About Shravasti

Country: India | State: Uttar Pradesh

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Shravasti: Balrampur (20 Kms), Lucknow (175 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Shravasti: September to April

Peak Season: September to November & February to April

At a distance of 20 km from Balrampur, 30 km from Bhinga, 44 km from Gonda, 121 km from Faizabad, 155 km from Lumbini, 175 km from Lucknow, 186 km from Gorakhpur, 261 km from Kanpur, 305 km from Varanasi, 457 km from Patna, 515 km from Bodhgaya 537 km from Rajgir, Shravasti is an ancient city located in the northeastern state of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the popular places of Buddhist pilgrimage in India and among the must include tourist destinations in Uttar Pradesh Tour Packages.

Located near the West Rapti River, Shravasti was one of the six largest cities in ancient India when Gautam Buddha began to spread his teachings of Buddhism around the Indian subcontinent. The city is closely associated with the life of Gautama Buddha, who is believed to have spent 25 rainy seasons here. Also, Shravasti is an important center for the believers of Jainism since Sobhanath temple is believed to be the birthplace of Tirthankara Sambhavanath of Jainism.

According to the Mahabharata, the city of Shravasti was named after the legendary king Shrawasta. According to Buddhist tradition, the city was called Savatthi because the sage Savattha lived there. As per the Ramayana, Lord Rama installed his son Lava at Shrawasti and Kusha at Kushavati. Shravasti was the capital of the Kosala Kingdom from the 6th century BCE to 6th century CE. In the 6 th century BC, during the reign of Presenajit, the place rose to fame due to its association with Buddha and Mahavira and became one of the eight holy places of Buddhist pilgrimage. Today, the city has been identified with the twin villages of Sahet and Mahet, northwest of Balrampur. Earlier, Shravasti was a part of the Bahraich district, but the latter was split due to administrative reasons in 1997.

Shravasti is a historical town with a rich, varied culture, and holds a special significance as it is believed to be the place where Buddha preached for 25 years to his disciples. Being the epicenter of Buddhist preachings, Shravasti has witnessed the eruption of many structures devoted to Lord Buddha, majorly during the Gupta period. King Ashoka also constructed two pillars near the entrance of Buddha's monastery. Anathapindika Stupa, Angulimala Stupa, Jetavana Monastery, Shobnath Temple, Vibhuti Nath Temple, etc., are some of the top places to visit in Shravasti as part of Shravasti Tour Packages. One can also visit various Buddhist monasteries built by Thailand, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Tibet, and China here.

Shravasti Mahotsav is one of the major cultural events celebrated in Shravasti towards the end of winter (January). Celebrated for a period of three to five days, Shravasti Mahotsav is held near the Chinese Temple in Shravasti. Various local artists showcase their talent throughout this festival. The major attractions of this entire event are the Qawwali performance and the Bollywood night which feature renowned celebrities from Indian film or music industries. Along with that, students from various colleges and schools also perform dance, music, and dramas at this festival.

Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, Lucknow is the nearest airport which is about 186 km from Shravasti. It has direct flights from Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, and Ahmedabad. About 20 km from Shravasti, Balrampur Railway Station is the nearest railhead that has well-connected trains from Gorakhpur, Lakhimpur, Gonda, Lucknow, Mumbai, Panvel, Kanpur, Jhansi, Manmad, Bhopal, and Delhi. Gonda Junction, about 44 km, is the nearest major railhead to Shravasti. One can hire a cab or bus to reach Shravasti from Gonda and Balrampur. Shravasti is well connected by bus with Gonda, Balrampur, Bhinga, and Bahraich. But, the nearest major city and the mega terminus is at Gonda that has well bus connectivity with all the major cities in Uttar Pradesh.

Being one of the famous heritage destinations in Uttar Pradesh, Sravasti provides different accommodation options for every type of traveler out there. From luxury, budget to cheap hotels, and dharmasalas, one can book any type of accommodation based on their requirements.

Located in the heart of Uttar Pradesh, Shravasti experiences typical three-season weather - summer, winter, and monsoon. Summers can get extremely hot, monsoon brings a moderate rainfall and the winters are quite cold with temperature dipping as low as 2??. January is the coldest month and the days during the winter season are moderately pleasant. The best time to visit Shravasti is during the winter months of September to November when the weather is suitable for the day excursion and sightseeing tour. February to April is another conducive time to visit the city when the streets aren't yet blazing with summer heat, and the pleasant spring wind continues to blow.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 05250
Languages Spoken: Hindi, Urdu, Awadhi & English
Major Festivals: Shravasti Mahotsava

How to Reach Shravasti

By Air

Nearest Airport: Lucknow - Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport (186 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Balrampur (20 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Shravasti Bus Station (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Shravasti


#1 of 8 Places to Visit in Shravasti

At a distance of 3 km from Shravasti Bus Station, Angulimala Stupa or Pakki Kuti is an ancient Buddhist stupa located in the Mahet area of Shravasti, Uttar Pradesh. Situated in Mahet Road, it is one of the well-known heritage monuments in Uttar Pradesh, and among the major places to visit in Shravasti.

Pakki Kuti or Angulimala Stupa was excavated along with other ruins of Shravasti city in the year 1863 and is considered to be one of the largest mounds found in the Mahet area of Shravasti. Fa-Hien, a famous Chinese traveler, Hiuen Tsang, a Chinese Scholar, and Alexander Cunningham (British engineer) identified this renowned tourist attraction in Shravasti as the stupa of Angulimala, while some other scholars believed it to be the ruins of Hall of Law, supposed to have been built by Prasenjit in honour of Lord Buddha.

The name of the stupa has been derived from the ruthless decoit of Shravasti - Angulimala. Angulimala (literally, the necklace of fingers) was a dreaded dacoit .....

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#2 of 8 Places to Visit in Shravasti

At a distance of 3 km from Shravasti Bus Station, Anathapindika's Stupa or Kachchi Kuti is an excavated monument located in the Mahet area of Shravasti in Uttar Pradesh. Situated near Angulimala Stupa, it is one of the significant excavated structures in Mahet, and among the must include places in Shravasti Tour Packages.

Kachchi Kuti is one of the two mounds located in the Mahet area, the other being Pakki Kuti o Angulimala Stupa. Inscriptions, found on the lower portion of an image of Bodhisatva excavated from this site, reveal that this structure dates back to Kushana Period. The site has been considered to be associated with the Brahmanical temple by some scholars while the Chinese pilgrims Fa-Hien & Hiuen Tsang associate this site with the Stupa of Sudatta (Anathapindika). It started being known as Kachchi Kuti after a Sadhu made a temporary shrine of unbaked bricks on the top of this structure.

This splendid stupa was built by one of the leading disciples and the greatest .....

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#3 of 8 Places to Visit in Shravasti

At a distance of 2.5 km from Shravasti Bus Station, Shobnath Temple is an ancient Jain temple situated at the entrance of Mahet in Shravasti. Situated on the way to Anathapindika Stupa, it is one of the famous Jain temples in India, and among the important places to visit in Shravasti.

The old temple of Shobnath located at Shravasti is dedicated to Jain Tirthankara Sambhavnath. Shobnath Temple is a highly spiritual shrine for the Jain devotees as the temple is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Sambhavnath - the third Jain Tirthankar. This popular pilgrimage site in Shravasti is erected on a rectangular platform which includes different sections. Since its inception, the temple has undergone numerous additions and extensions.

The major attraction of the shrine is the Dome-shaped roof which is made up of Lakhori bricks and is a later superimposition belonging to the late medieval period. The interior face of the wall was provided with a series of niches housing sculptures .....

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#4 of 8 Places to Visit in Shravasti

At a distance of 2 km from Shravasti Bus Station, Jetavana Monastery is an ancient Buddhist monastery located in Shravasti, Uttar Pradesh. Situated just outside the old city of Shravasti, it is one of the prominent Buddhist monasteries in India, and among the prime tourist places in Shravasti.

Dedicated to Lord Gautam Buddha, Jetavana Monastery was built by a rich businessman of Shravasti, Sudatta, also known as Anathapindika. When Lord Buddha accepted Anathapindika's invitation to visit Shravasti, he purchased Jetavana or Jeta Grove for the monastery from Prince Jeta, the son of King Prasenjit, and gifted to Lord Buddha. It was the second vihara donated to Gautama Buddha after the Venuvana in Rajgir. This monastery has been converted into a historical park now, and still attracts a huge number of tourists every year.

As per the history, Jetavana Monastery is the place where Lord Buddha spent 25 monsoon seasons and gave many teachings, delivered many of the discourses for .....

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#5 of 8 Places to Visit in Shravasti

At a distance of 1 km from Shravasti Bus Station, Daen Mahamongkol Chai Temple is a Buddhist temple and meditation center situated in Shravasti. It is one of the popular meditation centers in India, and among the must include places in Shravasti Packages.

The Daen Mahamongkol International Meditation Centre in Shravasti is the most famous and the largest temple built by Maha Upasika Sitthipol Bongkot of Thailand. This is a center of learning and meditation giving a rejuvenating experience. It is one of the two centers has been established by Upasika Bongkot Sitthipol, other in Thailand. The center has been established with the emphasis on education to cultivate virtues, great wisdom & kindness, giving rise to peace & true happiness in the world.

For almost thirty years, the center is providing free training in meditation & wisdom for the public. About 200 women from various countries committed to the service of mankind, promote non-formal education, and other charitable activities .....

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#6 of 8 Places to Visit in Shravasti

At a distance of 3 km from Shravasti Bus Station, Orajhar is a Buddhist site located in Shravasti, Uttar Pradesh. Situated on Bahraich-Balrampur road, it is one of the popular places to visit in Shravasti.

Orajhar is said to be a monastic complex located on a derelict hill with an unpaved path overgrown with grass and wild bushes. It is said to be the place where Lord Buddha performed Twin Miracle (Yamaka patihariya). It may be identified with the celebrated 'Purvarama' or Eastern Monastery, built by Lady Vishakha as seen by Fa-Hien. Here excavation has revealed a three-fold cultural sequence starting from the Kushan period (1st century AD) followed by Gupta and medieval periods. The Kushan period has revealed the remains of a monastic complex with the usual plan. The Gupta period is witnessed in form of a plinth of a temple that is enclosed by a wall. The medieval period revealed a starlike structure at the top of the Gupta temple.

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#7 of 8 Places to Visit in Shravasti

At a distance of 32 km from Bhinga, and 55 km from Shravasti, Vibhuti Nath Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated at Merkiya village in Shravasti district of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of the sacred Hindu places of pilgrimage in Uttar Pradesh, and among the best-sacred places to visit near Shravasti.

Founded by Pandavas, Vibhuti Nath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the region. One can find traces of its history from the great Hindu epic Mahabharata. During the Mahabharata period, Pandavas spent twelve years in exile and one year in a concealed place. During the exile period, they resided for sometimes in the forest region of Suhaildev. At that time Bhima initiated to form a village that came to be known as Bhimgaon and later Bhinga. About 32 km north of Bhimgaon, Pandavas laid the foundation of a Shiva temple which became famous as Vibhuti Nath.

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#8 of 8 Places to Visit in Shravasti

At a distance of 52 km from Shravasti, and 56 km from Balrampur, Suhelwa, or Suhaildev Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected wildlife reserve spread across Gonda, Shravasti, and Balrampur districts of Uttar Pradesh. Situated along the Indo-Nepal border, it is one of the popular wildlife sanctuaries in Uttar Pradesh, and among the best places to visit as part of Shravasti Tour Packages.

The forest of Suhelwa Wildlife Sanctuary was owned by Maharaja of Balrampur before the implementation of the Zamindari Abolition Act 1952 and was known as Balrampur Estate. The forest is one of the oldest forests in Uttar Pradesh and was given the status of a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1988. Sprawling in an area of 452 sq km, this sanctuary is a strip of land, approximately, 120 km long from the east to west and 6-8 km wide. In the north are the jungles of Nepal and together they form a situational unit. The wildlife sanctuary encompasses Tulsipur, Barhawa, Bankatwa, Eastern Suhailwa, and Western Suhailwa .....

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