One of the seven sacred cities of Hinduism, Ujjain has an unmistakably spiritual ambience reflected in famous temples and ashrams. Explore sacred sites in this ancient city, then enjoy the river ghats, historical architecture and traditional bazaars.
Things to do in Ujjain
Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga temple is a leading Hindu devotional centre dedicated to Shiva. You can hear stories about the deity and mystical creation of the temple. At Harsiddhi Mandir temple, you’ll be greeted by a vermillion-coloured image of the goddess Annapurna and two black stone towers holding oil-filled amps that are ignited during ceremonies.
River ghats are a fascinating part of visiting Ujjain, with the colourful Ram Ghat shrine on the holy River Kshipra attracting devoted bathers offering traditional gifts of flowers or milk to the deity Shipra. When the light changes at daybreak or dusk, join worshipers in lighting candles along the river banks while chiming cymbals.
In the town centre, you’ll find small eateries such as Shree Ganga selling Ujjaini specialties like caju barfi milk cakes made with cashews. This is also a great place to try freshly squeezed pomegranate juice. For an upscale dining experience, book a table at Meghdoot for paneer tikka and various Chinese dishes.
Browse local bazaars and handicraft emporiums to find artefacts from Madhya Pradesh as well leather goods and embroidered textiles. Keep your eyes peeled for original tribal wares, pottery, bamboo furnishings and exquisite Maheshwari or Chanderi sarees. You can also browse modern shopping malls such as Treasure Bazaar.
Getting around Ujjain
Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport in Indore is about 55 kilometres away. You can rent a car or take a taxi to Ujjain. Getting around the city is easy with buses, taxis and auto or cycle rickshaws.