Named after the great saint Gorakhnath, Gorakhpur once was a part of the sixteen states of Koshal Kingdom in the 6th century BC. This age-old city has been witness to some of the significant historical and religious moments such as 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 this, 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 of the prominent names from history and present times that includes Urdu poet Firaq Gorakhpuri, great Hindi poet Prem Chand along with Bollywood celebrities such as Saurabh Shukla, Jimmy Shergill and Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap among others.
Best time to visit: You can visit Gorakhpur after the monsoon, from October to December and in February as well.
How to reach
By Air: Mahayogi Gorakhnath Airport or Gorakhpur Airport is located 8km away from the city. IndiGo now operates daily non-stop flights between Gorakhpur and Delhi with seamless connections to many other cities in India.
By Train: Gorakhpur Junction Railway Station makes the city connected 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 rest of the country. It is also well-connected to Nepal via a vast network of deluxe, semi-deluxe and luxury buses.
Getting Around: City buses, auto-rickshaws, cycle-rickshaws and rental cars are the favoured means of transportation to travel around the city.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gorakhpur’s terracotta sculptures are among the top most things to buy from the city. Terracotta is a traditional form of art that exists in India from over centuries. The artisans only use bare hands and natural colours to make over 1000 varieties of terracotta sculptures. The most prominent ones being the Mahawatdar horse, Hauda elephants, Five-faced Ganesha, camel lamp among others. They are suitable for home decor purpose or even for gifting. The other things to shop from Gorakhpur include handloom products like curtains, bed-linens, pillow-covers, table tops and towels. These are readily available in the city’s major shopping areas. Also, don’t forget to buy some religious books from world’s largest Hindu religious book publisher, Gita press. The best places to explore for shopping are Gita Press market, Buxipur, Baldev Tower and Rapti Complex. Besides, don't forget to visit the city’s some of the very old markets like Ali Nagar, Ghantaghar and Golghar.
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.
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 life here and started his journey towards humanity resulting into the birth of Buddhism – one of the greatest religions of the world.