Ayodhya sightseeing & Diwali celebration
Early in the morning, soon after breakfast, proceed on to attend ‘aarti’ in Kanak Bhawan Temple. After
receiving ‘prasad’ for family, proceed on for guided sightseeing tour of Ayodhya which includes visits to
Hanuman Garhi , Ramkatha Museum, Nageshwarnath Temple and ghats on the banks of holy River
Saryu. The Hanuman Garhi Temple is located in the center of Ayodhya and has to be visited when in
Ayodhya. It is because the temple is important not only for religion, but also because of architecture.
There is a gargantuan structure that is shaped like a four sided fort having circular bastions on each of its
comers. Kanak Bhawan is found near Hanuman Gaihi and is visited by thousands of tourists every year.
This temple is famous for lord Rama and Sita wearing gold crowns; which is also the reason for the
temple being popularly referred to as Sone-da-Ghar. The Nageshwarnath Temple is also famous in
Ayodhya. Nageshwarnath Temple is found amidst the many ‘Matths’ and ‘Akhadaras’ found in Ayodhya;
and is said to have been established by Raja Kush, the younger son of lord Rama. Shivarathri is
celebrated here with pomp and 13 plendor. Ramkot is the most frequented religious site of Ayodhya as
the ancient citadel of Ramkot is found on an elevated ground on the western part of the city. This is
where Lord Ram’s fort once existed.
After sightseeing, walk through the alleys & markets of Ayodhya to explore culture & heritage. Watch
the houses decorated with ‘rangoli’, hanging lanterns and innumerable ‘diyas’ (earthen oil lamps). Late
afternoon, proceed towards Ram ki Paidi near Naya Ghat. A large number of devotees gather here from
all parts of India. Even tourists from across the globe also reach here. Traditionally, on the eve of Diwali,
Ramkatha (story of Lord Ram) is played every year. Cultural activities are performed here by
international performers too. After Ramkatha, in the evening, ‘puja’ is performed and celebration of
Diwali is rejoiced. Relish the sweets & head back to the hotel to have dinner and retire for the day.