About the City

Ayodhya is situated on the right bank of the river Ghagra or Saryu, as it is called within sacred precincts, on latitude 26o 48' north and longitude 82o 13' east in north India. Just 6 km from Faizabad, Ayodhya is a popular pilgrim centre. This town is closely associated with Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

  • Area : 10.24 Sq. km.
  • Population : 40642 (1991 census)
  • Altitude : 26.90 meters above sea level.
  • Season : October – March.
  • Clothing (Summer) : Cottons
  • Clothing (Winter) : Woolens
  • Language : Hindi, Avadhi and English
  • Festivals : Shravan Jhoola Mela (July-August), Parikrama Mela (October-November), Ram Navmi (March-April), Rathyatra (June-July), Saryu Snan (October-November), Ram Vivah (November), Ramayan Mela.
  • Local Transport : Taxis, Tongas, Tempos, Buses, Cycle-Rikshaws.
  • STD Code : 05278

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Fairs Festivals

Ram Lila

Ram Lila, the enactment of the story of Lord Rama is believed to have been started by great Saint Tulsidas.

 

Places of Interest

The Hanuman Garhi

Situated in the centre 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.

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Travel Information

Rail
  • Ayodhya Railway Station; Enquiries and Reservations. Phone: (05278) 232023.
  • Faizabad Railway Station; Enquiries and Reservations. Phone: (05278) 139.
Bus
  • UPSRTC Bus Stand. Ayodhya. Phone: (05278) 232067.
  • UPSRTC Bus Stand, Faizabad. Phone: (05278) 222964.
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Restaurants & Hospitals

Restaurants

Options are limited to local eateries/restaurants which offer largely vegetarian food.

Hospitals
  • Shri Ram Hospital, Phones: (05278) 232840, 232149.
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Tourist Information

  • Regional Tourist Office, House No. 1-3/152/4, near Pusparaj Guest House, Civil Lines, Faizabad, UP. Phone: (05278) 223214.
  • Government of UP Assistant Tourist Office, Pathik Niwas Saket, Near Railway Station, Ayodhya. Phone: (05278) 232435.
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Accessibility

Air

For Ayodhya the nearest airports are Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport (Lucknow-134 km), Bumrauli Airport (Allahabad - 166 km).

Rail

Ayodhya is situated on the broad gauge Northern Railway line on Mughal Sarai - Lucknow main route.

Road

Connected by road to several major cities and towns.

Banks, Post & Telegraph

Banks
  • State Bank of India, Shrinagar Hat. Phone: 05278-232053.
  • Central Bank of India, Shringar Hat. Phone: 05278-232084.
  • Bank of Baroda. Phone: 05278-232048.

Excursions

Faizabad

7 km. Saadat Khan, the second Nawab of Awadh, laid the foundation of Faizabad while his successor Shuja-ud-daula made it the capital of Awadh. Faizabad developed as a township nearly 220 years ago, during the reign of Safdar Jang, the second nawab of Avadh (1739-54),who laid its foundation by making it his military headquarters.