On the banks of the Holy River Ganga and sharing it’s vicinity in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the city of Kanpur, is a major industrial city of UP. The city is titled with some prestigious quotes like “The Leather City of the World” or nicknamed as “Manchester of India” as it is famous for its leather and textile industry providing world class leather products around the globe. Kanpur rank amongst the top 10 industrial cities of India. Apart from its leather industry, the historical and religious sites are so attractive that it fetches tourist from every corner of India. If history is to be believed,the name “Kanpur” is derived from Kanhiyapur, which later changed into Kanhapur and ultimately “Kanpur”.If you’re looking for a cool season to visit Kanpur, then winter months like October or November is the best time. The month of March is also favourable to visit. However,there’re many tourism spots at Kanpur which displays the historical and spiritual sanctity of the city. So, if you have planned a visit to Kanpur do not afford to miss these eight special spots.
Allen Forest Zoo:
If wildlife sanctuaries attract you, then Allen Forest Zoo is a heaven for you to visualize the wildlife closely. It’s a home to several mammals like the White Asian tigers, Rhinoceros, Asiatic lions, cheetah, hyena, leopard, jagua, black bear, grizzly bear, sloth bear, Chimpanzees, baboons, musk deer, and orangutans. Apart from these natural inhabitants, the place is a great spot for picnic and family outings.
In the Benajhabar area of Kanpur, lies the most serene location called the Moti Jheel , which is a lake and serves as a drinking water reservoir for the residents. It’s a recreational place to visit and a spot to have a great time with family and friends.
It is said that the park was constructed under the supervision of a Japanese architect. The park has a huge infrastructure with greenery and flowers all around. A stroll in the park with fresh natural fragrance will rejuvenate your senses. It’s a must visit place.
Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary:
The lovers of flora and fauna should definitely come and visit this sanctuary which has migratory birds from Russia and Siberia. The optimum time to visit this place is from December to February. During this time various species of migratory birds are present which flies away in the winter season. A visit to this sanctuary will give you a surrealistic experience.
If you soul and spirit follows spirituality, you need to explore the ancient temples and church of Kanpur.
JK temple is located in the outskirts of Kanpur which is a glorious and pious temple dedicated to the deity of Radha Krishna. Entire temple has good carvings and Shlokas engraved on the walls of the temple. It attracts a huge crowd especially in the evening.
You can’t escape from visiting the Asha Mandir at Kanpur. It is among the most pleasant and beautiful temples at Kanpur. Feel the spiritual divinity of this temple with the bhakti songs played here for the devotees. The sunset view from this temple is also a major attraction.
Shiv Shankar Temple:
The Shiv Shankar temple is a divine place where devotes from all over Uttar Pradesh visit and offer their prayers to the eternal Lord Shiva. It is religiously believed that any devotee, who worships the deity, is blessed with his eternal blessings.
Bithoor is a place of religious importance which is located 23 kilometres away from Kanpur. It is believed that after the destruction of the universe and reconstruction of the galaxy by Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma selected Bithoor as his abode and performed a ‘yagna’. Today, the place attracts a large number of Pilgrims and counts itself as a major spot of attraction.
The Cuisines at Kanpur
Many delicacies are prepared in the kitchen and streets of Kanpur.Some of the favorite recipes radiating the taste and aura of Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) are:
Tehri: Tehri is also called “vegetable pulao” or “veg rice”. Varieties of vegies and the best quality of Basmati rice is used for the preparation. The dish is served usually with raita or green chutney. Spices used in the rice gives it a perfect aroma and taste.
Fried eggplants: The tastiest version of eggplant you might have not tasted. The eggplants are stuffed and marinated with 15 different spices and later fried in hot oil which gives it a distinct aroma.
Bhindi Ka Salan: Salan is a yoghurt based curry made with a twist of spices. The crispy fried ladyfinger are dipped in the salan and served either rice or roti.
Kebab Parantha: It’s a spicy and luscious roll made with dough of Maida, wheat Atta (optional) and oil. These soft Parathas are then stuffed with buttery moist kebabs and variety of sauces. This roll is widely available in the streets of Kanpur.
Fara: The dish is known rarely, but every kitchen in Kanpur prepares this recipe as a meal/lunch/brunch/dinner. It is prepared with a stuffing of Urad dal or chana dal. The dish is steamed and served with fresh green coriander chutney.
Do you know there are 15 types of Chana preparations served at Kanpur?
- Normal Chole: The chick pea curry served with Bhature.
- Dry Chole: A famous dish of Kanpur but available throughout India in small dhabas and restaurants.
- Masala Chole: The tricky use of spices makes this dish special.
- Chana Pindi: A scrumptious dish which is influenced from the taste of Punjab.
- Chole without Onion and Garlic:This chole is prepared in a Jain style without any onion and garlic.
- Paneer Chole: Chickpea curry either dried or with gravy, fried paneer cubs are topped on the dish.
- Anardana Chole: A tangy dish with a punch of Anardana in the curry.
- Chole With Aloo Tiki: The Masala chole is topped on a fried aaloo tikki, sauce and salads.
- Chole with Black Chana: An Awesome combination which tastes heavenly in the form of curry.
- Chole with Coconut:Thin grated coconut is added in the curry which gives the dish a southern touch.
- Chole with Coconut Milk: Coconut milk is used as an ingredient to give the dish thick gravy.
- Chole with Chana Dal: Chana dal and chole are prepared together and given a spicy tadka of red chillies and spices.
- Chole with Dahi: The dish has two versions. The one is simple where chole is served with Dahi/curd or used as an ingredient for a gravy-luscious curry.
- Chole with Peas: Green peas are cooked along with chole and served with poori.
- Chole with Palak:The chickpea curry is cooked in gravy of boiled and mashed palak (Spinach). An Awesome recipe to try!
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