Why Yogi Adityanath’s Gorakhpur must be on your travel bucket list in 2017

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Who is Yogi Adityanath

Yogi Adityanath is the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. He is a no non sense man and will ensure that this state becomes safe for more than a million travelers coming to UP every year. For people planning to explore offbeat destinations in UP, it is indeed good news.

He is a member of the Nath order of Hindus. This order ( sect) can be roughly equated with the  Sufis in Islam. I am drawing this comparison for the benefit of people coming from abroad to India. This comparison may not be true for sure but I hope you get the gist.

Hindus have several sects and the Nath sect is one of them. The fundamental aim of the Naths is to achieve liberation in this life itself. Members of this sect do not want to take rebirth after their death. The idea is to commit oneself to a life of goodness and virtue to avoid the cycle of birth and death.

How old is this sect?

More than a thousand years. The Naths consdider Lord Shiva as their Adi Guru or the source of their learnings and inspiration. Matsyendranath is one of the most important teachers of this sect and lived more than 1200 years ago. You can say that Yogi Matsyendranath is the founder of this sect. He was a simple fisherman who later on became the head of this sect.

Where is the headquarter of this sect?

Gorakhpur in the north-eastern part of the state of Uttar Pradesh.

Ok, got it. So why have you written about Yogi Adityanath in this post? Doesn’t it make it political?

No. Many people feel that this Yogi will clean up the law and order mess of Uttar Pradesh. He is a non nonsense man and does not have any agenda. The Yogi does not have any family so we can be sure that he will not be corrupt.

Will he make Gorakhpur an attractive travel destination?

I think he will. The Yogi will have to make his home constituency attractive for travelers to UP.

For example, one of the travel destinations in Gorakhpur is Kushinagar. This place is associated with Gautam Buddha and was the site for his cremation. It is located 52 kilometers east of Gorakhpur and is a holy place for many Sri Lankans, Japanese and other people. You can say that a safer Uttar Pradesh means more visitors to Kushinagar.

Remains of Stupas in Kushinagar Wiki)

Kushinagar is one of the oldest cities in India. Many people believe that it was founded by Kush, one of the sons of Lord Rama.

Kushinagar temple
Buddha Temple, Kushinagar

What are the other places of interest in Gorakhpur?

The most important place in Gorakhpur is the Gorakhnath temple. It is devoted to Guru Gorakhnath who lived several thousands of years ago. He is one of the most important gurus of the Nath sect.

images of Gorakhnath temple के लिए चित्र परिणाम
Gorakhnath Temple (Tripdvisor)

Another important place worth visiting is the Arogya Mandir which cures people of several disabilities. If you want to learn Yoga, then this camp is suited for you. Per person fees is 11, 000 INR.

If you are spiritually inclined person then you should visit the Gita Press, publishers of several books for spiritual development. Millions of Indians read the Gita Press books for uplifting themselves from disappointment and sadness.

How to reach Gorakhpur

You can take an overnight train from Delhi to Gorakhpur. This city is well connected with Lucknow and Varanasi as well.

13 thoughts on “Why Yogi Adityanath’s Gorakhpur must be on your travel bucket list in 2017”

  1. It’s good to know that it was preserved for a thousand years and with that, I believe this should be really in everyone’s itinerary. Just knowing that it was preserved means it holds a deep significance with one’s culture. And what way to immerse in new places than immersing yourself with culture.

  2. No doubt the Gorakhnath temple is such a beauty and indeed a sight to behold. A trip there, I guess, is enough to communicate the place’s beauty, history, and culture. I hope the place will be preserved for the youngers to fully experience the place, too.

  3. Truly, Gorakhpur is a place that everyone should visit and explore. I love the ancient looks of the temples and their intricate design. I wouldn’t get tired to amble around and traipse my two little itchy feet to the beautiful destination. You’ve shared more than enough reason to visit this place. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  4. Thanks for sharing this important part of your history and culture. I didn’t know anything about this sect before reading your article. Visiting Gorakhpur would be very interesting I’m sure.

  5. It is interesting to read about Yogi Adityanath who is the new chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.Hope he will make this state a travel destination in India.Yes,Kushinagar is a popular destination among Sri Lankans.Hope the new minister will improve the facilities to the travellers who visits those historical places and temples.

  6. As a history lover I must say that this article has made me want to visit Gorakhpur right away. I really hope that the new chief minister will make it a popular tourist destination. But this sect is really interesting to me. I have never heard for it and these are the first info I got about them.

  7. Gorakhpur has some interesting sights which I would like to visit. I hope the sights will be well maintained for the generations to come. Anyway, I have friends who love to do Yogo. I’ll recommend Arogya Mandir to them. Congratulations on a new chief minister.

  8. Really enjoying the historical aspects of this place, but also intrigued to see what Yogi Adityanath is able to bring to the area

  9. I have never heard about Gorkhphur before. It sounds there are so much history to learn and explore there. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Thanks for giving your perspective on Yogi Adityanath and his goals. I take it that the region is not completely safe at the moment? It sounds like a noble goal to make the region safe and a desirable place for people to travel to. I’m sure the locals will benefit from people visiting the region to see the sights.

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