Kanpur Travel Guide: Visit North India Leather City

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Kanpur is the industrial capital of Uttar Pradesh and one of the main industrial centers of the state. The city stands out for its various industries, being an important center for textiles, leather, electronics, IT, automobiles, and chemicals. The growth of all these industries has vastly improved the infrastructure of the city.

The city’s climate is quite similar to New Delhi with hot summers and short winters. Dust storms are common here. It has extreme climates, as the temperature reaches up to 48 degrees Celsius in summer and drops to 0 degrees Celsius in winter. Therefore, it is better for tourists to avoid both the extreme winter months and the hot summer months.

There is a domestic airport in Kanpur, but the service is limited to very few cities in India. Some flights operate from here to Delhi and Kolkata, but many travelers use the airport in the neighboring city of Lucknow. But Kanpur has a well developed train station and is located on the Kolkata to New Delhi rail link and many major trains pass through this city. Some of the train stations in Kanpur are Kanpur Central, Kanpur Anwarganj, Panki, Rawatpur and Govind Puri.

National highways NH 2, NH 25, NH 91 and NH 86 pass through the city. Jhkarkati Bus Station is the important bus terminal here. City buses are operated by UPSRTC under JNNURM. Automatic rickshaws and bicycle rickshaws meet the needs of local transportation. Tempos called Vikram and private taxis are also used for transportation within the city.

Some of the sights in Kanpur are Gautam Buddha Park, Ganga Barrage, Allen Forest Zoo, Nana Rao Park, Massacre Ghat, Bithoor, Jama Masjid, Indian Institute of Technology, Mickey House, Jungle Water Park and Sports Village. Many migratory birds and residential birds are found in the city. Especially many peacocks and nilgai are seen on the IIT campus. The largest zoological garden by area in Asia is located in Kanpur. The Kanpur Zoo provides a natural habitat for animals.

Shopping enthusiasts can visit Naveen Market, PPN Market, Mall Road, Swaroop Nagar, and Tilak Nagar. Kanpur is famous for its leather goods which are available in abundance on Meston Road. For dresses you have to visit Sisamau an Kayasthana Road.

Kanpur is arguably a chaat lover’s paradise as there are numerous chaat shops in every corner of the city serving pani puri, bhel puri, alu tikki, dahi chat, and the like. The Arya Nagar is the most popular gastronomic meeting point where you can get anything from egg rolls to ice cream, burgers and biryanis. If you want to eat at various restaurants in Kanpur, you must visit Mall Street, Civil Lines and Sarvodaya Nagar.

Hotels in Kanpur are concentrated around Mall Road and GT Road. There are many economy and luxury class hotels in these places. A good Kanpur travel guide could help you find the right choice of Kanpur hotels and restaurants.

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