Ujjain Tourism

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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Ujjain Traveller Reviews

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  • Pranesh
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"An old city on Shipra river" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Ujjain is considered as an ancient city mentioned in Vedas also. Ujjain is one of the ancient city, on the banks of river Kshipra, located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It was called Ujjayini & in Mahabharata, it is mentioned that Ujjayini was/the capital of Avanti kingdom. During Sagar Manthan(churning of sea), when the nectar was discovered, there was tug of war between gods and demons. During that melee, a drop of nectar fell on Ujjain, hence making it sacred. Ujjain is one of the four sites to host Kumbha Mela.

It has Mahakaleshwar temple, which is one of the twelve Dwadasha Jyotirlinga. It was an ancient site for learning, as Lord Krishna, Balarama and Sudama were students of Sandipani Maharishi's Gurukul. Ujjain has also had the legendary renowned king Chandragupta II. It also had great Scholars like Brahmagupta and Bhaskaracharya. Also the great poet Kalidasa was also known to be from Ujjain.

Ujjain was invaded by Iltutmish, Delhi sultan in 1235. But during Emperor Akbar, it became capital of Malwa. During 18th century, Ujjain was the head quarters of Maratha leader Scindia. It was Shinde dynasty, which was responsible for development of Ujjain and its neighborhood.
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  • Ashish Mehta
  • Lives in Bharuch
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"Must visit place with many temples" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Must visit place while visiting to MP.

Many good religious place to visit such as

1. Shri Mahakaleshwar Temple
2. Kal Bhairav Temple
3. Chintaman Ganesh Temple
4. Harsiddhi Temple
5. Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir and
6. Bhartrihari Caves.

Good street food near ghanta ghar. Must try Kachori, Pani Puri ,etc.
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  • Jay Patel
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"City of Lord Shiva" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Those who are devotee of Lord Shiva, once in a life a visit is recommended. Excellent aarti in Mallikarjuna temple. For ladies, the saree and bangles shopping freak, excellent day out in congested market. Family 2 day trip would be enough but must visit.
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Siddharth Ajmera

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  • Siddharth Ajmera
  • Lives in Ujjain
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"The city of temples" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Ujjain is called the city of temples. The city is about 60km away from Indore, Madhya Pradesh and you can board a bus from Indore Bus Stand to reach Ujjain.

If you reach Ujjain by bus, you will be dropped at the Nanakheda Bus Stand from where you will have to board a City Bus to Dewas Gate Bus Stand.

From here you can visit all the temples, most of which are in the city side. Some of the temples you can visit are : Mahakaleshwar temple (In order to avoid rush, don't visit on sundays and mondays), Bade Ganeshji Temple, Harsiddhi Temple, Bade Ganeshji Temple, Sandipani Ashram, Mangal Nath Temple, Kal Bhairav Temple, Gadkalika Temple, Bhartrihari Caves, Siddhavat Temple etc. There's also a very famous Jain Temple : Mahaveer Tapobhumi which is considered to be a place where Lord Mahaveer meditated. Also there is ISKCON Temple which is a very famous temple of Lord Krishna.

As far as local food is concerned, there is a series of Restaurants in front of the Ujjain Junction where you can have local meal. Apart from that Famous Kulfiwale Kulfi is famous and highly recommended. Also "sev" which is a snack here is also quite famous. Poha and Jalebi is a very famous breakfast not only in Ujjain but in the whole Madhya Pradesh. So you should try all these things, when you are in Ujjain.

The people in Ujjain are very helpful so you can ask them if you need help. Then there's the Ujjain Tourism Website you can visit to know more about the places you can visit in Ujjain.
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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Pritesh Mehta
  • Lives in Baroda
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"A nice journey"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We felt very good. We visited all the sightseeing spots. There is a school of shree krishna and there are vikramaditya's monument too. We stayed at Gujarati samaj, we went there by auto rickshaw. Overall, a good journey without any problem.
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  • Harsha
  • Lives in Indore
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"A historical and religious place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Ujjain is known for its historical temples and Kumbh mela. I found Mahakaleshwar temple very beautiful among the other jyotirlingas I visited. Seems lots of road construction is in process due to kumbh next year so traveling within city was bit uncomfortable.
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Nikhil Gadodia

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  • Nikhil Gadodia
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Decent place, but a little unclean"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Apr 8, 2015
I happen to visit Ujjain only for Mahakal Darshan. The city is a little shabby and doesn't look like a pilgrimage. It is also a little unclean and needs immediate government attention as well. If in-case you know the place is good, people here are cooperative with tourists.

You may try checking out the market here for good clothes at reasonable price. Also, Shivji's prasad - Bhang is being openly sold out here. For food, you might have to check some restaurants and try options as well. Do try local delicacies like rabadi, milk, etc.
Be a little cautious of the rickshawala's since they would even take you for a ride for short distances as well, which can be easily walked through.
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"A historically colourful place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Mar 19, 2015
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
  • Lives in Gwalior
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"Perfect for a pilgrimage spot"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Jan 30, 2015
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
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"One of the best pilgrims spot"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jan 16, 2015
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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