Basti, Uttar Pradesh

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This article is about the municipality in Uttar Pradesh, India. For its namesake district, see Basti district.
For other places with the same name, see Basti.
Basti is located in Uttar Pradesh
Location in Uttar Pradesh, India
Coordinates: 26°48′N 82°44′E / 26.80°N 82.74°E / 26.80; 82.74Coordinates: 26°48′N 82°44′E / 26.80°N 82.74°E / 26.80; 82.74
Country  India
State Uttar Pradesh
District Basti
 • Total 1,036 km2 (400 sq mi)
Population (2001)
 • Total 114,651
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
 • Official Hindi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Basti is a town and a municipal board in Basti district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Basti district (Hindi: बस्ती जिला, Urdu: ضلع بستی), is one of the districts of Uttar Pradesh state, India and Basti town is the district headquarters. Basti district is a part of Basti Division.

Basti was originally known as village. The origin of the name Vaishishthi is attributed to the fact that this area was the Ashram of Rishi (sage) Vashistha in ancient period. Lord rama with his younger brother laxman had been here for some time with rishi vasistha.

The tract comprising the present district was remote and much of it was covered with forest. But gradually the area became inhabitable, for want of recorded and reliable history it cannot, with any degree of certainty, be said how the district came to known by its present name on account of the original habitation (Basti) having been selected by the Kalhan Raja as a seat of his Raj, an event which probably occurred in the 16th century. In 1801,. Basti became the Tehsil headquarters and in 1865 it was chosen as the headquarters of the newly established district.


The district lies between the parallels of 26° 23' and 27° 30' North and Latitude and 82° 17' and 83° 20' East longitude. Its maximum length from north to south is about 75 km. and breadth from east to west about 70 km. The district lies between newly created district Sant Kabir Nagar on the east and Gonda on the west On the south, the Ghaghra river separates it from the Faizabad and newly created district named Ambedkar Nagar. While on the North it is bounded by district Sidharth Nagar.[1]


As per provisional data of 2011 census, Basti had a population of 114,651 out of which males were 60,126 and females were 54,525. The literacy rate was 85.29 per cent.[2]

As of 2001 India census,[3] Basti had a population of 27,50,764. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Basti has an average literacy rate of 90%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 93%, and female literacy is 87%. In Basti, 13% of the population is under 6 years of age.


  1. ^ "Yahoo maps location of Basti". Yahoo maps. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  2. ^ "Urban Agglomerations/Cities having population 1 lakh and above". Provisional Population Totals, Census of India 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-07. 
  3. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.