Kalpi is a quiet town with a big story. Resting on the banks of the Yamuna River, between Jhansi and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, it seems like just another unremarkable town in North India. But take a closer look and you will soon realise that Kalpi is steeped in history.
Kalpi’s story goes as back as 45,000 years, to the Middle Palaeolithic Age (broadly, 300,000 to 30,000 years ago). It is one of the few sites in the Ganga-Yamuna doab where evidence of human settlement going back to the Stone Age has been found.