Earlier known as Cawnpore, Kanpur has been an important city even before independence. Located at the banks of Ganges, the city is very close to the state capital Lucknow and there is a huge amount of trade that goes on between both the cities. Kanpur is exceptionally famous for the leather products that city weaves including bags, shoes, wallets, jackets and more. The town is 2nd largest Industrial town in North-India after Delhi.
There are lots of interesting places in Kanpur
which fascinates the people and tourist like:
One of the most attractive spots in Kanpur is Bithoor. The home to Ganges attracts a plethora of devotees every day. This spot has also been instrumental in the history of the city. The location also has many tourist spots like Patthar Ghat, Dhruva Teela, Siddhidham Ashram, Vlmiki Ashram, Brahmavart Ghat and more.
• Boodha Bargad
The term literally means 'Old Banyan'. The tree is actually dead today but the Nana Rao Park holds the memorial as the tree has a huge historical importance. More than 144 Indian revolutionaries were hanged from this tree during the British reign.
• Allen Forest Zoo
Spread across an area of 190 acres, this zoo is one of India's only zoo which was established within a naturally situated forest. The zoo has many wild animals who were basically the free inhabitants of the jungle. The main attraction of the zoo is the botanical garden, which holds the collection of some of the rare species of plants. Rainwater lake, aviary and night house are other major attractions of this zoo. The zoo also houses an aquarium and life-size sculptures of pre-historic dinosaurs. Tourist Nature walks and outdoor recreation activities can be enjoyed at this zoo.
• Moti Jheel
Moti Jheel is a lake and a drinking water reservoir in the Benajhabar area of Kanpur. The jheel has adjoining gardens and a children's park, which make it a famous attraction. Constructed during the British Rule in India, it is one of the most important recreational places in the industrial city of Kanpur.
• ISKCON, Sri Radha Madhav Temple
The Temple being constructed on a twelve-acre plot on the Bithoor road is near the River Ganges. Once completed, this gigantic temple will have courtyards, Vedic ashram, and a special pond with musical fountains, Govinda's restaurant and seminar halls. The altar has marble idols of Radha and Madhav in colourful dresses and small idols of Ram, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman. ISKCON runs a cow shelter and a Govinda's restaurant in the city where sweets, salty snacks and fruit juices are sold. There is a shop inside the temple selling gift items, books like Bhagvath Geeta and children's storybooks based on Indian epics. Jagannath Rath Yatra, Janmashtami, Diwali and Holi are celebrated with fervour here. Temple is open from 4.30 am to 8.30 pm with a break from 1 pm to 4 pm. Bhagavatham and Geeta's classes are conducted daily.
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