Chitrakoot is a holy township, located in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh. It is located in north-east region of Madhya Pradesh state which shares its boundary with Uttar Pradesh state. It is sacred place for Hindu region followers as during exile, Lord Rama, along with wife Sita and brother Laxman, spend considerable in Chitrakoot forest area due to which this place became a sacred place for Hindus and devotees visit this place, throughout the year. During that time, Chitrakoot forest is known for presence of many great Hindu saints like Rishi Atri, Sati Ansuya, Maharishi Markandeya, Dattatreya etc. It is spread over the hill so of Vindhya ranges.
Chitrakoot is located over the districts of Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh and Satna in Madhya Pradesh. Chitrakoot holds great importance according to Hindu mythology and the epic Ramayana. According to Ramayana, Chitrakoot was the place where Bharata, brother of Ram came to visit Ram and ask him to come back to Ayodhya and rule the kingdom. It is also believed that the principal gods of Hindus, (Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva) took incarnations here. This divine city is also known as the 'Hill of many wonders' and it totally justifies the name. Chitrakoot mountain range has numerous places of great religious importance like Bharat Milap Temple, Hanuman Dhara, Janki Kund and much more. It is indeed the gift of nature and the gods. This is the place where Goswami Tulsidas, author of 'The Ramcharitmanas', spent many years of his life. There are many lively fairs which are organized on different occasions and festivals.Not many know that Chitrakoot is also home to the only university in the world specially made for the differently abled, Jagadguru Rambhadracharya Handicapped University. To sum up, Chitrakoot is the rare destination, which will never cease to surprise you. Overall, Chitrakoot is a perfect blend of divinity, serenity, and an exquisite beauty.
Board 12534 Pushpak Exp from Mumbai CST at 8.20am.
Reach Lucknow at 08.40am. Check into rooms. Evening free on your own. Night halt at Lucknow.
Check out and proceed towards Naimisharanyam(90km,2 ½ hrs). Naimisharanyam is renowned from the time of Satya Yuga. Places of visit include Chakra tirtha, Vyas Gaddi, Hanuman Garhi, Pandav Kila, Dawpuri Mandir, Balaji Mandir. After lunch leave for Ayodhya(210km,4hrs). Night halt at Ayodhya.
Morning take a dip in the holy Sarayu river which finds mention in the Ramayana. Ayodhya sightseeing includes Sri Ram Janmabhoomi-the birthplace of Lord Ram-Valmiki Bhawan and Kanak Bhawan-one of the finest temple supposedly gifted to Sita by Kaikeyi immediately after her marriage. After lunch leave for Allahabad.(170km,3 ½ hrs) Night stay at Allahabad.
Early morning proceed towards Chitrakoot(140km, 4hrs). Chitrakoot is the place where Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman spent eleven and half years out of their fourteen years in exile. Sightseeing places include Ramghat-Mandakini Ashram, Gupta Godavari, Sphatik Shila-a picturesque place and Sati Anusuya Ashram dedicated to Rishi Atreya and his wife Anusuya. Night halt in Chitrakoot.
Morning, proceed towards Allahabad. Take a dip in Triveni Sangam which is the confluence of three rivers- Ganga, Yamuna, and the invisible Saraswathi river. Board 12294 Duronto at 19.30.
Reach Mumbai at 14.15 noon. Return home with the blissful feelings of the trip.