Gorakhpur is a city that is close to the India-Nepal border. It is located in Uttar Pradesh and is the administrative centre of the district by the same name. It is located 270 km away from the state capital of Lucknow. Home to various historical Buddhist sites, Gorakhpur is a major religious centre. The name of this city is derived from the ascetic saint Guru Gorakshnath, who popularised a form of yoga known as Hath Yoga.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Gorakhpur. Some of them are The Grand (Tariff – Rs. 4500), Hotel President (Tariff – Rs. 1500) Hotel Ganges Gorakhpur (Tariff – Rs. 1400) and Royal Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1350).
The official language of Gorakhpur is Hindi. Urdu and Bhojpuri are also spoken here.
Important festivals celebrated in Gorakhpur include Ram Navmi (March-April each year) and Muharram (November-December each year).
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Gorakhpur. Some of the places include Gorakhnath Temple, Leela Chitra Mandir, Suraj Kund, Vishnu Mandir, Rail Museum, Ramgarh Tal Lake and Bakhira Sanctuary (44 km from Gorakhpur).
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Gorakhpur is the Gorakhpur Airport. It is located about 8 km away.
The city’s railway station serves as the headquarters of the North Eastern Railway. Direct trains connect major cities in India including Mumbai, Delhi, Agra, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Pune, Kolkata and Lucknow.
There are daily bus services to Lucknow, Varanasi (199 km from Gorakhpur), Kanpur (355 km), Patna (288 km) and Kathmandu, Nepal (352 km). Royal Travels, UPSRTC and New Shatabdi Bus Service are reliable bus operators in this region. In case you don’t have the time and energy to stand in bus counters, booking bus tickets online will help.
Siituated on the banks of the river Yamuna of , Agra is the most popular destination in India. This city which was built during 1475 had existed during Mahabharat period and Mahirshi Angira in 1000 BC. Interstingly the city came into prominence only during the Mughal period. Agra always attracts large number of tourists for the beauty of the Mughal architecture most notably is one of the Seven Wonders of the World - Taj Mahal. This place is stunning to view at night for the multi-colored lighting.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Agra. Some of them are Hotel Raj Bed & Breakfast (Tariff – Rs.800), Grand Hotel Agra (Tariff – Rs.1,500), Bhoomi Residency (Tariff – Rs.1800) and Dolphin Inn (Tariff –1600).
The official language of Agra is Hindi. The other language known is Urdu.
The Important Festivals of Agra is Adoor Gajamel (February).
Places to Visit
There are several places of tourist attraction in Agra. Some of the places include Tāj Mahal (12kms from Adilabad) , Agra Fort (5.2 kms from Agra) Fatehpūr Sikrī, (30 kms from Agra) I'timād-Ud-Daulah ( 9 kms from Agra) Akbar's Tomb, Sikandra (12 kms from Agra) and Mankameshwar Temple(12 kms from Agra).
How to Get There
The Agra airport is located 12.5 away from the heart of the city.
There are regular express trains to New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Pune, Bhopal, Indore, Kochi, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Jaipur, Lucknow, Thiruvananthapuram etc.
There are regular buses connecting to major cities in North India. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Hans Travels, Royal Travels and Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation(RSRTC). When you buy your tickets online look out for bus ticket booking offers.