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by Akshay Balraj on Apr 28, 2010
Ayodhya is a must see place for pilgrimage and history buffs. This is an important place for all the religions in India. So get packing!
The history of the ancient city of Ayodhya goes back to the time of the Suryavanshi kings ‘Dashratha’ who was the 63rd monarch in the solar line. The history of Ayodhya talks about the mythological tales of the ‘Ramayana’ wherein Lord Rama was sent on a 14 year exile by his step mother, Kaikayi.
According to the documentations of saint Valmiki, Lord Rama was born here and various other saints like Tulsidas and Kamban also have praised the Lord as well as the city in their memoirs. The city also finds its mention in the ‘Atharvaveda’ where Vrindavan has been described as a prosperous heaven built by the gods themselves.
The city is also an important center for Buddhist pilgrimage during the 5th century BCE. Many centers of learning and monument were built by the king Asoka of the Mauryan dynasty. The Guptas are also known to have ruled here. The city emerged as important trade hub in 600 BCE. Various documents also suggest the city to have been an important pilgrimage place for Jains as well.
Travel within city
The various modes of local transport available in the city of Ayodhya are government buses, taxis, tempos, Tongas and cycle rickshaws. Tourists can opt for any one of these modes of transport and can travel through the city at their leisure.
Government buses in Ayodhya are generally very crowded and are not very well maintained. Buses, though, are the cheapest mode of transport available and ticket prices will range around Rs 3 to 5 for travelling from one point in the city to another. You should be well aware of your destination beforehand in order to successfully commute through buses in Ayodhya.
Auto rickshaws in Ayodhya do not run on meter, and rates are fixed. You can bargain with an auto driver after consulting about the local fares from any native living in the city. Auto fares will not exceed Rs 50 by any margin and there are no night fares involved. Travelling through an auto rickshaw or taxi is the safest option during the night.
Taxis are not metered in Ayodhya and fares may range anywhere around Rs 40 to 100, in order to travel within the city. Together, taxis and auto rickshaws will be present in the major sections of the city, thus, making the commute easier.
Tongas normally charge lesser amounts of around Rs 5 to 20, depending on the distance covered.