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Uttar Pradesh: Gorakhpur
Gorakhpur is situated on the banks of Rapti and Rohini rivers. Two national highways also meet Gorakhpur, namely NH 28 and NH 29. It is situated at a height of 77 meters, and it was known as Ramgram in ancient times. It was also the capital of the Kolias. The place got its name from the Nath community’s Guru Baba Gorakhnath, in around 1400 AD. There is a temple too, where other than the idol of Gorakhnath, there is Shiva, Durga and other Hindu Gods and Goddess.
Other attractions are Gita Mandir Press, Black idol of Vishnu at Vishnu temple, Ramayan Tal, Shiv temple before the Tal, planetorium, and the Imambada, where there are two Tazias made of Gold and Silver.
But these are not the reasons why Gorakhpur is important. It is important because it serves the gateway to the Buddhism Circuit: Srabasti, Kushinagar and Lumbini of Nepal, as buses are constantly plying to and fro to Sonauli, at Nepal border. Lumbini is only a couple of hours from Sonauli.
It also serves as the gateway to Nepal. One can walk down, or take a rickshaw to cross the border and to its village Bhairawa. Hotels abound at Sonauli and Bhairawa, but it is better to take a hotel at Bhairawa. You will also get Nepal airways flights, and transport to other places lie Pokhra from this place.
Its no wonder that Gorakhpur sees high profile tourists for most of the year.
The head quarters of North East railways are at Gorakhpur. It is one of the most well connected cities in India by railways. Check our transport links (railways) for complete itinerary.
Summers are hot, with temperatures being 44 C to 17 C, while winters are cool at 31C to 6C.
How to reach: Railways are the best way to reach here. It is also connected by Bus from Lucknow.
Where to Stay: There are quite few good hotels to stay here. Check our hotel booking links below for prices, photos, facilities and online booking.