Basti is a town in the district of Basti. It is located in Uttar Pradesh. The name ‘Basti’ was derived from ‘Vaishishthi’ (which was its original name.) As Basti lies on the fertile Indo-Gangetic plain, the agriculture thrives here. Due to the growth of agriculture, the forest cover has diminished. Basti is famous for its bamboo and eucalyptus plantations.
Places to Stay
There are several good budget-friendly hotels in Basti. Some of them are the Kanhala Haveli, Hotel Shivyay Palace, Hotel NR Group and Hotel Balaji Prakash.
The official language of Basti is Hindi. Other languages that are spoken here include Awadhi and Bhojpuri.
The important festivals that are celebrated annually in Basti include Ram Navami (April), Krishna Janmasthmi (August-September), Dussehra (October) and Holi (February-March.)
Places of Interest
There are several places in and around Basti that can be considered to be tourist attractions. Some of these include the Vikramjot Market (46 km from Basti), Chhawani (40 km from Basti), Amodha Khas (41 km from Basti), Chando Tal (8 km from Basti), Rashtriya Van Chetna Kendra (1 km from Basti), the Shiva temple (6 km from Basti), Pipra Gautam (13 km from Basti) and Lalganj (24 km from Basti.)
How to Get There
The airport nearest to Basti is the Gorakhpur airport which is located about 72 km away from the town.
The town is well-connected to Lucknow (202 km from Basti) and Gorakhpur (66 km from Basti.) There are daily trains that connect Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Basti and Gonda.
There are daily bus services to Lucknow and Gorakhpur. One of the best bus operators in this region is said to be Kesherwani Travels. You need not worry about travelling to bus counters anymore, as you can book online bus tickets through TicketGoose.com.