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Introduction

Kanpur is the ninth most populous city in India and the most populous within the state of Uttar Pradesh, and in terms of area Kanpur is the fifth largest city in India . It is also known as the Manchester of Asia. Kanpur, the name of the city derived from Kanhiyapur (the city of Lord Krishna). It has the population of 6 million people. It is famous for leather and textile goods of superior quality. It is now one of the main industrialized cities. Kanpur city is famous for leather, wool, cotton, vegetable oil mills, chemical works and sugar refineries. About 25 km from Kanpur is Bithoor. Legend has it that the wife of Lord Rama came to live at the ashram of the sage Valmiki, after Rama expelled her from Ayodhya. It was here that Sita gave birth to the twins Lav and Kush, and disappeared back into the earth when confronted by a repentant Rama. Bithoor is also the site of the fort to which Nana Sahib escaped following the British retaking of Kanpur. Today, Bithoor is a tourist spot on the banks of the Ganges.

Area 1640 sq km
Altitude 126 m above sea level
Temperature Summer-Min.-28.0C,Max.-46.0 C Winter,Min.-2.0C,Max.-28.0C
Language English, Hindi
STD Code 0512
Rainfall 915 mm average yearly
Best Time to Visit September to March

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How to get there

  1. Air :-The nearest airport is Amausi, Lucknow, 65 km. Flights to New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Patna, Varanasi are available.
  2. Rail:-Connections to all the major stations of the country by express, super-fast and passenger trains.
  3. Road:- Kanpur is connected by road with all the major cities of the country. It is situated on National Highway No. 2 on the Delhi-Agra-Allahabad-Calcutta route and on National Highway No. 25 on the Lucknow-Jhansi-Shivpuri route.

Places to Visit

The Kanpur Memorial Church Jajmau Shri Radhakrishna Temple Jain Glass Temple
Dwarka Dhish Temple Nana Rao Park Allen Forest Zoo Massacre Ghat

Excursion

Bithoor Bhitargaon Musanagar Kannauj
Lucknow Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary Angira Ashram  

Shopping

Kanpur is famous for leather goods. The main shopping centres in the city are; The Mall, Birhana Road, Gumti No. 5, Parade, Naveen Market, Meston road and P.P.N. Market. The city centre also offers the shopper a delightful array of State Emporia, viz. UPICA, UP Handloom Emporium, Phulkari, Punjab Emporium and Manjusha, Bengal Emporium.

Accommodation

Hotel The Landmark Hotel Meghdoot Hotel Atithi Hotel RajMahal
Hotel Aagman Geet Hotel