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Ujjain Travel Guide

Attractions
Mahakaleshwar temple, Bade Ganeshji ka Mandir, Chintaman Ganesh temple, Bhartrihari Caves, Harsiddhi Temple, Vedh Sala ( Observatory)
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Location : 56 kms from Indore in the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India.
Tourist Attractions : Bade Ganeshji ka mandir, Chintaman Ganesh, Pir Matsyendranath, Bhartrihari Caves, Kaliadeh Palace, Durgadas ki Chhatri, Harsiddhi Temple, Siddhavat, Kal Bhairava, Sandipani Ashram, Gadkalika, The Vedha Shala ( Observatory) and many more.
Best Hangout : Sandipani Ashram, Shipra River.
Fairs and festivals: Mahashivratri and the Simhastha Kumbh Mela are some of the festivals celebrated in Ujjain.
Nearby Tourist Destinations : Dewas, Agar, Nagda, Sailana, Maksi, Mandsaur, Gandhi Sagar and Bhanpura.
When to Visit : Through the year

About Ujjain
Ujjain is situated at a distance of 56 km from Indore and is one of the holiest cities for Hindus. It is situated on the bank of the sacred river Shipra in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Having mythological legends, the city also has a long and distinguished history. This ancient city was governed by great emperors like Vikramaditya and Ashoka. Kalidas, the great poet wrote his soul stirring poetry here.

Today, Ujjain represents an interesting amalgamation of an age-old legacy and the modern day lifestyle.

Major Tourist Attractions in Ujjain
Hindu Temples on banks of River Shipra Mahakaleshwar temple
The temple of Mahakaleshwara has high shikhara dominating the skyline and life of Ujjain. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the lingam at Mahakaleshwara is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India, it is believed to be swayambhu (born of itself). It is believed that it derives its shakti or power, from within itself. The south facing idol of this majestic shrine is one of its kind, a positioning upheld by tantric traditions and found only in Mahakaleshwara among the 12 Jyotirlingas. Every Mahashivaratri, in the month of March, a fair is held near the temple.

Bade Ganeshji ka Mandir
This is a popular pilgramge spot situated above the tank near the Mahakaleshwar Temple and owns a large ornate statue of Ganesh.

Chintaman Ganesh temple
This temple is situated on the opposite bank of the River Shipra and is a considerable antiquity and a popular place of pilgrimage. The idol here is believed to be self formed. The artistically carved pillars of the assembly hall date back to the Parmara Periods.

Bhartrihari Caves
These caves are named after the great scholar poet Bhartihari, who lived and meditated here. These caves are situated on the banks of the river Shipra near Gadkalika Temple.

Harsiddhi Temple
This is an important shrine with the image of Goddess Annapurna.

Vedh Sala ( Observatory)
This is an observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh between 1725 and 1730 AD. Ujjain is considered the Greenwich of India, with the first meridian of longitude passing through it. This observatory is smaller than those in Jaipur or Delhi but it's still in use and quite interesting. Astrologers can purchase the complete year's astronomical ephemeris in both English and Hindi at the observatory for Rs15 only.

Apart from these attractions there are many more to see at Ujjain. There are many nearby tourist destinations also like Dewas, Agar, Nagda, Sailana, Maksi, Mandsaur, Gandhi Sagar and Bhanpura.

Getting There
Air: The nearest airport is at Indore (55 Kms.) and is connected by air with Bhopal, Bombay, Delhi and Gwalior.
Rail: Ujjain has a railway station on the Western Railway line and connected with major cities in India.
Road: Good roads connect Ujjain with Ahmedabad (402 Kms.), Bhopal (183 Kms.), Bombay (655 Kms.), Delhi (774 Kms.), Gwalior (451 Kms.), Indore (53 Kms.), Khajuraho (570 Kms.), Mandu (158 Kms.).

Accommodation
There are several hotels and lodges available for accommodation. Besides, in Ujjain, there are government run hotels also like the Shipra and the Yatri Niwas that are conveniently priced and comfortable.


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