Kanpur TourismLocated on banks of River Ganges, Kanpur is primarily an industrial city though it has immense historic, religious and cultural significance for an avid traveller. Originally known by the name of Kanhpur, the city was founded by Hindu Singh, a King of the erstwhile state of Sachendi.
What to See in Kanpur
Kanpur offers a range of options for the travellers to explore and you can start by visiting the mounds of Jajmau.
Mounds of Jajmau
Excavations were carried out at Jajmau during 1957-58 and led to exploration of antiques which dated back to 600 BC. Jajmau was governed by King Yayati in its best days and the excavations bear a testimony of this fact.
Shri Radhakrishna Temple
Shri Radhakrishna Temple is constructed by J.K trust. It is a unique blend of ancient and modern architecture. The temple has five shrines which are dedicated to Radhakrishna, Laxminarayan, Ardhnarishwar, Narmadeshwar and Hanuman.
Allen Forest Zoo
The Zoo also known by the name of Kanpur Zoo is a key attraction of the city. Named after the British explorer Allen, the Kanpur Zoo is unique in the sense that it is located in a natural forest. The zoo provides an opportunity to locals and tourists alike to explore the faunal wealth of the region in a natural environment.
A park located on Mall Road, Kanpur, Phool Bagh is another key tourist attraction of Kanpur. Those with interest in exploring the floral wealth of the region will find Phool Bagh to be of much significance as the place has numerous species of flowers.
Other places of significance in Kanpur are Nana Rao Park, Kanpur Memorial Church, Kamla Retreat and Jain Glass temple.
Shopping in Kanpur
In case you are a budget traveller, there is no place better for shopping than Beconganj area. The market has a range of options for those looking for clothes and exciting bargains too can be done, if you are good at it. Kanpur is known for its leather products and if you intend to have some of these, the best place in the city is Bada Chauraha on Meston Road.
Utensils, saris and bangles can be bought from Sisamau and Hatiya. Lal Bangla is another shopping joint in the city which is famous among the shoppers. You can get quality leather products, clothes and fashion accessories in Lal Bangla and that too at competitive prices.
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What to Eat in Kanpur
Chat is the most famous street food in Kanpur and you can have your pick from among pani puri, allu tikki and dahi chat. If you are looking for a multi cuisine treat, the same can be had from restaurants in Naveen Market, Civil Lines and Swaroop Nagar area.
To taste some sweet delicacies, especially the famous boondi ladoos of Kanpur, you can head to Banarsi Ke Ladoo, an exclusive shop which serves the best boondi ladoos in the region.
The best chat in Kanpur can be tried at Dubey ji Chat Wale in the Hatia bazaar. The shop has been serving chat for over 100 years now.
Where to Stay in Kanpur
If you are a budget traveller, the best options for you are Hotel Mandakini Plaza in Swaroop Nagar, Hotel Atithi on Mall Road and Geet Hotel which is located opposite Phool Bagh. If, however, you have exclusive budget for boarding and lodging Landmark hotel on the Mall Road can be considered. A five star hotel, Landmark hotel provides all the amenities a luxury traveller can think about.
Alternatively, you can also head to Hotel Bliss which is located in close vicinity of a beautiful lake. You can try a range of traditional and continental dishes in their exclusive restaurant too and the hotel can arrange for pick up and drop from the airport too.
Best Time to Visit in Kanpur
October to March is considered to be the best time to plan a visit to Kanpur as temperatures are moderate during this period and a traveller can explore the city at its best during these months.
UP Government Tourist Office in Kanpur: 16/99 Gandhi Bahawan, K.E.M Hall, Phool Bagh Kanpur - 208001