Kanpur At a glance

knp-nickKanpur in central Uttar Pradesh is the largest city in the region and its most important industrial centre. Situated on the southwestern bank of the river Ganga, it is also one of the most polluted cities in the world. The erstwhile British garrison town of ‘Cawnpore,’ it later transformed into an industrial hub with the setting up cotton mills and leather factories. Unlike other settlements along the sacred river, the ghats (river landings used for bathing and washing) of Kanpur are in a state of disrepair and of little significance to visitors. Most visitors come to this busy crowded city for business.

It was formerly known as the Manchester of the East, and the economic capital of Uttar Pradesh. Kanpur is located on the banks of the river Ganga and is an important industrial centre. Owing to the city’s industrial importance, one of few branches of the Reserve Banks of India and Institute of Chartered Accountants of India were established in the city. It is also home to several globally recognized institutions such as IIT Kanpur, HBTI and many more.

It is the second largest industrial city in of the Hindi belt in North India and 10th biggest city in India. It is the administrativeheadquarters of Kanpur Nagar district and Kanpur division and is known as “Leather City” as it contains some of the largest and finest tanneries in the world. Kanpur is one of  North India’s main commercial and industrial centres.

Kanpur Fast Facts:

Area : 1,040 Sq. km.
Population : 4,581,268 (2011)
Season : November-February
STD Code
: 0512-
Temperature : Min 10oC and Max 48oC
Summer 22 to 48°C, Winter 3 to 30°C
Altitude : 126 meters above sea level.
Average Literacy
: 79.65 %
Hindi, English, Avadhi, Urdu