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 HDFC Bank Limited was started in Mumbai. As of 31st March 2018, the bank has more than 88,000 permanent employees in India, and abroad, it has offices in Bahrain, Hong Kong, and Dubai. By assets, the HDFC Bank is Indias largest private sector lender. It is the largest bank in India and ranked 69th in 2016 BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands. In 1994, the HDFC Bank was established with its registered office in Mumbai, India. The then Union Finance Minister, Manmohan Singh inaugurated its first corporate office and a full-service branch at Sandoz House, Worli. The bank had 4,715 branches and 12,260 ATMs across India, as of June 30, 2017. In FY 2017, the bank also installed 4.30 lakhs POS terminals and issued 235.7 lakhs debit cards and 85.4 Lacs credit cards. The HDFC Bank offers many products and services including wholesale banking, treasury, auto loans, two wheeler loans, personal loans, retail banking, loans against property and credit cards. Along with this various digital products are also introduced by HDFC such as Payzapp and Chillr. The HDFC Bank merged with Times Bank in February 2000. In the new-generation private sector banks category, it was the first merger of two private banks. HDFC Bank acquired Centurion Bank in 2008 approved by the HDFC Bank Board for 95.1 billion INR as one of the most significant mergers in the financial sector in India.