Ujjain

Ujjain

At a Glance
Population
515,215
Area
152 sq.kms
Geo Location
Central
Average Climate
10°C - 30°C
Best time to visit
October - March

With the glorious past of its association with king Vikramaditya and the genius, Kalidasa, Ujjain is an ancient and holy city. Also called Avantika, it is one of the seven sacred cities of India and a venue for the fabulous Kumbh Mela held every twelve years. The Maurya king Ashoka was a viceroy to Ujjain. The city was later the capital of the Parmar kings in the ninth and tenth centuries. Muslims took it over afterwards. In 1750 it passed into the hands of the Marathas and Scindias and was their capital till 1800.

We know the city of Ujjain for the large number of temples and religious sites and it is also a very important travel destination in the state of Madhya Pradesh, which fascinates its tourists with its religious significance. It is one of the four sacred cities in India, where the famous Hindu festival 'Kumbh Mela' is held every 12 years. A lot of tourists including foreigners visit this wonderful destination to enjoy the view of splendid temples and other places of worship that enhance the beauty of Ujjain. Being one of the most popular tourist cities in Madhya Pradesh, Ujjain is definitely an ideal site for religious tourism in India.

Popularly known as Ujain, Ujjayini, Avanti and Avantikapuri, this majestic city is located on the eastern shore of the Kshipra River. There are the most beautiful temples of the country and holy places and other historical constructions, which represent the great work of the Gupta dynasty, which gave its best to the city. The Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, a holy place and shrine, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ujjain, which attracts a large number of tourists from different parts of the world to see the best of this historic city.

There are few Buddhist monasteries located around the city of Ujjain which gives evidence of existence of Buddhism in the 4th century. The city has been centre of most of the artistic and religious achievements in Madhya Pradesh since time immemorial. Ujjain had produced many astronomers and poets.

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