Our visit to Ayodhya seemed to get longer by the hour. After an exhausting journey from Prayagraj to Lucknow during the Kumbh Mela, we lost our way in Faizabad town. Ayodhya is a short three-hour or 130-kilometre journey from the Uttar Pradesh capital. We had to add an additional hour and half to travel time since traffic in and out of Ayodhya was high (a day after Mauni Amavasya) and our driver lost the way.
Once we did reach the town, we walked from Ayodhya Gate to Kanak Bhawan. Strict traffic rules and high influx of pilgrims made me draw parallels between Kumbh at Prayagraj and this controversial Hindu town. Believed to be the birthplace of Ram, the Babri Masjid which stood on this site was demolished in 1992. A visit to this site is at least a two-hour affair through many rounds of security. It was hence pulled out from our itinerary.
Kanak Bhawan was first on our itinerary. This temple was Kaikeyi’s gift to her son, Ram, and Sita. The main shrine has three pairs of idols of Ram and Sita, in different sizes.
After a visit to Kanak Bhawan, through Hanuman Garhi Mandir, we returned to our cars to be driven to Raj Durbar and Ram ki Paidi. Ram ki Paidi is by the banks of River Saryu, which I thought was struggling to exist. This ghat is flanked by 12000 temples, most of them dedicated to Lord Ram.
We spent about six hours in this town and returned to the capital, away from the chaos. I found myself lightly infatuated with Ayodhya after the visit. Its striking similarity to Varanasi with its many characters and hues coloured my opinion of it.
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-Ayodhya is chaotic and conservative. Please dress accordingly.
-If you wish to visit Ram Janmabhoomi, allot at least 4 hours. Be prepared for high security checks.
-Photography in the main sanctum of Kanak Bhawan is not permitted.
-Guides in Ayodhya misinform. Even though Kunal Rakshit of Experience Varanasi is not from the area, he did a commendable job in guiding us.
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I visited Ayodhya as a part of the Kumbh Travel Writers’ Conclave by Uttar Pradesh Tourism and Lonely Planet Magazine India.
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7 thoughts on “Photo Story: Colours of Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh”
Candid , raw shots of a city I never thought of visiting. Loved the door arch and street clicks!
Ayodhya’s is a delight for street photographers. I did a below average job there :P And guess who inspired me to capture door arches :D
beautiful and raw, a true picture of Ayodhya.
Thank you so much, Swatantra. Glad you stopped by.
Stunning pictures :)
Thanks Pooja :)
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