A Travel Guide to Kanpur

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Kanpur, located in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is a vibrant and historic city with a rich cultural heritage. This city is known as the "Manchester of the East," it is an industrial hub renowned for its textile, leather, and chemical industries. Kanpur is also home to prestigious educational institutions like IIT Kanpur and Harcourt Butler Technical University. The city boasts architectural marvels like the Kanpur Memorial Church and the imposing Moti Jheel Lake. Its bustling markets, such as Naveen Market and Gumti Market, offer a delightful shopping experience. Kanpur's lively street food scene, featuring mouthwatering chaat and kebabs, is a culinary delight for visitors and locals alike.

Best time to visit Kanpur

The best time to visit Kanpur is from the months October to March. During this time of the year, the weather is pleasant and most ideal for visitors to sightsee attractions. 

Most spoken language in Kanpur

  • English
  • Hindi

How to reach Kanpur

By air: You can book flights to Kanpur and arrive at the Kanpur Airport. It is located 19 km from the city. Several non-stop IndiGo flights connect Kanpur to a number of other major cities.

By train: The nearest railway station is Kanpur Central. It is well connected to Delhi and Lucknow with regular services. One can opt for a taxi or an auto to reach the destination.

By bus: Kanpur is well connected to the neighbouring cities. The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) offers excellent bus connectivity from the city, with both AC and non-AC buses.

Getting around Kanpur

You can get around the city using the local bus. Other options such as auto-rickshaw and taxi are also easily accessible.

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Places to visit in Kanpur

  • Kanpur Zoological Park: Kanpur Zoological Park, or Allen Forest Zoo, is also popularly known as Kanpur Zoo. It is the most significant open green space in Kanpur and the largest zoological park in North India. Chimps, leopards, rhinos, and tigers are some of the most commonly spotted species here.
  • Juggilal Kamlapat Temple: Juggilal Kamlapat Temple or Shri Radhakrishna Temple houses five shrines in separate towers, recreating the old style of temple architecture. The primary shrine is dedicated to Lord Radhakrishna, while the rest are enshrined with idols of Lakshminarayana, Ardhanarishwar, Namadeshwar, and Hanuman.
  • Phool Bagh: Phool Bagh is not just an urban city park but also a historically significant attraction in Kanpur. It is one of the oldest parks in Kanpur, where political parties frequently set up meetups and conduct rallies.
  • Nana Rao Park: Nana Rao Park, also known as Company Bagh, is a public city park in Kanpur, the industrial hub of Uttar Pradesh.
  • Kanpur Memorial Church: A visit to the spectacular Kanpur Memorial Church brings visitors face-to-face with the morbid truth of India’s struggle before independence.
  • Moti Jheel: Moti Jheel is both a lake and drinking water reservoir in the Benajhabar area of Kanpur. This, together with its adjoining gardens and children's park, is an important tourist attraction.
  • Japani Garden: Known as one of the top picnic spots in Kanpur, the Japani Garden is a must-visit for tourists. Several locals visit this spot, especially on weekends and enjoy with their families.

Shopping in Kanpur

  • Z Square Mall
  • Phoenix United Mall
  • A to Z Shopping Mall

Markets in Kanpur

  • PPN Market
  • Swaroop Nagar
  • Naveen Market
  • Sisamau
  • Arya Nagar
  • Tilak Nagar
  • Gumti No. 5

Places to stay in Kanpur

  • The Landmark Hotel
  • Kingston Resort
  • Hotel Royal Cliff
  • Regenta Central The Crystal
  • DNG The Grand Hotel

Places to eat in Kanpur

The food of a particular city defines their heritage and wealth. Kanpur is considered to have the best food of all Indian cities. It is extravagant, comprising 5 to 6 different types of food items and sweets in large portions. Some of the must-try cafes, bakery and restaurants in Kanpur are:

  • Haveli Restaurant
  • Barracks Lounge & Disk
  • Model Bakery
  • Food Station
  • Busy Beans
  • Wengers Ice Cream
  • Talk of the Town
  • Aromas

Best food items to try in Kanpur

  • Sultani Dal
  • Imarti (Sweet similar to Jalebi)
  • Biryani
  • Shami kebabs

Nightlife in Kanpur

  • The Yacht Club
  • Shor Lounge 
  • Dhuaan - Sheesha & Kitchen
  • Terraza 9

Festivals in Kanpur

Shivratri: Shivratri is celebrated with religious fervour in Kanpur. Devotees in large numbers head to Shiva temples in the city on occasion to seek his blessings. Most famous temples in the town, including Kherepati in the Phoolbagh area, Jageshwar in Nawabganj and Pramat in Civil Lines, prepare for this festival.

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