Ujjain Tourism
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Ujjain Tourism

Ujjain Info

  • State: Madhya Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 1610 m
Ujjain, also known as Ujjayini or Avanti, is an ancient city located in Ujjain District of Madhya Pradesh.  Ujjain is mostly visited for its ancient temples and is a main centre of religious activities. Ujjain is located on the bank of the river Shipra and is famous for a site for the triennial Kumbh Mela.

History of Ujjain

There are several mythological legends that are associated with the city of Ujjain. It was once ruled by emperors like Vikramaditya and Asoka while poet Kalidas wrote his poetry here. The mention of the city as a capital of the Avanti kingdom is also found in the Mahabharata.

Ujjain is one of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus and popular for its ancient temples. It is popularly recognised as Shiva’s land and the name of legendary figures like Kalidasa, Ashoka, Brahmagupta, Vikramaditya, Varahamihira etc, are also associated with the city.

People & Culture of Ujjain

Ujjain is a religious town and its culture reflects the same. The biggest festival the city hosts is the Maha Kumbh Mela, held every 12 years, and the next one will take place in 2016. According to mythology, the event is organised when demigods, as advised by Lord Bhrama and Shiva, pray to Lord Vishnu to counter strong and powerful demons. Although the city is steeped in history, locals have embraced modern lifestyle with great ease. The glittering malls and restaurants visible across the city show that Ujjain is an interesting blend of old-world charm and a modern way of life.

Things to do in Ujjain

The most famous temple of Ujjain is Mahakeleshwara temple. This Shiva temple is dedicated to one of the twelve 'Jyotirlingas' in India. The temple is divided into five levels and consists of idols of deities like Omkareshwars Shiva, Ganesh, Parvati, Kartikeya and Shiva's Bull - Nandi. Apart from this temple, there are other temples to visit in Ujjain like Bade Ganeshji ka Mandir, Chintaman Ganesh Temple, Mangalnath, Harsiddhi Temple, Siddhavat, Kaal Bhairava, Gopal Temple, Pir Matsyendranath and Navgraha Mandir.

The Vedha Shala has provided Ujjain a considerable position in the field of astronomy.  This observatory was built by Raja Jai Singh, who was a great scholar. Of many observatories constructed by him throughout India, Ujjain is actively used for astronomical studies. There are other places of interest in Ujjain like Vikram University, famous for its literary and cultural activities. Kalidasa Academy, a study centre of Sanskrit and Sandalwala Building, which is renowned for its architecture are other places to visit.

Food & Shopping in Ujjain

Street food of Ujjain is famous among travellers. Tourists visiting this temple town must try local food items like a locally-made corn snack with ghee, chaats, bhel puri and pani puri. Popular places in the city such as Tower Chowk sell street food. However, there is nothing much to shop in Ujjain. But tourists can still buy souvenirs, tribal jewellery, bamboo products and textiles from local markets.  


Travelling to Ujjain

The nearest airport to Ujjain is Indore Airport, which is 53 kilometres from the city. Ujjain railway station is on the Western Railway and connected to the major cities of India.  Tourists can also reach Ujjain via major cities like Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Delhi, Bombay, Gwalior, Indore and Khajuraho by road. There is a regular bus service from cities like Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Kota, etc.

Accommodation options in Ujjain

Tourists can find many hotel options in Ujjain near the city railway station. These are primarily budget hotels and offer basic amenities for tourists. As Ujjain is a pilgrimage town, tourists are advised to book holiday packages in Ujjain to ensure that they have a planned trip before them.

The best time to visit Ujjain is between the months of October to March as the climate of the city is tropical in nature. During the monsoon season, between July and August, the climate is highly humid.

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Thulaseedharan achary Neelakandan achary
  • Thulaseedharan achary Neelakandan achary
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  • Lives in Punalur
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"A historically colourful place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Ujjain is really a historically colorful place King. Vikramaditya Vethalam Mahakavi kalidasa - these names will never fade away from the minds of indians. Ujjain was the home for all these. In ujjain the most important & religious place is Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple. It is one of the twelve jyotirlinga temples of shiva in India. It is on the bank of holy river Kshipra & is 1.75 km away from railway station.

The bank of kshipra river is filled with saints & pilgrims. An ashram is also functioning there. The kaleeswara temple is visited by thousands of pilgrims every day. The sanctum saroram of the temple is below ground level & the temples of other gods are in the ground level. A minimum of 2 hrs waiting was necessary for me to darshan even though the time was morning.

The darshan & the touching in the jyothirlinga was a good experience. From 4 km away from railway station the famous Kalidasa sanskrit Academies Administrative office functions. Large number of famous temples are in & around the city ujjain & many of them were visited by me during the ujjain visit on march 2015. Since the visiting day march 1o0h was Rang Panchami day of Holi celebrations the city & the completel people & places were in different colours & celebrations. The celebrating people sprayed colours on everybody in support of the celebrations. Really the ujjain trip was a new experience.
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Ashu Rajput
  • Ashu Rajput
  • Lives in Gwalior
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"Perfect for a pilgrimage spot"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Ujjain, the holy capital of madhya pradesh or should I say India. The city is loaded with high number of temples. Perfect for a pilgrimage spot. Otherwise not much of sightseeing available. Food is decent although you might not like if you belong to any southern region of country. Not too many shopping options available but still you can buy some awesome stuff at decent prices. Can visit the city hoping to search spiritualism.
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Sudheer Posarla
  • Sudheer Posarla
  • 3 Reviews

"One of the best pilgrims spot"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Ujjain is well known for ujjain mahakaleshwar, which is one of the shakti peeth of 18 in India. In Ujjain there is another temple named after Shiva known as' Bhasmasura'. It is near to Indore, where we can find lots of shopping malls, we have a stadium.
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Ashish Kumar
  • Ashish Kumar
  • Lives in Patna
  • 10 Reviews

"Must-visit place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This city shares so much history that we are easily overwhelmed. Every street reminded me of the small joys you can have in life. The food is simply amazing fabulous if you love Indian food. The sweets, namkeens, poha, Dal-Bati & ever steaming milk are out of this world.
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Umesh Babu
  • Umesh Babu
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"Good place and ancient history behind the city"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Nov 25, 2014
Good place and ancient history behind the city. Famous temple of Mahakaleshwara. To understand Ramayana better.Worth to see once. Food is good and there are places for shopping. Since I was business trip, didn't get much time spend in and around the city.
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Ashish Punjabi
  • Ashish Punjabi
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 8 Reviews

"The land of lord Shiva"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 14, 2014
Extremely spiritual and peaceful place! The place is well known for its food ( kachoris, pohas, samosas and milk products). The place has a purity feel with the great mahakaleshwar temple located here. The temple has believers coming from across the globe to worship lord Shiva. In terms of cleanliness there is no doubt it has clean and clear roads as well as joyful people.
A must visit to mahakaleshwar and exploring the local fests and traditions!!
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Rahul Jain
  • Rahul Jain
  • Lives in Indore
  • 3 Reviews

"Good place visit with family"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 10, 2014
I visited many times, as Ujjain is very close city to Bhopal. Ujjain is one of the beautiful holy places I went with my family. My mother and father are big fond of visiting holy places. Mahakal jyotirling is at its best in morning. Every type of decoration people can see in temple.
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Sharma Ji
  • Sharma Ji
  • Soulseeker
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 10 Reviews

"A must visit religious city"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Nov 2, 2014
Ujjain or ujjaini is a divine religious city. The most unique thing is it is one of the cities where Lord Shiv's Jyotirlinga (Mahakaleshwar) and Mata Parvati's two Shaktipeeth (Harsiddhi temple and Gadkalika) is at one city. Mostly religious travellers are visiting Ujjain, the city of God but also historians, who wants to explore ancient history, Ujjain is perfect for them. Mainly good restaurant is available nearby railway station and some selected nearby to Mahakaleshwar. I ate nearby to railway station, in the hotel where I booked room. Many travellers don't know about shops behind to Mahakal Temple but when I explore I came to know that shops behind Mahakal Temple are good and affordable place to shop. Prices are also reasonable. The activities kept me busy are Darshan of different Hindu Temple. I took 'Ujjain Darshan' bus from the gate outside the temple. It depart at 8:00-8:30 am in morning and at about 2:30p.m. In afternoon, it covers all important places of Ujjain.
Take 'Ujjain Darshan' bus its ticket is only about INR 30-40 and cover move place whereas auto rekshan takes more than INR 600 and cover less places. Visit Ujjain by trains because there is no government-roadways and private charge much more. Nearest Airport is Indore, connected by Delhi, Mumbai and various important cities. Overall, a must visit destination.
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Abhishek Choudhary
  • Abhishek Choudhary
  • Lives in Patna
  • 10 Reviews

"A Worthy visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 11, 2014
I visited ujjain in XMAS vacation. I took direct train from patna. Ujjain is well connected to all major cities of India and I went there by train. The nearest airport is Indore which is also well connected. There are many places to visit like the Mahakaal temple, planetarium, shipra river ghat, kaal-bhairav temple etc. For food loving people, it is just heaven because you can eat here malwa and rajasthani food.
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Vijay Rathore
  • Vijay Rathore
  • Lives in Ujjain
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"A religious place to enjoy the stay"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Sep 13, 2014
Ujjain is a city of temples. Lord Mahakaleshvar spread lots of blessing here. There are several traditional places which are treat to watch. I enjoyed and feel very holy from inside. I hope all the person who love religious place will love to come here.
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