Ayodhya is the melting point of many religions like Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. Interestingly enough a large part of Muslim population resides here too. It is situated on the banks of River Saryu and references of it could be found in many ancient documents like Atharvaveda and some of the early Buddhist texts. Interestingly the city is regarded as an important centers for Jains too as five of the Thirthankaras were born in this holy city. Some of the important tourist destinations here are The Hanuman Garhi, Kanak Bhawan, Swarg Dwar, Mani Parvat and Surgiv Parvat, Nageshwarnath Temple, etc. Other then the Tourist Attractions in Ayodhya you can also visit the Bazaars in Ayodhya to understand from close quarters the true essence of life here.
Do not expect shopping malls and complexes while on a shopping spree in Ayodhya. In Ayodhya you will find many markets and Bazaars that are thronging with people at all possible times of the day. These Bazaars in Ayodhya have their own charm with narrow winding lanes, rows of dimlit shops, vegetable markets, all under the same roof. The shops in the Bazaars in Ayodhya keep a good stock of souvenirs that makes for interesting gift packages back home. Photos of temples, shirts with religious prints, devotional objects, idols of Ram and Sita, key chains are some of the items available here. Shopping in Ayodhya is a fun filled experience and you could spend some quality times venturing the Bazaars in Ayodhya.
Ayodhya is well accessible from all other cities of Uttar Pradesh and India. The nearest airport is at Lucknow (134 kilometer) and Allahabad airport (166 kilometers.) Ayodhya is situated on the Mughal Sarai route. A good network of roads connects it to Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Jhansi etc.
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