Kanpur, or Cawnpore as it was known by in the eras gone by, established itself as one of the earliest industrial centers in the Northern part of the country within Uttar Pradesh state. Set up on the banks of the Ganges, Kanpur is known for its gardens and monuments of historical interest. Always an industrial hub, Kanpur is also peaceful and tranquil.
Its location between the two mighty rivers, the Ganges and the Yamuna, ensured that Kanpur became a city with one of the largest populations in India. A city already known for its industries like leather, engineering and textiles, Kanpur gained further prominence with the establishment of one of India’s premier engineering institutes – The Indian Institute of Technology or IIT as it is popularly known. An ancient city with a large number of temples, forts and well laid out gardens and also home to the largest Zoological Garden in Asia, Kanpur is a treat for the visiting traveler. A historian would delight in its glorious past, which includes being the center for the first war of Indian Independence in 1857. Along with the city, the adjoining locales of Bithoor and Jajmau attract tourists due to their importance in Indian mythology.