As one of Hinduism’s seven holy cities, Ayodhya is dominated by religion. The town is revered as the birthplace of Rama, as well as the birthplace of four of Jainism’s 24 tirthankars (religious teachers). It was also the site of one of modern India’s most controversial religious disputes, and you'll see a more robust police presence here than normal, with intense security precautions around the site where Rama is said to have been born.
The slightly larger town of Faizabad, 7km away, is the jumping-off point for Ayodhya and where you’ll find more accommodation. As the 18th-century capital of Avadh (Oudh), it's a fascinating town in its own right, with some wonderful architecture and plenty of atmospheric bazaars to explore. Best of all, you'll almost certainly have the place to yourself.