Regarded as one of the seven sacred cities for Hindus, Ujjain is an ancient city located on the banks of Shipra river in Madhya Pradesh. The city is a venue for Kumbh Mela and is known as the Simhastha Mela, held every 12 years. The temple town is also called Ujjayini or Avanti. It is mentioned in Hindu epic Mahabharat, as the capital city of Avanti Kingdom. It is believed that two parts of the Skanda Purana were composed in the city.
The origin of Ujjain is connected to Sagar Manthan (Churning of the ocean of milk) episode in Hindu mythology. Gods and the demons churned the ocean to collect Amrit which would grant immortality. When the gods try to flee with it, four drops of Amrit fell at four different places; Ujjain, Allahabad, Haridwar and Nashik. The Shipra River is also said to have originated as a result of the Sagar Manthan.
The Mahakaleshwar Temple, one of the 12 jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva is in Ujjain. Lord Krishna received education along with Balaram and Sudama from Maharishi Sandipani here. The town is a mix of the old and the new. The city’s heritage co-exists with the modern buildings.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN UJJAIN
The budget hotels are clustered near Nanakheda bus stand which are close to the railway station as well.
Mid-range hotels can be found all over the city. Free Ganj area has a good number of mid-range hotels.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN UJJAIN
Ujjain is a treat for vegetarians with Kashmiri, Punjabi, North Indian and many other types of Indian cuisine easily available. Chinese cuisine is also available. Non-vegetarian cuisine is available in a few restaurants on University Road.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Ujjain is as given below. The best time to visit Ujjain is also specified.