Rashtriya Van Chetna Kendra was set up to foster awareness about the forests and environment among the residents of Basti and its surrounding areas. It is also called Sant Ravi Das Van Vihar as a tribute to the great saint.
Basti is an ancient city. It used to be the residence of saints and sages who had built their ashrams here. It would be relevant to mention that Rishi Vashisht, the famous guru of Lord Ram had also set up his ashram here. As mentioned in the Ramayana, Lord Rama spent some time in the ashram along with his brother Lakshman.
Situated approximately one kilometer from the centre of district Basti and close to the village Ganeshpur, the Rashtriya Van Chetna Kendra houses a children’s park and a beautiful lake that offers boating facilities to the visitors.
The park is touched by Kunwah River at two spots which increases the charm of the surroundings manifold. The park attracts huge crowds of visitors on holidays and Sundays.