About Kanpur

Country: India | State: Uttar Pradesh

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Kanpur: Kanpur

Best Time to Visit Kanpur: October to March

Peak Season: November to February

At a distance of 78 km from Fatehpur, 82 km from Lucknow, 196 km from Allahabad, 198 km from Sultanpur, 223 km from Ayodhya, 223 km from Jhansi, 270 km from Gwalior, 272 km from Bareilly, 281 km from Agra, 320 km from Fatehpur Sikri, 329 km from Varanasi, 358 km from Gorakhpur, 362 km from Aligarh, 480 km from Delhi, 520 km from Jaipur, and 586 km from Patna, Kanpur is a bustling city located in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Formerly Called 'Cawnpore', it is one of the popular tourist places in India and among the must-include places in Uttar Pradesh tour packages.

Situated on the banks of the holy Ganges, Kanpur is the largest city in Uttar Pradesh, and one of North India's major industrial centers with its own historical, religious and commercial importance. Known for its immense human resource, the city has also earned a reputation as the eleventh most populous agglomeration in India. The city is a perfect blend of history, architecture, commerce, and culture with authentic cuisines, traditional theatrical art. Having played a significant role in the first Indian war of Independence, Kanpur houses several historical places. One can also visit several pilgrimage places on the banks of the Ganges as part of Kanpur tour packages.

Kanpur was believed to have been established by king Hindu Singh Chandel of Sachendi, initially naming it as 'Kanhiyapur' because it was said to be founded on the birthday of the Hindu god, Lord Krishna. Later on, in its way to acquire the name 'Kanpur', it was known as Kanhapur, Caunpoore, and Cawnpore. Many old texts suggest that it derived its name from the legendary character of Mahabharata, Karna, as it was called Karnapur too. The prominence of Kanpur has grown over the years as it had been a major city of the Panchala, the Slave dynasty, the Mughals, the Marathas, and finally the British in 1801 AD which it acquired from Peshwa Baji Rao.

Up to the 1st half of the 18th century, Kanpur continued to survive as an insignificant village. In May 1765, Shuja-ud-daula, the Nawab Wazir of Awadh, was defeated by the British near Jajmau. It was probably at this time that the strategic importance of the site of Kanpur was realized by the British. Kanpur passed into British hands under the treaty of 1801 with Nawab Saadat Ali Khan of Awadh. This forms a turning point in the history of Kanpur. In the 19th century, Cawnpore was an important British garrison with barracks for 7,000 soldiers. The city witnessed the Massacre of Kanpur during the Indian Independence struggle.

Formerly known as Manchester of the country, it is now also called the commercial capital of the state. Famous for leather and textile goods of fine quality, it is now one of the major industrial cities with aviation, wool and leather industries, cotton, flour and vegetable oil mills, sugar refineries, and chemical works. The first cotton textile mills, the Elgin Mills were started in 1862 and Muir Mills in 1882.

A gorgeous city of gardens, temples, and colonial-era regal buildings, Kanpur is undoubtedly one of the most culturally rich places to visit in India. ISKCON Temple, Shri Radhakrishna Temple, Allen Forest Zoo, Kanpur Museum, Jain Glass Temple, Nana Rao Park, Kamla Retreat, Kanpur Memorial Church, Phool Bagh, etc. are some of the major and the top places to visit in Kanpur. Besides, Kanpur is a proud center of learning in India and has many reputed institutions to its credit including the much-revered Indian Institute of Technology.

Blessed with a rich cultural heritage, the festivals in Kanpur are celebrated with much fervor that attracts a huge number of tourists from far-off places. Holi is one of the popular and main festivals in Kanpur as a mark of the beginning of the spring season. Ganga Mela is the other major local festival celebrated in Kanpur.

About 14 km away, Kanpur Airport is the nearest airport and has well-connected flights from Mumbai and New Delhi. Kanpur Central Railway Station is well-connected by trains with Lucknow, Prayagraj, New Delhi, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Howrah, Bandra, Bhubaneswar, Pune, Darbhanga, Varanasi, Agra, Patna, Bhagalpur, Raipur, Ghazipur, Haldia, Gaya, Kolkata, Santragachi, Bhopal, Indore, and Sultanpur. Kanpur Bus Station is the nearest bus stand that has well-connected buses from all the major cities of Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.

With pleasant and cool weather, October to March is the best time to visit Kanpur for sightseeing. The summers are scorching in Kanpur, with uncomfortably high temperatures while the city experiences heavy showers during the monsoon season that renders most of the tourist attractions inaccessible at times.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Good
STD Code: 0512
Languages Spoken: Hindi, Kanauji, Urdu, Awadhi, Bihari,& English
Major Festivals: Holi & Ganga Mela

How to Reach Kanpur

By Air

Nearest Airport: Kanpur - Kanpur Airport / Ganesh Shanker Vidhyarthi Airport (14 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Kanpur Central (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Kanpur Interstate Bus Station (2 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Kanpur

#1 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanpur

At a distance of 7 km from Kanpur Central, JK Mandir is a Hindu temple located in the Sarvodaya Nagar area of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Also known as Radha Krishna Mandir, it is one of the top places of pilgrimage in Kanpur, and among the prominent places to visit as part of Kanpur tour packages.

Built by JK trust, JK Temple, otherwise called Juggilal Kamplapat temple, is dedicated to Lord Sri Krishna. The temple was constructed under the supervision of the Singhania family in the year 1953 and is managed by the JK trust. The temple attracts a huge number of devotees as well as tourists throughout the year.

JK Temple is a beautiful combination of both ancient and modern architecture. Built with white marbles, the temple complex has five shrines in which the central one is dedicated to Sri Radhakrishna while the other shrines have idols of Shri Ardhanarishwar, Shri Laxmi Narayan, Shri Narmadeshwar, and Shri Hanuman. The temple .....

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#2 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanpur

At a distance of 3.5 km from Kanpur Central, Dharmanath Swetamber Jain Glass Temple is a Jain temple located in the General Ganj locality of Kanpur city. Popularly called Jain Glass Temple, it is one of the top Kanpur places to visit.

Jain Glass Temple was built by the Jain community as a mark of reverence to the 24 Tirthankaras of their religion. The temple is dedicated to Lord Mahavira and his disciples. Constructed in the traditional architectural style, the entire temple is adorned with intricate glass-cut designs with an elaborately designed structure. The floors are done up in marble and the interior consists of ornamental arches. The beautiful Jain Glass Temple cannot be missed during your Kanpur Trip.

Inside the Glass Temple, one can find the statues embodying Bhagwan Mahavir and the Tirthankaras under a massive canopy on a marble platform. There are various hand-crafted statues, attractive .....

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#3 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanpur

At a distance of 12 km from Kanpur Central, Kanpur Zoological Park is a zoological park located in Nawabganj of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Also known as Allen Forest Zoo, it is one of the largest zoological gardens in North India, and among must-include places in Kanpur packages.

Situated in the human-made Allen Forest, the Kanpur Zoological Park was established in 1971 and is one of the oldest Zoological Park in India. However, it opened for the public on 4th February 1974. The zoo park is spread over an area of 196 acres inside the human-made Allen Forest, the largest open green space in Kanpur. The terrain of the park is undulating and resembles a high forest. It is one of those Zoological Park which has been built on modern Zoo building principles. The first animal brought to the zoo was an Otter sourced from the river Chambal.

Maintained by the Forest Department, Kanpur Zoo has a picturesque landscape with lush vegetation, .....

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#4 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanpur

At a distance of 3 km from Kanpur Central, Kanpur Museum is a historical museum located in the Pool Bagh Ground in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the best museums in Uttar Pradesh, and among the must-visit Kanpur tourist places.

Kanpur Sangrahalaya is the official museum in Kanpur. The building of the museum was constructed as a European-style ballroom by the European merchants who settled in colonial India. However in 1910 after the death of King Edward VII, the same hall was renamed as King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hall to remember his visit to Cawnpore in 1876. When World War I broke out, construction of the hall was interrupted and was used to house wounded British soldiers. The construction of the hall was completed after WWI in 1918. It was used by European settlers for cultural activities, and occasionally it was rented to rich Indian merchants for marriage ceremonies. After independence in 1947, .....

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#5 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanpur

At a distance of 3.5 km from Kanpur Central, Nana Rao Park is a beautiful park located in the Civil Lines area of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Situated near Phool Bagh, it is one of the largest green spaces in the city of Kanpur, and among the major places of sightseeing in Kanpur.

Also known as Company Bagh, Nana Rao Park is a public park in Kanpur built after Indian independence in honor of Nana Sahib, who fought bravely in the First War of Indian independence in 1857. The park is of immense historical significance as the location of the massacre of around 200 British women and children. To commemorate the dead, a memorial was built before the Indian Independence, and the location was called Memorial Well. The memorial had a large railing, a marble gothic screen with 'mournful seraph' and a cross at the site of the well. The inhabitants of Cawnpore were forced to pay money for the creation of the memorial .....

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#6 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanpur

At a distance of 3 km from Kanpur Central, Kanpur Memorial Church is a Christian church located in Albert Lane near Cawnpore Club in Kanpur Cantonment. It is one of the oldest churches in India, and among the best historical places to visit in Kanpur.

Originally called All Soul's Cathedral, the Kanpur Memorial Church was built in 1875 in honor of the British who lost their lives during the Siege of Cawnpore in 1857. The church speaks of the massive massacre of Kanpur Barracks and the betrayal of Nana Sahib who after the incident was nicknamed as 'The Butcher of Cawnpore'. The church belongs to the Church of North India, a united Protestant denomination.

Kanpur Memorial Church was designed in Lombardic Gothic style by Walter Granville, a British architect of the East Bengal Railway. The building is made up of vibrant red bricks adorned in multi-colored hues. The interior of the church houses the .....

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#7 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanpur

At a distance of 13 km from Kanpur Central Railway Station, ISKCON Temple, also known as Sri Sri Radha Madhava Mandir is a Hindu temple situated at Bithoor locality of Kanpur. It is one of the popular ISKCON temples in India, and among the prominent Kanpur attractions.

Dedicated to Lord Sri Krishna, Sri Sri Radha Madhav Mandir is built by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in 2014. This is the second-largest ISKCON Temple in the world only after the Mayapur ISKON temple in West Bengal. Covering an area of 15 acres, the temple has fine architecture and grand towers. Inside the temple, there is a courtyard under the open sky along with a huge hall. A parikrama marg (pilgrimage path) encircles the temple building. The temple houses three altars that are dedicated to Sri Radha Madhava, Sri Gaura Nitai, and Sri Sita Rama, Lakshman, and Hanuman Ji.

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#8 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanpur

At a distance of 22 km from Kanpur Central, Valmiki Ashram is a sacred place located in Bithoor near Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Situated on a hillock, it is one of the best religious places to visit while part of Kanpur holiday packages.

Situated on the banks of the Ganga, the Valmiki Ashram is believed to be the site where Maharishi Valmiki has stayed and written the timeless epic, Ramayana. It is also the place where Sita stayed during her exile and gave birth to her twins Lav and Kush. It was here that they spent their childhood and were trained in the art of governance, warfare, and politics by the great sage. The children had also captured Lord Hanuman and invited Lord Ram into this very ashram.

Covering an expanse of vast land, the architecture of the place is pretty simple and is surrounded by greenery all around. The ashram houses three temples, one of which has an idol of Maharishi Valmiki. The present structure of the .....

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#9 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanpur

At a distance of 8 km from Kanpur Central, Kamla Retreat is a resort cum museum located on Kamala Nehru Road in the Nawabganj area of Kanpur. Situated near Kanpur Zoo, it is one of the famous places to visit as part of the Kanpur tour.

Kamla Retreat was built in the year 1960 by Shri Padam Pat Singhania, an eminent industrialist of India. Built on a massive private ground, the resort complex houses several places including a museum, several parks, green lawns, and canals with boating facilities. The museum has several archaeological and historical mementos and artifacts dating back to ancient times. Besides, the museum also includes a large collection of crockery and cutlery.

The retreat also boasts of a swimming pool with high-tech equipment for creating artificial waves. The pool is particularly appealing at night due to its spectacular lighting system. Besides, the estate features an extensive indoor zoo that accommodates .....

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#10 of 20 Places to Visit in Kanpur

At a distance of 6 km from Kanpur Central, Moti Jheel is a lake in the Benajhabar area of Kanpur. It is one of the peaceful places to visit during your Kanpur trip.

Moti Jheel, located in the Benajhabar area of Kanpur, is a water storage spot as well as a great sightseeing point. Moti means pearl and Jheel means lake, thus giving its name Pearl Lake. With eventual urbanization, this rectangular lake was further opened as a public area that encouraged relaxation. It is flanked on one side by the campus of Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital and the other side several important Kanpur Municipal Corporation buildings.

The expanse of this lake and garden is vastly divided into sections such as the Baal Udhyan or the Children's Park, which is a Japanese-styled garden. Moti Jheel along with Moti Park and Kamala Retreat is a significant local recreational spot. The park houses with Vivekanand Smritika and Abdul Kalam Azad Memorial. Moti Jheel .....

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