Kushinagar in Eastern Uttar Pradesh is one of the most frequented Buddhist pilgrimages in India. Lord Buddha got nirvana at Kushinagar. The place that has for long remained neglected is fast picking up on the tourism map. Kushinagar has seen major infrastructure uplift in the recent years that is pushing tourism in this region.
The nearest Airport from Kushinagar is in Gorakhpur district but the
access to this airport is limited. Therefore, Varanasi airport acts as
the primary airport for Kushinagar. The nearest railhead is Gorakhpur
that is well connected to the rest of India as well as Uttar Pradesh.
Kushinagar is the very place where Lord Buddha got Nirvana. This event
is known as Maha-Parnirvana in Buddhist and Hindu literature. Therefore,
Kushinagar evokes emotion amidst pilgrims. There are sites that are
related to Buddha's Nirvana and his cremation. These sites attract
scores of visitors every year. The most famous among these are Ramabhar
Stupa and Nirvana Temple. These sites have been excavated in past and
has bore out many relics related to Lord Buddha.
There are other temples too that have been erected by Buddhist Councils
of other member countries. The most famous among these are Japanese,
Watt Thai and Chinese Buddhist Temples. These temples are famous for
their distinct and splendid architectures. There are some interesting
excursions too. Lumbini and Kapilvastu are two of the most famous
excursions around Kushinagar. Both these places fall in Nepal. These
sites are related to the birth and childhood of Lord Buddha
respectively. All these attractions make Kushinagar a place worth
visiting. Do come to Kushinagar if you want to experience the divinity
in its sublime form.