Situated on the banks of the holy Ganges, is north Indiaís industrial hub, Kanpur. Originally known as 'Kanhpur', the city is believed to be founded by King Hindu Singh of the erstwhile state of Sachendi. Once a paltry village, Kanpur is now a city of strategic importance. Situated on the southwest of Lucknow, Kanpur is the largest city in Uttar Pradesh. And while being the most industrialized city of the state, it is also an important educational centre. A city of religious, historic and industrial importance, Kanpur is gradually becoming one of the most frequented tourist destinations in India.
One of the best ways to reach Kanpur is by air as regular flights operate from most key destinations. Flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai etc. run on regular basis to this city; thus keeping it well connected with the rest of the country.
1,040 sq. km.
2.7 million (1991 census)
Hindi, English, Urdu and some Bengali and Punjab
Sight Seeing : Allen Forest Zoo, Kampla Retreat, Phool Bagh, Nana Rao Park, Moti Jheel
Temples : Jajmau, Shri Radhakrishna Temple, Jain Glass Temple, The Kanpur Memorial Church (All soulís Cathedral)
Shopping : The Mall, Birhana Road, Naveen Market, Meston Road and PPN Market
When to go
The best time to visit Kanpur is during the winter, between October and March. Summer is hot, long and dry. Chakeri Airport, Kanpur, has been
operational since 1996. The airport is 12 kms from town. The only airline
that flies to the city is Air India. However, people also use Amausi
Airport, Lucknow, 65 kms away, to get to Kanpur city.