Ayodhya Attractions: Must-Visit Spots

Explore Ayodhya's spiritual attractions —Lata Mangeshkar Chowk, Ram Stambh, Ram Ki Paidi, and Bahu Begum ka Maqbara.

Published On Jan 29, 2024 | Updated On Feb 27, 2024

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Nestled along the banks of the sacred Sarayu River, Ayodhya stands as a city steeped in mythology, history, and spirituality. Revered as the birthplace of Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu, Ayodhya has long been a pilgrimage destination and a centre of cultural significance for millions of devotees. Beyond its religious allure, Ayodhya attractions boasts a rich tapestry of architectural marvels, serene landscapes, and cultural heritage, making it a must-visit spot for those seeking a blend of spirituality and history.

As you traverse the streets of Ayodhya, you are transported back in time, with each brick and stone narrating tales from the ancient past. The city's charm lies not only in its religious significance but also in its ability to offer a holistic experience that caters to the interests of history enthusiasts, architecture aficionados, and nature lovers alike.

The Ram Temple, which is still under construction, is accessible from the Lata Mangeshkar Chowk, which is a popular attractions in Ayodhya for both locals and visitors. Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated the chowk on September 28, which was built by the Uttar Pradesh government in remembrance of the late nightingale on her 93rd birthday.

The Lata Mangeshkar Chowk is the meeting point of the Ram Path and the Dharm Path, both exquisitely decorated with decorative lampposts in anticipation of the city's impending Ram temple consecration event.

Along with the Ram temple, the roundabout symbolises the grandeur of what Ayodhya will become in the future. Additionally, it is a wonderful homage to Lata Mangeshkar ji.

Brought from Mount Abu in Rajasthan which is a journey of 1200 km, Ram Stambh is a 15 feet high and 2.5 feet in width pillar installed at Maniparvat in Ayodhya. The  Stambh is an architectural wonder that combines traditional and modern design features. With its elaborate carvings that represent episodes from the Ramayana, the Stambh is an extravagant structure.

Ram ki Paidi is a group of ghats situated along the Saryu River's bank. The riverfront presents a breathtaking landscape, particularly at night when the floodlights are on. These are platforms for devotees who come to bathe in the river and thereby scrub away their sins.

Begum Unmatuzzohra Bano, popularly known as Bahu Begum, is buried in Bahu Begum ka Maqbara. The tomb was commissioned by Nawab Suja-ud-Daula in memory of his cherished spouse. Designed to rival the splendour of the Taj Mahal, it was built in 1816. It is hence occasionally referred to as the ‘Taj Mahal of the East’. Standing at the highest point in Faizabad, the monument is widely recognised for its exquisite architectural design.

Three domes, excellent interior designs, and exquisitely completed walls and ceilings make the Bahu Begum ka Makbara a model monument of Awadhi architecture. The mausoleum exudes an eternal atmosphere when viewed under the moon. The white marble still shows its brilliance. Reaching up to 42 metres, it offers an incredible perspective of the energetic Faizabad and its environs. In charge of maintaining the monument is the Indian Archaeological Department.


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