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Kanpur City Facts


Kanpur, the industrial center of Uttar Pradesh renowned for leather and textile goods of fine quality is located on the banks of river Ganga. The city, believed to be founded by the Hindu King Chandel of the erstwhile state of Sachendi, derived its name from Kanhiyapur, the town of Kanhiya i.e. Lord Krishna. With the passage of time, Kanhiyapur got abbreviated as Kanhapur and later came to be known as Kanpur. The name is also associated with Karna, one of the heroes of the epic Mahabharata. Formerly known as Manchester of the country, this city which has made major contribution in the field of literature, art and education has its own historical, religious and commercial importance.


Area : 1,040 Sq. km.
Population : 41,37,489 (2001)
Season : November-February
STD Code : 0512
Temperature : Min 10oC and Max 48oC
Altitude : 126 meters above sea level.
Literacy : 77.63 %