Kushinagar is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in India. Gautam Buddha died in Kushinagar.
Location of Kushinagar:
Kushinagar is situated in a district of the same name, in the state of Uttar Pradesh. It is well connected by an efficient transport network. The nearest airport is Babatpur Airport, situated near Varanasi (about 263 km from Kushinagar). Other airports close to Kushinagar are Amausi Airport and Lucknow. Kushinagar is also connected by National Highway No. 28.
How to Reach Kushinagar:
Travelers coming to Kushinagar can come by road, rail, or air. They can take a direct flight to Varanasi, and take a cab from there. If you are coming by train, there are a number of trains in the Northern and North-Eastern Railway network that can reach you to Gorakhpur, the nearest railway station. You can also avail bus services to Gorakhpur. Taxi, tempo and auto rickshaw are among the other modes of transport.
Major Tourist Attractions in and around Kushinagar:
Some of the major tourist attractions in and around Kushinagar are Nirvana Temple, Mathakuar Shrine, Ramabhar Stupa, Japanese Temple, Buddha Vihar, Japani Stupa, Kushawati Temple, Tibbatti Temple, Korean Temple and Kushinagar Museum.
Nirvana Stupa was excavated by Carlleyl in the year 1867. Standing at a height of 2.74 meter, it bears an inscription in ancient Brahmi. The pillar is located to the east of the main Nirvana Temple.
Nirvana Temple houses the 6 meters long statue of reclining Buddha. It was unearthed in 1876. Carved in Chunar sandstone, the statue represents the dying Buddha reclining to his right. The statue dates back to the fifth century AD.
Japanese Temple, another major tourist attraction in Kushinagar is a beautiful Ashta Dhatu (eight metals) statue of Lord Buddha. The statue was brought from Japan. It was built by the Japanese artist Atago Isshin.