rama which is in the vicinity of Lucknow. Tourists from all over the planet visit this city to taste the Lucknowi Biryani and Kebabs, shop at the old bazaars for Chikan embroidery and zardozi which have become a global fashion and to explore the mazes of the enigmatic Bara Imambara.
In 1964 the head office of Indian Overseas Bank was inaugurated at Mount Road. The Indian Overseas Bank has been the first public sector bank to introduce mobile banking services using Wireless Application Protocol(WAP). On 29 August 2003, the Indian Overseas Bank has opened an extension counter at Bambalapitiya, Ceylon. In 2005, the IOB began a representative office in Guangzhou; China followed which the bank opened another representative office in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai, UAE. In 2007 The bank took over Bharat Overseas Bank. After three years, Malaysia granted a commercial banking license to a local bank jointly owned by Bank Of Baroda, Indian Overseas Bank, and the Andhra Bank. The new bank named, India International Bank (IIB Malaysia), began its operations in 2012 in Kuala Lumpur and had a large population of Indians. The Andhra Bank has a 25% stake in its joint-venture, BOB owns 40%, and remaining 35% is with IOB. On 31 August 2013, the Indian Overseas Bank has incorporated an offshore banking unit in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The bank also converted its existing Extension Counter at Ceylon into a full-fledged branch. In 2014-15, the IOB bank has crossed the target of 3000 ATMs as on 2014.IOB also launched m passbook app as a new mobile banking initiative.