One of the 75 districts of the state of Uttar Pradesh, Balrampur is located on the bank of the beautiful River Rapti and is situated on a ridge, 348 ft above sea level. Balrampur City Guide is incomplete without a mention of its rich cultural heritage. The place is widely known for its beautiful temples, monasteries and centers of religious significance for the Jains. The revered Shakti Pith, the temple of Pateshwari Devi serves as a major attraction among tourists and the other includes the ancient city of Sravasti, which is presently a pilgrimage place for Jains and Buddhists.
Balrampur is addressed as the birth place of renowned Urdu poet Ali Sardar Jafri and he is among one of the few Urdu poets in the country who were awarded with the prestigious Jnanpith award. The Jeetavana Monastery, which is believed to be the favourite site of Lord Buddha, is one of the oldest monasteries situated in the town. The place was also visited by Emperor Ashoka for its historical significance. A sacred Peepal tree is believed to have grown from a sapling of the original Bodhi Tree at Bodh Gaya. Balrampur is also a famous Jain city having Swetambar Temple in the Sravasti area.
The city has also excelled in the field of education and learning. One of the renowned Institutions, M. L. K. P. G. College, is located in the town. It is about 17 Kms from a religious place Shravasti where Gautama Buddha is believed to have displayed his mystical powers. The region which includes the present Balrampur district was the part of the great Kosala kingdom. Balrampur is also famous for the Balrampur Chini Mills which is one of the largest manufacturers of sugar in the country.