Kanpur is a metropolitan city in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh in India.
Kanpur is a vibrant city with may parks, gardens, temples, monuments, eateries and institutions. Here are some top places and tourist attractions to visit in Kanpur:
- Kanpur Zoological Park – The largest zoological park in Northern India; also known as Allen Forest Zoo.
- Jungle Water Park – A fun water park and a popular attraction for locals as well as tourists; both adults and kids!
- Blue world Theme Park – A theme park with many adventures and exciting rides.
- Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) – One of the 7 best/top engineering universities in India.
- Moti Jheel – A lake and drinking water reservoir, which also has an adjoining garden and children's park.
Most popular Historical places in Kanpur are:
- Kanpur Memorial Church – An ancient church; Christian religious center.
- Brahmavart Ghat - A small ghat (steps leading to a river) near river Ganges.
- Bhitargaon Temple.
- ISKCON temple Kanpur.
- Ramlala Temple.
- JK Temple – A beautiful Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and his consort Radha; built in 1960 – known for its unique architecture that is a blend of traditional and modern Indian styles.
- Dharmanath Swethamber Jain Glass Temple – A beautiful Jain temple which has floors made with marble and the walls and ceiling of the temple decorated with mirrors cut in exquisite artistic designs, and Jain scriptures are displayed on the murals of these walls.
Kanpur has a high population of Hindus, as compared to other religions, and most religious centres here also are related to Hinduism. Prominent festivals in Kanpur include mostly Hindu festivals, though some Christian and Islam festivals are also celebrated here. Some important festivals in the city include:
- Ram Navami
- Chhath Puja
- Ramzan and Eid-ul-Fitr
Must visit Museums in Kanpur are:
- Kanpur Sangrahalaya - This is the official and most popular museum in Kanpur and a must visit for history enthusiasts. It has a fascinating display of artifacts and exhibits that narrate the story of the people who have influenced the making of Kanpur city and events that led to it.
Kanpur is a great place to shop for Indian clothing, handicrafts (for home décor) and inexpensive leather products. Some great shopping spots to check out in the city are as follows:
- PPN Market
- Swaroop Nagar
- Naveen Market
- Gumti No. 5
- Arya Nagar
- Tilak Nagar
- A to Z Shopping Mall
- Z Square Shopping Mall
- Rave 3 Mall
- Mega Mall
The Kanpur metro , which is a rail-based mass transit system is currently under construction, and is supposed to serve the city of Kanpur, connecting major local areas here. There are supposed to be multiple lines on these, depending on areas and the first line (called corridor-1) was planned to be operational and functional by the end of 2021.
Kanpur is another north Indian city known for its food, especially street food. Some local delicacies of Kanpur include:
- Kachori – potato and lentils stuffed fried (almost flat) dough balls
- Jalebi – deep fried sweet (spirals) dipped in sugar syrup
- Bread Pakoras – Bread sandwich stuffed with cooked potatoes and peas, dipped in spicy chickpea flour batter and deep fried
- Malai Makhan – A sweet snack made from milk cream and fresh butter
Here are some popular restaurants in Kanpur to check out and dine at:
- Cawnpore 1857
- Little Chef
- Chin Mi (Chinese)
- The Deck
Some good (and well-rated) hotels for a comfortable stay in Kanpur are:
- The Landmark Towers
- Vijay Intercontinental
- Heaven View Clarks Inn
- FabHotel Solitaire Inn
- Hotel Royal Cliff
- Regenta Central the Crystal
- The Bridge Hotel
- Hotel Mandakini Plaza
Kanpur also has some interesting places (pubs and bars) for exciting night outs and lively entertainment . Some of the popular ones include:
- Terraza 9
- Shor Lounge & Bar
- The Yacht Club
- Genre Discotheque
- Dhuaan, Status Club
- Kanpur STD Code – 0512 (to be used before dialling numbers from a device that is not locally registered)
- Police – 100
- Fire emergency – 101
- Ambulance – 102, 108
- Child Helpline – 1098
- Women Helpline – 1090
Hindi is the most spoken language in Kanpur. But, languages like Bengali, Urdu, Odia and Punjabi are spoken as well.
- Welcome - Shwagotom
- How are you? - Tumi kemon achho
- What's your name? - Tomar nam ki?
- Where are you from? - Tumi kotha theke eshechho?
- Good morning - Shuprobhat
- Good night - Shubho ratri
- Welcome - Svagat
- How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
- What's your name? - Aapka naam kya hai?
- I don't know - Mujhe nahi pata
- I don't understand - Mein samjha nahi
- Thank you - Dhanyavad
- Hello - Asalam u alaikum
- How are you? - Aap kaise hai?
- Goodbye - khuda hafiz
- How old are you? - Aap ki umr kya hai?
- Congratulations - Mubarak ho
- What is this? - Yeh kya hai?
- Hello - Sat sri akaal
- How are you? - Tussi kiwen ho?
- I am fine - Main theek haan
- What is your name? - Tuhada naan ki hai?
- My name is - Mera naan haga
- Where are you from? - Tusi kithe dey ho?
- What is your name? - Tumoro naamo
- What happened? - Kono hela
- Did you have your lunch? - Khayilo ki?
- Come home - Gharo ku aasa
- Please sit - Doyakari basontu
- Thank You - Dhanyabado