Faizabad was a former capital of Uttar Pradesh before it was shifted to Lucknow in the late 18th century. The town is situated 6 km west of the famous town of Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Ram. Faizabad has a lot of tourist attractions but is extremely famous for the designer bangles manufactured here. Faizabad lies on the banks of river Ghagra and extends to the revered town of Ayodhya which falls under the Faizabad district. and is a famous place in UP tours
Faizabad is situated in the centre of Uttar Pradesh and is accessible by trains and highways. The nearest major cities are Lucknow and Uttar Pradesh. Train links are available to all major stations in North India and some trains ply to some cities in south like Chennai and Hyderabad. Faizabad is connected to the surrounding states of Haryana, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh with well maintained national highways. A tour of Faizabad’s most important places is possible in a day and it would be advisable to visit Ayodhya once you are in Faizabad.
Some of the popular places in Faizabad are:
- Fort Calcutta – The huge court was constructed by the famous nawab of Faizabad, Shuja-ud-daulah, who is renowned as the brave warrior who fought the battle of Buxer against the British during the First war of Independence
- Gulab Babri – This is a huge, 42 m high monument made of white marble and is said to be the last resort of Shuja-ud-daulah’s widow
- State museum- The museum at Faizabad is of huge importance because at a park in this museum lies a temple which is believed to be the place from where Lord Ram disappeared.
Faizabad is at its best during dawn where you can feel the very vibrant town like atmosphere, and it would be good to have a nice breakfast early morning absorbing the calming atmosphere. A quick Faizabad trip in North India
can be followed by a visit to the Calcutta fort, which is bound to impress you with its vast court. The fort gives you a sense of the power and courage of Nawab Shuja-ud-daulah. Then you may take a quick cab or a tourist bus to the Gulab babri, which towers to the sky being 45 m long. Save the visit to the state museum for the evening, where you can appreciate the beautifully lighted garden and the historic temple in the company of darkness. If you are someone who would like to shop no matter where you are, there are lots of platform shops in and around Faizabad for you to choose from mostly selling the famous glass bangles of a variety of colours.
Good restaurants are available in Faizabad and these restaurants attract tourists from nearby Ayodhya due to lack of good food there. Food served is mainly traditional dhal rotis and paratha. Wide range of mouth watering Faizabadi sweets is available in the street corners as well.
Faizabad is very famous for the glass bangles which are exported all around the world. Buying a set of these bangles will remind you of a visit to the simple yet wonderful town of Faizabad. Visiting Faizabad will encourage you to tap the other wonderful towns of Uttar Pradesh by booking holiday packages from Delhi.
Normally, a visit to Faizabad by train from Delhi will cost you around 1000 for a couple. Accommodations for available for a reasonable price but as you don’t have nothing much to do, you can be a nomadic traveller in Faizabad. Taxi for a whole day will cost you not more than 500.