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"The birthplace of Lord Rama"

Ayodhya Tourism

Ayodhya, located on the banks of river Sarayu in Uttar Pradesh, is one of the 7 sacred cities for Hindus. Ayodhya plays a critical role in the Hindu epic of Ramayana as it is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Rama. Ayodhya has been surrounded by controversy since about a decade now but yet, has so much colour and spirituality to see for its tourists taking the form of various attractions here including Ram Janmabhoomi and various other temples.

Given its association with Hinduism, it is predominantly a religious tourist destination with all its temples and historical significance. Most recently, Ayodhya has been in news for the Babri Mosque dispute. The mosque, which was allegedly built on Ram Janmabhoomi temple, became the bone of contention between Hindus and Muslims. In 2005, Ayodhya witnessed a terrorist attack at the site of Ramlalla Temple.

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History of Ayodhya

Ayodhya is best known for being the city of Hindu mythological epic Ramayana. As per Legends, Saint Manu, the initiator of mankind founded the city and gave it to the Ikshvaku clan to rule. Being the capital city of Kosala, Ayodhya was then ruled by King Dasaratha, a descendant of Ikshvaku. It is, however interesting to note that historians have interpreted Ayodhya's existence, as per Ramayana, as an urban centre consisting of buildings and palaces. But, the excavations at present-day Ayodhya indicate that it had a primitive life. This has led to the conclusion that the city of Ayodhya in Ramayana was a fictional one. A local tradition states that Ayodhya became desolate after Lord Rama's ascent to heaven and was later revived by a King Vikramaditya of Ujjain, in 50 BCE. The great Kalidasa, however, mentions in Raghuvamsa that Lord Rama’s son Kusa was the one who led Ayodhya’s revival. Several legends like Brahmanda Purana and Garuda Purana mention Ayodhya as one of the "most sacred and foremost cities" and "one of the holiest places for Hindus in India", respectively. The Jain tradition states that 5 Tirthankaras- Rishabhanatha (first), Ajitanatha (second), Abhinandananatha (fourth), Sumatinatha (fifth) and Anantanatha (fourteenth) were born in Ayodhya.

Dispute of Ramjanmabhoomi Temple

The biggest centre of attraction of Ayodhya is Ram Janmabhoomi Temple. It is believed to be the birthplace of 7th incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Lord Ram. Although this area is under dispute. It is believed that there was a temple here which was demolished by Mughal Emperor Babur in 1528 AD and built a mosque over there. The mosque was again demolished in 1922 and since then the land is under dispute.

Restaurants and Local Food in Ayodhya

Options for food in the area can be quite limited since the food is only vegetarian and there aren't many fancy dining places in the small town. The handful of local restaurants and Dhabas here offer Punjabi, North-Indian and Chinese cuisines. The state is known for the color and flavors of its Chaat, which includes Aloo Tikki, Pani Puri, Kachori, Papri Chaat, Samosa and more.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Start by visiting Ram Janmabhoomi Temple and feel the legend. Then you can visit Moti Mahal and admire the beautiful architecture of this temple.
Day 2- You can visit Hanuman Garhi, Treta Ke thakur, Kanak Bhawan and Gupatr Ghat.

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What's Great?

Ayodhya is famous as a holy tourist spot as it has many pilgrim sites and temples. The place is known for its purity and simplicity.

What's Not So Great?

The place is meant for a religious tour and not a relaxing vacation. It can be hot and dry a major part of the year.

For Whom?

Ayodhya is meant for elderly people. This place is for people who are intending to go on a religious trip and not a vacation

How To Reach Ayodhya

There are not many direct routes connecting Ayodhya to most places but once you are in the state of UP, connectivity becomes much easier. There is no airport in Ayodhya. There is a railway station in Ayodhya. Regular buses are also available from other cities to Ayodhya.

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Kovid Kapoor 1 year ago
- The temperatures can be extreme in both winters and summers, so please carry appropriate clothes. Try to avoid visits in controversial periods.
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