India is the largest country in South Asia with a population of 940 million. The country is divided into twenty-nine states and seven union territories.
Shravasti is one of the newly created districts in the north east the state of of Uttar Pradesh near the river Rapti, approximately 175 kilometers away from Lucknow, the state capital.
Bhinga town is the district headquarters. The district covers an area of approximately 1,948.20 sq. km., with a population of 1.11million as estimated in 2011. Hindi is the only statewide official language but most of the people in Shravasti speak the Awadhi dialect.
Shravasti, an ancient city connected with the life of Gautama Buddha, is one of the important Buddhist pilgrimage centers in India.
There are ancient stūpas, grand vihāras and monasteries constructed by different countries such as South Korea, Śri Lanka, Myanmar, Thailand and so on.
It certainly has become an important historical and religious attraction for Buddhist and tourists alike, from all over the world.