Situated on the bank of river Saryu, Faizabad is an
important pilgrim centre. It was once the capital of Awadh. It has a twin city,
Ayodhya. Both are important pilgrim centres. Faizabad consists of the remnants
from the time of Lord Ram.
Places to see:
Fort Calcutta: It
was built by the Nawab of Awadh Shuja-ud-Daula after he lost the battle of
Buxar in 1764. The construction of this Fort only showed that he was just
defeated not destroyed. The outer walls are made out of clay. The Nawab and his
wife lived here until their death.
Gulab Bari: It is
a rose garden that inculcates the tombs of the Imam and his parents. Hundreds
of varieties of roses can be found here. The view is mesmerizing.
Mausoleum of Bahu
Begum: This is the tomb of Bahu Begum, Nawab Shuja-ud-Daula’s loving wife.
This is an attempt to replicate the Taj Mahal. The mausoleum is made out of
white marble which shines up to this day. It is 42 metres high and provides
excellent views of the city of Faizabad.
Ram ki Pairi: The original Ram ki Pairi, a reservoir was
washed away by the River Saryu. But on public demand, it was reconstructed at
the Naya Ghat. It now uses the water from the same river.
Faizabad museum: It
is one of the best museums in the state. It provides historical and mythical
data and evidences in abundance. The best part is the display which is
presented in an easy categorized manner. The museum has clothing, silverware,
weapons and also art works. Being the centre of such an important historical
ground adds to its advantage.
Raja Mandir: This
temple is believed to be built during the time of Lord Ram. It consists of
various idols of Hindu Gods and Goddesses carved out of stone.
Guptar Ghat: This
is located on the bank of the river Saryu and provides the pilgrims to take a
holy dip in the water. The Ghat has steps that lead to the water with the lower
steps being wide.
Chakra Harji Vishnu
Temple: This temple is situated at the Guptar Ghat. It holds importance in
the Hindu mythology as it contains footprints which are believed to be of Lord
Ram himself. Besides the footprints, it also has idols of other Hindu deities
and also of Lord Vishnu holding his chakra. The temple provides peace even
during the peak hours.
Tulsi Udyan: Initially
dedicated to Queen Victoria, it now has a status of Goswami Tulsidas. This park
is dedicated to him for the fact that he was so tied to the cities of Ayodhya
and Faizabad. It has facilities for children as well as old ages.
Udyan: It is one of the best maintained parks in the cities of Ayodhya and
Faizabad. It is made in the middles of the woods and consists of lush green
lawns. It also has a 22 feet tall statue of Shri Rishabh dev ji.
How to reach Faizabad
By air: The
nearest airport is the Lucknow Airport.
By rail: Faizabad
is well connected to other cities by trains.
By road: Faizabad
is connected to nearby cities by luxury buses.