Gorakhpur is situated on the eastern part of the state of Uttar Pradesh, close to the border with Nepal. It is often referred to as the Gateway to the exotic and beautiful terrain of Nepal as the border with Nepal is around 80 km from the city centre. Frequent buses are available from Gorakhpur to the Nepal border at Sonauli. Majority of tourists traveling from India to Nepal overland have to take this route.
Gorakhpur is famous as a religious and cultural centre as the city is home to a number of sacred sites associated with Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism and Sikhism. The city got its name from the famous medieval saint, Gorakshanath and Gorakhnath temple is still the seat of the Nath sect.
Gorakhpur has a number of sights of religious and cultural importance. Some of the more famous ones are:
The surroundings of Gorakhpur are rich in cultural and historical sights. Some of the places which are worth visiting and are close to Gorakhpur are:
Gorakhpur has a climate which is typical of most parts of North India. Summers are hot (April to June) with temperature exceeding 40 degree C on many occasions. Rainfall is heavy from July to September and the winter season (November to February) experience moderate temperature. The best time to visit Gorakhpur is during the winter season (Nov-Feb) when the temperature is moderate and there is hardly any rain.
Gorakhpur has an airport which is situated 6kms from the city centre. There are only few flights available presently to Delhi and Kolkata, which may go up considering the strategic location of Gorakhpur and being an excellent base for exploring the sacred Buddhist sites and also serving as a Gateway to Nepal.
Gorakhpur is well connected by rail network to rest of India. Direct trains are available for most of the major cities of India. The railway station at Gorakhpur is a huge and modern one with the entire range of passenger amenities available. Indian Railways operates the rail network in India.
State Transport buses are available to other cities of the state but the journey can be tiring and time consuming.
Unfortunately the public transport is not yet developed in the city. Metro, trams and city buses are still at planning stage. The most common mode of transport in the city is the cycle rickshaw, though auto rickshaw and taxis are increasingly being used now.
Cyber cafes are available in most parts of the cities. STD/ISD booths for making domestic and international calls can easily be found in all corners of Gorakhpur
See also International Telephone Calls
India Post is the national postal service of India, and on their website you find details about prices to send postcards, letters and parcels, both domestically and internationally. For most postcards to send internationally, it is better to visit the post office before writing on the card as you may need quite a few stamps. Parcels must be taken to a tailor, he will then sew it up in white linen. Make sure he seals it with red wax, otherwise the post office may refuse to send it or try to get you to pay them to do it. Sewing up a parcel should only cost 50rs to 200rs. In general, post offices are open from 10:00am to 1:00pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm in most bigger towns and cities, though there are regional variations and some might keep longer hours or be open during (part of) the weekend as well. Ask around.
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