The distance from Kushinagar to Varanasi has to be covered in a combo of a bus ride from Kushinagar to Gorakhpur and then a train ride from Gorakhpur to Varanasi. Later in this page, I have given information on using a prepaid auto rickshaw service at Varanasi Junction Railway Station to go to any part of Varanasi. At Kushinagar, one needs to walk from one's hotel, monastery or temple to the Kushinagar Gate that is shown in the picture below. The road adjoining the gate is a service road and so, to get to the highway one needs to cross the service road and stand at the border of the middle road on which the traffic is going towards the left side from Kushinagar Gate. There is no formal bus stop here so buses just stop on the road in front of the gate. Keep reading...
Also read: Travel from Lumbini (Nepal) to Kushinagar by Taxi and Bus
Bus from Kushinagar Gate to Gorakhpur Bus Stand
Gorakhpur Bus Stand is approximately 50 kilometers away from Kushinagar. The frequency of bus service on this route is good and generally there is a bus every 15 minutes during the day. Both government and private buses ply on this route so if possible, one should try taking a government (UPSRTC) bus that will cover the distance in 60-90 minutes. A private bus will take 2 hours or more to reach Gorakhpur because they stop on the way more often and their stops are longer. This one way trip by a UPSRTC bus cost me INR 51 in April 2014. The road was in excellent condition all the way to Gorakhpur.
Gorakhpur Bus Stand & Railway Station
|Gorakhpur Bus Stand|
|Gorakhpur Junction Railway Station|
Gorakhpur Bus Stand is a chaotic place but fortunately on this trip one does not need to spend much time there. After getting down from the bus, one will need to ask someone for directions to go to Gorakhpur Junction Railway Station that is actually located very close to the Bus Stand. Still, it is about a 5 minute walk.
Train from Gorakhpur Junction to Varanasi Junction
|Train at Gorakhpur Junction Railway Station|
|Gorakhpur to Varanasi Train Seat|
It is totally advisable to make advance reservation for this train journey. There are several trains during the day and the train schedule is different for each day of the week. The train schedule for any particular day can be found using an interactive form on this page: Indian Railways - Trains Between Important Stations. Online booking for passenger trains in India can be done from this official booking site: http://www.irctc.co.in
There are two early morning trains to Varanasi from Gorakhpur Junction Railway Station that depart every day of the week at 5.30am (Train number 15018) and 6.35am (Train number 15008). But to be able to travel by these trains, one will need to spend the night before in a hotel in Gorakhpur. There are two night trains at 10.30pm (Train number 15004) and 11.05pm (Train number 55149) that depart everyday. For the afternoon, there are trains on two-three days in a week at 1.30pm or 3.30pm. On some particular days, there are special trains departing at around 9.30am and I was lucky to get such a train for my trip. Please see the train schedule before finalising your trip. The travel time from Gorakhpur Junction to Varanasi Junction is between 5 and 6 hours depending on which train you take.
One needs to arrive at Gorakhpur Railway Station at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time of the train. That means, one should try to board a bus at Kushinagar Gate at least 150 minutes before the departure time of the train. Gorakhpur Junction Railway Station is not a very big complex but one will almost certainly need to use a foot over-bridge to get to the correct platform.
Varanasi Railway Station
|Varanasi Railway Station|
Varanasi Railway Station has a prepaid auto rickshaw counter operated by the local police. If your hotel is not giving free pickup from the railway station, it is better to use this prepaid auto rickshaw service. Please see the prepaid fare table below.
Varanasi Junction Railway Station Prepaid Auto Rickshaw Service
|Varanasi Junction Railway Station Prepaid Auto Rickshaw Counter|
|Varanasi Junction Railway Station Prepaid Auto Rickshaw Fare Table|
For travelling to a hotel near the Varanasi Ghats, the prepaid auto rickshaw will cost INR 90. Click on the image to enlarge.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|