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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Neeraj Singh

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  • Neeraj Singh
  • Lives in Ujjain
  • 1 Review
  •  48 readers

"Best experience ever in my life" new review

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
All the thinks are very existing and full of joy. I enjoy each and every moment of my trip. The temple was so huge and the climate was very good. The rooms of hotel was awesome. My guide was great and the hill at the top of the mountain was the best place to see. The full city in one view.
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Hari kishan

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  • Lives in Vijayawada
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"Overall a nice experience" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a very trip and had a great time. We had a plan of only three days and so unable to cover some important places and was on the go for most of the time. During the trip we covered Ujjaini, Omkareshwar, Mamaleshwar, Mandu Fort, Indore Khazarana Ganesh Temple, Sanchi.
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Hetal

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  • Hetal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review
  •  8 readers

"Good destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Situated on the right bank of the holy river Kshipra, the eternal city Ujjayini has been narrated as the navel center (Manipura lotus) of the cultural identity of Indian nation. It ranks among those seven ancient Puris of India which are regarded as the bestower of deliverance (moksha). The meridian of the ancient world named Yattara was supposed to pass through place.
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Nayan Bharti

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  • Lives in Indore
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"City of Mahakal, Ujjain"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Ujjain is the city of lord Shiva, Ujjain is famous for lord Mahakal temple. One of the 3 jyotirlings in india. In 2016 Singhasth (khumb mela) will be held at Ujjain in every 12 years. Which is biggest public gathering of India. Felt very spiritual after visiting Ujjain. People here in Ujjain are very helpful. Other place to Ujjain are KD palace which a tourist place where king Vikramaditya used to study. A beautiful sight to see. The food of Ujjain is also fun. Street food of Freeganj is very delightful. Overall experience is wonderful. Worth going.
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Sheetal Chhabra

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  • Sheetal Chhabra
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"A place full of religious activities"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I got description about bhasma Aarti in Mahakal temple through HolidayIQ which helped me to decide my schedule and pre-book for bhasma arti. Mhakal dharamshaka is best place to stay at cheap rates. It is just adjacent to temple. Nearby hotel is also a good choice. Do not forget to go to Chaopaati.
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Arth Hada

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  • Arth Hada
  • Lives in Dahod
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"Awesome experience!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
First of all I will tell that Ujjain the city of King Vikram Aditya. Second name of Ujjain is city of Mahadev. Ujjain is very popular tourist place, many tourist come here for darshan of Mahakal. You must definitely visit Ujjain and attend Bhasm Aarati at Mahakaleshwar temple. It is said that lord Mahakal is present in 'Bhasm Aarati'. Rest off all Ujjain is developing city.
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Suresh babu boducharla

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"Ujjain Visit, never miss it!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The experience is very pleasant. On 30th early morning we attended Bhasmaarti. If one has to do abhishekam he need to be in temple by 2 AM especially on Sundays and Mondays. Else the abhishekam can not be performed. For Gents Dhoti is must without any upper cloths. Even banian is not allowed in Garbhagriha. For ladies Saree is must. The Bhasma arti tickets can be obtained on-line from temple Website. The Tickets issues 30 days in advance. Nandimandapam tickets will be exhausted with one hour of opening at 8 AM. Ganapati Mandapam tickets can be had even after one week of opening. The devotees of Nandimandapam are allowed first into Garbhagriha for abhishekam, then Ganapati Mandapam devotees. To have better view of Bhasma arti Ganapati mandapam is better or the first two rows of Nandi Mandapam.

We visited temple again in the evening when crowd was comparatively less and had very pleasant darshan. The place was so peaceful one feel like staying there itself. The evening Aarti at Har Siddhi temple is worth watching especially the lighting of few thousand of lamps on the two giant pillars. One should not miss it. We missed the sayana Aarti at 10. 30 PM at Mahakaleswar temple as we need to go to bed early so that we can make for next day bhasma aarti. After seeing Bhama-aarti on 1st Dec we proceeded to Omkareswar about 135 KM from Ujjain

The Ujjain visit is really refreshing. Apart from Mahakaleswar temple, Harsiddhi mandir, Gadkalika Mandir, Bhatruhari Caves, Ram Ghat at Shipra river, mangalnath Temple, Gad Kalika temple, Sandeepani Ashram and Kalabhairav Temple are must seen
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Chirag Joshi

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  • Chirag Joshi
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  • 5 Reviews
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  •  2117 readers

"Place where Lord is the King"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Ujjain is the place of temples, City of Shri Lord Mahakal which is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga of India. Famous Kalbairav Mandir is a must visit place. In every 12 Year Kumbh Mela is organized here and in the upcoming year 2016 Kumbh Mela is organizing. Ujjain is a peaceful place and at evening Kshipra Aarti at Ramghat is a thing which you should not miss.
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Dilip Johari

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  • Dilip Johari
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"Good destination, one should give a try!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is one of the most religious place of Lord shiva and there is also many awesome places like mangal dev temple, kaal Bhairav temple etc. This place is also not so costly. One thing you should remember that there is a most special thing with mahakaal temple that is Bhasmaarti in the early morning. For that all have to register one day before.
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Dharmesh Joshi

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"Should visit once again-Ujjain"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Visited during Diwali festivity. Bhasma Aarti is must.. Once in a lifetime experiment. There are nice budget hotels around Ujjain. One can even opt for Indore which is just 45Km away. Also visit Kaal Bhairav and Omakreshwar which is 150km away from Ujjain.
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