The sharp notes of crashing Cymbals mixed with deeply devotional chants float out of old houses and temples to fill Ujjain’s labyrinthine alleyways. And that’s the other thing about this city: temples—ancient and new, large and small—appear to dominate every road and corner here
Ujjain might be chaotic in some pockets but, at sacred places like the Mahakaleshwar temple, the city gives hope of no less than a victory over death. The ancient Sanskrit mantra of Maha Mrityunjaya echo day in and day out throughout Mahakaleshwar Temple as devotees arrive from all over the world in hopes of curing their illness or defeating imminent death. Every evening, the banks of Ujjain’s Shipra River rival the more famous Ghats of Haridwar and Varanasi. The sacred Shipra River’s Ghats truly throb with color and spiritual energy during the Magh Mela (held annually) and Kumbh Mela (held every twelve years), the religious festivals which draw millions of devotees from across the country.Among the seven most sacred cities in Hinduism, Ujjain was mentioned in ancient scriptures by many names, including Avantika, Avanti, Ujjayini and Avantikapuri. Ujjain proved a crucial center for trade activities between northern Indian and Deccan region. Over the course of centuries, the city came under the rule of many dynasties and kings--the Paramara dynasty, the Sultans of Mandu, Iltutmish from the Slave dynasty, the Mughal Emperors, the Marathas and, finally, to the Scindias. Under these rulers, the city also gained in terms of cultural and historical significance. Today, this holy city in the Malwa plateau sits at the heart of India as part of the state of Madhya Pradesh.Ujjain offers a deeply spiritual pilgrimage to most Hindus. Its best known holy site is Mahakaleshwar Temple, the abode of Lord Shiva who is worshiped here as one of the 12 main Jyotirlingas in India. This idol of Lord Shiva is considered an exception from the remaining Jyotirlingas as it faces the south. Other temples worth visiting are Chintaman Ganesh, Kal Bhairav, and Harsiddhi.Visit Ram Mandir Ghat in the evening. Situated on the Shipra River banks, the beautifully lit ancient temples form a great backdrop against the mesmerizing flow of the river.Bhartrihari Caves are a must-see attraction for its fascinating rock-cut designs and artistically carved statues.The festival of Magh Mela is the best time to experience Ujjain. The city of Ujjain is well connected with the rest of India. Traveling within Ujjain is quite comfortable, too. You can easily hire a taxi or an auto rickshaw for sightseeing. Government and private buses organize city tours as well.Ujjain is the city of temples. Make sure you follow the revered customs and rituals of all the holy sites here.Do not indulge in an overt display of money.Plan all sightseeing during the day.Do not get too friendly with tour guides and auto drivers
Ujjain is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Indore at a distance of 49kms.
Airports: Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Ujjain from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Ujjain Jn