This ancient city of Madhya Pradesh lies on the banks of river Shipra. Legend has it that Ujjain is one of the saptapuris, or the seven holy cities of India that grant moksha or liberation from the cycle of birth and death. According to ancient Hindu scriptures it was originally called Avantika however later King Shiva of Avanti commemorated his triumph over the demon king of Tripuri, and changed its name to Ujjainyini which means one who conquers with pride. Besides this, it was governed by the likes of Vikramaditya and Ashoka. Kalidas wrote his souls stirring poetry here.
Ujjain is most famous for the Holy Kumbh Mela that is held here every twelve years. The festival is celebrated on the banks of River Shipra Today Ujjain is a striking amalgamation of legacy of bygone era and contemporary architecture which represents an interesting blend of an age old legacy and the modern day lifestyle.
State: Madhya Pradesh
STD Code: 0734
Language: Hindi, English
Clothes: Summer: Cotton Winter: Light Woollens
Temperature: Summer: 48 - 24 C Winter: 36 - 9 C
Local transport: Metro buses, tempos, taxis and auto rickshaw are the major modes of local transport in Jabalpur
Best Season: The best time to visit Jabalpur is between October and March
How to reach
By Air: The nearest airport is at Indore which is 55 km away. Regular flights connect Bhopal to cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Bhopal.
By Rail: Ujjain is well connected by train with the important cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai and Cochin.
By Road: Ujjain is very well connected by good motorable roads to all important cities like Indore, Bhopal, Ratlam, Gwalior, Mandu, Dhar and Omkareshwar.