Kanpur is not only an important industrial town but also one of the most frequented tourist destinations in India. The city of Kanpur that stands on the banks of Ganges has a long tryst with the history. Kanpur, for long, has been a troubled town that has witnessed scores of bloodbath. From the " Butcher of Cawnpore" to Hindu-Muslim sibling riots, the city has seen it all.
The city has become synonymous to leather industry in Asia. The whole
economy of the city revolves around production, tanning, polishing or
export of leather products. This flourishing trade has brought mix
fortunes for the city dwellers. While on one hand, the growing export
raised the living standard of the population; on the other hand it has
also intensified the communal hatred that exist between Hindus and
Muslims in the city. The result is the ferocious communal riots that
take place almost every decade without any break. The reasoning behind
these riots is primarily rooted in the age-old commercial rivalry of the
two communities that is catalyzed by even older mutual mistrust.
Nevertheless Kanpur is much more than riots and carnage. There are some
very exciting tourist attractions that the tour to this city offers.
These include the famous Kanpur Memorial Church and Jajmau among others.
While the previous is dedicated to the souls that perished in the Sepoy
Mutiny, the later is famous for the excavation works done in order to
unearth the remains of later Vedic period. The city is also famous for