Kanpur ; formerly Cawnpore; is the 12th most populous city in India. It is the administrative headquarters of Kanpur Nagar district and Kanpur division. It is the second largest industrial town in north India, following Delhi.

The name is believed to have derived from Karnapur (meaning “town of Karna”, one of the heroes of the Mahabharata). Another theory is that it came from the nearby town of Makanpur, earlier known as Khairabad, where the Sufi saint of the Madariya Sufi order, Badiuddin Zinda Shah Madar, settled.


In 1207, Raja Kanh Deo of the Kanhpuria clan established the village of Kanhpur, which later came to be known as Kanpur.

1857 uprising

In the 19th century, Kanpur was an important British garrison with barracks for 7,000 soldiers. During the Indian Rebellion of 1857, 900 British men, women and children were besieged in the fortifications for 22 days by rebels under Nana Sahib Peshwa. They surrendered on the agreement that they would get safe passage to the nearby Satti Chaura Ghat whereupon they would board barges and be allowed to go by river to Allahabad.

Though controversy surrounds what exactly happened at the Satti Chaura Ghat, and who fired the first shot, it is known that, soon afterwards, the departing British were shot at by the rebel sepoys and were either killed or captured. Some of the British officers later claimed that the rebels had, on purpose, placed the boats as high in the mud as possible, to cause delay. They also claimed that Nana Sahib’s camp had previously arranged for the rebels to fire upon and kill all the English. Although the East India Company later accused Nana Sahib of betrayal and murder of innocent people, no evidence has ever been found to prove that Nana Sahib had pre-planned or ordered the massacre. Some historians believe that the Satti Chaura Ghat massacre was the result of confusion, and not of any plan implemented by Nana Sahib and his associates. Lieutenant Mowbray Thomson, one of the four male survivors of the massacre, believed that the rank-and-file sepoys who spoke to him did not know of the killing to come.

Many were killed and the remaining 200 British women and children were brought back to shore and sent to a building called the Bibighar (the ladies’ home). After some time, the commanders of the rebels decided to kill their hostages. The rebel soldiers refused to carry out orders and butchers from the nearby town were brought in to kill the hostages three days before the British entered the city on 18 July. The dismembered bodies were thrown into a deep well nearby. The British under General Neill retook the city and committed a series of retaliations against the rebel Sepoys and those civilians caught in the area, including women, children and old men. The Kanpur Massacre, as well as similar events elsewhere, were seen by the British as justification for unrestrained vengeance.


How to Get There

By rail

Being located on the national corridor of railways the city of Kanpur is well connected with the rest of India by rail services, eg. Shadabti express from Delhi to Kanpur.

It also lies on the Kolkata-New Delhi rail link and hence is connected with Rajdhani expresses (many of them, Howrah rajdhani, Guwahati rajdhani, Bhubaneswar rajdhani).

Main Railway Stations in the City

  • 1 Kanpur Anwarganj – Its the oldest railway station of Kanpur. It is connected to Lucknow, Allahabad, Mathura and Gorakhpur as well. Many Express and Passenger trains stop here.
  • 2 Kanpur Central, the main railway station of the city lies in the cantt area.It is connected with Jhansi, Lucknow, New Delhi, Agra, Howrah etc. Trains like Shatabdi and Rajdhani have stop here for 5 to 10 min.
  • Govind Puri It is the junction Railway station where the line is divided into two parts for Jhansi and New Delhi. Ticket Room and overbridge are also situated here.
  • Panki, This station has only many Express trains on Delhi-Lucknow and Delhi-Kolkata route.
  • Rawatpur, one of the main stations in the city to catch trains to & from Farrukhabad & Kasganj.

By air

Even though Kanpur has an airport, there are only six flights per week to Delhi and three per week to Kolkata operated by Air India. If flying from any other city, you can take an Air India flight to Delhi (get your luggage checked through to avoid confusion – Air India offers the service), and then take an Air India flight from Delhi to Kanpur.

Many travelers to/from Kanpur also use the airport at the neighboring city of Lucknow. Lucknow Airport is well-connected to many cities in India and the Middle East. It is about 70 Kilometers from Kanpur. From Lucknow airport one can take a taxi, bus (AC or non-AC) or train to come to Kanpur. Please note that Buses are available from ‘Alambag Bus Stop, Lucknow’ which is 6 km away from the Airport and Trains are available from ‘Charbagh, Lucknow’ which is 10 KMs away from the Airport. However taxis can be taken from airport itself.

The flights to Kanpur and Lucknow are generally reliable and timely, but may get delayed or diverted during winter (Dec-Jan) when the region often experiences dense fog. Trains too get affected. Plan your travel accordingly and allow for possible delays.

By road

Kanpur is well connected with Road, NH 2 and NH 25 passes nearby. The NHs which passes to Kanpur are NH 2,NH 25,NH 86 and NH 91. Kanpur has two major bus station. The very important bus station of Kanpur is Jhkarkati bus Station. Many Volvo buses especially Royal Cruiser which go to Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

Get around

By bus

There are city buses run by UPSRTC under JNNURM. These buses offer cheaper rates than auto rickshaws. AC low floor city buses that are very comfortable cost the most to ride. Some other types of buses are non-AC low floor, minibuses and low floors which also offer low rates.

By auto rickshaw

You can travel using an auto rickshaw or the tempo called Vikram. Vikram is the cheapest mode of transport but a pain to travel. However, Vikram drivers have a fixed rate for point-to-point travels and its an experience in itself when 10 people (+driver) travel in one Vikram. The quality of auto rickshaws in Kanpur is also pathetic and there is not fixed rate or meter system. You have to bargain with the driver.

By cycle rickshaw

There is no standard or norm for the price of cycle rickshaws. They can be found on the main road and smaller roads.

By taxi

Private taxis like Ambassdor, vans and other cars are available from Canal Road Taxi Stand and from various hotels and travel agencies.


  • 1 Allen Forest Zoo (Kanpur Zoo). Biggest park in Kanpur City. This is the second best zoo in UP and third biggest zoo in India. Greenery and vastness of the zoo will capture any visitors attention. The natural surroundings in which animals are kept is a nice change from the caged variety that you see around other zoos.
  • 2 Ganga Barrage. A dam built across Ganges River near Old Kanpur. Contains Boating Club.
  • Gautam Buddha Park (On the way to IIT Campus). This is the latest addition to Kanpur city. With its huge area and greenery, it makes a good weekend picnic spot.
  • Gora Cemetery. A cemetery of British militants situated near Civil Lines.
  • Habiba Masjid (17 km from Kanpur in Jajmau). This is a popular mosque from Kanpur.
  • 3 Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI). This is a premier Engineering College in the region. This is the oldest engineering college of North India, after Roorkee. This was established in 1921 by the then Governor of United Province (now Uttar Pradesh) Sir Harcourt Butler. It has a sprawling 280 acres lush green campus having almost all the branches of engineering and Chemical-Technology.
  • ISCKON Templesingpur ,bithoor. ISCKON Temple. Best to go on sundays
  • Jama MasjidPatkapur (In the heart of city near Nana Rao Park). This is a biggest and popular mosque of Kanpur.
  • JK Masjidnear new chungi jajmau kanpur-208010 (18 km from Kanpur in Jajmau). This is a mosque from Kanpur.
  • Kamla Retreat. Kamla Retreat,a museum established by JK Group. It contain many items and many other things.
  • 4 Kanpur Sanghralaya. Kanpur Sanghralaya,a museum established by Britishers. It contain old pictures,Books,items and many other things.
  • 5 Kanpur Memorial ChurchAlbert Lane, Cantonment. Kanpur Memorial Church,a church established by Britishers. It contain old fountains,Books,items and many other things.
  • 6 Massacre Ghat. Site of the Cawnpore massacre during the Indian Mutiny/War of Independence/Rebellion of 1857. The circular ridge of the well where the bodies of women and children were deposited is still visible and prominent figure of the Rebel forces, Tantya Tope, is represented at the park in statue form.
  • 7 Nana Rao ParkMall Rd, Phool Bagh Chauraha, Phool Bagh, Civil Lines. Site of the Cawnpore massacre during the Indian Mutiny/War of Independence/Rebellion of 1857. The circular ridge of the well where the bodies of women and children were deposited is still visible and prominent figure of the Rebel forces, Tantya Tope, is represented at the park in statue form.
  • 8 Shri Radha Krishna Temple (Popularly known as JK Temple), Govind Nagar (In the heart of the city near Gumti no. 5 and Pandav Nagar). Wonderful piece of architecture and art and you must see this monument if you visit Kanpur. The Temple has statues of Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Rama. The illuminated towers of the temple can be seen from quite a distance at night. On Sundays, it is usually very crowded at summers as people try to get some relief from the high temperatures in the greenery and openness of the Temple premises.
  • 9 Vaisno Devi MandirKarrhi, Damodar Nagar. 05:30am to 9:30pm. Hindu Temple ₹2 par tiket.



  • 10 Bithoor (25 km from Kanpur city). This is a popular getaway from Kanpur. This is a riverside of Holy Ganges river. Do take a boat ride across the river. There are no active lifeguards at this place so be cautious about swimming.


Best Time to Visit

Climate data for Kanpur
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 31.1
Average high °C (°F) 23.1
Average low °C (°F) 7.9
Record low °C (°F) 1.6
Average precipitation mm (inches) 18.7
Average rainy days 1.9 1.5 1.0 0.8 1.2 4.6 13.7 10.7 6.8 2.1 0.4 0.7 45.5


1 Sports Village (Bithoor Road). Amusement Park.
2 Ekta Park (Near Pandu River). Amusement Park.
3 Blue World Theme Park (Near Suburb of Mandhana). Amusement Park.
4 Golf Club. Play golf every morning by joining club.

5 Mahatma Gandhi park. Do boating at Mahatma Gandhi park.

6 Motijheel. Walk in the morning at Motijheel.

7 Rave moti. Watch movies at Rave moti, Rave 3 and Zsquare mall.

8 Jungle Water Park (Bithoor Road). Amusement Park.

9 Micky House, Swatantara Senani Marg, K Block (Kidwai Nagar). Amusement Park.


Kanpur is famous for leather goods. The main shopping centres in the city are; The Mall, Birhana Road, Gumti No. 5, Parade, Naveen Market, Meston road and P.P.N. Market. The city centre also offers the shopper a delightful array of State Emporia, viz. UPICA, UP Handloom Emporium, The Mall; Phulkari, Punjab Emporium and Manjusha, Bengal Emporium, The Mall.

Check out the market of Naveen market, ppn market, mall road, arya nagar, swaroop nagar, tilak Nagar, gumti no 5

Check out the value for money clothes specially for ladies you will get in Beconganj area, This place is Hub for all the hand embroidered High , Medium and value for Money works ,Good Boutiques Like Khanam’s are in the Vicinity.

Leather Goods on Meston Raod (Bada Chauraha). Meston road is also good for all other day-to-day items.

Clothes at Gumti no. 5, Naveen Market, P. Road. Also find wholesale markets at Navghada, General Gunj

Utensils, Sarees, Bangles and lot of other stuff at reasonable rates at Sisamau. Utensils can also be found at Hatiya.

Christ Church College
1 Khanam’s, 97/11 Kayasthana Road (Talaq Mohal, Colonelganj), ☎ +91 512-2540457, +91 9793516756. 11:00~21:00. Female Clothing Range , Boutique and fashion Point , High end hand Embroidered Suits , wedding Gowns and Wedding suits at very getteable price ( accept all major Credit Cards )
2 Z Square Mall. Z Square Mall,a mall established by ZAZ Tanners. It contain anchors like Westside, Lifestyle, Jambo Electronics, Big Bazaar and all other big showrooms.
Rave@Moti Mall. Rave@Moti Mall,a mall established by Jagran Team. It contain anchors BIG BAZAAR,Pantaloons etc..


Kanpur is a great place for Chat lovers, the city is planked with chat shops serving pani puri, allu tikki, dahai chat etc.

A popular food junction is the lane at Arya Nagar, with eateries serving everything from chat, South Indian, biryani, egg rolls, burgers, chats to ice creams.

For a range of multi cuisine restaurants visit The Mall, Naveen Market, Civil Lines, Sarvodaya Nagar (Moti Rave) and Swaroop Nagar, restaurants open to 11PM. Check out Aromas in Swaroop Nagar for some awesome burgers. Try the mushroom burger if you are the adventurous kind, you will not be disappointed.

No meal in Kanpur can be completed without eating paan, hence, if you are near Cantt, the mall road, near Phool Bagh gives you excellent paan options, or may just drive till Birhana road and grab a paan there. Around the other side however, the lane near Halet, is a haven of paan vendors. With alternating medicine and CT scan clinics, the paans here are the best in the city. The paan shops are open comfortably till 2AM. Perfect reason to go out on a drive.

Aromas, Swaroop Nagar. fast food point.

Baba biryani, Swaroop Nagar,beconganj. Biryani.

Banarsi ke ladoo. Serves the best boondi ladoos, which are world famous. Infact from a small shop banarsi has grown into a huge store with lots of branches all over the city. The sweet store always has a huge line outside it during all festivities, where the ladoos need to be booked in advanced. Its ladoos have travelled to America also, and is a hot favourite.

Ghosh Misthan Bhandar, 80 Feet Road. Among the famous sweets in Kanpur are Rasgolla from this shop.

Hanuman Chat, P. Road. Chat


Makhan Singh, Arya Nagar. Biryani.

Peru, Bakarmandi. Biryani.

Rakesh Biryani, Parade. Do try n scorp Rakesh Ki Biryani in ” Kanpur” at Navin Market.
A small standing-only place near the Parade Chauraha, the aroma of mouthwatering Chicken Biryani will wipe out all thoughts of chicken flu from your mind. After you dig into the food, you may even end up walking away with a parcel for the evening. I say a parcel for dinner because this place shuts at 3 pm. So drop in between 11.30 am and 3 pm. And, it is closed on Tuesdays. An apology to vegetarians. This place does not cater to them.

Ram Mishthan Bhandar, Sisamau, Jawahar Nagar. A famous sweet shop offering varieties of mouth watering sweets and snacks and its “Peda” is very famous around the globe.

Shanker, Birhana Road. Chat.

Thaggu ke Ladu (Next to Somdutt Plaza). This is a small shop. Specialty of this shop are ladoos (balls of dried milk) and icecream. Although high in calories, ladoos are very delicious. Bunty & Babli was also shot here.

Mid Range

Baba, Z Square Mall,Bekanganj. Non Veg.

Celebration Point, M.G Marg.

The Chat, Swaroop Nagar. Chat.

Chin mi. Authentic Chinese.

Chung Fa (Mall St.). Authentic Chinese.

0512, Civil Lines. Fast food, named for the telephone code of Kanpur, it offers a range of delicacies, specially the Indian style pizza and pasta.

Energy PointSwaroop Nagar. Biryani

Kwality, Mall Road. Old and popular this is with its charms of a diner which serves au gratin/baked vegetables still as a delicacy, and where tutti frutti and its famous pudding essentially close a meal. Must try are the desserts here, they are irresistible.

McDonald, Z Square Mall,Rave 3 Mall,South X Mall,Mega Mall. Fast food, named for the telephone code of Kanpur, it offers a range of delicacies, specially for burgers. edit

Moti Mahal, Mega Mall. Fast food, named for the telephone code of Kanpur, it offers a range of delicacies, specially the Indian style foods and Many types of Non Veg.

Palate. Multi-cuisine restaurant: Continental/Mexican/Chinese.

1 Pandit (Restaurant), katheri Bagh, Cantts (near Murry Co. Bridge). 7am To 11 PM. Serving Indian, Continental,rajasthani,South Indian,Chinese, Chaat, Paani Poori and world famous Laddus alongwith an exotic range of Indian Sweets. 100% Vegetarian all preparations in Cow Ghee. Best Packed Thali for travel served in trains

Shahi Darbar, Parade. Biryani.

Tandoori nights, Swaroop Nagar. Biryani.


2 Antarang, Rave 3 Mall, Parwati Bagla Rd, Rave 3 Multiplex (Tilak Nagar). 11AM–11PM.

KFC, The Mall. Fast food, one of first restaurants to have started the fast food craze, still offers wonderful ice-creams.

The Landmark Restaurant, The Mall. Traditional Indian Food,Ice Cream,Southern Cuisine, Thalis Continental and Western Style Food.

Little Chef, Civil Lines. Fast food, one of first restaurants to have started the fast food craze, still offers wonderful ice-creams.

3 Mehfil Restaurant, 16/12, Near Airtel Office, Civil Lines, ☎ +91 512 230 6019. 12–11PM. Fast food, one of first restaurants to have started the fast food craze, still offers wonderful ice-creams.

Moti Mehal, The Mall. Traditional Indian Food and Western Style Food.


Mufarra is a red drink which you can drink in summer for getting relief from the heat. This is easily available in shops.
Pubs and bars

There are pubs at Landmark Hotel and at the new malls.
Cafes and teahouses

Banarsi Tea Shop (At Motijheel Chauraha crossing). Famous tea vendor who sells only tea and there are always flocks of people waiting to have his tea, especially in the morning.

Barista Coffee (At all shopping malls). Famous coffee shop who sells only tea and there are always flocks of people waiting to have his coffee, especially in the morning.

Cafe Coffee Day (At All shopping malls). Famous coffee shop who sells only tea and there are always flocks of people waiting to have his coffee, especially in the morning.

Landmark Hotel

There are a number of hotels on Mall Road and G.T Road.

1 Hotel Akashdeep International,
Shop No. 58/107, Birhana Road, Mall Road, Civil Lines (opp Phool Bagh, The Mall.), ☎ +91 94504 85566.

2 Hotel Atithi, Mall Rd, The Mall, Phool Bagh, Civil Lines.

3 Geet Hotel, 18/174-175, opp. Phool Bagh, The Mall, ☎ +91 512 231 1042.


4 Hotel Gagan Plaza, 63/6,The Mall, ☎ +91 87260 39094. Offers 39 air-conditioned rooms and suites, fitted with a 100-channel cable TV, bathroom with hot and cold water, refrigerator and internet access. It houses two conference rooms that can fit up to 150 and 500 persons, and party and marriage lawn that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests.

5 Hotel Little Chef Kanpur, 15/198 – A, Civil Lines., ☎ +91 512 301 5334. Three-star hotel offering nine superior rooms and 12 suites, all with individually-controlled air-conditioning, private bath with hot and cold water, and refrigerator. It also has a conference facility and restaurant that can accommodate up to 250 persons. 67 $per night (2016).

6 Hotel Mandakini, 40/69B, Hospital Road Parade, The Mall, ☎ +91 9235605005. Best rates on official website start at ₹1,190.00.

Hotel Paradise, 16/62, Shri Krishana Tower Civil Lines, ☎ +91 9810068858. Best rates on official website start at ₹1,190.00.

Hotel Vijay Villa Kanpur, Tilak Nagar. Hotel rising high above the high-rise landscape of the city. Room rate starts at ₹2,500++.


7 Best Western Bliss, 111-A/5, G.T. Road, Near Gumti Gurudwara, ☎ +91 512 255 4403. The hotel offers an excellent view from the rooftop garden to the nearby lake. Also has a restaurant. Free breakfast, WiFi & parking

8 Hotel Mahadeva Regency, 14/124, Parade, The Mall, ☎ +91 512 302 1043. The rooms are air conditioned. Free airport and railway station transfers.

9 Landmark Hotel, Landmark Towers 10, The Mall, ☎ +91 512 2305305. Five-star hotel rising high above the high-rise landscape of the city’s Mall Road area.

Go next

1 Chitrakoot — about 200 km from Kanpur, it is a town of religious, cultural, historical and archaeological importance, situated in the Bundelkhand region

2 Jhansi — about 210 km from Kanpur, this city is noted for the Fort of Jhansi (Jhansi Fort)

3 Khajuraho — about 217 Km from Kanpur, this town is famous for groups of Hindu and Jain temples. These temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site

4 Orchha — about 240 Km, the medieval city of Orchha seems to have been frozen in time with many of its palaces and temples retaining their original grandeur to this day

5 Panna National Park — also a Tiger Reserve as tigers were recently reintroduced. Besides the tiger, the sloth bear and sambhar, Panna National Park is home to many species of birds