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Kanpur - The City of Nawabs

by akshaylike 6 year, 6 months ago

Kanpur is a place filled with temples and yet on the modern side. It has a mix of both Indian and modern culture. Visit the temples of Kanpur to lose all your stress and heal a broken soul!

Kanpur, the largest city in Uttar Pradesh is one of the most important industrialized cities of India. Kanpur (earlier spelt as ‘Cawnpur’) was a small peaceful village on the banks of river Ganga ruled by the Nawabs. Then the British forcefully took over Kanpur and established their foothold here. They set up a lot of industries in and around Kanpur. It became the home to the leather industry and textile manufacturing units. Then the ‘Sepoy Mutiny of 1857’ first initiated at the regiment stationed at Kanpur. Kanpur was one of the hotspots of the Indian Freedom Struggle. To honor the sacrifices of these soldiers, Ganga Mela is celebrated every year after Holi. This festival is exclusive to Kanpur. The Indian Institute of Technology was established at Kanpur in 1959. Kanpur though is industrialized it has a unique historical identity. It is relatively a new born yet fast grown city.

Must See Attractions

Two days would be ideal for a trip to Kanpur. Do visit the Mound Of Jajmau on the first day of your trip. The Mound of Jajmau is the most important historical place in Kanpur. Artifacts from 500 BC were excavated from here. This was built by the great King Yavati. This mound faces the Ganga and forms the entrance of the fort. Also there is a very ancient mosque built by King Tughlaq here. After visiting the Mound, check out the Radhakrishna Temple. The Radhakrishna temple is one of the most beautiful temples on earth. It is an amalgamation of ancient architecture and modern methods. It has five shrines and the main shrine is dedicated to Shri Radhakrishna.

Other Attractions

At a stone’s throw away is the Glass Jain Temple. This temple is decorated fully with glass, crystals and painted glass. One should also pay a visit to the Nana Rao park which is a war memorial and the Kanpur Memorial Church. Spend the second say of your tour in Bithoora. At a distance of 25 kilometers away from the city is Bithoora which has Asia’s largest Zoological garden. This place is a serene divine place just outside the confines of the hectic city. Also the Kanpur zoo is famous for the enclosures which provided a sense of the natural habitat for the animals.

Reaching There

Kanpur is connected well by road as well as rail to all the major cities in North India. It also has an airport. There are frequent flights from Delhi. One can also fly down to Lucknow and take a 1 hour ride from Lucknow to Kanpur. The nearest city is Lucknow, which lies 80 kilometers away. Other famous cities around Kanpur are Allahabad (180 kms) and Jhansi (220 kms). Kanpur has a very tourist friendly transport system. Auto Rickshaws are the best way to travel if you are prepared to bargain.


The best time to visit Kanpur is between the months of December and February. Woolen clothes are compulsory as winters here are harsh. Kanpur is a great place to shop; there are big malls and myriads of factory outlets. First grade leather goods can be purchased at unbelievable prices. One can also shop for saris, other textiles and perfumes. Serious shoppers can extend the trip for another day also.

A three day trip for a couple to Kanpur would cost around 12000 INR covering accommodation, food  and local transportation. And don’t be surprised if your costs triple if you start shopping in Kanpur!
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Your site ommited many ancient temples of Kanpur i.e. Digamber Jain Temple at General Ganj Kanpur established in 1884 having beautifuil GOLD Work inside another Digamber jain Chaityalaya at Halsey Road also established in 1862 having beautiful Gold Work
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