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Seven Sacred Cities Of India

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In the holy scripts of  Hindus, there are seven sacred cities called as Sapta Puri, which you must visit to attain Moksh. So, plan your holidays to these divine cities of India and indulge into the serenity of these places.

1. Ayodhya

Ayodhya is the city where Lord Ram was born. He is said to be the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is the holiest city in India. Ayodhya is located about 6 km from Faizabad on the bank of the Sarayu River. This city is believed to be 9,000 years old and was the capital of the prosperous kingdom of Raja Dashrath.

How to Reach

By Air:

Ayodhya does not have an airport, you have to go to either Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport in Amausi in Lucknow, which is at a distance of 134 km, or Bamrauli Airport in Prayagraj which is approximately 166 km away.

By Train:

Ayodhya connects the town to places like Prayagraj, Bahraich, Gonda, Gorakhpur, Jaunpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, New Delhi and Varanasi. It receives trains like Kolkata Jammu Tawi Express, Ganga Satluj Express. Doon Express, Sadhbhavana Express, Kaifiyat Express, Farakka Express and many more.

By Road:

The city is connected to other cities& towns of Uttar Pradesh by an excellent road network and Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) buses.

For Enquiries:

UPSRTC Bus Stand, Ayodhya, (+91-5278-222964)

Places to Visit

1. Ramkot

Timings: (Summer- 6.30 am to 10.30 am and 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm, Winter- 7.30 am to 10.30 am and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm).

Ramkot is the main place of worship in Ayodhya, and the site of the ancient citadel of its namesake, standing on elevated ground in the western city. Although visited by pilgrims throughout the year, it attracts devotees from all over the world on “Ram Navami”, the day of the birth of Rama. It is Situated on a high ground and replete with temples and shrines, it is one of the major attractions in Ayodhya.

2. Hanumangarhi

Hanuman Garhi is a 10th century temple of Hanuman in Uttar Pradesh, India. Located in Ayodhya, it is one of the most important temples in the city along with other temples such as Nageshwar Nath and the in-construction Ram Temple.

  • Temple Timings : 5.00 AM and 10.00 PM.
  • entry: free

3. Ram ki paidi

A series of ghats installed on the banks of the Saryu River which serves as a platform for the faithful who come here to wash away their sins. It also has green gardens surrounded by temples. The edge of the river offers an exceptional panorama especially at night illuminated. These serve as platforms for the faithful who, it is believed, come to wash away their sins by bathing in the sacred river. Saryu provides a regular supply of water for the ghats and is maintained by the Irrigation Department of the Government of Uttar Pradesh.

  • Entry : free
  • Timings: everytime

4. Shri Nageshwarnath Temple

It is located in Ram-ki-Pairi, Nageshwarnath Temple is a main attraction in Ayodhya. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and its sanctum sanctorum houses one of the 12 jyotirlingas (a devotional representation of Lord Shiva) in India. The temple is believed to have been built by Lord Rama’s youngest son, Kush. Legend has it that when Kush lost his armband, while swimming in the Saryu River, he was found by a nag-kanya, who fell in love with him. Kush had a Shiva temple built for the nag-kanya, who was a devotee of Lord Shiva.

  • Entry: free
  • Timings: All days of the week, 5:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Where to Stay:

  1. Hotel Ramprastha

    Near Ram Katha Museum Ayodhya

    (+91 5278-232110, 9721691096)

  2. Sri Ram Hotel

    Near Dant Dhawan Kund, Ayodhya

    (+91 5278-232512)

  3. Rahi Toursit Bungalow (UPSTDC)

    Near Railway Station, Ayodhya

    (+91-5278-232435),
    Email:rahisaket@up-tourism.com

  4. Rahi Yatri Niwas (UPSTDC)

    Saryu Tat, Near Ramkatha Park, Distt. Ayodhya,

    Email: yatriniwasayodhya@up-tourism.com


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