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.
On a daily basis there are approximately 39 flights that operate at Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport.IndiGo and Air India are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
Besides flying you can also reach Ujjain through train.Ujjain Jnis one of the most popular train stations in Ujjain.On an average about 100+ trains pass through Ujjain on a daily basis.Dewas to Ujjain, Indore to Ujjain, Nagda to Ujjainare some of the most popular routes to Ujjain with 91, 91, 91 trains weekly respectively.
By road Ujjain is surrounded by Dewas, Indore, Shajapur which are 22.27 km, 30.81 km, 35.03 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.
Ujjain has a total of 19 hotels.There are 19 hotels in Ujjain with the popular ones being Shipra Residency-MPTDC, Hotel Shanti Palace, Hotel Mittal Avenue, Hotel Rama Krishna, Hotel Surana palace, Hotel Mahakal Palace - 50 Meters from Mahakal Temple etc.
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