Ayodhya the city full of heritage and culture is situated in the Faizabad District of Uttar Pradesh, India. Ayodhya is not the city where you will see a beautiful scene of the mountains or where you can relax on the beach. But still, that city is beautiful because that city relates to mythology and has a very interesting history.
The most important thing about this city is out of 23 avatars of Lord Vishnu the 21st avatar Lord Ram was born here. The 24th avatar of Lord Vishnu i.e. Kalki will incarnate in Kali Yuga. Lord Shri Ram was the son of Mata Kaushalya and King Dasharatha. Dasharatha was the king of Ayodhya. Dasharatha had four sons out of which Lord Ram was the elder one. Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram was not only loved by his family but by the public of Ayodhya too.
Except being a Birthplace of Lord Ram Ayodhya also have many temples and mosque. That’s why I called it the city of heritage and culture. If you want more information about Lord Shri Ram, then watch or read Ramayan. Ramayan is the story of the Life of Shri Lord Ram by Valmiki Ji.
How to Reach?
Ayodhya is just 140 km away from Lucknow and 700 km away from New Delhi. If you want to go by Public Transport, then you can take a direct train or bus from New Delhi to Ayodhya. There is no airport in Ayodhya but it is under construction. So, if don’t have so much time or don’t want to travel by bus or train then you can take a flight to Lucknow from New Delhi and from there you can take a cab to Ayodhya.
This blog is totally my experience of Ayodhya, which can help you. Because in this blog I will also tell the things which you have to avoid after then no one will cheat you there.
Don’t worry about exploring Ayodhya if you don’t have your own vehicle. It’s better if you take an auto to explore because then you don’t need to worry about parking and the owner of the auto takes you places in a sequence. All you need to do just some bargain so they charge 100 rupees per person.
Many Hotels and Dharamshala are present within the city at a very normal price. But try to stay nearby to Ram Janam Bhoomi because from there other places are not so distant. 1 night and 2 days are enough for Ayodhya but if you want to spend more days there then totally it’s your choice.
Things that you can do in Ayodhya
Hanuman Garhi Mandir – Everyone knows how dear Hanuman was to Lord Shri Ram. And how did Hanuman Ji devote his entire life to Lord Ram. That’s why it’s important to take Lord Hanuman’s permission if you want the darshan of Lord Ram. Which you can take from Hanuman Garhi Mandir. Hanuman Garhi Mandir is in the main market which is just a few kilometers away from the Ram Janam Bhoomi. That market is famous for its Lassi, petha and good for shopping.
Kanak Bhawan – Kanak Bhawan is also in the market and just a few meters away from the Hanuman Garhi Mandir. This Bhawan is gifted by Kaikeyi to Devi Sita after the marriage on munah-dikhayi. This place is one of the most recommended places in Ayodhya. Sit there for some time because that place is peaceful and you will feel so much relaxed there.
|Morning TImings||8:00 AM to 11:00 AM|
|Evening Timings||4:30 PM to 9:00 PM|
|Summers||8:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM|
|Winters||8:30 AM to 9:30 AM and 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM|
- Note – I recommend you to reach Ayodhya in the evening. Then after taking the permission from Hanuman Ji and having your dinner you can take rest.
Saryu nadee – Leave to Saryu river early in the morning. Saryu nadee has a great spiritual significance in India. According to Ramayana, Lord Ram took water mausoleum in this river. On Ram Navami, a festival celebrating Lord Ram’s birthday, thousands of people take a dip in the Saryu Nadee in Ayodhya.
If you can’t be there on Ram Navami, then it’s not a big issue because that place is always holly. So start your day with a blessing by taking a dip in the river. On Saryu Nadee Ghat boating is also available and after taking the dip don’t forget to do worship Gau Mata (Cow).
Valmiki Ramayana Bhawan – After the worship of Gau Mata leave your wet clothes back in the hotel. Then after breakfast, the next destination is Valmiki Ramayana Bhawan which is hardly 1 km Ram Janam Bhoomi.
This is the holy place where Valmiki Ji has written the whole Ramayan and there you will found Ramayana written on the walls. This place is the best to sit for some time in mediation and there you will found some inner peace.
Char Dham Mandir – The Main Char Dham is located in Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Odisha, and Tamil Nadu in India, but you will find so many temples in different cities where you find Char Dham Mandir. Which is basically the combination of that Char Dham in one temple.
Beware of Monkeys and after the darshan of Char Dham in Ayodhya. Main Char Dham is different from Char Dham of Uttarakhand.
Shri Bade Hanuman Ji – That temple has a very good structure. In that temple, you will also find the museum where different stories of mythology represented as statues. If you want the Darshan of Shri Hanuman Ji, then it’s totally free but if you want to enter the museum then you have to pay 10 Rupees per head.
Ram Janam Bhoomi – There are only three things remaining in Ayodhya of Lord Ram’s time. One is Saryu Nadee, the Second is Ram Janam Bhoomi, and the last – the belief of people for Lord Ram.
Temple opens from 7:30 am to 11:30 am in the morning and 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm in the evening. Try to cover all the places mentioned above up to 10:30 am. Because then you can go back to your hotel and then reach Ram Janam Bhoomi on time.
I’m suggesting you reach your hotel before going to Ram Janam Bhoomi because Ram Janam Bhoomi is a very restricted place. Cell Phones, wallets, belts, watches, etc., any eatable material is not allowed inside the temple.
If you take those things with you then you must have to submit them to your locker before entering the temple. You have to pass out by many checkpoints, so there is no possibility for you to take those items with you to the temple. So, to save your time and money leave those things in your hotel.
Sarayu Ghat – After the Darshan have your lunch, then explore the local market. The market is very famous for its Lassi and Petha and after then end your trip by spending some time at Saryu Ghat.
Note – Always take care of your belongings because there are so many thieves there. Beggars will also bother you so be careful of them also. Don’t be fooled by so-called Pandits in the name of Dharm.
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