Situated on the Uttar Pradesh-Bihar border, Ghazipur is a city with its roots in the Vedic era and much later in Lord Buddha’s sermons. Ghazipur gets its name from Ghazi Malik, one of the kings of the Tughlaq dynasty. Its earlier name was Gadhipuri or Ghadipur. The city is also famous for its folk dances of Dhobia and Purbi Nautanki.
Places to Stay
There are some reliable budget hotel options in Ghazipur. Some of them are Living Legend Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Shyam Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500).
The official language of the city is Hindi.
Dala Chhat and Mauni Baba Fair, both in the month of November, are important events. Other than that most Hindu and Muslim festivals are celebrated with great fanfare.
Places of Interest
Ghazipur Opium Factory is the largest legal medicinal opium producing factory in the world. Several monuments from the Mughal era like the Chihal Satun (Forty Pillars) Palace, Chit Nath Ghat, tomb of Lord Cornwallis and Parasuram Mandir are some interesting places in the city.
How to Get There
The Varanasi Airport, situated 70 kms away, is the closest one to Ghazipur.
Ghazipur is well connected by rail to important cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Amritsar and Chennai. Ghazipur City Railway Station, about 3.5 kms away from city centre, is the most important station here.
Verma Travels, Balaji Tours and Travels and Vijay Travels are some reliable private operators offering fast and on-time service out of the Ghazipur Bus Stand, situated around 26 kms away from city centre. Log on to bus ticket online booking sites like Ticketgoose and book your tickets without any hassle.