Ayodhya - Allahabad - Varanasi Pilgrimage(4 Nights)

Lucknow, Ayodhya, Allahabad, Varanasi

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Holiday Overview

Ghats of Varanasi
Durga Temple (Photo Courtesy: Shishir KS)
Ganga Aarti at Varanasi (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)
Morning Ganga Boat ride (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)
Ghats seen while boating in Ganga (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)
Magh Mela near Sangam (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)
Sangam (Nivalink Trip Dated - 1 February 2011)
Photos Courtesy Vishwaroop2006
Photos Courtesy Vishwaroop2006
Photos Courtesy Vishwaroop2006

Ayodhya - Allahabad - Varanasi Pilgrimage offers Hindu pilgrim travellers a pilgrim circuit covering three most significant pilgrimages in Central and Eastern Uttar Pradesh i.e. Ayodhya (Birthplace of Lord Rama), Allahabad (confluence of holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati river) and Varanasi (A Ganga riverside Pilgrim town, home to Kashi Vishwanath Temple, a Jyotirlinga)


Ayodhya(1) - Allahabad(1) - Varanasi(2)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Lucknow and Travel to Ayodhya
  • Day-2 Travel to Allahabad. Visit Sangam
  • Day-3 Morning visit to Lalita Devi Temple before proceeding for Varanasi
  • Day-4 Temple visits in and around Varanasi
  • Day-5 Half day Sarnath Visit before departiue
Sightseeing Summary

Allahabad - Lalita Devi Temple (3.00 kms), Patalpuri Temple (4.00 kms), Sangam (8.80 kms)

Ayodhya - Ramkot (1.00 kms)

Varanasi - Bharat Mata Temple (2.00 kms), Kashi Vishwanath Temple (5.40 kms), Manmandir Palace (7.00 kms), Maha Mrityunjaya Temple (7.00 kms), Nepali Temple (8.00 kms), Pandit Malaviya Temple (8.00 kms), New Vishwanath Temple (8.00 kms), Annapurna Temple (9.00 kms), Jateshwar Temple (9.00 kms), Tulsi Manas Temple (9.00 kms), Durga Temple (9.50 kms), Sarnath Stupa (12.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Lucknow Departure - Varanasi
Best Season to Travel
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  • Feb
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Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Chitrakoot is another Lord Rama Pilgrimage that can be visited alongwith (1 additional night required)

  • Lucknow to Ayodhya -130 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Ayodhya to Allahabad -160 kms (4 hrs)
  • Allahabad to Varanasi -121 kms (2.5 hrs)

Lucknow - Ayodhya(1) - Allahabad(1) - Varanasi(2)

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Lucknow and Travel to Ayodhya Arrival at Lucknow and Travel to Ayodhya (Birthplace of Lord Rama and a renowned pilgrimage, 130 kms - 3 hours). Visit Ramkot to visit wide ranging temples including Ram Janmabhoomi Temple

Day-2 Travel to Allahabad. Visit Sangam Travel to Allahabad (177 kms - 4.5 hours), a renowned pilgrimage visited for the Sangam (confluence of holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati river). Late afternoon visit to Sangam

Day-3 Morning visit to Lalita Devi Temple before proceeding for Varanasi Morning visit to Lalita Devi Temple (Shaktipeetha) before proceeding for Varanasi (110 kms - 2 hours). Evening visit to Ghat areas, do boating in river Ganga and visit evening Arti, considered a spiritual experience.

Day-4 Temple visits in and around Varanasi Visit Kashi Vishwanath Temple in morning (One of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples). There after visit temples in and around Varanasi.

Day-5 Half day Sarnath Visit before departiue Time permitting, visit Sarnath (12 kms), a major destination on Buddhist pilgrim circuit in morning (half day required) before departure.

Detailed Sightseeing

Allahabad :

  • Lalita Devi Temple - Lalita Devi Temple in Allahabad is considered one of the Shakti Peetha Temples. It is believed that Bhagwati Lalita Devi appeared here, after the fingers of Sati had fallen on the bank of river Yamuna

  • Patalpuri Temple - Patalpuri Temple is an underground temple, said that it was visited by Lord Rama. Inside this temple is a very sacred banyan tree, the Akshaya Vat.

  • Sangam - Trivani Sangam, where the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet, is the most famous spot in the city and well known for all pilgrims to take a dip in a bid to wash away all their sins. Other temples visited alongwith Sangam area Alopi Devi Mandir, located in Alopibagh near Sangam, is said to be one of the known Siddipeeths. Hanuman Mandir located near Sangam, is another well known temple in the city attracting many devotees.

Ayodhya :

  • Ramkot - The chief place of worship in Ayodhya is the site of the ancient citadel of Ramkot which stands on an elevated ground, Ramkot gets visitors all round the year. Ramnavami (around March-April) is peak season when Lord Rama devotees from all over the country converge here.

Varanasi :

  • Bharat Mata Temple - Dedicated to Mother India, this unadorned temple has a marble relief map of India instead of usual images of gods and goddesses. The temple was opened by Mahatma Gandhi.

  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple - Kashi Vishwanath Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Shiva temples and most significant in Hinduism especially for a Lord Shiva devotee. The security around here is tight making entrance off limits to foreigners.

  • Manmandir Palace - The archeological survey of India (ASI) has rediscovered the art behind the science of Man Mandir, the third observatory by the creator of Jantar Mantar, hidden for decades under a coat of crude lime plaster. The palace was built by Raja (King) Man Singh of Amber (Rajasthan) and the observatory houses five astronomical instruments for the study of the heavenly bodies.

  • Maha Mrityunjaya Temple - Lord Shiva temple depicted here as God of Death. Devotees are not allowed to touch the Shivalinga here.

  • Nepali Temple - Nepali temple is situated on Lalita Ghat, was constructed by the late King of Nepal. Made of wood brought from Nepal, the walls have exquisite and lively carvings. Also known locally as mini Khajuraho for its erotic carvings.

  • Pandit Malaviya Temple - Unlike many temples in Varanasi, this temple is open to all, irrespective of caste or religion. The interior has a Siva lingam and verses from Hindu scriptures inscribed on the walls and is supposed to be a replica of the earlier Vishwanath Temple destroyed by Aurangazeb.

  • New Vishwanath Temple - New Vishwanath temple is situated inside the premises of the Banaras Hindu university and has Geeta engraved in its marble walls. Its about a 30 minute walk from the gates of the university to the New Vishwanath Temple

  • Annapurna Temple - Annapurna Temple is located next to the Vishwanath temple was built in the 18th century by Peshwa Baji Rao I. The idol of Annapurna Bhavani is made in solid gold and carrying a cooking pot is housed here. There is also a striking silver-faced image of Shani (Saturn) within the temple.

  • Jateshwar Temple - Jateshwar Mahadev temple houses a black stone statue of Shiva and has tantric overtones. Locals believe that a devotee must offer his prayers here, before going to Vishwanath Temple.

  • Tulsi Manas Temple - A short walk south of the Durga Temple is the modern marble sikhara-style Tulsi Manas Temple, built in 1964. Its walls are engraved with verses and scenes from the Ram Charit Manas, the Hindi version of the Ramayana. Its author, poet Tulsi Das, lived here while writing it. You can watch figures performing scenes from Hindu mythology on the 2nd floor for a small fee. The temple is open from 5.30 am to noon and 3.30 to 9 pm daily.

  • Durga Temple - Durga temple is One of the important temples in Varanasi and is built in the 8th century. This temple is built in north Indian Nagara style with a multi-tiered shikhara (spire). The shikhara of the temple is formed by many small spires which are built one on top of the other. It is also commonly known as Monkey Temple due to many frisky monkeys that have made it their home.

  • Sarnath Stupa - It is believed that in Sarnath Buddha gave his first sermon to his disciples after getting enlightenment. There is also a Museum in Sarnath. Stupas in Sarnath and Buddhist temples around here built by different Asian countries are worth a visit.

Destination Overview

Lucknow - Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, is popularly called the city of Nawabs and Kababs. The city has a rich cultural heritage and therefore of interest to travelers all over for its culture and cuisine.

Ayodhya - Ayodhya is significant being the birth place of Lord Rama. Ayodhya lies about 130 kms from Lucknow and 160 kms from Allahabad.

Allahabad - Allahabad is one of four sites of the Kumbh Mela (Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik being others). It is situated at the confluence of the holy Ganga and Yamuna Rivers.

Varanasi - Varanasi is seat of Hindu religion and culture for several thousand years and today visited for its Ganges side spiritual experience.

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  • Lucknow to Ayodhya -130 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Ayodhya to Allahabad -160 kms (4 hrs)
  • Allahabad to Varanasi -121 kms (2.5 hrs)

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Ayodhya Pilgrimage

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Sarnath Experience

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  • Lucknow to Ayodhya -130 kms (3.5 hrs)
  • Ayodhya to Allahabad -160 kms (4 hrs)
  • Allahabad to Varanasi -121 kms (2.5 hrs)

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