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About Kanpur

One of the biggest cities in Uttar Pradesh and nestled on the banks of the sacred Ganga, Kanpur stands as one of North India’s major industrial centres with its own historical, religious and commercial importance. Known as the ‘Leather City’, Kanpur contains some of the largest and finest tanneries in the world. The city is home to several educational institutions, including the well-known Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Kanpur).

The cuisine of the city has been greatly influenced by Nawabi and Mughal cooking techniques and bears similarities to those of Kashmir, Punjab and Hyderabad. No meal in Kanpur can be completed without eating the local favourite ‘Paan’. Languages spoken in and around the city mostly include Hindi and Urdu.

Best time to visit:

Kanpur has humid subtropical climate resembling that of the climate of Delhi to some extent. The best time to visit the city is from October to March.

Top five places to see:

Jajmau – The mound of Jajmau, on the eastern end of the city occupies a high place among ancient cities of the region. Excavations of the mound were undertaken during 1957-58 which unearthed antiquities ranging from 600 BC to 1600 AD.

Jain Glass Temple – This beautiful temple dedicated to Jainism is constructed in the traditional old style of architecture and is completely built in glass. Beautifully adorned and decorated with intricate designs in enamel and glass, the classic spread of ornate mirror work in and around the temple, on the walls, floors and ceilings are bound to stun any tourist. The stained glass murals and paintings depict the Jain scriptures.

Patthar Ghat – Built of red stone, the Patthar Ghat is a bathing place for devotees. The structure of Patthar Ghat is an example of excellent ancient architecture in the history of India. A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva stands on the Ghat and is visited by devotees and pilgrims.

Allen Forest Zoo – The Allen Forest or Kanpur Zoo was opened in 1971 and ranks as one of the best zoos in the country. It is an ideal place for outdoor life and picnics amongst picturesque surroundings. Sir Allen, after whom this zoological park is named, was a botanist and member of the Indian Civil Service.

Valmiki Ashram – This one is for the lovers of Mythology. The history of Valmiki Ashram dates back to the period of the Indian epic Ramayana. To unveil the story behind the importance of this Valmiki Ashram, Sita came to this hillock to stay during her exile after being expelled from the kingdom by Lord Rama. It is this ashram where Sita gave birth to her twin sons Luv and Kush.