Situated on the banks of the sacred River Ganges, 80 km from Kanpur
in Uttar Pradesh, is the now almost forgotten town of Kannauj, well
known in ancient time as 'Harsha Vardhan City'. Today it prides
itself as the 'Attar City' or the perfume city of India.
Kannauj district from geographical point of view its studded in
between 27 degree 13 min 30 sec North latitude and from 79 deg 19
min to 80 degree 1 min east longitudes.
The district is situated in Kanpur Division its North borders touches
Farrukhabad District, at it's east Hardoi District is situated,
Kanpur dehat is at its south east border while western and southern
borders touches District Mainpuri and Etawah respectively whole
district is divided in to three tehsils and seven development blocks.
It is almost rectangular shaped district.
Ganga is the main river of the district at the North East border
of the district, Kali and Ishan rivers are in other parts of the
District. Kali rivers at the northern border of the district while
Ishan flows in between the District. Average rain fall of the District
is approximately 80cm.
Kannauj the historical Kanyakubja city, in central Uttar Pradesh
is situated near the Ganges River, northwest of Kanpur. Kannauj
has existed since ancient times and contains numerous ruins and
artifacts. It was important during the Gupta empire, and in the
early 7th century it became the capital of Harsha's empire. The
city entered a period of great splendour during the 9th and 10th
centuries, at which time a large number of Hindu temples and Buddhist
monasteries were built. In 1018, however, it was razed by Mahmood
of Ghazna and was plundered again in 1194, by which time it was
almost totally destroyed. Since then, Kannauj, is renowned for `itra'
( flower and herbal perfumes) and tobacco.
Archeological findings reveal that Kannauj was once the foremost
city of northern India where once art and culture flourished. Every
now and then pottery, coins, terra cotta and sculpture are dug up
by the common man in the course of work while ploughing his land
or digging the foundation for construction of a house. Till very
recently all the excavated material lay scattered among different
families of Kannauj and in private collections. These have been
now collected and are on display under one roof at the Government
Archaeological Museum, Kannauj. The terra-cotta figurines unearthed
here represent Gods and Goddesses, male and female figurines and
animal figurines. They belong to different periods of history stretching
from the Maurya period of 325 BC right down to the Gupta period
AD (319-600). Some pre-historic bone implements have also been found.
Archaeological museum of Kannauj have vast variety of clayey idols
which proves that at ancient time Kannauj was famous for art and
culture like Mathura, Kashi and Kaushambi. Right from Maurya age
it was a fully developed locality. The clay models found here shows
that it was a very progressive district of ancient time, even Historical
Chinese visitor Hwenswang praised this district during his visit
Lakh Bahosi Bird Sanctuary
The nature has gifted Kannauj by a beautiful lakh Bahosi Bird sanctuary.
In this sanctuary Bird watching can be done from month of November
to March. In month of December January and February it shows its
maximum potential. Because during this season one can see maximum
type of Birds over here at the Bahosi lake of 3 sq.km.area. As per
survey a total of 97 Bird families are available in India while
Birds related with 49 families has been seen at lakh Bhosi bird
The other fasmous places in kannauj are
- Gauri Shankar Temple,Kannauj City.
- Annapurna Temple,Tirwa,Kannauj.
Kanpur, at a distance of 80 km from Kannauj, is the nearest major
city. Kanpur is connected to almost all the major cities in India
by regular air, rail, and road network. The state capital Lucknow
is 154 km away and connected through a good rail and road network
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