Situated 79 kms from Lucknow on the banks of the Ganga, Kanpur is a major industrial town. When the British set up a cantonment here the first tannery was set up at Jajmau in the 19th centuarywhich led to a proliferation of tanneries which still exist today. A business city its main tarde is in leather and its sccessories. Plastic and textiles are other items and the city is continously undergoing changes, especially with many national corporates opening factories here.
In the field of education too, Kanpur occupies a significant position with the Indian Institute of Technology and other institutes specialising in the fields of sugar, textiles and medical research located here.
How to reach
By Air - Kanpur Airport is connected with Delhi and Lucknow.
27 kms away on Kannauj road is a tranquil spot suffused with historical and religious significance. The place not only offers a trip back into the annals of history, it is a beautiful spot with lakes, gardens and boating facilities. Accomodation at tourist lodges at Tatyaganj (12 kms) and Fatehpur Roshnai (24 kms). Valmiki Ashram deriving its name from the sage Valmiki, is located at a height and is accessible by a flight of stairs, which is known as the stairway to heaven. From the location of the Ashram, one can have a panoramic view of Bithoor. Brahmavart Ghat is considered the holiest of the ghats of Bithoor. Devotees of Lord Brahma pray at the altar of the Wooden Slippers after taking a ceremonial bath in the Ganga river. A peg sticking out of a small temple is the axis around which the universe is turning.
Patthar Ghat a ghat built of redstone and founded by Tikait Rai, a minister of Awadh State, has a temple by its side, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The shivlinga in the temple is made of Kasauti, the philosopher's stone. Dhruva teela is the place where the child Dhruva is believed to have meditated single-mindedly as he stood on one leg. As a reward, the God granted Dhruva the divine boon to shine for all time as a star. According to Hindu mythology, Dhruv continues to shine as a star called Dhruv-tara, that is, polar star.
It is 80 kms away and was the capital of Harshavardana. Though not much of the glorious past remains the temple of Ajaipal still remains. The town is the centre of the Indian essence (ittar) industry. Archaeological museum of Kannauj have vast variety of clayey idols which proves that at ancient time Kannauj was famous for art and culture like Mathura, Kashi and Kaushambi. Right from Maurya age it was a fully developed locality. The clay models found here shows that it was a very progressive district of ancient time, even Historical Chinese visitor Huen Tsang praised this district during his visit to India. The Lakh Bahosi Bird Sanctuary has bird watching can be done from month of November to March. In month of December January and February it shows its maximum potential. Because during this season one can see maximum type of Birds over here at the Bahosi lake of 3 sq.km.area
59 kms on the Ghatampur-Sarh road 14 kms from Ghatampur, Bhitargaon is noted for its ancient brick temple a unique specimen of the brick architecture of the early Gupta period. The temple's interior is plain but the exteriors are decorated with carved brickwork and numerous terracotta panels. The temple is important as it is the sole survivor record of this early phase of Indian temple architecture.
65 kms away this ancient site with innumerable mounds, deserves mention because of the ancient temple of Muktadevi, said to have built in Treta Yug by Raja Bali. A fair is held in the temple on Kartik Poornima . Musanagar has yielded a number of artefacts and specimens of the post Harappan, Shunga, Maurya and Kushan periods.
Ghats on the river Ganga
On the bank of holy river Ganga, following holy ghats can also be seen.