Gorakhpur is a city located along the banks of Rapti river in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, with a population of 673,446. It is located near the Nepal border, 273 kilometres east of the state capital Lucknow. It is the administrative headquarters of Gorakhpur district and Gorakhpur division. The city is home to the Gorakhnath Math, a Gorakshanath temple

The name “Gorakhpur” comes from the Sanskrit Gorakshapuram, which means abode of Gorakshanath, a renowned ascetic who was a prominent saint of the Nath Sampradaya.

Gorakhpur is well connected through rail network and Gorakhpur railway station is one of the important stations in the area, as it serves as the headquarters of North Eastern zone of the Indian Railways.

The station offers Class A railway station facilities. On 6 October 2013, Gorakhpur has the world’s Longest Railway platform, after inauguration of the remodelled Gorakhpur Yard, with a stretch of around 1.36 kilometres (0.85 mi).

Gorakhpur is the headquarters of North Eastern Railways.

An air force station in Gorakhpur was established in 1963 and Extended for public transport Named Maha Yogi Gorakhnath Airport or, Gorakhpur Airport Air India, SpiceJet & Indigo flights connect Gorakhpur to Delhi.

Gorakhpur has 2 universities named Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur University and Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology, a medical college named Baba Raghav Das Medical College and a sports college named Veer Bahadur Singh Sports College.

Notable residents of Gorakhpur