Situated on the banks of the Holy River Ganga, Kanpur often gets overshadowed by its more popular neighbours such as Agra and Varanasi but for a traveller looking for the perfect mix of history, culture and shopping, Kanpur is second to none. Kanpur has a number of educational institutions such as the famous IIT, historical monuments, and commercial centres. Kanpur is the heartbeat of Uttar Pradesh that you must visit and listen to this yourself.
Things to do in Kanpur
• Visit Jajmau
Jajmau in Kanpur is the centre for genuine leather goods production and is a must-visit place for people who enjoy shopping. The travellers can also see the old tanneries at work.
• Visit the Allen Forest Zoo
Allen Forest Zoo or the Kanpur zoological park is 77 hectares of manmade forest. It is one of the oldest zoological parks in India and animals here are kept in the open or in moated surroundings. A visit here is essential for anyone who loves being surrounded by nature. It is open on all days from 8 am to 5.30 pm except for Monday.
• Spend some time at Moti Jheel
Moti Jheel is a lake that serves as the drinking water reservoir for the city of Kanpur and dates back to the British era. The adjoining children’s park and gardens make it an ideal spot for picnics with family or friends.
• Nana Rao Park
Nana Rao Park is a historical site turned Public Park. The present-day park was built after Indian independence to commemorate the memory of Nana Sahib. During the British rule, it was known as the Memorial Well to honour the memory of women and children massacred during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.
• Kanpur Memorial Church
Another reminder of the Sepoy Mutiny is the Kanpur Memorial Church. It was built in 1875 to commemorate those British soldiers who had lost their lives in the war of 1857. The church reflects the Lombardic Gothic architecture and has a beautiful statue and a garden in its premises. It is a great place for travellers who wish to revisit history.
• Sri Radha Krishna Temple
One of the oldest temples of Kanpur, Sri Radha Krishna temple is carved completely out of white marble and is a major centre of attraction during Janmashtami and Diwali festivals. There are five different shrines here dedicated to Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu, Lord Ardhanarishwar, Lord Narmadeshwar, and Lord Hanuman. It is a must-visit place for religious people.
Where to stay in Kanpur?
Kanpur being an industrial and tourist-friendly city there is a lot of business being carried out here and thus there is no dearth of hotels in Kanpur for whatever budget you want. OYO offers the facility to book rooms in budget hotels in Kanpur or premium hotels of your choice online from the comfort of home. You can look at the ratings and photos of the rooms before making a booking. It is simple, convenient and safe because you know about the place beforehand.
Depending on your purpose of visiting the city – sightseeing or business, you can choose to stay in any of the best Kanpur hotels listed on OYO rooms. For example, if you're there for an educational purpose such as admission into IIT it would be better to stay in a hotel near IIT. Similarly, if you want to be near landmarks in the city, it would be best to stay close to the Kanpur Central railway station.
Hotels in Kanpur
You can find several budget and premium hotels in Kanpur listed on OYO rooms. You can go to the OYO rooms’ website or app and select your desired hotel based on parameters such as – budget, number of people travelling and number of days a room is required for. You can also choose extra amenities using filters such as ‘free wi-fi’, ‘complimentary breakfast’ or ‘gym’ under the ‘hotel amenities’ before shortlisting hotels in Kanpur.
Depending on the filters you set, you can choose between budget hotels in Kanpur which come with standard facilities such as attached bathroom, air conditioner and in-house dining options or premium hotels which could have additional options such as a banquet hall, in-house gym and laundry.
The best part is that all this can be chosen online from the comfort of your home or even while travelling with just a few clicks on your phone. OYO rooms promise to deliver you the best experience that any traveller can get. Choose from the best Kanpur hotels today for a memorable stay.
Best Time to visit the City for Events or Festivals
Kanpur comes alive during festivals and fairs that are held here. This is also the best time to visit Kanpur. Dussehra and Diwali are two festivals that are celebrated with great pomp and splendour. Janmashtami or the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna is one more time when the entire city wears a festive look with tableaux being put up around the city depicting the life of Lord Krishna. Similarly, Holi is celebrated for seven days across the city. Book your rooms in advance through OYO rooms if you want to take part in these festivities as it will be difficult to get rooms during this period.