The largest industrial city of Uttar Pradesh, Kanpur It is known as the "Economic and Industrial Capital" of the state. Widely known as Manchester of the East, Kanpur is one of the oldest industrial townships in North India. The city is also known as the "Leather City" as it has some of the largest and finest tanneries in India and in South Asia. The 75th largest city in the world, Kanpur has many prominent universities and colleges, which includes the world renowned institute – IIT Kanpur and the city’s oldest technical institute Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI).
Places to Stay
Kanpur has a wide variety of accommodation options near the bus stand. Some of them are Him Leela Regency, Aditya Home Stay and Hotel Dalhousie Heights that offers accommodation from Rs.700 onwards.
The four day long Antaragni, an annual cultural festival at IIT Kanpur, held in the month of October is one of the most popular college festivals in the country.
Hindi is the Local Language here.
Places to Visit
The Gora Kabristan (a graveyard) and the Radha-Krishna Mandir, or J K Temple within the centre of the city are well-known places to visit.
How to Get There
There are three airports within the city limit namely-Kanpur Airport, Kanpur Civil Airport and IIT Kanpur Airport.
Kanpur Central is a major railways station
The Inter State Bus Station (ISBT), named as the "Shaheed Major Salman Khan Bus Station is locally known as the ‘Jhakarkati Bus Station’. The other bus stands in the city are the Chunniganj Depot, Azad Nagar AC Bus Depot, Fazalganj Bus Depot and Unnao Depot have regular bus service that connects the city to neighbouring regions. Private bus operators like Seabird Tourists, Kalpana Travels, RST Volvo, Jsr Travels, JBG Travels, UPSRTC and Chamunda Travels run regular buses to and from the village. Log on to bus ticket online booking sites like Ticketgoose and book your tickets without any hassle.
The city is in Uttarakhand which comes under the Nainital District and it is said to be the gateway to Kumaon. Local people pronounce it as Halduvani. Nainital, Nagla and Rudrapur are the nearby cities. This city is charming in itself. There are various tourist destinations and it is heaven to nature lovers.
Places to Stay
The hotels in Haldwani are Hotel East Lite (Tariff – Rs. 900), Hotel Sita Kiran (Tariff – Rs. 1400), Hotel Pratap Regency (Tariff – Rs. 1500).
The languages spoken in Haldwani are Hindi, Urdu, Garhwali, Kumauni, Punjabi and English.
The festivals celebrated are Makar Sankranti, Bat Savitri, Nanda Devi Rajjat, Holi, Ganga Dussehra, Basant Panchami, Diwali and Navratri.
Places of Interest
Haldwani has tourist destinations like Kali Chaur and Hedakhan Ashram. Shitla Mandir and Gaula Barrage are a must visit.
How to Get There
The nearest is the Pantnagar Airport at a distance of 26 km. The airport covers only domestic flights.
There are two main railway stations - Haldwani and Kathgodam and they are close by railway stations at a distance of 3 km. Trains like Ranikhet Express (15014) and Utrahita Sampark Kranti Express (15036) connect to Delhi. Kathgodam-Dehradun Express (14119) is another train.
Haldwani is connected with RSRTC (Rajasthan State Road Transport) services to nearby cities like Delhi, Jaipur and Muradabad. Private operators like City Heart Travels provide bus services from Haldwani to Delhi at a ticket price of Rs. 97 onwards with non-AC buses. Some other bus operators provide Volvo, AC and non-AC bus services to major towns and cities. If you book a bus ticket online you can get rid of the trouble of standing in queues.