One of the most historic places in India, this town can be traced back to the Rig Vedic age as it has been mentioned numerous times in the Ramayana and Mahabharata epics and its connection with the Hindu culture. Being the birthplace of Lord Ram, Ayodhya has a huge number of temples built throughout it. It is also considered as the origin of various Hindu temples across India. There are a variety of temples located in Ayodhya which are older than the days of the Kings and Queens, and devotees come from across the globe during their pilgrimage trip to visit these ancient temples. Located in Uttar Pradesh, Ayodhya falls on the banks of river Saryu and is well connected to Faizabad, the nearest city. Being on the northern plains, the temperature can reach quite high during the summers. Thus it is advised to visit the town during the winter season.
There are many famous places in the town, especially the Ram Janmabhoomi, where Lord Ram has been believed to spend much of his childhood. Some other important places are the Kala Ram Temple, Lakshman Ghat, and Kanak Bhavan Temple. These are visited by a huge number of Vaishnavite devotees who consider them as holy pilgrimage sites. The Babri Masjid was also here, which has been said to be built by the Mughal emperor Babur. In 1992, it was broken down during the riots which took place here. Another holy site is the Hanumangadhi which is situated one kilometre away from Ram Janmabhoomi. Many Jain shrines are also located in Ayodhya.