Bored n the Weekend? Take A Trip To These Close-by Places

Bored n the Weekend? Take A Trip To These Close-by Places

A big industrial hub and a hugely populated city – the two most obvioussides of Kanpur. Hold your horses; we did use the word obvious. We know there'smore to the city than that. We're not quibbling about it. We're itching to showyou another side of it.

The city is smack dab in the middle of a sweet spot – a spot that makesit easy to drive down to some of the most beautiful tourist attractions inIndia. So, this weekend or any coming long weekend, when you have ample time athand, we say load up the SUV and take a weekend trip to one of these sixneighbouring places!

6 Best Weekend Getaways From Kanpur

Orchha

Best time to go: October to March

Driving distance: 234 km or 3 hours 44 minutes

True to its name (which means hidden place), Orchha is the most underrated tourist destination in MP. The Orchha Fort Complex, divided into three historic sections is a vision to behold. The entire place, filled with majestic monuments, is an architectural marvel. It is, without a doubt, the best weekend getaway you can have from Kanpur. An old-world charm, regal structures, and hidden beauty all make it worth exploring.

Allahabad

Best timeto go: October to March

Drivingdistance: 203 km or 3 hours 36 minutes

When you are in the mood to explore a place chock full of history and religion, drive down to Prayagraj. If that makes you go meh, then know this – it is the hometown of Amitabh Bachchan. On your way to the house which the superstar once called home, we recommend taking a dip at the Triveni Sangam. That's the point where three of our holy rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati meet.

Needsome more enticement? The city is also home to the largest fort built by Akbarand Anand Bhavan – the place where Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi wereborn.

Lucknow

Best timeto go: October to March

Drivingdistance: 94.7 km or 2 hours 14 minutes

It's been said a gazillion times, so why not hear it once more. The city of Nawabs is truly a foodie's paradise, especially if you're a non-vegetarian. From shami to galouti, after you've binged on all kinds of Kebab, skip over to the historical masterpieces to truly experience the way Awadhi royals lived. The architecture of the Rumi Darwaza transports you to an era gone by. The vaulted chambers of the Bara Imambara show you what majestic exuberance use to be.

Aweekend in Lucknow is 48 hours well-spent.

Jhansi

Best timeto go: October to March

Drivingdistance: 228 km or 4hours 30 minutes

There is no child in India who has not grown uplistening to the stories of Jhansi ki Rani. So, why not take the chance tovisit the place the courageous woman called home? The seat of Rani LakshmiBai's kingdom, we recommend Jhansi as a weekend trip because the site issteeped with history. It was a crucial venue for India's first war ofindependence in 1857. When you're done exploring the Fort of Jhansi and theRani Mahal, skip over to the many magnanimous temples and churches that dot thearea.

Khajuraho

Best timeto go: September to March

Drivingdistance: 223 km or 4 hours 35 minutes

As you stroll down the many, many carved temples of Khajuraho, you get a glimpse of how progressive ancient India was. Believe when we say, the Kamasutra has got nothing on the erotic sculptures of the city. The 20 odd temples are part of the Khajuraho group of monuments, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Dating back to the 12th Century, they are a sight to see after the sun sets and the sound and light show begins. The town truly is the quintessential getaway from Kanpur for a quiet weekend.

Agra

Best time to go: October to March

Driving distance: 281 km (4 hours 39 minutes)

Who in their right minds would ever say no to a short trip to the Taj Mahal? No one. We agree. But Agra is more than the wonder of the world. Yes, the white marble beauty is a monument that makes your head turn with grandeur, but the Tomb of Akbar is nothing to laugh at too. Did you know Akbar himself began the process for making it?

After you've done being all touristy, we recommendvisiting the last Mughal garden in India – the Mehtab Bagh, which is located onthe opposite bank Yamuna. While you're at it, try some delicious Mughlaicuisine in the city. You will not find a more authentic taste anywhere else.And if you have the shopping bug, make a pitstop to Sadar Bazar on your wayback to Kanpur!

Discover It All

Each of these sixcities, though a short distance away from Kanpur, have a unique charm. Form theawe-inspiring beauty of the Taj Mahal to the blush-inducing carvings ofKhajuraho, each of these hidden treasures call to be explored.  Thankfully, the strategic position of ourcity gives the perfect opportunity to discover them all.

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