About the City

Nestled on the banks of the eternal Ganga, Kanpur stands as one of North India’s major industrial centres with its own historical, religious and commercial importance. Believed to be founded by king Hindu Singh of the erstwhile state of Sachendi, Kanpur was originally known as ’Kanhpur’.

  • Area : 3005 Sq. km.
  • Population : 41,37,489 (2001)
  • Altitude : 126 meters above sea level.
  • Season : November-February
  • Clothing (Summer) : Cottons
  • Clothing (Winter) : Woollens
  • Industry : Leather goods, Defence goods.
  • Language : Hindi & English
  • Local Transport : Buses, Taxis, Tempos, Auto-Rickshaws.
  • STD Code : 0512

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Places of Interest


The mound of Jajmau, on the eastern end of the city occupies a high place among ancient cities of the region. Excavations of the mound were undertaken during 1957-58 which unearthed antiquities ranging from 600 BC to 1600 AD.

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Travel Information

  • Ind Travels, 24/1, Shyam Sunder Building, Karachi Khana. Phone: (0512)2312571.
  • Travel wings, 24/14, The Mall. Phones: (0512)2312419 & 2300217.
  • Sita World Travels, 18/53, The Mall. Phones: (0512)2352980 & 2352948.
  • Asian Travels, 63/3, Mall Road. Phone: (0512)2352262.
  • Florida Travels, 26/28, Karachi Khana. Phone: (0512)2312145.
  • Shatabdi Travels, Khanjan Hotel, Fazalganj. Phones: (0512)2218135 & 2296234.
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Restaurants & Hospitals


The city of Kanpur abounds in restaurants and eateries that cater to vegetarian and non-vegetarian palates. Some restaurants also serve Chinese and continental cuisine.

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Sports & Recreation

  • Rave 3 Multiplex, 11 Block No. 6, Parvati Bangla Road. Phones: 2555050, 2557061 & 2557062.
  • Defence Services Golf Club, Tagore Road, Cantt.
  • Ganga Water World, (6 km from Kalyanpur Railway Station, Near Bithoor). Phone:2572845.
  • Green Park Stadium - Civil Lines
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Kanpur is famous for leather goods. The main shopping centres in the city are; The Mall, Birhana Road, Gumti No. 5, Parade, Big Bazzar Shopping, Vishal Mart Shopping Center, Complex, Kidwai Nagar, Naveen Market, Meston road and P.P.N. Marke Chawla market, Govind Nagar. 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.

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Tourist Information

  • UP Government Tourist Office: 16/99 Gandhi Bahawan K.E.M Hall Phool Bagh Kanpur-208001
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CHEKARY Airport from Kanpur collectorate - 10 Km.
Nearest airport is Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, Lucknow, 65 km.


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


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.

Banks, Post & Telegraph

  • State Bank of India, LIC Building. Phone: (0512)2312218.
  • Punjab National Bank, The Mall. Phones: (0512)2311577, 2314159, 2362117 & 2317986.
  • Union Bank of India, 24/53, Birhana Road. Phone: (0512)2313109.
  • Canara Bank, 16/95, The Mall.



The quiet and beautiful township of Bithoor is situated on the Kannauj Road, 27 km from Kanpur. Situated on the banks of the Ganga, this tranquil spot is of considerable historical and religious importance. According to Hindu scriptures Lord Brahma came to Utpalaranya, as it was known then, for the creation of mankind. The place which first witnessed the creation of mankind came to be known as Brahmavarta or the seat of Brahma.