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Gorakhnath mandir. Gorakhpur is known for being a religious centre.

Gorakhpur (Hindi: गोरखपुर, Urdu: گۋڙکھ پور) is a city of 675,000 people (2011) in the eastern part of the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Near the Nepalese border, it is a way station on a popular overland route from India to Nepal. It is the city of great shaayar ("फिराक गोरखपुरी").

It is the administrative headquarters of Gorakhpur District and Gorakhpur Division.

Gorakhpur is famous as a religious centre: the city was home to Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Sikh saints and is named after the medieval saint Gorakhnath. Gorakhnath Temple is still the seat of the Nath sect. The city is also home to many historic Buddhist sites and the Gita Press, a publisher of Hindu religious texts.

In the 20th century, Gorakhpur was a focal point in the Indian independence movement. Today, the city is also a business centre, hosting the headquarters of the North Eastern Railways and an industrial area, GIDA Gorakhpur Development Authority, 15km from the old town.

Understand[edit]

Climate[edit]

In the summer the average temperature can go as high as 40°C and during the winters the average temperature can go as low as 4 °C. The best time to visit Gorakhpur is from October to March.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Gorakhpur Airport (GOP IATA). Alliance Air from Delhi; SpiceJet from Bangalore, Delhi, Mumbai; IndiGo from Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad Gorakhpur Airport (Q970413) on Wikidata Gorakhpur Airport on Wikipedia

By train[edit]

Gorakhpur railway station is connected to all major cities of India. It is the headquarters of North Eastern Railway. Direct trains connect Gorakhpur to Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi and other cities. It has one of the longest train platforms in the world.

  • 2 Gorakhpur Junction railway station. With a platform 1.36 kilometres (0.85 mi) long, this station has one of the longest platforms in the world. Gorakhpur Junction railway station (Q12424650) on Wikidata Gorakhpur Junction railway station on Wikipedia
  • 3 Gorakhpur Cantonment railway station. Gorakhpur Cantonment railway station (Q18619210) on Wikidata Gorakhpur Cantonment railway station on Wikipedia

By car[edit]

A road in Gorakhpur

Gorakhpur falls on NH 28 and 29. The roadways network connects Gorakhpur to the cities of Uttar Pradesh and to other cities of India. Some important distances are: Lucknow 276 km, Varanasi 231 km, Allahabad 339 km, Agra 624 km, Delhi 783 km and Mumbai 1690 km.

On the basin of the Rapti and Rohini Rivers, Gorakhpur City has the geographical shape of a bowl. The west of the city is guarded by the cool Rapti river, while the east is associated with Sal Forest. The south has the greenish lake of Ramgarh Tal, while the north is the plinth of city's advancement.

Gorakhpur city is the headquarters of North Eastern Railways. You can travel to any corner of India from here. It also has an airport for domestic travel and connects with every major city in India. The city boasts of an army cantonment and an air base. All this gives a cosmopolitan feel to the city. The world-famous publication house of Gita Press adds an intellectual and religious touch to Gorakhpur.

The following taxi services operate in Gorakhpur:

Get around[edit]

Cycle rickshaw, a three-wheeled, human-powered cycle, is the major mode of transport in the city. The charges are nominal and can be bargained. Usually a ride of 1-2 km would cost around ₹15. City buses are available for some important routes of city.

Auto rickshaws are easily available for traveling to some parts in the city.

See[edit]

  • Aroyga Mandir.
  • 1 Chauri Chaura Shaheed Smarak.
  • 2 Ram Garh Tal (Lake Ramgarh Taal). Ramgarh Tal Lake (Q7289502) on Wikidata Ramgarh Tal Lake on Wikipedia
  • 3 Vishnu Mandir.
  • 4 Vir Bahadur Singh Planetarium, Rail Vihar Colony Phase 3rd, Taramandal. A good place to spark children's interest in astronomy and physics. The planetarium runs 45-minute long shows at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm daily. ₹25 for entry. Vir Bahadur Singh Planetarium, Gorakhpur (Q85813275) on Wikidata Vir Bahadur Singh Planetarium, Gorakhpur on Wikipedia
  • 5 Gorakhpur Zoo, Buddha Vihar Rd, Rail Vihar Colony Phase 3rd, Phase 3rd. The second largest zoo in the state with several big cats, deer, monkeys, bears, reptiles, birds and fish in the aquarium section. Shaheed Ashfaq Ullah Khan Prani Udyan (Q59587500) on Wikidata Gorakhpur Zoo on Wikipedia

Temples[edit]

  • 6 Gita Vatika (Radha Krishna Mandir), Gita Vatika. Beautiful temple of Lord Krishna and Radha
  • 7 Gorakhnath Temple (Gorakhnath Math). A temple named after Yogi Gorakhnath Gorakhnath Math (Q5584394) on Wikidata Gorakhnath Math on Wikipedia
  • Budhiya Mai Temple (15 km from railway station).

Museums[edit]

  • 8 Lord Buddha Museum (near Ram Garh Tal). till 4:30PM. Nice and quiet place to visit.
  • 9 Railway Museum. There are the lots of collections related Indian railway and Gorakhpur railway station.. The Rail museum is also a very good picnic place.

Do[edit]

  • See all the Hindi movies in the town, best theaters are Raj, Jubilee, Vijay Picture Palace, here air conditioning is good.
  • Hire a cycle-rickshaw and travel around slow all around the town. In some places it is better to travel on foot.
  • 1 Taramandal. You can go Taramandal for boating
  • 2 Ambedkar Park.
  • 3 Neer Nikunj Water Park, Buddha Vihar Rd Phase 3, Taramandal (near Rail Vihar Colony), +91 92352 51491. Daily 10AM-8PM. The only water park in Gorakhpur, it has a number of water slides, pools, wave pools and a few non-water related amusement rides like a merry-go-round and ferris wheel. ₹650 pp from Monday to Saturday and ₹750 pp on Sunday.

Buy[edit]

Item selection here is similar to that of other large Indian cities.

  • Terracota items. Terracotta trinkets (decorative things made of muddy soil) are made here.
  • 1 SRS City Mall, 6 Civil Lines (on Park Road (near Hotel Ganesh)), +91 93364 81461. This mall has a movie theatre with 3 screens.
  • Baldev Plaza (in Golghar). The oldest shopping mall in town. It has several shops, especially for jewellery and gifts.
  • Golghar (in the centre of the city). Sells personal items
  • Gita Press (Geeta Press). The world's largest publisher of Hindu religious texts is based in Gorakhpur. Gita Press (Q2722580) on Wikidata Gita Press on Wikipedia
  • Orion Mall, Mohaddipur. Shopping mall with clothing and footwear stores, a game zone arcade, food court and cinema.

Eat[edit]

Gorakhpur has fairly good restaurants and eating joints. Apart from the star category hotels there are many restaurants in the city.

  • Bobi's Restaurant, Golghar (main market of the city), +91 551-2332233. 10AM-11PM. Serves from continental to Chinese to Mughal to Indian to what-not. In-house bakery serving delicacies, cakes and pastries. Party halls and an ice cream parlour . Affordable.
  • 10 Park Street, Cafe & Kitchen, +91 551-2200037, +91 8355010101, +91 8874778999. serving Indian, Oriental and Continental cuisines.
  • Choudhry Hotel (Vijay Chowk near Golghar/City Mall on Park Road). Good and clean Indian food. Agreeable service with reasonable rates. Can get everything from typical Punjabi dishes to South Indian with variety of sweets.
  • Hotel Ganesh, Park Road near Golghar. Good and clean Indian food. South Indian dishes like Dosa, Masal Dosa, and Idly Sambar are available here at reasonable rate.
  • Tandoor Food - Take away, Cinem Road near Golghar. Most famous food joint in the city specializing in Mughlai non-vegetarian foods like authentic biryani, kababs, tandoori chicken. The prices are reasonable and the quality is great. Open for dinner only. A busy place.

Drink[edit]

Bar facilities are available in some hotels.

  • Hotel Ganges.
  • Mahraja restaurant, Nakhas Chowk, Gorakhpur. Good non-veg food in city, delicious taste of Lucknowi food.
  • Mughal Bar (Hotel Bobina).

Sleep[edit]

There are local hotels near the train station, and you can use the "retiring rooms" of the station if you have a valid ticket, but because this is a very busy station, rooms may not be available.

  • Hotel Awadh. In centre of the city.
  • Hotel Bobina, Tarang Crossing, Nepal Road, +91 63868 93056. The oldest hotel in town. It also has a swimming pool.
  • Hotel Kabeer (near Venus Compound), +91 9415080610. Modest place to sleep and food quality is good.
  • 1 Hotel Clarks Grand (होटल क्लार्क्स इन ग्रैंड), 6 Park Rd, +91 551 220 5015. Upscale hotel.
  • 2 Hotel Park Regency, 10 Park Road, Golghar, +91 551 220 4967. All rooms are air-conditioned and have Wi-Fi.
  • Hotel President, Gol Ghar.
  • 3 Shivoy Hotel, Town Hall Rd, Golghar, +91 551 233 8448. Free WiFi and free breakfast. Has a restaurant which serves both Indian and Chinese.

Connect[edit]

As of March 2022, Gorakhpur has a well-established 4G network but does not yet have 5G. Carriers with good signals in the city include Airtel, Jio and Vodafone Idea.

Go next[edit]

  • Sonauli — the busiest border town to go to Nepal (Bhairhawa is the small Nepali town) Very frequent buses will need 3 hours to link Gorakhpur with Sonauli. The UP Government buses will charge you ₹112. The trip from the border to Gorakhpur can be as cheap as 100INR by using private buses. Taxis (and shared ones too) should be available.
  • Kapilvastu — I n ancient times the capital of the Shakya Kingdom, of which the Buddha was part of the royal family
  • Kushinagar — This is the place where the Buddha died.
  • Lumbini (Nepal) — Birthplace of the Buddha. Go by the Sonauli route.
  • Maghar — This is the place where Saint Kabir saheb is believed by his followers to have left this mortal world. Hindus and Muslims made two Memorials of Saint Kabir here just 100 metres away from each other.


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