Top Places To Visit In Kanpur For An Interesting Vacation

Allen Forest Zoo

Kanpur, located on the banks of River Ganga, is the largest city in Uttar Pradesh and the third-most populous city of the Hindi-speaking belt, after Delhi and Lucknow. Spelt as ‘Cawnpore’ before 1948, the city derived its name from Kanhiyapur, the town of Kanhiya i.e., Lord Krishna. As the time passed, Kanhiyapur got abbreviated as Kanhapur and later came to be known as Kanpur. This name is also associated with Karna, one of the heroes of the epic Mahabharata. It stands as one of North India’s major industrial centres with its own historical, religious and commercial importance. The city was once termed as ‘Manchester of India’ for its matured cotton industry. The city hosted (and still hosts) the world-famous ‘Lal Imli’ woollen factory and industries such as LML, Pan Parag, and ICI Limited. Kanpur’s major industries are textiles and leather footwear.

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Living in Kanpur is super economical and the people here are very friendly and kind. The traffic is less and there are a lot of pocket friendly places to visit in Kanpur, that one can enjoy more than in any other place. Besides being an industrial and agricultural centre, Kanpur has gained a special position among the top tourist destinations in Uttar Pradesh. Tourism in Kanpur is not frantic at all as all the tourist attractions in Kanpur are located quite conveniently. Pleasant weather is what one can expect at all times whenever they are visiting Kanpur. This helps tourists explore most of the places they plan to, in the least possible time. Accommodations in Kanpur range from budget stays to lavish hotels, to suits all tastes and pockets.

Top 8 Places To Visit In Kanpur

  1. Allen Forest Zoo
  2. Blue theme park
  3. Iskcon temple
  4. Jain Glass Temple
  5. Kamla Retreat
  6. Nana Rao Park
  7. Moti Jheel
  8. Kanpur Memorial Church

1. Allen Forest Zoo

Allen forest zoo is one of those zoos in India that are actually natural forests and is one of the kanpur best places. It is a natural habitat for flora and fauna, and is a place where one can expect some thrills as well as some peace and calm. The zoo was opened in 1971, and has ever since been a source of entertainment for the city dwellers. It is home to many wild animals like cheetah leopard, jaguar, black bear, sloth, monkeys, deer, zebra, and many more. The zoo is an ecologically sensitive place, so the use of plastic is strictly prohibited in the premises. There are numerous eateries and shops from where you can get food. The zoo also has a botanical garden, an aquarium, and a lake where you can find animals languidly roaming around. One of the best tourist places in Kanpur, the Allen Forest Zoo is a must-visit.

Best time to visit: October to March. During this time, the weather is very pleasant and is perfect for sightseeing.

How to reach: Located at about 2 km from the city centre and easily accessible via local transportation.

Timings & Entry Fee:  9:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Tickets cost Rs 10 for children and Rs 20 for adults.

2. Blue Theme Park

Take a break from busy sightseeing and enjoy a day out in the water here at the Blue World Theme Park located in Mandhana, Kanpur. Blue World Water Park Kanpur has some amazing rides, and some extremely fun attractions. Adventure rides such as Western Train Rides, Jet Planes, Flying Carousal, Revolving Tower, Jumping Frog Ride, and Farris Wheel are available here. It’s an amazing place to bring along children and they would be thrilled to be here at this water park. Some of the themes here are European theme, Fairyland theme, Chinese theme, Jungle theme, Mayan culture and Egyptian culture theme, and Indian theme. Don’t forget to visit the very alluring Musical Fountain show, where water changes colour to music and everyone enjoys the sight. There is also one monorail where you can take a joy ride in, and explore the park.

Best time to visit: October to March

How to reach: About 2 km from G.T. Road, and easily accessible via local transportation.

Timings & entry fee: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Ranges from Rs 180 to Rs 500

3. ISKCON Temple

Iskcon temple

This temple is one of the best places to visit in Kanpur and was built with the efforts of Swami Prabhupada and his devotees, during Dussehra, on 3rd October 2014. This is known as one of the most popular temples in India which stands amidst mango garden and the main building is the place where the idol resides. It is a sacred place and is peaceful. The marble idols are decorated beautifully with colourful dresses. An idol of Swami Prabhupada, founder of this temple is also present and worshipped every day. This temple also includes a Gaushala with around 80 cows, calves, and buffaloes. Presence of cows is said to bring peace and prosperity to the devotees. There is a variety of food items prepared in the temple premises. The community also offers various teaching programmes. Gift shops sell various devotional items which include religious books, CDs of devotional songs, pravachans, and bhajans. Special books for children are also available which impart moral values and attitudes in the form of stories.

Best time to visit: October to March

How to reach: About 4 km from the main city, and easily accessible via local transportation.

Timings: 4:30 AM to 8:30 PM

4. Jain Glass Temple

Jain Glass Temple was built by the Jain community as a mark of reverence to their religion. The temple contains the statues of Bhagwan Mahavir and the Tirthankars. They stand under the huge canopies built on a large marble platform. The temple is situated in Maheshwari Mahal c lose to Kamla Tower. As the name indicates, the whole structure of the temple is built with glass and enamel. It is designed in conventional architectural style and attracts a huge crowd of local visitors and tourists from far and wide. While the floors are constructed with marble, the walls and ceiling of the temple are decorated with mirrors cut in exquisite artistic designs. It is indeed a great work of art and one of the top places to visit in Kanpur. The murals on the walls are made up of stained glass and portray the teachings contained in the Jain scriptures. The temple has magnificently styled arches with ornate mirror-work.

Best time to visit: October to March

How to reach:  Easily accessible via local transportation

Timings: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

5. Kamla Retreat

A visit to Kanpur is not complete without visiting the one of the famous museums – Kamla Retreat. It is the one of the best historical site in the city and is situated very close to the Allen Forest Zoo and was set up by the JK group. The museum is a stunning place to see all the ancient artefacts, throwing light on the history of the city. But to enter the museum, one has to take permission from the General Manager of the Kamla Tower. The place is among the famous tourist attractions here and has now become one of the best sites for family outings, day excursion and for picnicking.

Best time to visit: October to March

How to reach: Easily accessible via local transportation.

Timings: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

6. Nana Rao Park

Nana Rao Park

Nana Rao Park is a public metropolis park in Kanpur metropolis, the economic hub of Uttar Pradesh, constructed after Indian Independence in honour of Nana Sahib. Prior to Indian Independence, the location was referred to as Memorial Well and honoured the massacre of British girls and kids at some point of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The park is of ancient importance as the region of the bloodbath of around two hundred British women and youngsters, allegedly based on the instigation of a courtesan in Nana Sahib’s court. The park is very clean and well maintained by the staff. Many fitness groups and morning walkers come here every day for regular activities like jogging, cycling and running. Nana Rao Park was generally known as Memorial Well Garden but now it’s just a garden and famous picnic spot we can call. The park is full of many beautiful flowers, trees and decorated with colourful fountains which make it look extraordinary.

Best time to visit: October to March

How to reach: Easily accessible via local transportation. Deluxe buses and cars are also available.

Timings: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

7. Moti Jheel

A tourist spot of great importance, Moti Jheel is where one can go for some quiet time and children can have some fun. It’s a lake and drinking water reservoir, and is located in the Benajhabar area. There is also a garden here adjacent to the lake, along with a children’s park. This again is a relic of the British rule, and a great recreational area for locals and tourists alike. One of the most exciting things to do here in Moti Jheel is to boat, and so most people come here during dusk and boat while watching the sun go down in all its glory. It is an apt place to visit during summers and spring, as there are many trees and plants here, making it a visual treat. There are no food stalls here, but one can take bring their own food, which makes it a great place for a picnic, and definitely one of the most interesting tourist attractions in Kanpur.

Best time to visit: May to June

How to reach: Easily accessible via local transportation.

Timings: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM

8. Kanpur Memorial Church

Kanpur Memorial Church

Also known as All Souls’ Cathedral, the Kanpur Memorial Church was built way back in 1875. The church was built to honour those British lives that were lost during the Siege of Kanpur way back in 1857. Located on Albert Lane, this is right in the centre of the Cantonment, and is an architectural marvel. Built in Lombardic Gothic style, its red bricks speaks volumes of an era that is now lost forever. Here you will also find a Memorial Garden located towards the east, where there is a gothic screen that was carved by Henry Yule. There is also a figure of an angel that was crafted by Carlo Marochetti, and is something amazing to behold. This is a place that will remind you of the historical saga of Kanpur, and India’s struggle for independence. One of the primary historical places in Kanpur, this is a must visit for history buffs.

Best time to visit: October to March

Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

How to reach: Easily accessible via local transportation.

Kanpur is a place rich in culture, heritage and beauty. It is definitely one of those offbeat destinations which are dotted by aesthetic and meaningful tourist spots. So, book your accommodation in time and plan a relaxing yet fun trip to Kanpur.

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Varsha

Born in a big city, Varsha finds her heart in small towns. A free spirit, who loves to wander places in search of stories, within stories. At the end of a long day, she finds her therapy in long aimless walks and conversations, with the Moon.

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