1. Allen Forest Zoo, Kanpur
Also known as the Kanpur Zoological Park, the Allen Forest Zoo is a wonderfully landscaped area spread over more than 70 acres, making it the largest zoo in North India. Chimps, leopards, rhinos, and tigers are some of the star attractions here. Visitors can also amble along in the botanical garden or catch some moments by the lake. The aquarium located within the zoo is another highlight here and children will love a ride on the toy train. Apart from marveling at the various species housed in their enclosures, you can spend many hours wandering about the leafy open space and soaking in some of the tranquil surroundings.
2. JK Temple, Kanpur
The half-century-old Juggilal Kamlapat Temple or Shri Radhakrishna Temple is indeed a sight to behold and counts among the most unique places to see in Kanpur. The temple houses five shrines in separate towers, recreating the old vernacular style of temple architecture. The main shrine is dedicated to Lord Radhakrishna while the others are enshrined with idols of Lakshminarayana, Ardhanarishwar, Namadeshwar, and Hanuman. The mandapa features high roof and the interiors are constantly bathed in a lot of natural light.
3. Moti Jheel, Kanpur
If you are looking for some calm moments in a picturesque setting within the city, then a visit to the Moti Jheel is warranted. This rectangular lake cum reservoir was built during the times of the British to provide water to the city. Later, a recreational space with a park for children and a landscaped garden was added to it. Today, Moti Jheel counts among the top 10 places to see in Kanpur, especially if you are traveling with kids and family.
4. Z Square Mall, Kanpur
A swanky, air-conditioned refuge for those who love to dine, shop, and have fun, the Z Square Mall is one of Kanpur’s favorite recreational and shopping hubs. It has an open-space design and a children-friendly setting. Some of the dining options here include American fast food, Chinese dishes, and the best of North Indian food. The mall houses many cafés where you can chill out after browsing through the brand showrooms and you can also pamper yourself at the salon. The INOX multiplex is another top attraction at the Z Square Mall where you can catch the latest Bollywood and Hollywood blockbusters.
5. Bithoor, Kanpur
A short drive north of Kanpur city is Bithoor town, an old settlement located on the bank of the Ganges. It is an important spiritual hub and attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims every day. The Brahmavart and Patthar Ghats are where many take their holy dips while other landmarks of Bithoor include the Valmiki Ashram where Sita Devi is believed to have stayed during her exile. The Sudhanshu Ji Maharaj Ashram (also known as Sidhhidam Ashram) is an oasis for weary souls and those who seek a quiet, spiritual place. One of the major attractions here is a replica of Mount Kailash where Lord Shiva and Parvati are believed to reside. Bithoor was also where one of the main rebels of the 1857 revolution, Nana Sahib, was born.
7. Ganga Barrage (Lav Kush Barrage), Kanpur
Sometimes referred to as the Marine Drive of Kanpur, the Ganga Barrage aka Lav Kush Barrage spans the majestic Ganges and is an iconic part of the city. The barrage’s importance is functional rather than cultural. It is now a major logistical lifeline but you can also go there for majestic views of the river. There are numerous tea stalls and eateries nearby, so you can munch on some snacks and have a quintessential Kanpur evening by the waters of the holy Ganga.
8. Nana Rao Park, Kanpur
Located close to the commercial heart of the city, Nana Rao Park is a popular rendezvous point for the people of Kanpur when they want to enjoy some fresh air and outdoor activities. The park, which was built after India gained freedom in honor of Nana Sahib, was previously a memorial for the British women and children massacred in the 1857 Rebellion. Today, the well-manicured lawns and colorful flower beds of this urban provide a scenic setting for a romantic walk. History enthusiasts will recognize some of the personalities that have been immortalized in statues here – Rani Lakshmi Bai and Tatya Tope, just to name a couple.
9. Phool Bagh and Kanpur Museum, Kanpur
Phool Bagh, an urban city park in Kanpur, is a historically important location in Kanpur as it has been the site of political rallies and public meetings for more than a century. It was designed and built in the 19th century as a recreational place for the British administration. Today, one of the major landmarks here is the Kanpur Sanghralaya – the town’s largest museum – which is located on the premises.
10. Blue World Theme Park, Kanpur
One of the most-loved tourist places in Kanpur, the Blue World Theme Park is your perfect antidote for hot summer days, and Kanpur can really see that mercury rise. There are several water slides and they all end with a wonderful cool splash in the well-maintained pools. The park also has dry rides and some of the key attractions here include the Chair Lift, the Free Fall, and of course, the Blue World Roller Coaster. The kids and family zones are where you can relax and dabble in some pleasing rides. The Blue World has specific themed areas with Chinese, Roman, Egypt, Jungle, and European inspired attractions. The food court here will ensure that you are always close to your favorite snacks after all the adrenaline rush.