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 1943, Rai Bahadur Lala Sohan Lal Ji, the first Chairman of OBC, founded it in Lahore. Within four years of its existence, the Oriental Bank of Commerce had to face Partition between India and Pakistan. The bank had to shut its branches in the newly formed Pakistan and move its registered office to Amritsar. The period of 1970-76 had been the most challenging phase in the history of the Bank. The OBC merged with Global Trust Bank (GTB) on 14 August 2004. The acquisition brought 103 branches with it, which increased OBCs branch number total to 1092. The bank presents a wide range of banking products and financial services such as deposit accounts, credit cards with a tie-up with SBI, Insurance products, ATMs, loans, debit cards, Internet banking, Self-banking halls, call center, mobile banking, etc. The Bank has introduced another peoples participation in the planning process at grass root level fundamentally to tackle the maladies of poverty. The Grameen Projects venture aimed to alleviate poverty while identifying the reasons responsible for the failure or success. The OBC has already introduced a GRAMEEN PROJECT in Dehradun District (UK) and Hanumangarh District in Rajasthan.