Situated about 250 kms from Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh Gorakhpur was an integral part of the Mauryan, Shunga, Kushana, and Gupta empires. The city takes its name from saint Gorakshnath. An important centre of Eastern UP, Gorakhpur is also the headquarters of the north east railway and the main gateway to Kushinagar, Kapilavastu, and Nepal.
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Tourists places in and around Gorakhpur
Perhaps Gorakhpur’s main claim to fame is the Gorakhpur Press that publishes the sacred Bhagvad Geeta. The city, like other cities and towns in India, has its share of temples including the Arogya Mandir, which offers a range of nature-based therapies for a healthy life. The Gorakhpur Temple is one of the most prominent and magnificent temples of this area. In terms of natural attractions, Gorakhpur boasts the Ramgarh Tal, or lake spread over 700 hectares, and the Kushmi Forest, primarily Sal and Sequoia trees. Gorakhpur is also home to the Veer Bahadur Singh Planetarium and the Imambara, a Dargah belonging to a 17th century Sufi saint.
The ideal time to visit Gorakhpur is between November and March.
Gorakhpur can be reached by air, rail and road.