One of the ancient and sacred cities in India, Ayodhya is a popular place of pilgrimage for Hindu devotees. Every year, thousands of people from all over India come to Ayodhya, the abode of Lord Ram, the seventh Avatar of Lord Vishnu, and visit the Ram Janmabhoomi and other places of religious importance. 

Apart from the ardent devotees, many travel enthusiasts from worldwide come to this beautiful city to soak in its vibrant culture, know about the historical and religious significance of the various places, etc. Located on the banks of the sacred River Sarayu in Uttar Pradesh, Ayodhya City is not just one of the best places to visit in UP but also has an important place in the Hindu epic, Ramayana. 

So, if you are planning a family holiday to the abode of Lord Ram but not sure how to go to Ayodhya, don’t worry! We have got your back. In this guide, we provide a complete travel guide on how to reach the city by air, road and rail. The guide also covers:

  • How to Reach Ayodhya by Flight
  • How to Reach Ayodhya by Road
  • How to Reach Ayodhya by Train
  • Things to Do in Ayodhya

Travelling to Ayodhya by Flight

The nearest airport to Ayodhya is the Faizabad Airport, which is located about 8 km from the main city of Ayodhya. But, the closest big airport to Ayodhya is in Lucknow, called Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, which is about 130 kilometers away. Ayodhya is a small spiritual town in Uttar Pradesh, and it does not have its own airport. However, this airport is also a small airport and does not have extensive flight connectivity. 

So, if you are travelling from abroad or can’t find a direct flight from your city to Faizabad, it is best advised to take a flight to Lucknow, which is the closest major city. The Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport in Lucknow is about 130 km away and is well-connected to all major Indian cities. 

Once you reach Lucknow, you can take a cab from the airport and make your way to Ayodhya. The cab ride usually takes about 3-4 hours, and it would cost you about Rs. 2000 – 3000. So, now that you know how to reach Ayodhya by flight, plan your holiday accordingly and have a safe flight!

Travelling to Ayodhya by Road

Since Ayodhya is a popular tourist town and attracts plenty of devotees almost all through the year and from all over the country, the local government has ensured that the city has good road connectivity within Uttar Pradesh and other states. If you are unsure about how to reach Ayodhya by road, you can take a cab from anywhere in Uttar Pradesh and reach your destination easily. 

All the roads leading to this wonderful town are smooth and maintained in top condition, so you can be assured of a comfortable journey. If you have your own vehicle and want to take a road trip, you will surely enjoy the drive. If you are travelling from outside UP and you are bringing your parents or kids along, make sure to take breaks at regular intervals. This will help you feel fresh throughout the journey.

Travelling to Ayodhya by Train

Ayodhya railway station, also known as Ayodhya Dham Railway Station, has extensive railway network in India.. Given how extensive the railway network is in India, Ayodhya is well-connected to all parts of India by train. So, leave your worries about how to reach Ayodhya by train aside, and a simple online search will help you know the different trains available from your city to Ayodhya. 

Even if you don’t find any direct trains to Ayodhya, you can take a train to the closest city in Uttar Pradesh like Varanasi, Lucknow, Prayagraj, etc. And from these cities, you can switch trains and continue your journey to Ayodhya. Travelling by train is a convenient and comfortable option. Also, the tickets and fares are quite affordable. 

Travelling to Ayodhya By Bus

There are regular bus services to Ayodhya from all major and nearby towns in UP. For example, you can travel from Lucknow, Allahabad, Faizabad, or Varanasi and reach the abode of Lord Ram within 3-5 hours. The nearest bus stand to Ayodhya is the Faizabad Bus Stand with UPSRTC (Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation) buses connecting to all major cities. From the Bus stand, you can take a rickshaw anywhere within the city.

Travelling within Ayodhya

Once you reach Ayodhya, the city has different modes of transport that you can take for local sightseeing. There are taxis, buses, rickshaws and tongas (horse carts), etc. Since Ayodhya is a small town, rickshaws or tempos are the most convenient modes of transport. Also, they are quite inexpensive compared to taxis and offer more comfort than buses. 

Now that you know how to go to Ayodhya by train and other modes of transport, you can choose one of these modes to suit your travel needs and budget. 

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Things to do in Ayodhya

While Ayodhya is known for its temples and sacred sites, there are many other fun things that you can do in the city. Here are some of the best things you can do:

  • Watch the cultural show at Ram Katha Park
  • Visit the Raja Mandir
  • See the famous Mani Parbat and know more about its history and mythological story
  • Enjoy a walk around the Moti Mahal while admiring its beauty
  • Visit the various temples in the Ghat and seek blessings of the Gods
  • Explore the by-lanes and the markets in the city
  • Indulge in the local food and try as many dishes as you can

So, now you know the different ways to travel to Ayodhya, the places to visit and the things to do here. What are you waiting for? Get your bookings done, and take your family out for a holiday and enjoy!

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