The Kushinagar Airport, a district in which one of the most scared Buddhist sites is located, in Uttar Pradesh in North India has been declared an International Airport with the approval of the Union Cabinet of India, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Kushinagar district is home to one of the most sacred places for Buddhists and is visited by thousands of Sri Lankan pilgrims each year.It is the location where Lord Buddha attained ‘parinirvana.

Located at Kushinagar is a colossal reclining statue of Lord Buddha from the 5th Century at the Mahaparinirvana Temple, the Ramabhar Stupa, also known as the Mukutbandhan Chaitya which is believed to be where the cremation place of Lord Buddha, and is located in the vicinity of the Mahaparinirvana Temple.

The Kushinagar district is also home to numerous other monasteries and Buddhist cultural sites.

The decision to declare Kushinagar airport as an International airport, will provide Buddhist pilgrims, historians and cultural enthusiasts the opportunity to comfortably explore not only Kushinagar, but also other historically significant locations such as Lumbini, Kapilavastu and Sravasti, which are in close proximity, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said in a press release today.

The reclining statue of Lord Buddha from the 5th Century at the Mahaparinirvana Temple

Pilgrims at Ramabhar Stupa,the Buddha's cremation place at Kushinara
The Mahaparinirvana Temple, Kushinara