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Kanpur Tourism

Situated on the banks of Ganges, Kanpur is one of the largest cities of Uttar Pradesh, and the industrial capital of the state known for its chemical, textile and leather industries. Known for its immense human resource, it has also earned a reputation as the eleventh most populous agglomeration in India. Kanpur has established itself in the pages of history, being a part of major dynasties and an important British garrison town until 1947.

The bloody tale of the capture of Kanpur by various rulers is recorded all over the city in different architectures, museums, books and by the oral legends. 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.

Kanpur is a city where one finds a perfect blend of history, architecture, commerce and culture with authentic cuisines, traditional theatrical art and an amalgamation of two eras running parallelly. Having played a significant role in the first Indian war of Independence, Kanpur houses several historical tourists’ spots. Being situated on the banks of Ganges, it serves as a pilgrimage destination too. Apart from this, the IIT-Kanpur is a major educational institute of the region and one of the country’s best.

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Local Culture of Kanpur

Festivals: Kanpur is lit dazzlingly during the festival of Diwali and Janmashthami which is celebrated here with much pomp and fervour. Also, Ram Leela is celebrated with a magnanimous grandeur while the Ganga Fair is a prominent annual celebration held after Holi.  

Art: Theatre is something that the locals enjoy being a part of which they term as ‘nautanki’ or drama.

Cuisine: Food is one of the many specialities of Kanpur, influenced by Mughal cooking techniques. Nawabi food and Punjabi dishes are among the mouth-watering cuisines one can find there. Your meal would be incomplete without having ‘paan’ after a Nawabi cuisine.

Language: The people of Kanpur speak a number of languages including Hindi, English, Bengali, Punjabi, etc but the uniqueness lies in the fact that the ancient Awadhi community is found in this place in a huge number.

Shopping in Kanpur

Kanpur is known for its shopping complexes and street food. Sisamau Bazaar is one of the oldest markets in Kanpur where one would get the best deal for their money. Look out for the best leather shoes and bags and sarees, although crowd may be the only obstacle. Another destination for shopaholics would be Sadar Bazaar with its vibrant artefacts.

While you are shopping in Kanpur, be sure not to miss out on the street food, especially khoya laddoo and biryani. It is better to take a stroll through the roads to explore what the city has to offer. One can plan sightseeing within the city for two days and explore the food and shopping complexes in the evening.

History of Kanpur

Kanpur was believed to have been established by king Hindu Singh Chandel of Sachendi and ruled by the dynasty between 10-13th century. Historically, 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 A.D which it acquired from Peshwa Baji Rao.

Unsurprisingly, Baji Rao’s son, Nana Sahib played a crucial part in the revolt of 1857, making Kanpur, then known as Caunpore, a British garrison town, and finally a focal point of the 1857 Sepoy Mutiny. The first woollen mill in India, the British India Corporation was set up in Kanpur in 1876. Starting from being a cluster of villages, it is now one of the largest cities in the country.

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What are the places near Kanpur?

The top places near to Kanpur are Lucknow which is 75 km from Kanpur, Agra which is located 244 km from Kanpur, Nainital which is located 336 km from Kanpur, Varanasi which is located 292 km from Kanpur, Chitrakoot which is located 151 km from Kanpur

What is the best way to reach Kanpur?

Being a prominent city in Uttar Pradesh, Kanpur is well connected by bus, train, car and flights to major destinations in India. Reaching Kanpur from cities outside Uttar Pradesh is most convenient through the nearby major city - Lucknow. Within the state, buses and trains ply to and from Kanpur on a regular basis.
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What is not so good about Kanpur?

Kanpur tops the list as one of the most polluted cities of India accompanied by heavy traffic and crowded spots all over the city.

What is the best time to visit Kanpur?

October to March is the best time to visit Kanpur when the winter sets in making the weather pleasant for sightseeing. The temperature during these months ranges between 7° C to 20° C.

The summers are scorching in Kanpur, with uncomfortably high temperatures and 'Loo' (hot winds) blowing through the day, as is common in most of North India.

During the monsoon season, heavy showers are frequent in Kanpur rendering most of the tourist attractions inaccessible at times. It is, therefore, best to avoid months like June-July.
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What are the things to do in Kanpur?

The top things to do in Kanpur are Blue World Theme Park, Green Park Stadium, Nana Rao Park, Mahatma Gandhi Park, JK Temple, Kanpur Zoo. You can see all the places to visit in Kanpur here

What is famous about Kanpur?

Due to the number of textile and leather industries, Kanpur is a great city for shopping of these items.

Who should visit Kanpur?

Kanpur is a good place to visit with your family if you are planning a trip around North India.

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