Gorakhpur is situated 265 Km. east of Lucknow on National Highway-28. An important centre of Eastern U.P., Gorakhpur has been an integral part of the erstwhile Empires of Mauryan, Shunga, Kushana and Gupta dynasties. Gorakhpur is named after saint "Gorakshnath", who is said to be an eminent propounder saint of "Nath Sampradaya". Gorakhpur is the H.Q. of N.E. Railway and the main terminus for Kushinagar, Kapilavastu and Nepal. Area 3321 Sq. Km. Population 37.7 Lakh (2001 census) Winter season Nov. to March Summer season April to June Rainy season July to Sept. Winter clothing Woolens Summer clothing Cottons Average Rainfall 12.1 mm. Average Min. Temp 4.90 C Average Max. Temp 44.20 C Language Hindi & English Handicrafts Handloom, Textiles & Terracotta. STD Code 0551 Local Transport Rickshaw/Tonga/Tempo/Taxi/Auto-rickshaw and City Buses are available for local transport. Festival/Fairs "Makar Sankranti :- Mela," 14h January at Gorakhnath Temple every year.
GORAKHNATH TEMPLE : 4 Km. from Gorakhpur Jn. Rly. Station on Nepal Road. It is one of the most prominent and magnificent temples of this area. A one month-long "Makar Sankranti Mela" is organised here every year commencing on 14th January. Several lakhs of pilgrims and tourists visit the temple during the Mela. VISHNU TEMPLE : 3 Km. from Rly. Station on Medical College Road, it has a full-size status of Lord Vishnu made of Kasauti (Black) stone. It belongs to Pal dynasty of 12th Century A.D. This status was taken to Great Britain by the British rulers. But the Queen of Majhauli Raj fought a case in Privy Council of U.K. and regained the same. The traditional 'Ram Lila' is organised here every year on the occasion of 'Dusshera'. GITA PRESS : 4 km. from Rly. Station, it is situated at Reti Chowk. All 18 parts of "SHREE MADBHAGWAT GITA" is written on the marble-walls. Other wall-hangings and painting reveal the events of life of Lord Rama & Krishna. All sorts of hindu religious books and handloom-textiles are sold here on subsidised rates. KUSUMI VINOD VAN : 9 km. from Rly. Station, it is situated on NH-28, just ahead of Air Force station. A suitable place fro picnic. GEETA VATIKA : 3 km. from Rly. Station, it is situated on Pipraich road. There are enchanting statues of Radha-Krishna. RAMGARH TAL : 3 km. from Rly. Station, it is huge lake of 1700 acres. It is a good tourist place having a Water Sports Complex, Buddha Museum, Planetarium, Tourist Bungalow, Champa Vihar Park and Circuit House. RAIL MUSEUM : Near Rly. Station. WATER PARK : Champa Vihar Park, Ramgarh tal.