Cities to Visit in Uttar Pradesh

Travel to Ayodhya


About Ayodhya



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.

Places to Visit in Ayodhya

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.
  • Nageshwarnath Temple, constructed by Kush, one of Rama's sons, depicts the worship of Lord Shiva by the Nagas (semi-divine snake people).
  • Kaleram ka Mandir is another temple of Lord Rama in Ayodhya. Erected by the Raja of Kulu, the temple exhibits the idols of Lord Rama, Sita, Bharat and Lakshman. It is believed that these idols have been created from a single black sandstone.
  • 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.
Gurudwara Brahma Kund, Shri Rama Janaki Birla Temple, Vashith Ashram Delasiganj Faizabad, Rishabhadeo Jain Temple, Ram Katha Museum, and Laxman Quila are other places of tourist interest in Ayodhya.

Highlights of Ayodhya:
  • Ram Navmi Mela (April)
  • Ram Lila (September and early October)
How to reach Ayodhya

Air

The nearest airports are:
  • Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport in Lucknow (134 km)
  • Bumrauli Airport in Allahabad (166 km)
Rail

The nearest railway stations are:
  • Ayodhya Railway Station (05278) 232023.
  • Faizabad Railway Station
Following is the list of trains:
  • Saket Express (Mumbai-Faizabad)
  • Doon Express (Howrah-Dehradun)
  • Jammu Tawi Express (Sealdah)
  • Ganga Yamuna Express (Bhiwani/Delhi-Varanasi/Danapur)
  • Saryu Yamuna Express (Delhi-Varanasi)
  • Sabarmati Express (Muzaffarpur-Ahmedabad)
Road distances
  • Lucknow - 134 km
  • Gorakhpur - 132 km
  • Jhansi - 441 km
  • Allahabad - 166 km
  • Sravasti - 109 km
  • Varanasi - 209 km
  • Gonda - 51 km
Buses
  • Ayodhya UPSRTC Bus Stand - (05278) 232067.
  • Faizabad UPSRTC Bus Stand - (05278) 222964.
Other transport
  • Tempos
  • Taxis
  • Cycle-Rikshaws
  • Tongas
Tourism department contacts
  • Regional Tourist Office, House No. 1-3/152/4, near Pusparaj Guest House, Civil Lines, Faizabad, UP. Contact: (05278) 223214.
  • UP Assistant Tourist Office, Pathik Niwas Saket, Near Railway Station, Ayodhya. Contact: (05278) 232435.
Hotels and Accommodation

UP Tourism Accommodation
  • Pathik Niwas Saket, near Railway Station, Ayodhya. Contact: (05278) 232435
  • UPSTDC Yatri Niwas, Naya Ghat, Ayodhya
Hotels
  • Sri Ram Hotel: (05278) 232512, 232474
  • Ram Dham Guest House: (05278) 232791
  • Ram Anugsah Vishram Sadan: (05278) 223142, 223146
Dharamshalas
  • Janaki Mahal Trust Dharamshala: (05278) 232032
  • Birla Dharamshala: (05278) 232252
  • Gujrat Bhawan Dharamshala: (05278) 232075
  • Kanak Bhawan Dharamshala: (05278) 232024
  • Jain Dharamshala: (05278) 232308
Accommodation at Faizabad
  • Tirupati Hotel: (05278) 223231/222448
  • Hotel Alka Raje: (05278) 222027
  • Abha Hotel: (05278) 222930, 222550
  • Avantika Hotel: (05278) 220472
  • Shane-Awadh: 05278-223586
  • Krishna Palace: (05278) 221367
Last Updated on : 31/10/2013