Popular as the industrial hub of India, Kanpur city plays an important role into the cultural, historical and modern heritage of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Despite having industries across its region, the city attracts large number of local and international visitors through its magnificent parks, gardens & water bodies and historical & religious places.
Nestled on the banks of River Ganges, it was established by the rulers of the Chandela Dynasty during 10th-13th century. Since then, the city of saw the rule of various dynasties.
Nowadays, it illustrates a perfect amalgamation of historical significance and contemporary magnificence. Therefore, the travel vacationers need not to think too much about what things to do in Kanpur because the city has everything to convert their holidays into the most memorable days of their life.
Explore Historical Monuments of Kanpur
Entire North India is adorned with places of historical importance. The beautiful city of Kanpur is not an exception in this regard. Majority of the people come at this region to explore its historical monuments. Located in the vicinity of the Ganges, the mound of Jajmau is indeed one of the most visited historical sites of Kanpur.
It explains the time of a Pauranic King who administered this Kingdom of Yayati. Pottery, busts and utensils here provide the evidences of its historical background. Furthermore, the excavations at Jajmau also find out the large influence of the Vedic Period at this place.
It also has a mausoleum of the famous Sufi Saint, Makhdoom Ala-ul-Haq and it was established by Feroz Shah Tughlaq in 1358 AD. The historical site also has a mosque founded by Kulich Khan in the year 1679 AD.
Kanpur Memorial Church is also very famous among the tourists. It was established in the year 1875 in the memory of the British men, women and children who lost their lives in the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. The Church was designed by Walter Granville, the architect of the east Bengal Railway.
The interior of Kanpur Memorial Church is adorned with monuments of the mutiny through many memorial tablets. So, you can visit at these historical places of Kanpur and make your vacations more special.
Enjoy Shopping in Kanpur
During your holidays at the
historical city of Kanpur, you should not miss shopping opportunities
here because the city has plenty of them. There are many shopping
centers located here where you can buy everything to satisfy your
The shopping places like The Mall, Matson Road, Birhana Road,
PPN Market and Naveen Market offer different variety of items for the
different purposes of the people. However, the region of Kanpur is
primarily famous for its cotton and woolen textiles.
But despite that,
it has been largely associated with the production, supply and marketing
of leather in the country. In fact, it also exports huge quantity of
leather to the international countries. Spanish Leather, Suede Leather,
Italian Leather and French Leather can easily be purchased here.
Shopping in Kanpur is also very much famous among the international
visitors where they prefer to buy decorative items, apparels, sports
items, saddles, jackets, airbags, shoes and many such items that made
Visit the Religious Places of Kanpur
religious places of Kanpur also witness large number of visitors every
year. The most famous of them are Shri Radhakrishna Temple, Gurudwara
Banno Sahib and Jain Glass Temple. First we discuss about Shri
Radhakrishna Temple. It allures visitors with its magnificent mélange of
ancient and modern style of architecture.
The magnificence of this
religious place includes equal level of roofs of the mandaps with enough
space for sufficient light and air. It also has five shrines in which
the central one is dedicated to Shri Radhakrishna while the others are
devoted to Shri Ardhanarishwar, Shri Laxminarayan, Shri Narmadeshwar and
Banno Sahib contains a 350 years old manuscript of Gurugranth Sahib
certified by the signature of Bhai Banno Sahib. Scores of devotees and
disciples come to this Gurudwara, which is beautifully designed. People
come here with the purpose of spirituality and peace of mind. On the
other hand, Jain Glass Temple is situated in Maheshwari Mahal behind the
famous Kamla Tower.
This temple is dedicated to the worshippers of
Jainism but particularly devoted to the followers and disciples of the
Lord Mahavira as well as other remaining 23 Jain Tirthankaras. Moreover,
it is decorated with enamel and glass works besides its doors, pillars,
panels, ceilings and walls are decorated with majestic mirror work. The
Temple is also comprised of statue of Lord Mahavira.
Enjoy Picnic at Beautiful Gardens of Kanpur
The city of Kanpur
has number of parks and gardens where you can enjoy your picnic with
your near and dear ones. However, they are many but the most popular
among them are: Phool Bagh, Buddha Park, Moti Jheel Park and Nana Rao
Park. Phool Bagh, also known as 'Ganesh Udyan', attracts the visitors
with wonderful flower shows conducted every year.
Apart from that, it
also consists of a large public library and a summer house. Buddha Park
is an ideal place for the children to play around and a relaxed place
for the aged people. With the purpose of making your holidays at Kanpur
more enjoyable, you can also visit at Moti Jheel Park, which is a
drinking water reservoir.
It is placed in Benajhabar area and recently,
it has been renovated in which large children's park and recreation
grounds have been established here. Alternatively, Nana Rao Park is also
a wonderful option for the picnic lovers as it is one of the biggest
parks in Kanpur city. It was initially renowned as Memorial Well Garden.
Plan an Excursion to Wildlife of Kanpur
The city of Kanpur also provides wonderful wildlife options for all the wildlife lovers. It boasts of a Zoo, which is a known as Allen Forest Zoo. It is among the most visited zoological parks not only in Uttar Pradesh state but in North India. Started in the year 1971, it is also known as Kanpur Zoo.
Most of the visitors travel this place to take pleasure of its outdoor life and picnic spots at its surroundings. Allen Forest Zoo is named after Sir Allen who was the member of the then Indian Civil Service and also a professional botanist.
In extension to its salient features, it provides an abode to number of animals like Tiger, Asiatic Lions, Bear, Grizzly, Monkeys, Musk Deer, Cheetah, Leopard, Antelope and many more. Besides that, the Zoo also provides shelter to the many birds such as Parrots, Emus, Ostrich, Parakeet and Saras-Crane, etc. So, Kanpur Zoo will be a great option to have some outings while spending crucial days of vacations at this city.
Enjoy the Cuisine of Kanpur
Tasting local food delicacies of Kanpur is an experience in itself. From Awadhi thali to halwa or from paratha with tea to Aloo tikki chaat, this place will certainly mesmerize you during your holidays here. There is a very popular food junction in Arya Nagar of Kanpur where you can eat different varieties of chaat, ice creams and fast food items.
Besides that, there are many multi-cuisine restaurants located at the different localities of Kanpur where you can get pleasure from both local and international food items. Some of the famous food places of Kanpur are Civil Lines, Swaroop Nagar, Sarvodaya Nagar, The Mall and Naveen Market.
You can come to eat at these places for your breakfast, lunch or dinner with your near and dear ones. Some of these dining places in Kanpur are also remained open till late night, which make the travelers comfortable.