Faizabad was originally more commonly known as the capital city of the state of Awadh. This beautiful city is located on the banks of the river Ghaghra. There are many beautiful monuments like the “Gulab Bari” and the “Tomb of Bahu Begum”, both these are located in this city and these were actually built by the “Nawabs of Awadh”. This tomb of Bahu Begum was the memorial which was built in the loving memory of the queen of Nawab Shujah-ud-Daulah, Unmatuzzohra Banu Begum. Architecture wise there are three domes which are built right on top of each other and the walls are decorated with beautiful walls and ceilings. This one of the tallest building located in Faizabad. Today this tomb is in a state of ruins.
There is yet another place that you would like to visit while you are visiting Faizabad. This is the Military temple. This temple is situated in the cantonment area and is designed beautifully and is well known for its cleanliness and the environment is free of pollutions and very spiritual too. Guptar Ghat is the place where it is believed that Lord Ram took his “Jal Samadhi”, by drowning himself, post which he went to the abode of Lord Vishnu. There are many ancient temples located here. The view from here is simply exhilarating and cannot be described in words. You jst go in for a boat ride when visiting these beautiful and ancient ghats. Ghanta Ghar: This monument is practically located in the heart or the middle of the every Indian city, also known as the “Clock tower”. All distances from this centre point are measured equally. This place also has the spice and the vegetable market located here. Right next to the Guptar Ghats is the company garden. This botanical garden was built when the Britishers ruled over India. These gardens are well maintained and located far from the maddening crowd of the city. There is also an orchard which is spread over a few acres. One can even buy plants and trees from this place.
Ayodhya, a very sacred place for the Hindus, as this is believed to be birth place of Lord Ram is only located at a distance of 6 kms which is only a 10 minutes’ walk from Faizabad.
You could visit the temple in a rickshaw ride which would cost you not than Rs 10. One of the most popular temples to be visited is the “Hanumangarhi” which is located right next to the main street. This temple has been dedicated to God Hanuman. You need to climb 76 steps to reach to the main Hanuman temple. This temple is known as one of the most important temples of Lord Hanuman, all over Northern India. People believe that Lord Hanuman still resides in this beautiful temple. This ancient temple was built in the middle of the 10th century. Upon visiting this ancient temple you see the hundreds of people offering “Prashad” and people singing bhajans, in the glory of Lord Hanuman. The “Dashrath Bhawan” is located at close proximity from the Hanumangarhi. Here you will notice “Sadhus” and saints are chanting or reading the Holy Scriptures. A few hundred meters down the lane is the “Kanak Bhawan”, also known as the “palace of Gold”, which is also an ancient temple. This temple is believed to have been gifted to Sita by Kaikai, Ram’s mother, when Sita got married to Lord Ram. The images of both Ram and Sita adorn the palace, wearing gold crowns. 300 Meters from here is the Ram Janam Bhumi, which is open for visit from morning 7am to 11:00am, and then from 2pm to 6pm in the evening. Since this is high security area, before visiting this place you need to show your passport and bags. Mobiles phone and camera are not allowed inside the premises and have to be kept outside.
The “Ramkatha museum” is located towards the other side of the road, and is a five minutes’ walk from the Ram Janam bhumi. There is no entry free and the museum is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm, on Tue to Sun. There is huge building which showcases the murals in the foyer. The shadows of puppets have been used to depict the Thai version of the Ram Lila, and ancient sculptures and images of Rama and Sita have also been preserved in this museum.