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Kushinagar is an important religious town in the state of Uttar Pradesh that stands on the banks of river Hiranyavati. The town is 55 km to the east Gorakhpur city.
  • Country: India
  • State: Uttar Pradesh
  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Zip Code: 274403
  • STD/Local Code: 05567
  • Phone code: 00 + 91 + 05567+ the number.
  • Language: Hindi, Urdu
  • Best Period: October to March
  • Weather: Sub-Tropical climate
  • Time Zone: IST (UTC +05:30)
  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Airports: Varanasi, Gorakhpur
Learn the lessons of Nirvana in Kushinagar!

A city of beautiful Stupas and Temples that is a revered Buddhist pilgrimage and amongst the five sacred Buddhism centers is the city of Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh. It is a city, which is not only visited by Buddhist devotees, but also by every kind of tourist who comes here to leap onto the footsteps of Buddha. Kushinagar is the city where Buddha preached his last sermon and also took his last breath thus achieving Parinirvana post death.

Blend into the purity of the ambiance of this city which is serene and brings peace to your soul. Kushinagar has been an International Buddhist Pilgrimage center, which is visited by several Buddhist from across the world. The Mahaparinirvana Temple along with the ruins of monasteries that are around here showcases the rise and fall of different dynasties and the spread of Buddhism. This sleepy town leaves an imprint on the mind of every visitor with its tranquility and unassuming spiritual beauty that is a blissful experience. Take a tour around this holy town learning the noble truths as preached by Lord Buddha.

Best Time to Visit

(Describe the climate of Kushinagar)

The summers are hot and humid in Kushinagar with winters being pleasantly cold.

Summer: Summer temperatures can get very hot in Kushinagar from the months of March to May. The usual range is 20  to 40  but sometimes the maximum temperature can even reach up to 45 . This season requires wearing light cotton clothes to keep you cool.

Monsoons: The month of June sees the beginning of rain, which takes force by July and continues through September. The town enjoys heavy rainfall, and the weather remains wet and humid throughout this period. The temperature stays in the range of 28  to 34 .

Winter: Winters are the best time to visit this town with temperatures lurking around 12  to 20  during the days with nights getting cooler. The months of November to February mark this season of cold winter.

How to Reach

(Transport availability for traveling)

Kushinagar has been a principal Buddhist pilgrimage center, which is visited by several devotees from around the world. The town has good transport network and can be accessed with convenience by air, roads and railways.


The nearest airport to Kushinagar is Gorakhpur airport, which however has limited flights connecting to other cities. Closest major airport to Kushinagar is Varanasi, which is well connected to major cities like Delhi, Agra, Mumbai and Chennai.


Kushinagar is well linked by roads to other cities of the state such as Gorakhpur, Sravasti, Sarnath, and Agra. The town is located on National Highway 28 which makes it easy to travel to Kushinagar from other major cities. Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation serves buses on these routes, and there are private luxury buses as well, which you may avail for the more comfortable journey.


Kushinagar is 51km from the Gorakhpur railway station, which is connected to other parts of the country. Varanasi, on the other hand, is a major railhead and has several trains passing through and stop here, which are coming from cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Cochin, Kolkata, Lucknow, Agra, and Kanpur.



Standing testimony to Lord Buddha’s life are the several stupas and temples some of which were discovered as part of the excavation. The most important of all is the Mahaparinirvana Temple, which is believed to be the place where Lord Buddha attained salvation and that also has the famous leaning statue of Buddha on 20 feet long platform. The beautiful Wat Thai Temple is one of the most visited temples due to its unique architectural design and geographical location that makes it visible from every point in Kushinagar. Almost in the area is the Japanese temple where you can see the Ashta Dhatu or Eight Metals statue of Lord Buddha, which was brought here from Japan. There is also a Chinese temple with oriental design in the same vicinity. Amidst the age old Stupas and monuments is the Birla temple which is the newest addition in Kushinagar holy places. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva but also has a marble statue of Lord Buddha.


From historical monuments to the ruins of monasteries, Kushinagar has treasured fragments from centuries old. Kushinagar Museum is a prominent destination which lies close to the Indo-Japan and Sri Lankan Buddhist Center. You can witness everything from statues, sculptures, carved panels and other artifacts that were excavated from the ruins of several monasteries and Stupas. There are also several Buddhist icons, paintings, bronzes, architectural remains and ancient coins from the period of Malla Kingdom.

Gardens and Parks

Embellishing the beauty of this Buddhist town are the pristine gardens. The Japanese Garden is a beautiful rock garden built by Japanese architects that are ideal for every age group. Besides this garden is the Meditation Park, where you can see the Muktabandhana Stupa where the cremated last remains of Buddha were kept. This park is beautiful with its lush greenery and artificial pond that makes it an ideal place for relaxation.


Although Kushinagar is an important religious tourist place there are very few notable hotels here. There are several accommodation places from budget hotels to dharamshalas which are mostly preferred by the pilgrims coming to the town. Nevertheless, some of the hotels with good reviews and ratings are Lotus Nikko Hotel, The Imperial, and The Royal Residency.


Kushinagar is not really a city to go for shopping, and the nearest place where you can head is Gorakhpur, which has a variety of handicrafts and ornately designed terracotta for sale. The most you might get around the town of Kushinagar are Buddha sculptures and paintings which you can take home as souvenirs.


The soul of Kushinagar lies in the beautifully designed Stupas and historical monuments that take you back in the medieval period. Ramabhar Stupa is one of the famous monuments here which is more than 50 feet high and where the Lord Buddha was cremated. Mathakuar Shrine is an interesting place where you can see a large 6-meter statue of Lord Buddha carved out of Stucco and Chunar stone in the Bhumi Sparsha Mudra, which is believed to describe the last moments of Buddha. Relics, huge statues, scriptures, and coins are treasured in this shrine. Parinirvana Stupa and Makutabandhana were both excavated in 1876. These two are again beautifully designed and has a stone figure of Lord Buddha.


Kushinagar has very limited number of good restaurants that offer some delicious food. The food is mainly North-Indian cuisine with rare instances of places offering Tibetan cuisine such as momos. Vipassana & Café and Yama Café are just a few of the restaurants, which will provide some good food.


Kushinagar earns its living from tourism and the small local businesses that thrive in the locality.