A Travel Guide to Gorakhpur

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Named after the great saint Gorakhnath, Gorakhpur was a part of the sixteen states of Koshal Kingdom in the 6th century BC. This ancient city has witnessed some of the significant historical and religious moments such as the Chauri Chaura Movement and Nath Hindu Monastic movement, a medieval period movement that combines the ideologies of Shaivism, Buddhism and Yoga traditions in India. Not just that, the city is home to the world's longest railway platform that stretches about 1.36 kilometres. And not many know that Gorakhpur has strong connections with some prominent names from history and present times. These include urdu poet Firaq Gorakhpuri, great Hindi poet Prem Chand, and Bollywood celebrities such as Saurabh Shukla, Jimmy Shergill, and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, among others.

Best time to visit Gorakhpur

You can visit Gorakhpur after the monsoon, from October to December. Another month you can visit the city is February, the weather remains pleasant.

Most spoken languages in Gorakhpur

  • Hindi
  • Bhojpuri

How to reach Gorakhpur

  • By air: You can book your flights to Gorakhpur and arrive at Mahayogi Gorakhnath Airport. It is located 8km away from the city. IndiGo operates daily non-stop flights between Gorakhpur and Delhi with seamless connections to many other cities in India.
  • By train: Gorakhpur Junction connect to all major parts of India through various trains, including Amarnath Express, Raptisagar Express, Gorakhdham Express, Kushinagar Express, amongst others.
  • By bus: Uttar Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) operated several buses, connecting Gorakhpur to the rest of the country. It is also well-connected to Nepal via a vast network of deluxe, semi-deluxe and luxury buses.

Getting around Gorakhpur

City buses, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws and rental cars are the favoured means of transportation to travel around the city.

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Places to visit in Gorakhpur

  • Gorakhnath Temple: This is the most famous temple in Gorakhpur and is dedicated to Guru Gorakhnath, a revered saint of the Nath tradition. The temple complex also includes a lake and various other smaller temples.
  • Ramgarh Tal: It is a beautiful lake located in the heart of Gorakhpur. The lake offers boating facilities and is a popular spot for picnics and leisure activities.
  • Kushmi Forest: Situated about 25 kilometers from Gorakhpur, Kushmi Forest is a dense and picturesque forest area. It is a perfect place for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The forest is home to various species of flora and fauna.
  • Imambara: Located near the famous Gorakhnath Temple, Imambara is a prominent Islamic architectural structure. It is a place of worship for the Muslim community and attracts devotees and tourists alike.
  • Railway Museum: Gorakhpur Railway Station houses a railway museum that showcases the heritage and history of Indian railways. The museum displays vintage locomotives, carriages, and other railway artifacts.
  • Neernikunj Water Park: Located on the outskirts of Gorakhpur, Neernikunj Water Park is a popular recreational spot. It offers various water rides, slides, and swimming pools, making it a favorite destination for families and friends.
  • Geeta Vatika: Geeta Vatika is a serene garden located near the Gorakhnath Temple. It features beautiful sculptures depicting scenes from the Hindu epic "Mahabharata" and is a peaceful place for relaxation and meditation.

Places to eat in Gorakhpur

Cinnamon Restaurant
Cinnamon Restaurant

The restaurant is among the top restaurants in the city to eat with the family. The place is a treat to the eyes due to its beautiful décor and stomach for its delicious Mughlai, Tandoori and Chinese cuisines. Don’t forget to try their desserts as well.

10 Park Street Cafe & Kitchen
10 Park Street Cafe & Kitchen

A trendy place with contemporary interiors, this place has introduced the real flavours of coffee in Gorakhpur. This is one of the best cafes in Gorakhpur that offer exotic dishes along with a wide array of other cuisines that includes Indian, Italian and Chinese.

The Yellow Chilli
The Yellow Chilli

With a wide range of menu that includes Punjabi, Mughlai and other regional cuisines as well, the Yellow Chilli is an ideal place to visit with your loved ones. Butter Chicken and Mutton Keema are must try for everyone here.

The Spicy Rasoi, Hussain Nagar
The Spicy Rasoi, Hussain Nagar

This place offers the best of Indian cuisine made with farm-fresh ingredients. Not only the food, but the Spicy Rasoi have the best of dining tableware as well as a clean atmosphere to prepare the food.


Shopping places in Gorakhpur

  • Magna Mall
  • City Mall
  • BKD Square
  • Orion Mall

Markets in Gorakhpur

  • Gorakhpur Market
  • Tibet Market

Where to stay in Gorakhpur


Royal Residency Hotel This hotel comprises of meeting and conference hall along with a banquet hall, multi-cuisine restaurant and caters to all kinds of business as well as personal needs.


Hotel Clarks Grand Sitting amidst lush green lawns in the heart of the city, Hotel Clarks Grand is a dream hotel to stay. The hotel is famous for its catering services and beautiful arrangements that it makes for different occasions.


Shivoy Hotel Modern and stylish is what defines Shivoy hotel. With 65 luxury suites and rooms that are aesthetically designed and planned according to the traveller’s needs and located close to the airport. This hotel is one of the highly preferred hotels for the business travellers.


Hotel Vivek The hotel boasts of a magnificent building and a vast area of 1 lakh square feet. It is considered to be the ideal address for a tourist and a business traveller due to its world-class services as well as convenient location and proximity with essential attractions in the city.

Nightlife in Gorakhpur

  • Oasis Bar & Bistro
  • The Lounge 18
  • Babel Sky Lounge & Cafe
  • High Bar

More reasons to visit Gorakhpur

As Gorakhpur's history is closely knitted with spirituality, thus a visit to Kushinagar and Kapilavastu is a must. These two places are considered to be significant sites in Buddhism. Kushinagar is a place where Buddhists believe that Lord Buddha attained nirvana after death.

There are several sites in and around Kushinagar, such as Ramabhar Stupa, Nirvana Stupa, Wat Thai temple, Tibbati Temple, Mahaparinirvana temple, Mathakur Shrine, along with several others.

If you are visiting Kushinagar, then you should also take a trip to Kapilavastu, which is another significant Buddhist pilgrimage. This place holds great importance as Lord Buddha spent his initial 29 years of living here and started his journey towards humanity, resulting in the birth of Buddhism – one of the greatest religions of the world.


Festivals in Gorakhpur

  • Makar Sankranti mela: The Makar Sankranti mela is the main festival of Goraknath temple and begins on the 14th of January each year. It marks the commencement of the zodiac sign Capricorn, also known as Makara Rashi, when the sun makes its transition. This festival is also considered as the first of the big bathing days, and at the start of this festival, devotees gather at holy rivers or have a bath at home while fasting.
  • Kihichari mela: The mela, also known as the Kihichari mela, lasts for an entire month. Occasionally, the mela also is graced by a visit from the king of Nepal. Kite flying is an essential part of this festival. Several shops to buy toys, sweets, jewellery, apparel, and many other things are set up at this fair. A large number of people of all age groups visit this mela every year.

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