Ayodhya, capital of the ancient Hindu kingdom of Kosala, is located in the Faizabad district of Uttar Pradesh. It is situated on the banks of the river Ghaghra, which is locally known as Saryu. Ayodhya is famous as the city of Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is considered to be the birthplace of Rama, according to the Hindu holy book Ramayana.The city holds significance for the Jains also, as it is the birthplace of five Tirthankaras. The Jain Agams consider it the second most holy place after Shikharji.
HOW TO REACH
Nearest working airport to Ayodhya is in Lucknow which is located about 130 km from the city. From there you can take State buses and Private taxi services to reach the Ayodhya city.
The city is connected with all major cities of Uttar Pradesh hence you can easily reach by road. Lucknow is 130 km, Allahabad is 155km, and Varanasi is 200 km from the Ayodhya which are the major cities of Uttar Pradesh. Frequent bus service is available from Delhi, Lucknow, Allahabad and Varanasi to reach Ayodhya.
Ayodhya railway station is directly connected via rail to all major stations of North, East and West India. Major cities like Kolkata, Jaipur, Delhi, and Lucknow are connected directly to Ayodhya via railway.
WHAT TO SEE
For those looking to dig into the religious legacy of the city, or for those who simply love to explore, the following places are recommended:
Hanuman Garhi is a Hanuman temple with 76 steps outside. It is believed that the wishes of the pilgrims are fulfilled if they climb these 76 steps of the temple.
Ramkot is one of the most sacred attractions for Hindu pilgrims. The number of visitors here doubles on “Rama Navami”, the birthday of Lord Rama. Ayodhya also houses the site of cremation of Rama, Swarg Dwar.
It constructed by Kush, one of Rama’s sons, depicts the worship of Lord Shiva by the Nagas (semi-divine snake people).
Kanak Bhawan also known as ‘Sone ka Ghar’, is a temple famous for the idols of Rama and Sita adorned with crowns made of gold.
Ram katha museum:-
The museum enthrals you with nostalgic and marvellous findings of the Surya dynasty, along with numerous possessions of Lord Ram.
The famous literary work â€œRamcharitramanasâ€ was composed by Tulsidas in this region. As a tourist you will be able to experience the environment in which this epic was written.
These Bazaars in Ayodhya have their own charm with narrow winding lanes, rows of dimlit shops, vegetable markets, all under the same roof. The shops in the Bazaars in Ayodhya keep a good stock of souvenirs that makes for interesting gift packages back home. Photos of temples, shirts with religious prints, devotional objects, idols of Ram and Sita, key chains are some of the items available here. Shopping in Ayodhya is a fun filled experience and you could spend some quality times venturing the Bazaars in Ayodhya.
Ayodhya offers you traditional exotic Indian food. Your taste buds will savour the food served here and quench your appetite. A visit to Ayodhya will guarantee you a peaceful mind and a good retreat from your hectic schedule. Souvenirâ€™s that can be taken back include offerings from the different temples and also idols of your deity.