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Kanpur City

 

Nestling on the banks of the eternal Ganga, Kanpur stands as one of North India's major industrial centers with its own historical, religious and commercial importance. Believed to have been founded by king Hindu Singh of the erstwhile state of Sachendi, Kanpur was originally known as "Kanhpur".

 
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How to reach Kanpur

By Air

 

Chakery Airport from Kanpur collectorate - 10 Kms. Nearest airport is Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, Amausi, Lucknow, 90 kms.

 
 
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By Rail

 

Kanpur is connected to all the major stations of the country by express, super-fast and passenger trains.

   
 
 
 

By 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.

   
 
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Weather in Kanpur

Kanpur experiences a typical version of a humid subtropical climate that resembles the climate of Delhi to some degree. Kanpur lies in northern plains of India, which witness extremes of temperature. It can drop to a minimum of 0.0 °C in the winters while it goes up to 48 °C in summers. Kanpur experiences severe fog in December and January. In summer excessive dry heat is accompanied by dust storms. Rains appear between July and September almost at the end of regular monsoon season. Some rainfall is recorded during the harvest season of March–April. These extremes however, give the region an advantage of having three crops of versatile range of products. Best time to visit Kanpur is either October–November or February–March.

   
 
 
 

What to Eat in Kanpur

 

The popular cuisine consists of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Kanpur has been greatly influenced by Mughal cooking techniques, and the cuisine of Kanpur bears similarities to those of Kashmir, Punjab and Hyderabad; and the city is famous for its Nawabi foods & Punjabi dishes.

   
 
 
 

Places to see in Kanpur

 

The city of Kanpur attracts tourists for its age old monuments and varied other constructions, which reflect the history of the place. Besides that, this city of Uttar Pradesh houses many parks, gardens, water bodies and religious places of visit. Some of them are Kanpur Memorial Church, Nana Rao Park , J.K.Temple, Moti Jheel, Allen Forest Zoo, Dwarakadhish Temple, Kamla Retreat, Jain Glass Temple, Massacre Ghat.

   
 
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Places to see near Kanpur

 

The historic cities of Agra, Allahabad, Lucknow and Varanasi are all less than five hours drive from Kanpur. Khajuraoh is nearby as well.

   
 
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Kanpur History

 

Historically, Jajmau on the eastern outskirts of present day Kanpur, is regarded as one of the most archaic townships of Kanpur district. Up to the first half of the 18th century, Kanpur continued to survive as an insignificant village. Its fate, however, took a new turn soon after. In May 1765, Shuja-ud-daula, the Nawab Wazir of Awadh, was defeated by the British near Jajmau. It was probably at this time the strategic importance of the site of Kanpur was realised by the British. European businessmen had by this time gradually started establishing themselves in Kanpur. In order to ensure protection to their lives and property, the "Awadh local forces" were shifted here in 1778. Kanpur passed into British hands under the treaty of 1801. This forms a turning point in the history of Kanpur. Soon Kanpur became one of the most important military stations of British India. Apart from this Kanpur was one of the main centres of industrial revolution in India. It was known as Manchester of the East.

   
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