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Gorakhpur (India)

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  • Place or Religious Monument
  • Handicraft
  • Off the beaten track
2 / 5 - One review
How to get there
200km by bus from Varanasi
When to go
From October to May
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Gorakhpur

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200 written opinions

Gorakhpur is a town in Uttar Pradesh and sits on the banks of River Rapti, a tributary of the Ganges.

My suggestion:
Gorakhpur is home to a flourishing ceramics industry. It's filled with potteries as well as terracotta sculptures and ceramics, most of which draw inspiration from events or religious figures. I recommend that you visit a workshop whilst you're there.
My review

When you exit the railway station you may think that Gorakhpur isn't a town worth hanging around in. Most of the time visitors just pass through on their way to Nepal, whose border is a bit further north.

Even so, this town has a number of interesting things to do that will make you want to stay for a few days during your travels in India. Gorakhpur is an influential religious center for Buddhists and Hindhus. You'll find a wide range of temples dedicated to both religions, the most famous of which is the Gorakshnath Temple, from which the town gets its name. The complex covers more than 5 hectares, in the center of which sits a beautiful white monument. Take the time to visit this temple, it's worth a detour.

Section of the Gorakshnath Temple