In Uttar Pradesh lies the district of Kushinagar, one of the holiest places for Buddhists in India, with a cultural heritage known by all. Lord Buddha delivered his last sermon here around 543 B.C. It has become an international Buddhist pilgrimage centre and devotees from all over the world come here.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels here, considering its prominence for Buddhists and the influx of tourists. There is the Lotus Nikko Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 6000 for single room), the Royal Residency (Tariff – Rs. 6000 for single room) and Rashi Pathik Niwas (Tariff – Rs. 1500).
The official languages are Hindi, English and Bhojpuri.
Many festivals are celebrated in Kushinagar. Some of them are Buddha Jayanti, the seed sowing festival or Asarh Poornima and the Bhejabindha festival which showcases cock fights.
Places of Interest
One can visit Parnivana Stupa, Parnivana Temple and Kushinagar Museum. There is also the Japanese Temple and the Meditation Park that one can visit.
How to Get There
Varanasi Airport is the closest to Kushinagar, around 227 km away.
The Gorakhpur Railway Station is closest to Kushinagar and it is an important station of Uttar Pradesh. Major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, etc. are connected by trains running from this station. It is 53 km east of Gorakhpur.
Kushinagar is well-connected with regular bus services. The nearest bus stop is 46 km away, which is the Bagaha 2 Bus Stand. It is easy to get a discount on bus booking by logging on to several online bus booking websites.