Situated on the banks of River Ganga, Kanpur is a city replete with cultural, historical, and religious sites. While this Industrious city has now gained a reputation as the Manchester of the East, in its glorious past it has played an important role in the freedom struggle of India. You must visit and experience this city’s wonderful amalgamation of its ancient roots and modern ways. Kanpur is famous for its leather goods, temples, and parks. If you have some time to spare, scroll through our compilation of the 10 famous things in Kanpur, India, for your next trip to the city.
1. The Allen Forest Zoo
Allen forest is more than a century old as it was developed during the British rule by Sir Allen. Spread across 77 hectares (190 acres) within the Allen Forest is the Allen Forest Zoo which is also commonly known as the Kanpur Zoological Park. Since it is the largest zoological park in North India, it houses a wide variety of animals, birds, and reptiles. From white Asiatic tigers, lions, cheetahs to emus, ostriches, butterflies, and snakes, you can find all species here. The zoo features a botanical garden, lake, butterfly park, aviary, aquarium, and night house. If you are traveling with kids, then they are going to love this unique learning experience.
Allen Forest Zoo
Address: Hastings Ave, Azad Nagar, Nawabganj, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 208002
Website: Allen Forest Zoo
Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 8am - 5:30pm (closed on Mon)
2. Naveen Market
No trip can be complete without shopping, right? When visiting Kanpur, Naveen Market is one such shopper’s paradise. It is an unmissable destination especially if you want to shop for leather, garments, perfumes, and jewelry. Thousands of visitors come here daily and its popularity is only growing with each passing day.
Address: Civil Lines, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 208001
Website: Naveen Market
3. Kamla Retreat
While this is the private property of the JK group of companies, you can still visit Kamla Retreat with your loved ones if you get permission from the administration. It is an estate that houses lush green parks and a museum which exhibits collections of historical significance and archaeological artifacts. You must visit here if you are traveling during summers as the retreat also boasts of canals where you can go boating and a swimming pool where you can take a dip amidst artificial waves.
Address: Near HBTI, HBIT East Campus, Nawabganj, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 208002
4. Pearl Lake
Pearl Lake or as it is known in Hindi ‘Moti Jheel’ is a fun recreational place for families. Built by the British, even today, it is well-maintained and termed as the 'Lungs of Kanpur’. While children come here to play, adults can enjoy casual walks around the lake. The sight of flowers around it and ducks swaying inside it is sure to leave you mesmerized.
Address: Moti Jheel, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, 208001, India
Website: Moti Jheel
Opening hours: 5am - 9pm (daily)
If you are interested in day trips, then you must plan a day trip to Bithoor. Just a 40-minute drive from the center of Kanpur city lies this magnificent town within the Kanpur district, that holds an important place in Hindu pilgrimage. Its old-worldly charm is sure to mesmerize you. Sit by the Ghats or walk around the town to see various historical monuments and heritage buildings.
6. Nana Rao Park
This site held major historical significance in India’s pre-independence era. It was here that the Bibighar Massacre (The House of the Ladies Massacre) took place during the Indian rebellion of 1857. The Nana Rao Park is located near the famous Phool Bagh. The park is lush green and adorned with statues of eminent Indian freedom fighters.
Nana Rao Park
Address: Phool Bagh Chauraha, Mall Road, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Website: Nana Rao Park
Opening hours: 6am - 5pm (daily)
7. Blue World Theme Park
The best way to beat the heat is to visit an amusement park. Located on Mandhana-Bithoor Road, this theme park is like a picnic spot for the entire family. It has dry rides, water rides, theme parks, musical-fountain laser show, 9D theatre, and dinosaur villa. The thrilling rides are sure to bring out the inner child in you! From the state’s largest water slides to the biggest rain dance platform, you have it all under one roof at the Blue World Theme Park.
Blue World Theme Park
Address: Mandhana-Bithoor Road, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 209217
Website: Blue World Theme Park
Opening hours: 10am - 7pm (daily)
Price: 10 USD (approimately)
8. JK temple
Juggilal Kamlapat temple is a 59-year-old Hindu temple in the heart of Kanpur. Constructed by the JK Trust, this is an architectural wonder as it is a unique combination of modern and traditional architecture. It houses five shrines of different Hindu gods and goddesses including Lord Radha Krishna, Lord Lakshmi Narayan, Lord Ardhanarishwar, Lord Narmadeshwar, and Lord Hanuman. Despite being surrounded by noise pollution, and a fast-paced life, the moment you step inside the temple you are surrounded by peace and serenity. Meditating here, even if for a couple of minutes, is a rejuvenating experience.
Address: Sarvoday, Krishna Nagar Rd, Sarvodaya Nagar, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 208001
Opening hours: 5am - 12pm and 4pm - 10pm (daily)
9. Green Park Stadium
Do you love watching Cricket? For cricket fans, Green Park Stadium is a must-visit spot in Kanpur. Situated near the River Ganga, this floodlit cricket stadium is home to the UP cricket team and it has hosted innumerable national and international cricket matches.
Green Park Stadium
Address: Green Park, Permat Stock Exchange building Chauraha, D.A.V. College, Opp. HDFC Bank, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 208001
10. Z Square Mall
Z Square Mall has something for everyone. Literally! Spread in an area of two hectares (five acres) in the city’s prime location on Mall Road, this mall is a haven for shopping, entertainment, and dining. If you have some time to spare, then you can come here and time will just fly away. With so many popular brands and restaurants here, you will run short of time but never get bored.
Z Square Mall
Address: 16, 113, Mall Rd, Bada Chauraha, Downtown, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 208001
Website: Z Square Mall
Opening hours: 11am - 10pm (daily)
Be intrigued by Kanpur
From Cawnpore to Kanpur, the city has transitioned rapidly to become the 11th most populous urban agglomeration in the country, and the largest urban agglomeration in the state of Uttar Pradesh. With our exhaustive list of the most famous things to do in Kanpur, you are never going to run out of options.
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