In December 2011, I happened to visit Kanpur. This trip was of short duration of about 2 days. Incidentally, this was my first visit to northern part of India. Here are few observations on the trip.
Lucknow Airport : Though Kanpur has an airport, we were told to book a flight to Lucknow since flights to Kanpur usually get cancelled at the last minute. Lucknow has a small airport and a chaotic one too! Flight delays are very common.
Leather Industry : Kanpur is famous for its leather industry. Our driver was showing us numerous factories on our way from Lucknow airport to Kanpur. Though we guys went to the local bazaar for buying leather goods but we did not buy much as we were not sure of the right prices for the items! Bargain like in any part of India, works here too! On the negative side, leather industry has been infamous for polluting river Ganga.
Parking in the middle of the road : If we see parking of vehicles on either sides of the road in Bangalore, in Kanpur it is entirely different. We see vehicles parked right in the middle of the road. Well, this applies to commercial streets only(just like S P Road of Bangalore)!
Motichoor Laddu and Makhan : One thing everyone in the trip savoured and friends back in Bangalore wanted us to bring was Motichoor Laddu! Believed to be a favorite food of Lord Ganesha, motichoor laddus are flavor of this region. Needless to say we guys relished the taste. Also, there were roadside vendors selling special type of makhans, which match to the taste of best of ice creams! You need to taste it to believe this!
IIT Kanpur : IIT Kanpur has a vast and green campus 15 kms away from city. It is one the first IITs to be established. Peacocks are easily spotted here and you can watch them roaming in the campus freely. Institute has a tennis court and a football ground. With green cover all over, it is the perfect place to study I thought!
Old city getting modern : Though majority of the buildings in the city were old, Kanpur is getting modern with glass buildings. Malls are making their way. One of the roads is named Mall Road, not sure whether it is because of the mall located there!
|Ganga Bridge, near Kanpur|
|Peacock in IIT Kanpur campus|
|Kanpur getting modern|
|Mall in mall road, Kanpur|