Kanpur Downtown

Kanpur is a city in Uttar Pradesh; it was known as Cawnpore in colonial times.


Kanpur a major industrial and commercial city located on the banks of the River Ganges. It has an area of over 1,200 km² (5th largest city in India) and had a population of around 6.1 million in the 2008 census. Kanpur is home to several educational institutions, including an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Kanpur), CSJM University, Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI), University Institute of Engineering and Technology, GSVM Medical College and Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Technology (AITH).

Get in

Kanpur Central

By rail

Being located on the national corridor of railways the city of Kanpur is well connected with the rest of India by rail services, eg. Shadabti express from Delhi to Kanpur.

It also lies on the Kolkata-New Delhi rail link and hence is connected with Rajdhani expresses (many of them, Howrah rajdhani, Guwahati rajdhani, Bhubaneswar rajdhani).

Main Railway Stations in the City

By air

Even though Kanpur has an airport, there are only six flights per week to Delhi and three per week to Kolkata operated by Air India. If flying from any other city, you can take an Air India (formerly Indian Airlines) flight to Delhi (get your luggage checked through to avoid confusion - Air India offers the service), and then take an Air India flight from Delhi to Kanpur.

Many travelers to/from Kanpur also use the airport at the neighboring city of Lucknow. Lucknow Airport is well-connected to many cities in India and the Middle East. It is about 70 Kilometers from Kanpur. From Lucknow airport one can take a taxi, bus (AC or non-AC) or train to come to Kanpur. Please note that Buses are available from ‘Alambag Bus Stop, Lucknow’ which is 6 km away from the Airport and Trains are available from ‘Charbagh, Lucknow’ which is 10 KMs away from the Airport. However taxis can be taken from airport itself.

The flights to Kanpur and Lucknow are generally reliable and timely, but may get delayed or diverted during winter (Dec-Jan) when the region often experiences dense fog. Trains too get affected. Plan your travel accordingly and allow for possible delays.

By road

Kanpur is well connected with Road, NH 2 and NH 25 passes nearby. The NHs which passes to Kanpur are NH 2,NH 25,NH 86 and NH 91. Kanpur has two major bus station. The very important bus station of Kanpur is Jhkarkati bus Station. Many Volvo buses especially Royal Cruiser which go to Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

Get around

By bus

There are city buses run by UPSRTC under JNNURM. These buses offer cheaper rates than auto rickshaws. AC low floor city buses that are very comfortable cost the most to ride. Some other types of buses are non-AC low floor, minibuses and low floors which also offer low rates.

By auto rickshaw

You can travel using an auto rickshaw or the tempo called Vikram. Vikram is the cheapest mode of transport but a pain to travel. However, Vikram drivers have a fixed rate for point-to-point travels and its an experience in itself when 10 people (+driver) travel in one Vikram. The quality of auto rickshaws in Kanpur is also pathetic and there is not fixed rate or meter system. You have to bargain with the driver.

By cycle rickshaw

There is no standard or norm for the price of cycle rickshaws. They can be found on the main road and smaller roads.

By taxi

Private taxis like Ambassdor, vans and other cars are available from Canal Road Taxi Stand and from various hotels and travel agencies.


Leopard at the Kanpur Zoo
JK Temple
Kanpur Sangrahalaya
Bithor' Brahmavart Ghat




Kanpur is famous for leather goods. The main shopping centres in the city are; The Mall, Birhana Road, Gumti No. 5, Parade, Naveen Market, Meston road and P.P.N. Market. 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.


Kanpur is a great place for Chat lovers, the city is planked with chat shops serving pani puri, allu tikki, dahai chat etc.

A popular food junction is the lane at Arya Nagar, with eateries serving everything from chat, South Indian, biryani, egg rolls, burgers, chats to ice creams.

For a range of multi cuisine restaurants visit The Mall, Naveen Market, Civil Lines, Sarvodaya Nagar (Moti Rave) and Swaroop Nagar, restaurants open to 11PM. Check out Aromas in Swaroop Nagar for some awesome burgers. Try the mushroom burger if you are the adventurous kind, you will not be disappointed.

No meal in Kanpur can be completed without eating paan, hence, if you are near Cantt, the mall road, near Phool Bagh gives you excellent paan options, or may just drive till Birhana road and grab a paan there. Around the other side however, the lane near Halet, is a haven of paan vendors. With alternating medicine and CT scan clinics, the paans here are the best in the city. The paan shops are open comfortably till 2AM. Perfect reason to go out on a drive.


Mid Range



Mufarra is a red drink which you can drink in summer for getting relief from the heat. This is easily available in shops.

Pubs and bars

There are pubs at Landmark Hotel and at the new malls.

Cafes and teahouses


Landmark Hotel

There are a number of hotels on Mall Road and G.T Road.




Go next

This article is issued from Wikivoyage - version of the Saturday, February 06, 2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.