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.
The Axis Bank has 14,000 ATMs, nine international offices, and 3,304 branches. The head office of Axis Bank is in Mumbai and registered office in Ahmedabad. The Axis Bank is the third largest private-sector bank in India offering a comprehensive range of financial products. The bank employed over 55,000 people and had a market capitalization of ?1.28 trillion, as of March 31, 2017. As of 30 Jun. 2016, the promoters & promoter group (United India Insurance Company Limited, Oriental Insurance Company Limited, National Insurance Company Limited, New India Assurance Company Ltd, GIC, LIC & UTI) owns the 30.81% shares of the Axis Bank. The rest of the 69.19% shares are held by Mutual Funds Institutions, FIIs, Financial Institutions (banks), Insurance companies, corporate bodies & individual investors among others. The registered office of the UTI bank was opened in Ahmedabad, and corporate office was opened in Mumbai in December 1993. Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Finance Minister of India, inaugurated the first branch on 2 April 1994 in Ahmedabad. After the Government of India allowed new private banks to be incorporated, the UTI Bank began its operations in 1993. In 2001 UTI Bank agreed to merge with and amalgamate Global Trust Bank, but the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) withheld approval, and nothing came of this. In 2004 the RBI put Global Trust into moratorium and supervised its merger into Oriental Bank of Commerce. The UTI Bank became the first Indian bank to launch the travel currency card in 2003. On July 30, 2007, UTI Bank changed its name to Axis Bank.