Historic Building in Ayodhya

Bahu Begum Ka Maqbara

In Faizabad, the so-called 'Taj Mahal of the East' (OK, an overstatement) is a unique 42m-high maqbara (mausoleum) built for the queen of Nawab Shuja-ud-Daula. It has three domes built above each other, with...

Hindu Temple in Ayodhya

Kanak Bhavan

This palace converted into a temple is one of the most impressive in Ayodhya. It was supposedly given to Lord Rama and his wife Sita as a wedding present, and the interior features three shrines dedicated to the...

Hindu Temple in Ayodhya


This is one of the town’s most popular temples, and is the closest of Ayodhya's major temples to the main road. Walk up the 76 steps to the ornate carved gateway and the fortresslike outer walls, and join the...

Museum in Ayodhya

Ram Katha Museum

Beyond the far northern end of the main road, this museum houses paintings and ancient sculptures. The museum is a short rickshaw ride from Ayodhya's main temples. Take a shared autorickshaw to Tulsi Ghat stand,...

Islamic Tomb in Ayodhya

Gulab Bari

This charming green space of lawns and water features is home to the imposing tomb of Nawab Shuja-ud-Daula (ruled 1753–75), the third nawab of Avadh (Oudh), who oversaw Faizabad's high point, before the capital...

Hindu Temple in Ayodhya

Dashrath Bhavan

Inside a colourful entrance, you'll find a peaceful courtyard where musicians play and orange-clad sadhus read scriptures.

Hindu Temple in Ayodhya

Ram Janam Bhumi

This is the highly contentious spot said to be the site of Lord Rama's birth. Security here is staggering (think crossing from West Bank into Israel!). You must first show your passport to a member of the...