Location: South West Of Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh)
Significance: The Largest City Of Uttar Pradesh.
Best Time To Visit: November-February
Main Attractions: The Kanpur Memorial Church, Nawabganj Bird
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. Jajmau, known as Siddhapuri in ancient times, is believed
to have been
the kingdom of Yayati, the Pauranic king and the high mound overhanging
the Ganga is known as the site of his fort. Today, Jajmau houses the
Siddhnath and Siddha Devi temples and the mausoleum of Makhdum Shah Ala-ul-Haq,
the famous Sufi saint, built by Firoz Shah Tughlaq in 1358. A mosque
built by Kulich Khan in 1679 also stands here.
Shri Radhakrishna Temple (J.K. Temple):
Beautifully constructed, J.K. temple is a boon to the devotees. Built by
J.K. Trust, this beautifully constructed temple is a unique blend of
ancient and modern architecture. Among the five shrines that the temple
has, the central one is dedicated to Shri Radhakrishna and the other are
adorned with idols of Shri Laxminarayan, Shri Ardhanarishwar, Shri
Narmadeshwar and Shri Hanuman.
Jain Glass Temple:
It is situated in Maheshwari Mohal behind the Kamla Tower. It is a
beautiful temple highly decorated with glass and enamel work.
The Kanpur Memorial Church (All Soul’s Cathedral):
Built in Lombardic Gothic Style, the Kanpur Memorial Church was
constructed in 1875, to honour the British who lost their lives in the
war of 1857. Walter Granville, architect of the East Bengal Railway,
designed the Church. Made of bright red brick, with polychrome
dressings, the interiors of the church contain monuments to the mutiny,
including several memorial tablets.
Allen Forest Zoo:
The Kanpur Zoo was opened in 1971 and ranks among one of the best zoos
in the country. It is an ideal place for outdoor life and picnics in the
midst of picturesque surroundings.
Possessed by Singhania family, this beautiful estate lies to the west of
the Agricultural College. There is a well-lit swimming pool, wherein
artificial waves are created. Besides parks and a canal
with facilities for boating, a zoo is also maintained. Kamla Retreat
also houses a zoo and a museum, which has a good collection of
historical and archaeological artifacts.
Also known as Ganesh Udyan, this beautiful park with Ganesh Shanker
Vidyarthi Memorial in the centre, is located in the heart of the city,
on the Mall Road.
Nana Rao Park:
To the west of Phool Bagh is located the Nana Rao Park. It is the site
of the `Bibighar’ of 1857. The Park was renamed as Nana Rao Park after
Harcourt Butler Technological Institute:
The Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, engaged in imparting
technical training and industrial research was established in 1920 at
Indian Institute of Technology:
One of the five IIT’s, IIT Kanpur, set up in 1959, provides education in
the fields of engineering, technology, science and humanities.
Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture & Technology:
Established in 1957 to provide education of agriculture, animal
husbandry and veterinary science for the benefit of rural people. Among
other sites worth visiting at Kanpur are the Hanuman temple-Panki,
Anandeshwar temple, Jageshwar temple, Dwarikadhish temple, Prayagnarayan
temple, Kailash temple, Buddhadevi temple, Kherepati temple, Varahidevi
temple, Bhairav temple and Tulsi Upvan (Moti Jheel).
Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary:
43 km from Lucknow, along the Lucknow-Kanpur Highway near Unnao, is the
Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary. The sanctuary attracts rare Siberian migratory
birds during winters, the main bird species being Pintain, Pigeon,
Common teal, Shoveller, Pochard, Coot, Purple Moorhen and others.
Located 90 Kms. from Kanpur, Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh.
The quiet and beautiful township of Bithoor is situated on the Kannauj
Road, 27 km from Kanpur. Situated on the banks of the Ganga, this
tranquil spot is of considerable historical and religious importance.
Sita Kund, Dhruva Teela and the mosque near Lakshman Ghat are some
places worth a visit.
(59-km) Situated in Ghatampur tehsil, Bhitargaon houses a unique
architectural specimen - a brick temple belonging to the Gupta era.
Dating back to 600 AD, this the very first shrine with a shikara.
65 km from Kanpur, the ancient site of Musanagar with innumerable mounds
deserved mention on account of the ancient temple of Muktadevi, which is
said to have been built in Treta-Yug by Raja Bali. A large fair is held
at Muktadevi temple on occasion of Kartik Poornima. Musanagar is also a
rich archaeological site and has yielded a large number of artifacts and
specimens of the post Harrapan, Shunga, Maurya and Kushana periods.
(80 km) Situated on the banks of the river Ganga, Kannauj was the 7th
century capital of Emperor Harshavardhana’s empire, which encompassed
the entire region between the rivers Sutlej and Narmada and eastern
Bengal. While all traces of this past have vanished, Kannauj is famous
for its manufacture of essence (ittar) used in perfumes.
HOW TO GET THERE
Air: Chakeri Airport, Kanpur.
Rail: Connections to all the major stations of the country by express,
super-fast and passenger trains.
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
Local Transport: Buses, Taxis, Tempos, and Auto-Rickshaws.
PLACES TO STAY
Several of Kanpur's best hotels can be found in and around the Mall,
while resonable budget accommodations is concentrated near the Central
Railway station, which itself has resonable retiring rooms.
Area: 1040 Sq. km.
Population: 24,18,447 (1991 census).
Altitude: 126 metres above sea level.
Clothing Summer Winter