Moti Jheel is a lake and a drinking water reservoir in the Benajhabar area of Kanpur, which with its adjoining gardens and children's park is an important tourist attraction. Built during the British Raj, today along with Kamala Retreat and Moti Park, it is most important recreational places in the bustling industrial city of Kanpur, once known as the "Manchester of the East".
Moti means pearl and jheel means lake, thus giving its name pearl lake.
The rectangular lake was originally developed during the British Raj, as a drinking water reservoir of Kanpur Waterworks, and called Sceptic Tank, later as an important urban planning measure by the city administration, it was developed as public place and recreational area with landscaped gardens and children's park.
It is flanked on one side by campus of Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital and on the other, several important Kanpur Nagar nigam (Kanpur Municipal Corporation) buildings are situated in the adjoining area, as is Kanpur Development Authority (KDA)'s water treatment plant.