Kanpur - Uttar Pradesh
Kanpur or 'Kanhpur' as it was originally known as is also called as the Manchester of the east. Kanpur is today the important industrial center of Uttar Pradesh, an Indian state, and is located on the shores of river Ganga.
Until the 18th century it was known as a small village under the rule of Shuja-ud-duala, who was the Nawab Wazir of Awadh. But after he was defeated by the British, things began to take a new turn. Today it is the most flourished and highly important place and is the most industrialized place of the state. Kanpur is known to have played an important part in the freedom struggle of India. The place was a favorite among freedom fighters like Tantiya Tope, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Sardar Bhagat Singh and Nanarao Peshwa. It is today an important educational center as well and has institutions like the Agricultural College, National Sugar Institute, Harcourt Butler Technology institute, medical colleges and many more.
Kanpur is a must-visit destination on the map of Uttar Pradesh. It comprises of the Bhitargaon brick temple that is known as the oldest roofed Hindu shrine with a high shikhara. Jajmau is another important place to visit that lies on the east side and is important place to see the famous mausoleum of Makhdum Shah Ala - ul- Haq, mosque built by Kulich Khan and also famous temples like the Siddha Devi temple, and Siddnath temple. The beautifully constructed Shri Radhakrishna temple is another must visit by tourists. It is built by J.K. trust and has a perfect blend of modern and ancient architecture. The Jain glass temple is also a place worth visiting. It is built with glass and intricate enamel work.
Apart from the huge structures, you can also visit the Allen forest zoo, which was opened in 1971 for visitors and is one of the best Zoos in India. You can have picnics here and spend the whole day admiring the picturesque surroundings. Kamal retreat is also an ideal spot for spending the day. It has a swimming pool and displays artificial waves with lightning which is worth watching. You can also enjoy a walk in the park, or enjoy boating facilities here. Pool Bagh is a beautiful park that is situated in the heart of the city and is also known as Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi memorial. Bhitargaon is a unique architectural specimen that belongs to the Gupta era and dates back to 600 AD. The place is the first shrine that comes with Shikara.
The other places of importance are Musanagar, Kannuaj, Lucknow Nawabganj bird sanctuary, Bithoor, etc. Kanpur is well connected by road ways, railways and airways as well. It is situated on National Highway No.2 and No.25. One can take the help of the map to locate the city and its significant places that can be visited. The maps help you with the roads, towns, rivers and other places.Last Updated on 4/16/2012