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Helicopter Services to Ayodhya

  • 19 Jan 2024
  • 2 min read

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The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to offer helicopter services to Ayodhya from Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Agra, and Mathura.

Key Points

  • Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will inaugurate the helicopter service from Lucknow on January 19.
    • The government has also set the fares for helicopter services and plans are underway to extend this to other districts in the state in the near future.
  • The state government is also introducing an aerial darshan of Ayodhya city and the Ram Temple for devotees. The tourism department has been assigned responsibility for this initiative.
    • The helicopter rides will take off from the helipad near the Tourism Guest House along the banks of the Saryu river.
    • Devotees will enjoy an aerial tour covering renowned tourist destinations, including Ram Mandir, Hanumangarhi, and Saryu Ghat.
    • Helicopter services from Namo Ghat in Varanasi, from Ramabai in Lucknow from the helipad near the Tourism Guest House in Prayagraj are available.
    • Devotees can opt for helicopter services from the helipad near Govardhan Parikrama in Barsana, Mathura, and the helipad near Agra Expressway in Agra.
    • These longer routes, spanning 456 km and 440 km respectively, take 135 minutes to complete, with a fixed fare of Rs 35,399 per devotee.

Saryu River

  • The Saryu is a river that flows through Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
  • This river is of ancient significance as it is mentioned in the Vedas and the Ramayana.
  • The river is formed at the confluence of rivers Karnali and Mahakali. It is a tributary of River Ganges.
  • On Ram Navami, the festival that celebrates the birthday of Lord Rama, thousands of people take a dip in the Saryu River at Ayodhya.
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