Abode of Lord Brahma, Bithoor is a located on the banks of Ganga River in Kanpur district of Uttar Pradesh. The town is renowned for its religious and historical significance. It was one of the epicentres of the Revolt of 1857.
Bithoor was once called Brahmavart. According to legend, after the destruction of the universe and reconstruction of the galaxy by Lord Vishnu, Brahma selected Bithoor as his abode and performed a yagna here. Hence, the place was christened as Brahmavart.
Bithoor is believed to have been the site for several episodes of Ramayan. Sita spent time at the Valmiki Ashram after being exiled by Lord Ram, Luv and Kush, Lord Ram and Sita’s twins were born and met their father here and sage Valmiki wrote the epic Ramayan.
In the 19th century, the last Peshwa was exiled here and the town was renamed as Bithoba Nagar from Brahmavart. Over time, the town came to be called as Bithoor. Rani Laxmibai was born here.
During the First War of Independence, Bithoor became a rallying point for the rebellion against the British East India Company. However, Bithoor was captured by General Havelock in 1857.
Today, Bithoor attracts a large number of pilgrims who visit the Brahmavart Ghat and Valmiki Ashram, which are the prime attractions of the town.
There are no accommodation options in Bithoor. One can opt to stay at the lodges in Tatyaganj, which is located about 12 km from Bithoor. Visitors can also stay at Kanpur, where one can find budget and mid-range hotels.
There are very few restaurants in the town. Most of the restaurants predominantly offer vegetarian cuisine.