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Best Places to Visit in Kanpur, India

Updated on September 30, 2017
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Kannan loves to travel and explore new places on a budget, whether it is in his home city of Mumbai or in faraway places.

Kanpur today is the most populous and the largest city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow, the state's capital historically is known as the "city of Nawabs", then Kanpur in the modern context is well known as the city of IIT (Indian Institute of Technology).

Further, it is a host to many world-class universities. Currently, Kanpur is a major hub of Universities. Students from all over the state and from India come here to study in prestigious Indian Universities. At the business front, the city is well ahead of other cities in the state.

There is an interesting story as far as the coining the name of the city goes. Basically, there are two schools of thought from which the name of the city comes from. One school of thought goes to suggest that the name was inferred from Kahaniyapur, the town of Lord Krishna. Kahaniyapur, which slowly got truncated into Kanhapur, and then Kanpur. Whereas, the other version associates with Karna, the greatest warrior of Mahabharat.

There is further trivia about the name which comes from the British Raj. In the period of British Raj, Kanpur was spelled as Cawnpore. Obvious considering the British accent.

Recently Kanpur was also given the status as a Counter Magnet, which basically means that it is a counter magnet to Delhi metropolitan area, the government of India does this so as to decrease the ever increasing migration in Delhi. The status of counter magnets is only given to cities which are more than 250 Km from Delhi and which have shown potential growth in the near past.

Tourism in Kanpur is flourishing because of its closeness to tourist hubs like Agra and Varanasi. Though there are many places to visit in Kanpur, these are some of the places you can look forward to spending a great day in Kanpur.

1| Allen Forest Zoo/Kanpur Zoo

Allen Forest Zoo is the biggest park in the city of Kanpur. It's regarded as one of the best zoos in Uttar Pradesh and in India. The sheer green vegetation cover of the place will overwhelm you. A sense which all city people need.

The zoo is named after British Indian civil service officer Sir Allen - Considering the recent name changes of popular places, it will not be very far when this gets a name change in the name of changing names that belong to colonial rule. But the zoo got its name in independent India in 1971, certainly, we can't trust the people who change these names. Right?

There is so much to see in the zoo that you will certainly remember it for years to come. The zoo has a vast, varied and rich flora and fauna. The fauna ranges from white Asiatic tigers, lions, langurs, deer, chimpanzees, orangutans, and rhinoceros whereas the fauna is adored by some antediluvian trees.

The major attraction of the zoo is the aviary, the building where different birds from all over the world are kept. It is such a treat to see different species of parrots and the birds which are from different parts of the world like Germany, Australia, and Africa.

Then there are the botanical gardens where you will have an opportunity to see some of the rare species of plants. There is also an aquarium and a night house where nocturnal creatures are kept, and last but not the least the life-size sculptures of dinosaurs of the prehistoric origins.

Polish your photography skills to make the most of your visit.

Sculpted Dinosaurs at the Allen Forest Zoo
Sculpted Dinosaurs at the Allen Forest Zoo | Source

2| Sri Radha Krishna Temple

Popularly known as JK temple, it’s a 50 year old temple. The temple stands tall in the heart of the city and the appearance is heartwarming, serene, and magnificent. A great temple to soothe yourself if you are going from hard times and even if you are not.

Once you enter the temple you'll be in a different world, which you always wanted? isn't it. The monument as if comes alive after the sun goes down because of the wonderful lighting's that adorns the temple.

The architectural masterpiece enshrines five smaller shrines which have Lord Hanuman, Lord Lakshmi and Narayan, Lord Ardhanarishwar, Lord Narmadeshwar, and Lord Radha and Krishna.

There are so few places in the world which is massive and serene, and this is one of them.

Sri Radha Krishna Temple, Kanpur
Sri Radha Krishna Temple, Kanpur | Source

3| Nawabgarh Bird Sanctuary

This is a place for bird lovers and avid nature photographers. It is about 50 Km from Kanpur located on the National Highway road number 25 (NH 25).

As the name suggests it's a place where you'll have the luxury to watch beautiful birds that migrate here from neighboring countries. The best time to visit this place is winters when most of the migratory birds come here from countries like China, Russia, and Siberia.

Famous for its bird sightings, now it also has a rest house, children park and a motel for that occasional drink.

The Indian Peafowl which is seen all round the year at Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary
The Indian Peafowl which is seen all round the year at Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary | Source

4| Kamla Retreat

This is a museum founded by the JK Group. It is also near to Allen Forest Zoo. Again a great place to be in Kanpur. Articles of historical importance are on display here. Normally people from Kanpur visit here with their families for outings. Apart from the museum, it is also a place for swimming and boating among other things.

Do not forget to take the appropriate permission which is mandatory from the Deputy General Manager (Admin.) of Kamla tower before you visit. It's a bonded area, so get the appropriate permit before visit the place. Getting the permit is not that tedious, Kamla retreat will surely be a treat.

Go and give a treat to yourself!

5| Z Square Mall

One of the biggest shopping malls in India, Z square mall has an area about 1 lakh square foot. As a shopper, you can imagine the number of shops that will be accommodated in that much area.

The mall has everything that is available under the sun. From branded clothes, kids wear, shoes, and much more. As far as you can name the product, they will have it. Go and have a blast!


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A markerAllen Park -
Allen Park, Nawabganj, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
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B markerJK Temple -
J K Temple, Sarvodaya Nagar, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
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C markerNawabganj Bird Sanctuary -
Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary, National Highway 25, Uttar Pradesh, India
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D markerKamla Retreat -
Swaroop Nagar, Rawat Pur, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
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E markerZ Square Mall Kanpur -
Mall Rd, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
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List of all Famous Locations in And Around Kanpur

  • Allen Forest Zoo
  • Anandeshwar Temple
  • Baradevi Temple
  • Bhitargaon Temple
  • Boodha Bargad (Banyan) tree
  • Company Bagh
  • Gandhi Hall
  • Gora Kabristan
  • Green Park Stadium and its Modi Stadium, a cricket stadium
  • Habiba Masjid
  • ISKON Temple
  • Jajmau Siddhant Ghat
  • Jajmau Tila
  • Jama-ul-ulum Madarsa & Masjid, Patkapur
  • Jungle Water Park
  • Kanpur Central
  • Kanpur Memorial Church
  • Kanpur Sangrahalaya
  • Kherepati Temple
  • Kidwai Nagar Park
  • Lav Kush Barrage
  • Mahatma Gandhi Park a.k.a Katehri Bagh, Cantonment
  • Massacre Ghat
  • Moti Jheel
  • Musanagar tila
  • Nanarao Fort
  • Nanarao Park
  • Phool Bagh
  • Radha-Krishna Mandir
  • Saja ud daulah Mosque
  • Sarsaiyya Ghat

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