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A Rendezvous With Kushinagar
Ritco ToursKushinagar is situated in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, about 51 km from Gorakhpur. Kushinagar is famous for the Mahaparinirvana (death) of Lord Buddha and has been included in the famous Buddhist trail including Bodhgaya, Sarnath and Lumbini. This small sleepy town, with its tranquil and unimaginable beauty, absorbs visitors into an introspective mood. Kushinagar occupies a very special place in the heart of every Buddhist.

Things You Can Do in Kushinagar
» Sightseeing : This Buddhist pilgrimage site is one of most revered place for the Buddhist tourists in India. It has some of the wonderful temples and monasteries, that are just spellbinding.

» Shopping : At Kushinagar you can look forward to buy souvenirs, like miniatures of the temples and monasteries found here. And if you are interested in some elaborate shopping then visit the markets of Gorakhpur (51 km), the nearest city from Kushinagar.

Sightseeing in Kushinagar
» The Mahaparinirvana Temple : The Mahaparinirvana Temple houses the world famous reclining statue of Buddha. It is the most important site to visit in Kushinagar. The 20-feet-long statue is seated on a brick platform. You will also find ruins of as many as eight monasteries, which are scattered around the main site. The remains of two monasteries Mahaparinirvana Vihara and Makutabandhara Vihara are especially renown.

» Wat Thai Kusinara : There is a beautiful mini-city of Wat Thai Kusinara established by the Thais. Built on an area of about 10 acres, it encompasses small huts, a school, a library, and hospitals. Thai people come here every year to perform various kinds of services.

Excursions from Kushinagar
The spiritual land of Kushinagar extends its divinity and charm to the nearby places, which are also worth visiting. These include Gorakhpur, Kapilavastu, Lumbini and others. Gorakhpur is located 51 km from Kushinagar, where the Rahul Sankrtyayan Museum, has an excellent collection of thanka paintings and relics of the Buddha. Water Sports Complex at Ramgarhtal Planetarium and the Gorakhnath Temple in the city are also worth a visit. Kapilavastu (Piprahwa) is situated 148 km from Kushinagar and is an important Buddhist pilgrimage. Kapilavastu was the ancient capital of the Sakya clan ruled by Gautama Buddha's father. Situated in Nepal at a distance of 122 km from Gorakhpur, Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha.

Most Ideal Time to Visit Kushinagar
Since Kushinagar is located in the Gangetic plain, the climate of Kushinagar is hot and humid in the summers (mid-April-mid-September) with maximum temperature touching 40 to 45°C. Winters are mild and minimum temperature in December can go down to around 5°C. Monsoon reaches this region in June and remains here till September. The most ideal time to visit Kushinagar is between the months of October and April.

Getting There
» By Air : The nearest airhead is located at Varanasi from where one can take flights to Delhi, Calcutta, Lucknow, and Patna.

» By Rail : Kushinagar does not have a railway station. The nearest railway station is at Gorakhpur (51 km), which is the headquarters of Northeastern Railways and is linked to important destinations. Some important trains to Gorakhpur are Bombay-Gorakhpur-Bandra Express, New Delhi-Barauni-Vaishali Express, Cochin-Gorakhpur Express, Shaheed Express, Amarnath Express, and Kathgodam Express.

» By Road : Kushinagar is well connected to other parts of the state of Uttar Pradesh by bus. The distances from places around are : Gorakhpur (51 km), Lumbini (173 km), Kapilavastu (148 km), Sravasti (254 km), and Sarnath (266 km), and Agra (680 km).

» Private Vehicles : You can contact us for this, as we are well established with an extensive number of cars and coaches (ranging from luxury to budget and between) for the tourists from all over.

Anchoring in Kushinagar
Ritco ToursKushinagar is an important Buddhist pilgrimage. Famous for its temples and monasteries, constructed by Chinese, Thai and Sri Lankan Buddhists, Kushinagar, is one of the most revered places for Buddhists. This ancient town pulls a good number tourists. Only a bit of language problem can be observed by the tourists here as not many people know English. During the course of the trip the personal belongings should also be taken care of.

Kushinagar is a very small town and the buses to Kushinagar depart from the bus stand by the train station. However if you dont want to go through any hassle then book with us. We have an array of cars and coaches that offer personalized services, ensuring your comfort and enjoyment throughout the trip.

The accommodations here include - Pathik Nivas U.P. Government Tourist Bungalow, PWD Inspection Bungalow and LRP Inspection House. In Gorakhpur, Hotel President , Hotel Babino Hotel Ganges are some of the places where you can accommodate yourself.

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