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
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
- Paramahansa Yogananda, Yoga Guru, Founder of Self-Realization Fellowship/Yogoda Satsanga Society of India. Born here January 5, 1893.
- Vir Bahadur Singh – Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
- Yogi Adityanath – Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh from Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Former Member of Parliament who had represented Gorakhpur in the Lok Sabha (lower house of the Indian Parliament) from 1998 to 2017 and Mahanth of Gorakhnath Temple
- Raghupati Sahay, writer, critic
- Shakir Ali, barrister
- Ram Upendra Das, economist
- Mahmood Farooqui Indian writer, artist and director
- Narendra Hirwani international cricket player
- Syed Modi, badminton player, winner of Arjuna Award
- Asit Sen Bollywood and Bengali
- Jimmy Shergill, actor
- Saurabh Shukla, actor
- Kedarnath Singh, poet, critic
- Lilavati Singh, educator
- Ravi Dubey, actor
- Anurag Kashyap, Filmmaker