Basti is the administrative headquarters of Basti District
in southeastern Uttar Pradesh
. Basti is around 180 km west of Lucknow
Sugarcane farming dominates the local crops while there are also a few small-scale industries flourishing in the nearby villages.
Places of tourist interest include Ganeshpur, Makhauda, Chhawni Bazaar, Nagar, Chando Tal, Baraha and Bhadeshwar Nath.
Nearest airport is at Lucknow.
Basti Railway Station is on the Gorakhpur-Lucknow line. Basti is situated on the
National Highway 28 and has regular connections to Lucknow and Gorakhpur.