The northern Indian city of Kanpur, in the Utter Pradesh state, is one of the largest in the country with a population of approximately 2.5 million people. The city sits on the bank of the world famous River Ganges and has earned itself a reputation as "The Leather City of the World" with not just some of the largest tanneries in India, but also some of the most well-regarded. Expats living in Kanpur will find the city an architectural tour de force, blending together the styles of the British Raj, traditional India and the modern-day India, with its booming industrial economy. The Kanpur Memorial Church and the city's central railway station are examples of the former style, while the Shri Radhakrishna Temple and Jain Glass Temple are absolutely breathtaking traditional Indian buildings. Another great day trip for the newly arrived expatriate living in Kanpur is the Allen Forest Zoo, a modern and impressive collection of some of India's and Asia's most stunning, and rarest, wildlife.
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Being a large and economically important city, Kanpur is very well connected. There are a number of routes into the city, giving expatriates moving to Kanpur a choice of bus, train or air travel to the city. There is also an airport, the small Kanpur Airport, which flies to Delhi and Calcutta. The far larger Lucknow International Airport is around 50 miles away, though, and an expat moving to Kanpur through this city can take a train, intercity bus or coach to their final destination. You can also get in touch with other global minds and expatriates in Kanpur early on – or before you set off – using the private message system, discussion groups or forums on the InterNations website. You are likely to find a strong local expat community in this large city, and getting in touch with the international network there may be something you would like to do early on to socialize, network or simply get some tips on life as an expatriate in Kanpur.
The city is a vibrant, bustling center full of the miasma of noise, vivid colors, the smells of incense and cooking, and the heat of the sun that is so uniquely Indian. The city's heart is its center, which has seen some new features added by the local government and is the first cultural hub you will want to explore as an expat in Kanpur. The local economy is the 9th largest in India, with a strong academic presence and a vast range of manufacturing industries, most notably textiles, clothing and the city's famous leather products. Expatriates working in Kanpur may like to browse the Expat Magazine on the InterNations website for information on things like expat finance and cross-cultural communication. Life as an expatriate in any foreign city can be a major change, but expats living in Kanpur will have as much culture, cuisine and things to see and do as they could wish for.