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Explore Ujjain – The temple city

Selected among the 100 “Smart Cities mission” of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Ujjain is one of the largest cities in Madhya Pradesh. Situated on the banks of the Kshipra River, the city spans 152 square kilometers of area and offers a rich and diverse cultural heritage that is approximately 5000 years old. It is among the many sacred cities of India with a heritage that is several centuries old. Out of 12 jyotirlingas, one is present in Mahakaal Temple of Ujjain. The Harsidhhi Temple is one of the famous Shaktipeethas all over India.

Ujjain as a Center for Modern Education

An education hub since the medieval times, Ujjain is known for mathematical and astronomical research from 6th and 7th century. It is a progressive city which boasts an average literacy rate of 84.43%. Famous mathematicians like Brahmagupta, whose book Brahmasphutasiddhanta was responsible for spreading the use of zero and negative numbers; Varahamihira, who was the first to discover many trigonometric identities; and Bhaskaracharya, or Bhaskara II, whose book Lilavati broke new ground in many areas of mathematics have spent a significant span of their lives here.

Getting Around Ujjain

Ujjain combines the traditions of a historic city – its glorious past along with the dynamic and modern metropolitan atmosphere of today. From its friendly people to vibrant landscapes, green spaces, and historical legacy, the city of Ujjain offers a perfect place to connect better with one’s inner being by incorporating modern values of education. Best of all, Ujjain being situated in proximity of other larger towns of Madhya Pradesh, it offers opportunities to indulge in the excitement, exposure, and access. Ujjain is also home to beautiful architectural monuments, caves, and temples belonging to the bygone era.

Some popular tourist attractions in the city include:

  • Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple: It is a well-known pilgrimage destination dedicated to Lord Shiva. Mahakumbh – the world’s largest religious gathering is held in here every 12 years. The walls of this temple are decorated with sculptures, motifs, and inscriptions.

  • Chintaman Ganesh Temple: Chintaman means relief from stress – this is a popular avatar of Lord Ganesha - God of auspicious beginnings, and the temple is dedicated to this deity.

  • HarSiddhi Temple: Built in the Maratha period, the temple has a special place in city’s history.

  • Ved Shala: Also known as Jantar Mantar, it was India’s first observatory constructed in 1725, comprising 13 architectural and astronomy instruments.

Art and Culture Festivals:

Famous for its art and culture-focused festivals, Ujjain offers an eclectic mix of interests for different sects of society.

  • Batik Painting: A 2000-year-old fabric painting technique using wax and coconut husk is considered as the signature craft of the city.

  • The city hosts a wide range of festivals with great joy, including the acclaimed Simhasta Parv, organized once every twelve years.

  • Ujjain Simhastha (Kumbamela): A month-long festival that is a congregation of religious sects from all parts of India and even abroad. During this festival, people come from all over the country to take a dip in the holy Kshipra River on the full moon day of the Chaitra month.

  • Maha Shivaratri: Ujjain is the site of one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, and on the day of Maha Shivaratri, massive pageants make their way all through the city to take the blessings of Lord Shiva.

  • Pancheshani Yatra: In this yatra, devotees make a tour of the city and take rest on the banks of Kshipra River. They cover 118 kilometers of area in six days.

Apart from these, Karthik Mela, Kalidasa Handmade Craft Mela, Mahakal Shravan Sawari, Diwali, are also the traditional festivals of this city.

Shopping

Going beyond the obvious, this is a city that is a balanced blend of the old and new with stunning ancient architectural monuments and glitzy shopping centers. Being listed on the Smart Cities Mission, Ujjain is undergoing a massive facelift with improved infrastructural facilities and is en route to becoming an amazing city to live in with fabulous growth potential.

Food

Ujjain is home to a variety of delicious dishes. Bhutte Ka Kees is one of the favorite dishes from the city, which is prepared by grating corn and cooking it in ghee along with milk. Apart from these, the city is also known for its Namkeen.

  • Snacks: People of Ujjain start their day with a cup of tea and hot Poha. The popular snacks in the city include Baked Samosa, Dal Kachori, Aloo Kachori, Saboodana Khichadi, amongst the others.
  • Sweet Dishes: Moong Ka Halwa, Gajar Ka Halwa, Gajak, Rabri, and Gulab Jamun are the popular sweet dishes of the city.

Getting to Ujjain

  • By Air: The closest airport is Indore Airport, which is 55 km away. The busiest airport in Madhya Pradesh, it is well connected to most of major Indian cities.
  • By Rail: Direct connectivity with Delhi, Mumbai, and all the major cities from India.
  • By Bus: Direct travel route for Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and a variety of cities.

Hotels and Guest Houses:

Ujjain city has Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department recognized hotels – Shipra Residency, Hotel Anjushreee, and Yatri Niwas.