Ahraura is a city and a municipal board in Mirzapur district (distance 60 kilometers by road) in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Ahraura has an scope of being a major tourist attraction ( 40 minutes drive away from Varanasi) specially during rainy season, as it is surrounded by forest, picturesque hills, many waterfalls, such as Lekhaniya Dari (Dari stands for Waterfall in Hindi), and water reservoirs creating a scenic beauty, and a nearby site of stone carvings/writings/paintings in Caves believed to be prehistoric.
Another important monument accounts for stone-scripture by Emperor Ashoka, in a script possibly Pali, a mark of Buddhist Influence, which in that period, might have been a site of distribution of food by the monastery, thus contributing the name Bhandari. Near the Southern End of the city, near the Water Reservoir, is a Stone Pillar, that too is believed to be erected by Emperor Ashoka, with a script/note in Pali, mistaken as a riddle to be solved to reach the hidden wealth of Sumedha (mentioned in "Chandrakanta" written by Devaki Nandan Khatri, also successfully produced as TV Serial By Nirja Guleri).
The city has many a famous structures/temples within its boundaries, the two most visited are Durga Devi temple and Bhandari Devi temple. Durga Devi temple is situated at a mountain at the south edge of the city and Bhandari Devi temple is situated at a mountain at the north edge of the city. The city also has a temple named as Radha Krishna temple in the mid of the city market. There are many architectural structures, scattered in the periphery of the town speaking of its rich history and culture.
Ahraura has been an historical center of trade in the region, Lately for Forest Products such as, Wooden Toys, Khair (Kattha, used in Beetle/Paan), Tendu-Patta (used in preparing smoke-cigars/beedee), Tree-raisins/Lava, and earlier for Food Grains and Vegetables. The nearby forests yield many a valued medicinal herbs, with a few rare to find anywhere else.
The city is very famous for the pink stones of its mountain rocks. Geographically the Stones found are considered in varieties Chunars Sand Stones, But are different in attributes such as Stronger in Hardness, the unique quality of the stone is that it shines Pink when touched with water,as in rain, a Rare Pink Marble, recently used in huge quantity in the Monumental Parks erected by Mayawati Government, in the cities of Lucknow and NOIDA.
The city has two Co- educational Intermediate Colleges named Nagar Palika Inter College and Jai Hind Vidyamandir Inter College, one exclusively for girls, Ganga Devi Balika Inter College, and a Post Graduate college named Vanasthali Mahavidyalaya, affiliated to MGKVP, Varanasi.