Gorakhpur Tourism

Gorakhpur Tourism

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Gorakhpur Info

  • State: Uttar Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 69 m
  • Pincode: 273001
  • District: Gorakhpur
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 0551
  • Weather: Summer 21 to 40°C, Winter 10 to 26°C

History of Gorakhpur

The city of Gorakhpur is located in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh at a distance of 90 km from the Nepal border. Gorakhpur, famous for its blend of cultural past and modern present, is a popular religious destination for Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism and Jainism.Geologically, the bowl shaped Gorakhpur city is situated along the river basins of River Rapti and River Rohini. Gorakhpur is bordered by River Rapti on its west, by dense sal forests in its east and by Ramgarh Tal in the south. The north border of the Gorakhpur is constituted by the booming industrial area of the city. Gorakhpur and surrounding areas are rich in cultural heritage as they were important centres of the Aryan civilisation.

The ancient city of Gorakhpur was an integral territory of the Kosala kingdom of Lord Rama during the Vedic period. As per Vedic scriptures, Gorakhpur was initially ruled by the Ikshvaku dynasty. Later, it became a part of Shishunaga, Nanda, Mauryan, Shunga, Kushana and Gupta dynasties. Gorakhpur was a part of the 16 Mahajanapadas before the time of Buddha. Gorakhpur was also the abode of Lord Buddha, who renounced worldly pleasures at the confluence of rivers Rapti and Rohini in 400 BC.

The region is also associated with Lord Mahavir, the 24th tirthankar and the founder of Jainism.Gorakhpur came under the rule of Mohammad Ghori in the 12th century. It shot to fame in the 12th century when the Hindu ascetic and the disciple of Yogi Matsyendranath, Saint Gorakhnath, started advocating Nath Sampradaya. The city derived its name from the Gorakhnath Temple, constructed at the location where the saint used to preach Hatha Yoga. Later, the place was conquered by Turkish rulers, Qutub ud din Aibek and Bahadur Shah.Gorakhpur is also associated with the famous poet and philosopher Kabir, who composed and propagated most of his couplets at this place. Gorakhpur again rose to prominence in the early 20th century, when Gandhiji withdrew the Non-Cooperation Movement due to the act of violence at Chauri Chaura of Gorakhpur. Gorakhpur is the place where Gita Press is located, which compiles and publishes ancient Hindu scriptures and other religious books.

People and Culture of Gorakhpur

Gorakhpur is famous for being the converging point of different religions. The city is also famous for its art, music and dance shows and festivals. Chauri Chaura, Kushinagar, Kapilavastu, Lumbini, etc. are some popular excursion destinations around Gorakhpur.The headquarters of North East Railways, the city can be easily accessed by road and rail. The vicinity of Lucknow, Kushinagar and Kapilavastu makes it a popular tourist destination.Another popular tourist attraction of Gorakhpur is the month-long Tarkulha Mela organised at the Tarkulha Devi Temple. Beginning on April 1, 2012, the festival is organised to celebrate Chaitra Ram Navami. The temple where the event is held is associated with Bandhu Singh, a freedom fighter. To celebrate the occasion, special prayers and pujas are held at the temple.

Gorakhpur is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Varanasi and Allahabad.

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Sarabjit singh

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  • Sarabjit singh
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  7 readers


  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
City is disappointing except for cm mr yogis temple. Open drains, stagnant water, garbage all around, mosquitoes, unruly traffic, unregulated parking, poor hotel accommodation.
I thought with mr yogi being mp for last many terms, Gorakhpur would stand out as a model UP city but no way.
Metro has been sanctioned but will it be commercially viable, doubtful.
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Ankit Kumar

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  • Ankit Kumar
  • Lives in Gorakhpur
  • 1 Review
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  34 readers

"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 11, 2017
Long station of world in Gorakhpur of utter pradesh of india
Beautifully station.
Old maker's.
Ruler law.
Not confused.
And many rule of Gorakhpur railway station.
Many hotels out door of railway station.
So many cool filling.
Near about airport of Gorakhpur
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Murali Macha

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  • Murali Macha
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  43 readers

"Most reliable tour operator"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 5, 2017
Ganapati tour and travels, Gorakhpur is very well coordinated tour operator. Recenlty we have visited Nepal through this operator. Nicely arranged. Driver and Vehicle also are in good condition. Most reliable tour operator. Driver Pavan is very trained and drove all the ghat roads in Nepal very well. Mr. Sanjay and his friends are responded for all my queries.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 232 Reviews
  •  515 helpful votes
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"Must visit destination"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jan 16, 2017
I had been to Gorakhpur by train in the month of December 2016. Gorakhpur is a must-visit destination in the tourism circuit of Uttar Pradesh. The must-visit attractions around Gorakhpur include the Gorakhnath Temple, Gita Press and the Arogya Mandir. The Gorakhnath Temple is spread over an area measuring 52 acres. The city of Gorakhpur is named after an old saint called as Guru Gorakhnath. Gorakhpur is an important administrative and industrial center of Uttar Pradesh. Many monasteries and mosques about this city of Gorakhpur. The Gita press is the world's largest publisher of Religious texts. It has published the Bhagavad Gita and the Ramayana. It is a unit of Gobind Bhawan Karyalaya and has as its collection around 3500 manuscripts and around 100 interpretations of the Bhagavad Gita. The Arogya Mandir is famous for its body and mind therapies and is a renowned therapeutic centers in Gorakhpur.
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Meenaa Kumari

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  • Meenaa Kumari
  • Lives in Gorakhpur
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  319 readers

"Great place to enjoy"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 21, 2016
Have lots of fun very enjoying place feel energetic while on your weekends and can have long drive its very near to Buddha museums have fun you can also take view of museum too so its very entertainment and can enjoy lot have fun their and masti full.
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Prashant Rai

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  • Prashant Rai
  • 1 Review
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"Nice one"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 19, 2016
At The Heart Of Lowcountry Style, Culture and Cuisine.
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Discover a hotel that defines a new dimension of luxury.
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Everything except excess.
Feel the Hyatt Touch.
Fifty Hotels. Twenty-Two Countries. One Philosophy.
Find your Freedom!
Five-star quality in a hotel of four stars.
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Great Location, Service and Stay.
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Holiday Inn. The Inn Keeper.
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Lady's First. Where lady's at her best.
Live like a King.
Pleasing people the world over.
Ramada. A very good place to be.
Relax, it's Holiday Inn.
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Saurabh  Singh

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  • Saurabh Singh
  • Lives in Gorakhpur
  • 1 Review
  •  487 readers

"Popular place, best of destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 27, 2016
Gorakhpur is a good place to visit and everything is available here for our convenience. Not only I but many people also like it. There are many glamourous park is here. There are many hospitals. Religious place are also available in Gorakhpur. So as my experience Gorakhpur is better place.
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Abhijeet Gupta

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  • Abhijeet Gupta
  • Lives in Gorakhpur
  • 1 Review
  •  540 readers

"Gorakhpur, awesome city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 31, 2016
Nice very & a beautiful city. Gorakhpur also known as Gorakhnagari city, large station in whole world. Super place & geeta press is also famous there. Dashing city & there are more collage in city for all type student. Baba raghawdas medical collage is seen in gorakhpur. More mall in Gorakhpur city for all type customer.
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Sheikh Hasim

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  • Sheikh Hasim
  • Lives in Gorakhpur
  • 1 Review
  •  535 readers

"An amazing visit to Gorakhnath temple"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 24, 2016
I have visited Tarmandal park. It is very beautiful place and suitable for peace of mind. After that I have visited Gorakshnath mandir. I have seen many people praying there. The temple dedicated to baba shri Gorakhnath is a place where one can find ultimate peace. The temple is marvellous and very well maintained. There is a small lake for boating inside the temple premises. The temple premises also has a market where tourists can buy a lot of memories to take home. The Gorakh pur district takes its name from Gorakhnath, who was a saint of the 'Nath Sampradaya'. A famous shrine called Gorakhnath Nath was built in his honour at the location where he practised his austerities. Must visit place for Gorakhpur city.
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Utkarsh Singh

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  • Utkarsh Singh
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  854 readers

"Enjoyable experience in Gorakhpur"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Dec 19, 2015
Gorakhpur city is quite nice. Its quite nice travelling here.. There are beautiful places all across the city. Its has college and all necessary hospitality facility available in near by place. And there is garden much beautiful and also some interesting mode of transport which is not mostly found in other city like cycle riskha, horse ride, bullock cart. The best part of Gorakhpur is that all hotels are lined up just in-front of the railway station and so it becomes easy to locate the hotels.

I visited here a month ago and believe me guys this place is wonderful. I had spent very good time here with my family members. Very nice place to stay. Gorakhnath temple is very famous temple. Very peaceful environment in the temple. You can sit there and relax for whatever time you want. It is very spacious. Gita press is very known place and traditional and cultural printing. Its publication is country wide famous and one must go there and purchase Kalyan magazine, one of the best magazines published by Geeta press.

The environment within the city is average. It is very over crowded. Also little bit risky to travel at night for new people. One mall is also there from where you can purchase branded items. Use rickshaw to go from one place to another which gives you quite good experience of UP culture and also to look at the city from all view points. The Bodh Gaya and Kushinagar is near the Gorakhpur which is famous for the Buddha temple.. Over all it is a nice and cheap city which will surely delight you all.
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