Gorakhpur

About Gorakhpur

Gorakhpur (Hindi: गोरखपुर, Urdu: گۋڙکھ پور) is a city of 675,000 people in Uttar Pradesh, India. It is a way station on a popular overland route from India to Nepal. It is the city of great shaayar (“फिराक गोरखपुरी”).

Gorakhpur is a city in the eastern part of the state of Uttar Pradesh in India, near the border with Nepal. 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 Gorakshanath. 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.

Geography

Gorakhpur is one of the most flood-prone districts in Eastern Uttar Pradesh. Data over the past 100 years show a considerable increase in the intensity and frequency of floods, with extreme events occurring every three to four years. Roughly 20% of the population is affected by floods, which are an annual occurrence in some areas, causing huge loss of life, health and livelihoods for the poor inhabitants, as well as damage to public and private property.

Research from the Climate and Development Knowledge shows that measures are in place to mitigate disaster risk in the form of the Gorakhpur District Disaster Management Plan. However, this plan focuses on how agencies can co-ordinate following floods and lacks a systematic approach to identifying weather-related hazards and vulnerability.

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How to Get There

By plane

Daily Jet airways flight at 1:30PM from New Delhi to Gorakhpur (excluding weekends)
By train

Gorakhpur railway station connects to all major cities of India. It is the headquarter of North Eastern Railway. Direct trains connect it to Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi and other cities.

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.

Situated on the basin of rivers Rapti and Rohini the geographical shape of the Gorakhpur City is of bowl. The west of the city is guarded by cool Rapti river while the east is associated with excel Sal Forest, giving the divine sense of peace with cool breeze every moment. The south is showered with the power of excellence, in shape of greenish Ramgarh Tal and north is the plinth of city’s advancement.

Gorakhpur city has a university, a medical college, six engineering colleges, two pharmacy collages, two Management collages, one Dental collage and many post graduate and degree colleges. It is also the head quarters of North Eastern Railways. You can travel to any corner of India from here. No mean an achievement considering the size of the city. 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, gave a cosmopolitan touch to the city. The world famous publication house of Gita Press gives an intellectual and religious touch to the city.

Direct Trains from all major Stations in India. Roadways (UP Government Bus) connectivity to major cities within the State, Nepal and Delhi. Flight to-from Lucknow, Varanasi and Delhi. Not reliable though as operators frequently stop / start operating on this route due commercial reasons. The airport is dedicated military airbase.

Get around

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 Rs15. City bus are available for some important routes of city.

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

Taxicabs can also be hired for a fixed time duration as desired by the user.

Sightseeing

Ambedkar Park.

Aroyga Mandir.

Budiya Mai Temple (15 km from railway station).

2 Chauri Chaura Shaheed Smarak.

3 Gita Vatika (Radha Krishna Mandir), Gita Vatika. Beautiful temple of Lord Krishna and Radha

Gita Press.

4 Gorakhnath Temple.

5 Lord Buddha Museum (Bhuddha Museum) (near Ram Garh Tal). Nice and quiet place to visit. Opened till 4:30PM.

6 Railway Museum.

7 Ram Garh Tal (Lake Ramgarh Taal).

8 Taramandal.

9 Vishnu Mandir.

Best Time to Visit

On the Eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, lies a religious city of Gorakhpur. It is on the banks of Rapti River, bordering Nepal. It is home to several historic temples and other Buddhist sites, and among them stands out the famous Gorakhnath Temple. Gorakhpur is known for the diversity in culture and religion at the same place and embracing it. Visit the city to enjoy the combination of various view points. The climate is similar to the rest of the state, with hot summer and chilly winters. The best time to visit and enjoy the trip to Gorakhpur is after the monsoon, from October to December and the month of February.

Do

See all the Hindi movies in the town, best theaters are Raj, Jubilee, Vijay Picture Palace, here air conditioning is good.

Baldev Plaza is the oldest shopping mall, located in Golghar, and has several shops, especially for jewellery and gifts.

A new shopping Mall (SRS,Sabhi Rahe Saath) on the Park Road (near Hotel Ganesh). This mall is with 3 movie screens.

Hire a cycle-rickshaw and travel around slow all around the town and in some places it is better to travel on foot.

Rail museum is also a very good picnic place.

You can go Taramandal for Boat riding.

Buy

All things are available as in big cities; but, the best attraction of this city is terracota material (decorative things made of muddy soil).

For your personal needs, the best place is Golghar which situated in the centre of the city.

Religious books may be bought from Gita Press.

Eat

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

Bobi’s Restaurant, Golghar, ☎ +91 551-2332233. 10PM-11PM. A must have in fine dining restaurant.Has been catering to people since 1963.It serves from continental to Chinese to mughlai to Indian to what-not.In house bakery serving delicacies.cakes and pastries are a must try.Party halls and an ice cream parlour add to the restaurant’s area which is in the main market of the city. affordable. edit

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. Comparable to Haldriram’s of NCR.

Hotel Ganesh, Park Road near Golghar. Good and Clean Indian food.Cheapest hotels can be seen just outside the train station itself. South Indian dishes like Dosa, Masal Dosa, Idly Sambar etc. 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 and a must eat place while in the city.

Drink

Bar facilities available in some of hotels.

Hotel Ganges.

Mahraja restaurant, Nakhas Chowk, Gorakhpur. good non veg food in city, delicious taste of lucknowi food

Mughal Bar (Hotel Bobina).

Sleep

Hotel Awadh. in centre of the city ,a true home away from home

Hotel Bobina, Tarang Crossing. Oldest hotel of town, also has a swimming pool. Personal best.

Hotel Kabeer (Near Venus Compound), ☎ +91 9415080610. Modest place to sleep and food quality is good. Chinese restaurant of the hotel has been closed down recently

Hotel Clarks Inn, Park Road. Very expensive.

Hotel Park Regency, Park Road. Medium

Hotel President, Gol Ghar.

Hotel Shivoy, Town Hall. Medium

Go next

Bhairahwa — one of the entry points to Nepal from India, is the last border town in Nepal which is about 4 KM from Sonauli, the Indian border town. There are frequent buses( 3 hrs. ) to Sonauli from Gorakhpur or taxis can be hired( 2 – 2 1/2 hrs. ).There are shared taxis too.

Kapilvastu — Capital of Lord Buddha

Kushinagar — This is the place were Lord Buddha died.

Lumbini (Nepal) — Birth Place of Lord Buddha. Go by Sonauli route.

Maghar — This is the place were sant Kabir died.