Rama woke before dawn and quietly waked Lakshmana. "We must not let these good people follow us any further," he said. "For their own sakes we must play a little trick on them. Let us get out the chariot before they wake and drive back a little way on the road to Ayodhya. They will see the hoofmarks and follow them and hurry back to the city. But we will turn off the road again and take another route."
The Story of Ramayana