Ayodhya is believed to be one of the holiest places in India situated in the heart of Uttar Pradesh nestled along the banks of the river Saryu. The significance of this temple town is that it is believed to be the hometown of Lord Ram, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to ancient scripts, Ayodhya was founded by Manu, who was the law-maker of Hindu’s. In ancient times, Ayodhya was believed to be an architectural marvel of the God’s and was considered as heaven on Earth. Today, Ayodhya houses places of religious importance to people of all faiths be it Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism or Jainism.
Best Time to Visit
Ayodhya attracts lakhs of pilgrims every year during the month of dussera, celebrating the victory of good over evil. Your visit to Ayodhya will be dominated with visits to temples and shrines, although a stroll across the town will soothe your nerves owing to the calm and sombre atmosphere. The weather in Ayodhya is pleasant most of the year, the best time to visit being between November and December, where you can join in the festivities.
Places of interest in Ayodhya
- Ramkoth- Believed to be the site of birthplace of Lord Ram, this shrine is flocked by pilgrims on the occasion of ‘Ramnavami’, between March-April
- Hanuman Garhi- This temple, supposedly the cave in which Hanuman rested and guarded the Ramkoth, is said to fulfil one’s wishes.
- Ram katha museum- The museum enthrals you with nostalgic and marvellous findings of the Surya dynasty, along with numerous possessions of Lord Ram.
- Tulsichaura- The famous literary work “Ramcharitramanas” was composed by Tulsidas in this region. As a tourist you will be able to experience the environment in which this epic was written.
- Ayodhya also houses Jain shrines across its landscape, and numerous places of worship for Buddhists.
You can reach Ayodhya by air, travelling to the nearest domestic airport at Amausi, while alternative airports are at Varanasi and Kanpur. Ayodhya is connected to the broad gauge northern railway network and has connecting trains all over India. Ayodhya also has excellent highways which links it to other cities in Uttar Pradesh and to the rest of the country. While air travel saves time, it is quite costly. Travel by train is affordable and an enchanting experience.
This temple town has a lot of Ashrams where u can enjoy respectful hospitality. You will also find options in Lodgings and hotels ranging from 3-star to 5-star all across the town. A complete tour of this temple town is possible in 2-3 days
Planning Your Trip
The first day of your visit may be spent on visiting the main shrines of Ramkoth and Hanuman Garhi. Good breakfast is available in almost every street across Ayodhya, comprising a diet of mostly dal and roti’s, the customary North Indian cuisine. After a good breakfast, you can start your temple trips or yatra as it is known here. More than two major temples in a day would not be advisable because you may need to walk a lot to cover the complete area of the temple to appreciate its wonderful architecture. If you aren’t too tired, the evening may be spent on taking a stroll across the streets of Ayodhya, with the cool breeze for company enjoying the calming environment.
With the two main temples out of the way, you are left with only the smaller shrines and other historical monuments on day two of your visit. It would be ideal to finish your Ayodhya tour with a visit to the Ramkatha museum, which will brush up your historical knowledge and take you on a journey back in time. A good night sleep will revive you for the journey back. Try out shopping along the streets of Ayodhya where you mostly find articles and accessories to adorn your God’s room. You may stay back for another day if you want to visit all the heritage centres and get a feel of rural 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. Souvenir’s that can be taken back include offerings from the different temples and also idols of your deity.
An approximate estimate of your tour to Ayodhya including travel and stay from New Delhi for a couple will be around Rs.4000 (Train fare’s with Second class and Lodging accommodation in normal Guest house).