Travel to Kanpur

Kanpur Tourism

Kanpur is an important city in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is mostly famous for its commercial and industrial activities. Rightly dubbed as the industrial capital of Uttar Pradesh, the city of Kanpur is also home to a number of tourist destinations that charm the visitors round the year.

This travel guide with help you essential details you need to know if you are planning a trip to Kanpur.

Kanpur Location

Kanpur lies on the banks of the holy river Ganges and is a part of the Indo-Gangetic plain and Lower Doab region. In terms of area which is approximately 1640 km2 or 633 sq miles, Kanpur is the fifth biggest city in India.

Geographical features of Kanpur Lying on the riverbanks of Ganges, the city of Kanpur shares its boundaries with two major rivers in the country and they are the Pandu River (Yamuna) to the south and the Ganga to the northeast. The districts of Unnao and Hamirpur border the city Kanpur to the north-east and south respectively. The dry area of Bundelkhand is situated towards the southern part of the city.

Kanpur Demographics

Time Zone IST (UTC/GMT +5:30 hours)
State Uttar Pradesh
Population (2011 census) 5,443,786
Coordinates 23.182778° North and 75.777222° East
Main Languages English, Hindi, Bengali, Urdu, and Punjabi
STD Code 0512
Elevation 1,610 feet or 491 meters

Kanpur Travel Tips

  • Woolens are a must if you are travelling to Kanpur during winters.
  • Shop for leather goods as they are available at unbelievable prices.
  • Do not miss the local delicacies of Kanpur, particularly, 'Thaggu ke Laddoo' at Bada Chauraha and 'Badnaam Kulfi' at Civil Lines.

How to Reach Kanpur

The city of Kanpur enjoys good connectivity via flights, railways, and roadways. The city falls on the itinerary of the North Central Railways and is linked by regular and direct railway services to majority of the cities in India.

By Air

There is a small airport in Kanpur. This airport offers a limited number of flights. Flights are only available from Air India for major cities like Kolkata and New Delhi. The closest international airport in the neighborhood is the Lucknow International Airport.

By Rail

Indian Railways services join the city of Kanpur to other major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Indore, Ahmedabad, Farrukhabad, Bhopal, Jamshedpur, Jabalpur, Jaipur, Srinagar, Gwalior, Gorakhpur, Jalgaon, Mahoba, Pune, Durg, Lucknow, Surat, and Nagpur.

By Road

Kanpur has good accessibility via roadways. Both National Highway 2 and National Highway 25 moves by the city. Other national highways that run across Kanpur are National Highway 86, National Highway 25, and National Highway 91. There are two main bus terminals in the city. The most significant bus terminal of the city is Jhakarkati bus terminal. A number of Volvo buses and coaches, particularly Royal Cruiser plies to places like Jaipur, New Delhi, and Agra.

Distance between Kanpur and other cities
  • From Bhopal- 510 km
  • From Delhi- 434 km
  • From Indore- 291 km
  • From Jaipur- 493 km
  • From Lucknow- 81 km

Bus Depots in Kanpur

City bus services from Kanpur Metropolitan Bus Service are available. Both air-conditioned and non-AC buses ply in the city. The cheapest mode of conveyance is Vikram or the tempo. Auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and taxis are available as well. However, auto rickshaws are costlier than buses. Other than the Jhakarkati Bus Terminal, there are the following bus depots:
  • Bara Depot
  • Chunniganj Depot
  • Akbarpur Depot
  • Kanpur Central Depot
  • Unnao Depot
  • Vikas Nagar Depot
  • Unnao Check Post Depot
  • Bagvantnagar Depot
  • Azad Nagar Bus Depot

Shopping in Kanpur

Shopping in Kanpur is an enjoyable experience. The popular marketplaces in Kanpur are PPN Market, Naveen Market, Arya Nagar, Mall Road, Tilak Nagar, Swaroop Nagar, and Gumti no 5.

Markets and handicrafts in Kanpur

Kanpur will offer quality against affordability when you are looking for garments for women. The ideal place for purchasing women's garments is the Beconganj area. You will find varieties of hand-decorated creations. You will also get exquisite boutiques such as Khanam's in the neighborhood. If you want to purchase leather products, you can visit the Bada Chauraha or the Meston Road. The place is an excellent area for buying your daily essential commodities.

Gumti No. 5, P. Road, and Naveen Market are also good places for buying garments. The wholesale markets are located at Navghada in General Gunj.

If you want to buy sarees, household implements, bracelets and plenty of other goods at cheap prices then visit Sisamau. You can also buy implements at Hatiya.

Christ Church College is also another shopping area. Khanam's at Kayasthana Road (Talaq Mohal) is an ideal place for purchasing lady's garments where varieties of boutique and stylish hand-decorated wedding dresses and outfits are available at reasonable rates. All major credit cards are accepted in this area.

Shopping Malls in Kanpur

Some of the well-known shopping malls in Kanpur are as follows:
  • [email protected] Mall
  • Rave 3 Mall
  • SouthX Mall
  • The Mega Mall
  • Ganges Nagar Mall
  • Z Square Mall
  • Viva Natraj Mall
  • Viva City Square Mall
  • Ganga Nagar Mall
  • Sir Good Morning Mall
  • Rakesh Plaza
  • GV Multiplex
  • Ceramic Mall
  • Krishna Mall
  • Highway City Mall
  • College City Mall

Eating places near Kanpur markets

If you are a chaat lover, then Kanpur is the city to be. It houses a number of chaat selling corners, offering alloo tikki, pani puri, dahi chaat and so on. The alley at Arya Nagar is a famous food joint. There are restaurants and eating places offering South Indian, chaat, egg rolls, biryani, burgers, and ice-creams.

To visit a variety of multi-cuisine eating places, come to Naveen Market, The Mall, Sarvodaya Nagar (Moti Rave), Civil Lines, and Swaroop Nagar. The eating houses remain open till 11 pm.

Places to Visit in Kanpur
  • Dwarka Dhish Temple
  • Jain Glass Temple
  • Mecca Masjid
  • Shri Radhakrishna Temple
  • The Kanpur Memorial Church

Last Updated on : 27/09/2013