Delhi to Ayodhya Road Trip : Everything you need to know

Are you ready to embark on a road trip that will not only fill your soul with ancient wisdom but also leave you breathless with scenic beauty? Buckle up, because we're hitting the road from Delhi to Ayodhya, the city that cradles the epic Ramayana and whispers tales of bygone eras.

Also read: Travel Guide to Ayodhya - Things to do and more!

Planning Your Perfect Pilgrimage on Wheels

Ayodhya Ram MandirImg: Times Now

Our journey begins in the bustling heart of Delhi, where the air crackles with a thousand dreams. As we leave the city behind, the Yamuna Expressway unfurls like a silver ribbon, leading us towards Agra, the city of love.

From Agra, the Agra-Lucknow Expressway takes over, a smooth asphalt path lined with verdant fields and quaint villages. Keep your eyes peeled for ancient temples and Mughal caravanserais that speak of a glorious past. As we near Lucknow, the aroma of kebabs and Awadhi spices will tempt your taste buds.

And finally, the highway whispers, "Ayodhya is near."

Gearing Up for the Grand Ride:

  • Distance: Buckle up for approximately 690 km of asphalt bliss.

  • Time: The ideal time for this road trip is between October and March, when the weather is pleasant. Plan for a 10-12 hour drive, with breaks for chai, darshans, and refuelling (both your car and your soul!).

  • Route: The Yamuna Expressway, Agra-Lucknow Expressway, NH 19, and NH 30 are your trusty companions.

    Routes

    Yamuna Expressway

    The shortest route from Delhi to Ayodhya. This route is about 679 kilometers long and takes approximately 10-12 hours to cover.

    NH30

    There is also a slightly longer route via NH30, which is about 697 kilometers long and takes about 12-14 hours to cover.

    NH 34

    This route takes around 12 hours, but it is more scenic and passes through several historical towns like Mathura and Vrindavan.

    NH 24

    This is the longest route, taking around 14 hours, but it is the most scenic and passes through wildlife sanctuaries and national parks.

    Also don't be afraid to veer off the beaten path for hidden gems!

  • Toll Costs: The total toll cost for a one-way trip from Delhi to Ayodhya is around ₹1,350-₹1,450, depending on the route you take. Be sure to carry enough cash or have a funzionante Tag to avoid delays at toll plazas.

  • Budget: Budget around Rs. 10,000-15,000 for fuel, tolls, and food, depending on your travel style.

  • Accommodation: There are a variety of accommodation options available along the route, from budget-friendly hotels and motels to luxurious resorts. You can book your accommodation in advance or find something along the way.

  • Essentials: Download some soulful music to keep you company on the road, and make sure your camera is fully charged – you'll want to capture every magical moment. Pack your maps (digital or paper, your call!), and a thirst for discovery. Don't forget the snacks, water, and a good dose of wanderlust!

Places to Visit: Pit Stops to Polish the Pilgrimage

Ram Janmabhoomi:

Ayodhya Ram MandirImg: ABP news

No Ayodhya trip is complete without a darshan at the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi. As you enter the sacred complex, breathe in the palpable aura of devotion. Witness the grand Ram Mandir, a testament to faith and resilience. Don't forget to seek blessings at the ancient Hanuman Garhi, the legendary monkey god's abode. Visit the Kanak Bhavan, and other historical and religious sites.

Also read: Ayodhya Ram Mandir: Everything you need to know about Consecration process

Mathura:

Vishram Ghat, MathuraMathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna, holds immense spiritual significance. Immerse yourself in the vibrant festivities at Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple, believed to be his birthplace. Seek blessings at the serene Dwarkadhish Temple, dedicated to Krishna in his eight-armed form.

Vrindavan:

VrindavanImg: RasikaSekhara

Vrindavan is where Lord Krishna spent his childhood. Visit the Banke Bihari Temple, Radha Raman Temple, and other temples and ashrams.

Agra:

Taj Mahal, AgraBreak your journey at the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, a monument to love that transcends time. Let the white marble masterpiece weave its magic on you, and capture postcard-perfect memories against its backdrop. History buffs can delve deeper at the majestic Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Read more: 2 days itinerary to Agra to make the most of it

Lucknow:

LucknowThe capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow is known for its Nawabi culture and cuisine. Visit the Bara Imambara, Chhota Imambara, and other historical sites.

Natural Escapes:

 Dudhwa National ParkNeed a break from the spiritual odyssey? Head to Dudhwa National Park, a haven for tigers, rhinos, and exotic birds. Witness the majesty of wildlife or lose yourself in the lush greenery.

Read more: Dudhwa National Park: A Place Near Delhi That Transforms An Average Traveller Into A Wildlife Lover

Nawabganj Bird SanctuaryImg: lucknow.org.uk

Take a detour to the Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary, a haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Spot over 250 species of birds, including the vibrant Indian Roller and the majestic Grey Hornbill.

Culinary Delights:

Awadhi cuisineAwadhi cuisine, Img: Archana's Kitchen

A road trip is incomplete without indulging in local flavors. Awadhi cuisine awaits your taste buds, tantalizing them with rich kebabs, aromatic biryanis, and melt-in-your-mouth desserts. Don't miss the chance to savor street food like chaat and samosas, bursting with local spices.

Read more: Don't miss these 10 places in UP during your visit to Ayodhya!

Beyond the Guidebook:

This road trip is not just about ticking off destinations; it's about embracing the journey itself. Strike up conversations with fellow pilgrims, savor the roadside chai, and soak in the sights and sounds of rural India. Let the open road lead you to chance encounters, hidden gems, and experiences that will stay with you long after you reach Ayodhya.

Pro Tip: For an extra dose of adventure, consider renting a bike instead of a car. The open road, the wind in your hair, and the feeling of being one with nature will take your experience to a whole new level.

More than just a road trip, this journey is a pilgrimage of the heart. It's a chance to reconnect with your roots, seek blessings in ancient temples, and lose yourself in the timeless beauty of India's heartland.

So, are you ready to answer the call of adventure? Pack your bags, grab your loved ones, and hit the road to Ayodhya – the spiritual odyssey awaits!

Happy travels!

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