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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Abhishek Choudhary
  • Abhishek Choudhary
  • Lives in Patna
  • 10 Reviews

"A Worthy visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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
  • 3 Reviews

"A religious place to enjoy the stay"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Shubham Laad
  • Shubham Laad
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 2 photos
  • 1 Review

"Feel peaceful visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Ujjain is an ideal site for religious tourism in India. The city is home to a plethora of temples and places of worship. The Simhastha Kumbh Mela held after every 12 years enhances the city's importance as a tourist hub. Mahakaleshwar or the Mahakal shrine is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga. You must see Radha Madan Mohan Temple, Kal Bhairava, Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir.
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Neeraj Shukla
  • Neeraj Shukla
  • 1 Review

"A beautiful religious place"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Mahakaleshwar is a good placto visit for Hindu's ,it is a jyotirlinga which is located on the bank of chipra river, every year on shivratri many people visit to Ujjain Because this is palace where shiv Ji is . I suggest you all to go to Ujjain in the month of January it is a good time to be there.
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Rajat Kumar
  • Rajat Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Spend some extra days to enjoy"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I had a really great experience, there are great temples like Mahakaleshwar, Shani temple and many more things. You guys must visit Mahakaleshwar Temple. The food was just yummy and awesome. I advice to travellers to go their and have fun. If you want to have fun then should spend some extra days.
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Abdeali Bagliwala
  • Abdeali Bagliwala
  • Lives in Ujjain
  • 2 Reviews

"Tasty and spicy food, delicious sweets"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
In Ujjain, there is nothing but the Mahakaleshwar temple that people should visit. Ujjain is known as a holy city which is true. The famous matka kulfi, bafna ke namkeen and sweets are awesome. The food was very tasty and spicy. Overall, its an awesome trip to Ujjain.
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Pawar
  • Pawar
  • 2 Reviews

"Ujjain visit was awesome"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jan 25, 2014
This was a fabulous visit. It is a very beautiful place for worship; we go their for worship. There are many temples in this make it a very religious place. There are nice hotels and you can get good food as well. The experience can be good in Ujjain where Mahakal Mandir is the main temple and attraction among people.
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Raju som kumar
  • Raju som kumar
  • Cityslicker
  • 11 Reviews

"Ujjain Visit."

  • 4/7
  • Posted Jan 6, 2014
Ujjain city is full of Babas and tantriks who always satisfy their egos. Life in Ujjain city is very good, but for outsiders it is not good. The city is full of temples every where and mainly devoted to it. There is no industry and other business activities but due to nearness to Indore, Mumbai of Madhya Pradesh, the city has been progressed quite a lot compare to other small cities of Madhya Pradesh.
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Ashish
  • Ashish
  • 3 Reviews

"The most worshipped city"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Dec 5, 2013
One of the biggest centres of hindu religion shaiva sect. Known to be birthplace of tantra vidya. Visiting the temples here give you a, very different feel. A must to see, whether its mahakaal or bhairavnath temple you will be mesmerised. Old astrological and astronomical seat having vedhashala. If you are really interested than can go to the museum and the central library and also the vikram university library. Its priceless treasure of ancient sciences, although as other indian shrines the cleanliness is poor and much to be done left. Still the roads sign boards etc are at place, easy transport availability. And overall not a too costly city to stay.
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Ganga
  • Ganga
  • 6 Reviews

"History and devotion at one place"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Oct 11, 2013
Good atmosphere. As a historical and devotional place, the feel of the place is really good, but maintenance of the place is really poor. The maintenance of temples should improve to attract travellers. Roads are good with neat facilities. The hotels and other public places need to dispaly more information to help the travellers.
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