Ujjain Tourism
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Ujjain Tourism

Ujjain Info

  • State: Madhya Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 1610 m
  • District: Ujjain

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.



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Rishi Verma

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  • Lives in Indore
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  • 3 Reviews
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"Awesome place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Awesome place to go back and enjoy the place of God Shiva Mahal. The pooja and river journey is awesome and want to go out alone night out with pilgrimage and thousands of temples puja behind river Shipra. Hotel also better but city is awesome no requires to sleep just travel and travel.
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Mohit Bhatia

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  • Lives in Bhopal
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"Religious place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Being related to this place through my maternal side; its always been a great experience visiting this holy place of temples. 1000 nos of temples in one city and that too with different stories make this city a mysterious place. I visited this place again on the occasion of Simhasth in the month of may with my family. Arrangement was too good and handled very well by the police staff. Cleaning was perfect be it eating area or changing area.

Visited Mahala temple and waited for almost 5 hours just for a 1 sec view of god.

You can go to Ujjain in any season and visit all the famous temples in 2-3 days. Visit Freeganj to see the oldest clock tower of this city. Freeganj is the mini chopati or the happening eating place where you can find all types of food items.
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Dharmesh

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  • Dharmesh
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Religious place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Ujjain a totally religious place city of Lord shiva with thousands of temple. Mahakaleshwar mandir is above all religious points. Mangalnath mandir is another important religious spot where Tropic of Capricorn passes. Another milestone is of Bhairavnath mandir where kaal Bhairav is being offered alcohol and god accept alcohol.
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Anuj Gupta

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  • Anuj Gupta
  • Lives in Jaipur
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"Kumbh Mela : The ageless celebration of religion"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It is probably one of the oldest festivals of India. This ageless festival is a celebration of faith and trust which people have put over these year on religion. Its has no limits in terms of cast, creed, race, colour etc. I wont go in the history or facts of the Kumbh Mela, since no matter how much I tell you you will look for the same on the official site (no pun intended :) ).

"Woh kumbh ke mele mein bichad gaye thy" A line this or some other line with underlying concept being the same, of getting lost in Kumbh mela, this is what provoked me to go to kumbh mela the time. Since kumbh mela was in Ujjain which is close to kota so traveling was not an issue (no cancelling the plan because the train tickets dint confirm). It was a pretty bumpy ride, but I did not matter at all because I was all excited about the destination and the experience which I was about to gain. It was 5 hour night ride. It was clear sky lit by sparkling stars. In terms of traffic, I never felt that I was taking a night ride to Ujjain, because the way was flooded with all sorts of vehicles reason being accessibility of Ujjain.

I left at 11pm and reached Ujjain by the morning of the other day (4am I guess). At that time it was not at all crowded. The car is not allowed after a certain a point and let me tell you the distance which is to be walked is huge. So, after getting the directions and information about the place, my next task was to find a place where i could freshen up. Now, if you are person who is okay with Jugaad (just using what is available, and getting your work done) then you should make your reservations in advance if you plan to stay there for some nights. There is no point in choosing a hotel, because there are many options available which are proper and pretty lees in terms of price.

Since I went there in the ending days, all the tents were literally ruined (except a few), the situation of washrooms were far more worse. Some were without taps, some were without water, some where clogged (yuck). But in the end i did manage sneak inside an ashram, where things were okay.

By the time I freshened up and got ready, it was 6 am and it got crowded. There is no chance of you getting lost if you are going alone because you will find a security personnel at frequent distance intervals who have sufficient knowledge in order to guide you. There are proper milestones, demarcations, arrows present to guide you.

Now let's talk about the holy dips. The place where you are supposed to take the dips in water is called Ram Ghat (basically, it's nothing but a river bank). It stretches to few kilometers and is on both sides of the river. The rule is to take 5 dips and chant the prayer. The ghats were all crowded. One can witness variety of people and activities happening on the ghats. After seeing the activities which were being conducted on the ghats and clicking a few pictures, it was turn for the holy dips. The water was pretty cold but since it is summer time, it was a bliss. The dips had a refreshing and rejuvenating effect. I had no feeling of coming out of the water because it felt great. But i had a lot to cover so i spent around 20 to 25 minutes in water (which i think is sufficient ). Now it important here that you keep your belongings in a proper place before you go for the dips. There are so many people and chances of things getting lost is pretty high.

Talking about photography, make sure you ask before you click or make sure that you are not being watched while you take a picture. Why I just said because of an incident which happened with me. Here it is, I was continuously clicking pictures and then I came across a sadhu and without thinking I clicked his picture and he saw me doing that. He called me, but I could see his face (he was angry) so I ignored him. But to my surprise, he came after me with a chimta in his hand ( obviously he had no intentions to hurt me), it scares the hell out of me and I started running and disappeared in the crowd. I do not know what would have happened if he would have caught me. So, do not clicked pictures of individuals, specially the sadhus without asking.

So, where was I, yes I got done with my dips and I started for Mahakaleshwar Temple (Temple of Shiv Bhagwan). The Que was huge. There is an option to save time by paying Rs 250 (per head) and going through a VIP entry. This will save at least an hour or so. I got done with darshan in just 1 hour, whereas people took around 2 to 3 hours for the same. The temple premises has a lot of Temples inside it. Apart from that, there are number of temples in the kumbh Mela area, which one can visit if he has a the capacity to do so.

Now lets talk about the Akharas. There are number of types of sadhus who stay there till the Kumbh Mela ends (that means near to a month) and each such type has there designated area which is known as Akharas. Sadly, i couldn't find what i expected to find. I was told that there is a Gold baba (a saint covered in gold), but i couldn't find him. So, if you want don't want to miss this part then make sure you visit Kumbh in the starting days or mid ones but definitely not the last days except the day of Shahi snan ( the last day of kumbh, which us assigned for the main snan).

There is a lot of everything which one can find in kumbh Mela. If you love photography, then you just cannot miss out on Kumbh Mela. Houses being converted into dormitories, an area of nothing converted into number of akharas and ashrams, stalls for food items and offerings to God and what not. It was like people were banking on this opportunity which arose because of Kumbh Mela.

It is a festival, which should definitely be visited at least in a lifetime.

Now, few things you should keep in mind before you go to Kumbh Mela.

1. Make sure you get done with your reservations, if you are not a last minute person.
2. Make sure your belonging are safe.
3. Take prior permission where required for clicking pictures.
4. If you find someone who appears to be lost, make sure you take him to the appropriate counter so that an announcement could be made about the same.
5. Carry sufficient food supplies.
6. Better to go in the starting days rather then the ending ones.
7. Don't be afraid of crowd and all the pushes, because it is one of an essence of the Mela.

And yes congratulations to the Madhya Pradesh Government for successfully carrying out Kumbh Mela. Everything (mostly) was in order.

SO GO GET LOST IN THE PURITY OF KUMBH. TAKE THE ESSENCE, AND LET IT FLOW WITHIN YOU AND THROUGH YOU.
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Vinod bedia

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"A holy & religious place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 23, 2016
Ujjain is very holy & religious place to visit. Arrangement at Mahakal Temple & Singhast Mahakumbh & Holy dip in Shipra River are excellent. Govt has made very nice arrangement. Stay arrangement at Hotel Atlas Palace was very poor & pathetic. It was very bitter experience of life. We will never stay there nor recommend any of my friend.
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Vijay mehra

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"Good to visit in off-season"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Mar 31, 2016
Good place to visit in offseason, good many temples to visit, to have a peace of mind and relaxation stay in a good hotel in Ujjain. Mahakal Temple is too good for darshan and Bhairav Mandir also a must to see and from airport it just takes 45 minutes drive to Ujjain.
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Abhinav Kumar

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"Religious place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 18, 2016
It was the occasion of Shivratri, from few months back I was looking for a Shivratri tour and I booked for Ujjain. Though I had to travel alone but later my friend agreed to join me. We reached Ujjain Railway Station around 10:30 am, nice sunny weather moderate temperature we were on tees so comfortable with the weather. We took rickshaw to our guest house which was located at Ramghat Road. First day we covered all nearby temple which we could do by walking Mahakaleshwar Temple, Harsiddhi Temple, Ramghat (enjoyed boating in Kshipra). I found this city semi developed though the preparations are on speed for Singhasth 2016. People are good and helpful local foods are awesome. Do take some local namkeens and enjoy Fariyali khichdi and mouthwatering poha-jalebi. On 2nd day of our stay we covered almost all famous places like Gadhkalika mandir, Kalbhairav temple, Bhartrihari Caves, Mangal mandir and Sandipani Ashram etc. We hired a auto rickshaw who helped us to understand all the destinations along with their relevance.
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Anurag Saraswat

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  • Lives in Noida
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"Religious visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 14, 2016
I visited Ujjain on 12 march 2016. City called Jai Mahaakal city. Everywhere you can find bam bhole voice. Clean and well managed roads. Easy to travel in a city. I reached Ujjain at 4 am in morning from Delhi after that I reach Shipra river ghat for Snaan(bath). Water in Shipra river in not much clear as like Ganga river in Haridwar but many peoples use it for bath because there is always spiritual power exist everywhere in this religious places. Near by place to visit Mahakaleshwar temple, Ram Ghat at Shipra river and many more.
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Atul Singh

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  • Atul Singh
  • Lives in Dewas
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"Ancient place to go"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 25, 2016
It has many ancient temple to see. It is a nice place. This city is a house of temple. In Ujjain mahakal temple is very famous. This place tells about the culture of an India. It is good for family travel. It shows about Indian tradition. It is a really a good place.
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Naveen singh

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"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 18, 2016
As Ujjain is famous for Lord Shiva and one of the famous & holy place in India. Every person should visit here. I visited Mahaleswar Temple only its hardly 1. 5km from Ujjain railway station. Local shops are good and nice. Nothing much to bargain there. Food was good. Lovely trip at last.
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