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Ujjain the ultimate Shivatwa
The place is a must on the list for not only Hindus but for all the Hindu religion loving Europeans, Americans and others.
The local cuisines are a must try. Poha,
Jalabies, Samosas, katchories, Garadu ... Are available in ample amount, on the street leading to Mahakala Temple. This main street is bustling with the vibes all day throughout esp. In the evenings. On must try the local dish BHAFLE for dinner at the Damru Restaurant situated on the first floor near the Mahakala temple street.
The city boasts of many other sites of religious and mythological importance one of them being the Mangalnath Temple the place of origin of the Planet Mars ... Interesting you see.
The city has pleasant climate throughout the year. Not so cold in winters as compared to the north of the country nor that suffocating hot in the summers as the south. The boarding are mostly modest and many budget hotels are there, but I would suggest one should have prior search and reservations before travelling to the destination.
So co'on what are you waiting for pack your bags and happy journey.
Ujjain Mahala Darshan
We enjoyed Mahala Aarati 3 times.
We advice visitors to spend atleast 2 nights at this place.
First day we reached in evening and participated in Aarati and our heart was filled with joy. We got an opportunity to enter into the temple and touch the Jyothirlinga.
Go prepared with Basmarthi ticket if you want to go to Basma Aarathi else you will be looted to get the tickets from brokers.
You can visit
1) Mahala Darshan and spend 2 to 3 hours in the temple
2) Bada Ganesh 2 minutes walk to Mahala Temple(10 Minutes)
3) Shakti Peeth which is walkable from Mahala temple. It is called his Riddi Siddhi temple(30 Minutes trip)
4) Have a look at Vikramaditya Ghat. Big Vikramaditya statue makes you happy(30 Minutes trip).
5) We visited Sandipini Ashram but not much to do over here(30 Minutes trip)
6) Bhairavanath Temple( 45 Minutes trip)
I think these are the main points and if you want to see there are about 84 shiva temples and you will get tired seeing all these on every street. We visited the above and 2 nights stay was very much sufficient for us and got some rest time also.
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History of Ujjain
Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh is an ancient city and holds great historical importance. In earlier times, it was the capital of ancient Avanti Empire. Ujjain was also home to the Great Ashoka who at that period was the viceroy of the Western Province of the Maurya Empire
The City of Ujjain is situated on the banks of Kshipra River and the Maha Kumbh Mela is hosted in this city in every 12 years.
People and Culture of Ujjain
Being one of the holiest cities of India and a popular pilgrimage centre, Ujjain is home to many Hindu temples. All year round, the city is swarming with pilgrims and tourists from all over the country. Even because of the Kumbh Mela, the city in every 12 years is buzzing with visitors and pilgrims.
Although a large part of the population consists of Hindus, there are people from different castes like Muslims, Jains, Parsees and Sikhs who co-exist. MahaShivratri is the main festival here, although Diwali, Holi, Dusshera, Nag Panchmi and other festivals are also celebrated with full swing.
Things to Do in Ujjain
Ujjain is abode to many historical places. From the list of places to see in Ujjain, one must definitely visit the Mahakaleshwar Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas in India. Another of the ideal Ujjain tourist places is the Kal Bhairava. Situated on the banks of River Shipra, Kal Bhairava is among the eight bhairavas of the Shaivites. This temple is one of the popular Ujjain attractions. Harsiddhi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Harsiddhi and the temple was restructured during the Maratha Period. This temple is indeed one of the Ujjain places to visit. Jantar Mantar and Bhartrihari Caves are the other two places to visit in Ujjain.
Food and Shopping in Ujjain
Ujjain is famous for its Malwa Cuisine. Bhutta ri kees, Chakki ri saag, Baati, Bafla and a wide assortment of namkeens are a must try in Ujjain. Things to do in Ujjain is only complete if you indulge in some mouth watering snacks like aaloo kachori, khaman, gathiya, dehania-chivda, dal kachori and many more.
Apart from sightseeing in Ujjain and eating the local cuisines, one can also indulge in some shopping. Handicrafts and Artefacts are famous in Ujjain. Markets in Jawahar Nagar, Gopal Mandir Marg are famous for these items. One can also shop in the markets outside Mahakaleshwar Temple.
Accommodation in Ujjain
People who are wondering how to reach Ujjain can opt to travel to Ujjain by bus, taxis and trains. Ujjain has no dearth in terms of accommodation as well. You can get a place to stay according to your budget and comfort. From guest houses, to budget hotels to luxurious hotels, Ujjain has it all. There are many hotels in Ujjain which provide world class facilities at a budget friendly price and are in close proximity to major tourist places. One must make an itinerary of Ujjain sightseeing and book a hotel in advance before starting Ujjain tour. Plan a trip to Ujjain early this season.