Transport in Gorakhpur
For a city like Gorakhpur that attracts so many tourists and pilgrims, it is essential that proper transportation services be in place. With the city’s commercial life booming, it is also important that residents have all the needed facilities to travel around the city and across the country with ease.
The Government of Gorakhpur as well as private sectors has worked to develop Gorakhpur’s transportation systems so that nothing is lacking for residents and visitors. The city utilises virtually all possible means of transportation to enable easy access and quick conveyance.
Lying just 300 meters South of Gorakhpur City Railway Station is the city’s main bus stand. This bus stand is the starting point of local as well as outstation buses within Gorakhpur and to neighbouring cities. Apart from local buses, there are other ways in which you can get around Gorakhpur. For short journeys, you can use the services of auto-rickshaws or cycle-rickshaws that can get into even small alleys and back-roads. For longer drives, you can rent a car that charges by the kilometre. Taxis are also available for a fixed time duration, with increase in fare based on each subsequent hour beyond the agreed time.
Roadways in Gorakhpur
Gorakhpur’s internal roadways are managed by the State Public Works department while national highways are managed by the Central Government.
Gorakhpur has two national highways:
State highways of Gorakhpur are as follows:
- Gorakhpur to Golabazar
- Gorakhpur to Deoria
- Gorakhpur to Maharajganj
- Gorakhpur to Kasia
- Sonwarsa to Sardarnagar
- Lucknow to Gorakhpur
- Sonauli to Nautanwa to Gorakhpur to Ballia
Roads on the outskirts of the city that lie in forested areas and tara tracts are managed by the Forest Department. The Zila Parishad and the Gorakhpur Municipal Corportation take care of roads that fall into their jurisdiction.
Road Transport in Gorakhpur
Buses in Gorakhpur are operated by the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) as well as private operators.
The UPSTRC was established in 1947, but began operating in Gorakhpur in 1948. Under the aegis of the UPSRTC, there are a number of mini-buses and passenger buses that offer travel within and to the outskirts of the city. Some buses also ply to nearby cities and offer even sight-seeing tours within Gorakhpur.
You can board any of the services offered by UPSTRC from the Gorakhpur Bus Station.
Contact Number For Advance Reservation: (91)-551-332893
Website For Online Booking And Enquiries: www.upsrtconline.co.in
Rail Transport in Gorakhpur
The railways have always been an integral part of Gorakhpur as it is the headquarters of the North Eastern Railways and has been in existence since as far back as May 1882. The city’s railway station connects to all of India’s major cities and has direct trains to all metropolitan cities. Neighbouring districts are connected with a metre-gauge railway. Gorakhpur also has the distinction of having the largest railway platform in the world.
Apart from passenger services, there are several cargo rail services that aid in the movement of domestic as well as commercial goods. Several finished goods as well as raw materials are transported in bulk through these services. Most of the railway freight includes sugarcane and other forest produce for which Gorakhpur is famous.
Railways in Gorakhpur
Some of Gorakhpur’s railway services connect the city with important trade and tourist cities. Some of these are mentioned below.
- Gorakhpur to Varanasi – Duration: 5 1/2 hours.
- Gorakhpur to Lucknow – Duration: 6 hours.
- Gorakhpur to New Delhi – Duration: 16 hours.
- Gorakhpur to Kolkata – Duration: 23 hours.
There is a separate counter (No. 811) for foreign tourists who require detailed information and additional services.
Airways in Gorakhpur
The Gorakhpur Airport is a rather small one, located around 6 kilometers to the east of the city and its primary air traffic is related to the Indian Air Force. A visit to the Gorakhpur Airport will give you a fantastic view of some of India’s fighter planes on standby for the Air Force.
The Airport Authority of India administers this airport and hence there are a number of domestic flights that operate to cities such as New Delhi and Mumbai. Private airlines such as Jet Airways operates on weekdays.
National Highway 28
Gorakhpur – 273002
Water Transport In Gorakhpur
With the changing of time, the older modes of water transport in Gorakhpur have also undergone a change. There was a point of time in history where the rivers Rapti and Ghaghra were used extensively as means of transport. These days, however, these rivers are used to transport logs from the foot hills of the Himalayas.There are a few ferries that ply through these rivers. However, their number is decreasing as most people prefer other means of transport. It is expected that with the further passage of time, ferries will be used primarily by tourists and pleasure seekers rather than a means of actual transport in Gorakhpur.