TravelKushinagar in Uttar Pradesh is India’s 29th international airport

Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh is India’s 29th international airport


The Union Cabinet just recently announced that the Kushinagar Airport in Uttar Pradesh will be deemed as an international airport, making it India’s 29th International airport.

The decision headed by the Prime Minister of India is being seen as a developmental move which is a part of the 20-lakh crore economic stimulus to boost the nation’s pandemic-stuck economy.

The airport will aid in the state’s tourism, especially of Kushinagar, which is in the vicinity of other important sites like Kapilavastu Lumbini and Gaya, significant to the Buddhists.

Direct international connectivity to Kushinagar will substantially increase the number of foreign & domestic tourists to the region.

This will also provide impetus to economic development of the region by enabling growth of tourism & hospitality ecosystem in the area.

— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri)
June 24, 2020

Moreover, Kushinagar is a part of the ‘Buddhist Circuit’ (a route that follows footsteps of the Buddha in India) and is reportedly visited by hundreds of millions of practicing Buddhists from different countries. The need for an international airport in the region was long demanded by the tourists.

The Ramabhar Stupa in Kushinagar. It is said the Stupa is built on Buddha’s ashes after he was cremated by the then Malla tribe (Image via

“Kushinagar Airport is located in the vicinity of several Buddhist Cultural Sites like Sravasti, Kapilvastu, Lumbini (Kushinagar itself is a Buddhist cultural site) and declaration as an “International Airport” will offer improved connectivity, a wider choice of competitive costs to the air-travelers.  It will result in boosting domestic/international tourism and economic development of the regions,” the Cabinet wrote in an official statement.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath thanked the government saying: “The move will help boost tourism in UP due to airport’s proximity to Shravasti, Lumbini, Kapilvastu, Sarnath and Gaya tourist places”.

Great news for Uttar Pradesh, tourism and those inspired by the noble thoughts of Lord Buddha!

Kushinagar Airport will now be an international airport. Connectivity will improve significantly. More tourists and pilgrims will also mean better opportunities for local population.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi)
June 24, 2020

Kushinagar in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh is a very significant location for the Buddhists and the followers of the Buddha. It is believed that the great man attained Nirvana in Kushinagar.

The place is an international tourist destination, with Buddhists from all over the world, especially Asia, try to visit the place once in their lifetime.

According to government sources, every day 300 tourists from countries like Myanmar, Japan, Cambodia, and Thailand visit Kushinagar, NDTV reports.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

Swiss unanimously votes for same-sex union referendum

GENEVA — In Switzerland, a controversial same-sex marriage referendum has been resoundingly approved by voters of the conservative, rich Alpine...

New Covid surge overwhelms hospitals in parts of US

WASHINGTON, D.C. — According to one of the country's top health officials, the spike in coronavirus cases in the...

China wants effeminate male celebs to man up

WASHINGTON — Macho men are in and effeminate male performers are out as Beijing expands its crackdown on China's entertainment...

Billie Eilish, BTS to perform at climate change concert

Billie Eilish, BTS, and Elton John, among others, will donate their star power to Global Citizen Live on Saturday...

Google faces off EU in court over record $5.1 billion antitrust fine

This week, Google will face the European Commission in a five-day court hearing, appealing a record $5.1 billion fine...

WHO’s Covax misses 2021 target. What went wrong?

The latest supply forecast for Covax – the programme for sharing COVID-19 vaccines around the world – suggests that accelerating vaccination...

Must read

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you