Ayodhya Hindu Pilgrimage Guide
Ayodhya is one of the seven most sacred cities of the Hindus in India and situated about 135 km from Lucknow, on the banks of the Saryu river. The name Ayodhya means which cannot be subdued by war. It covers an area of 10.24 square km. This holy city holds a place of pride among Hindus as it is the birthplace of Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Ayodhya is also believed to be the capital of Kosala, a kingdom ruled by Lord Rama. Ayodhya is an equally important place for Jains and Sikhs. Ayodhya is a city of temples as there are about 300 temples here. Hindi, Avadhi, English are the main languages which are spoken in Ayodhya. The best season to visit this place is from October to March.Ram Navami and Shravan Jhoola Mela are the main festivals which are celebrated in Ayodhya. Ram Navami falls on the 9th day of the bright fortnight of Chaitra (March-April). The people from all parts of the country gather on the banks of Saryu river. The birth of Lord Rama is celebrated at midnight, when Ayodhya is filled with the sound of conches and bells. Shravan Jhoola Mela starts on the third day of the second half of Shravana (July-August) and lasts till the end of the month. The images of the Lord Rama, Lakshman and Sita are swung in the temples and then taken in Mani Parvat, where a big gathering joins in swinging these deities. The deities are later brought back to the temples.
Ayodhya Pilgrimage Tour - Suggested Tour Package Itinarary
(Delhi - Lucknow - Ayodhya - Varanasi - Lucknow - Delhi ( 7- DAYS)
Day 01 : Arrive Delhi -
Transfer to hotel. Half Day Sight Seeing of Delhi after Lunch. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02 : Delhi to Lucknow - By Flight
Transfer to Airport for flight to Lucknow after Breakfast. Arrive at Lucknow and transfer to hotel. Half day sightseeing at Lucknow city. Night. Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 : Lucknow - Ayodhya - Ram Janma Bhoomi Sthan Tour
Transfer to Ayodhya by AC Car/Coach after lunch. Arrive at Ayodhya and transfer to hotel. Visit Ram Janmabhoomi Mandir, Hanuman garhi and other famous pilgrimage destinations
Overnight at hotel.
Day 04 : Ayodhya Site Seeing
Full day sightseeing of Ayodhya city, Hanuman Garhi, Sita Ki Rasoi, Saryu Ghat and many others
Day 05 : Ayodhya to Varanasi
Transfer to Varanasi by AC Car/Coach after breakfast. Arrive at Varanasi and transfer to hotel. After Lunch, Proceed on Varanasi Ghats visit
Night Stay in Varanasi
Day 06 :- Varanasi Site Seeing & Sarnath Visit - Kashiveshwanath temple tour
Full day Varanasi Site Seeing inclusing Kashi Vishwanath temple and Proceed to Sarnath
Night Stay in Varanasi
Day 7:- Flight to Lucknow & Delhi
After Breakfast, check out and catch flight to Lucknow and delhi
Best Hotels in Ayodhya
Ayodhya Attractions Covered
Shri Ram Janambhoomi temple - 2016
Visit the Temporary Main Temple which was constructed after 1992 mosque demolition under the central dome and have darshans of Ram Lala kept under the shed. Timing is 0700 to 1100 AM then 1300 to 1700 Hrs. idols of Rama and others which is kept in a temporary shed.One has to go through at least 4 to 5 security checks and about 1 km walk to reach the temple. There is no shortcut of this route of Ram Janam Bhomi.
Must go once to take blessing for Shri Ram.the visit is not allowed after 11 am. at 11 am the entry is closed and one has to walk around nearly 1.5 km before coming out of the scene. it was very painful to walk this long under very hot sun, without any protection over head. no mobiles, bags, allowed. frisking and checking at every 50 meters. No Items are allowed, you can not even take car key. Mobile, watch and car key to be deposited at the entry.
The Hanuman Garhi
Situated in the center of the town, this temple is approachable by a flight of 76 steps. Legend has it that Hanuman lived here in a cave and guarded the Janambhoomi or
Ramkot. The main temple contains the statue of Maa Anjani, with Bal Hanuman seated on her lap. The faithful believe that all their wishes are granted with a visit to this holy shrine.A massive structure in the shape of a four sided fort with circular bastions at each corner houses a temple of Hanuman and is the most popular shrine in Ayodhya.
This has images of Sri Rama and Sita wearing gold crowns. It is also known as Sone-ke-Ghar.
The chief place of worship in Ayodhya is the site of the ancient citadel of Ramkot which stands on an elevated ground in the western part of the city. Although visited by pilgrims throughout the year, this sacred place attracts devotees from all over India and abroad, on `Ram Navami', the day of Lord's birth, which is celebrated with great pomp and show, in the Hindu month of Chaitra (March-April).
According to mythology, Lord Rama is said to have been cremated here.
Mani Parbat and Sugriv Parbat
The first of these ancient earth mounds is identified with a stupa built by the Emperor Ashoka, while the second is believed to be an ancient monastery.
Treta ke Thakur
This temple stands at the place where Rama is said to have performed the Ashvamedha Yajnya. About 300 years ago the Raja of kulu built a new temple here, which was improved by Ahalyabai Hokar of Indore during 1784, at the same time the adjoining Ghats were also built. The initial idols in black sandstone were recovered from Saryu and placed in the new temple, famous as Kaleram-ka-Mandir.
The temple of Nageshwarnath is said to have been established by Kush the son of Rama. Legend has it that Kush lost his armlet, while bathing in the Saryu, which was picked up by a Nag-Kanya, who fell in love with him. As she was a devotee of Shiva, Kush erected this temple for her. It is said that this has been the only temple to have survived till the time of Vikramaditya, the rest of city had fallen into ruins and was covered by dense forests. It was by means of this temple that Vikramaditya was able to locate Ayodhya and the sites of different shrines here. The festival of Shivratri is celebrated here with great pomp and splendor.
When to visit Ayodhya
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.
How to reach Ayodhya
Ayodhya By Air
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.
Ayodhya By Road
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 By Train
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.