Top ChoiceReligious in Ujjain

Kumbh Mela

Ujjain is one of four sites in India that hosts the incredible Kumbh Mela, during which millions bathe in the Shipra River. It takes place here every 12 years, normally during April and May. The next one is due...

Top ChoiceHindu Temple in Ujjain

Mahakaleshwar Mandir

While this is not visually the most stunning temple, tagging along behind a conga-line through the underground chambers can be magical. At nonfestival times, the marble walkways are a peaceful preamble to the...

Top ChoiceGhat in Ujjain

Ram Ghat

The most central and popular of Ujjain’s river ghats, strung with orange- and pink-roofed shrines, is busy all day with people bathing and presenting gifts of milk or flowers to the Shipra River. It's most...

Sweets in Ujjain

Shree Ganga

Since 1949, this epic sweet shop has been satiating Ujjaini sugar cravings. There’s no English sign or menu, but staff can steer you in the right direction. One speciality is their milk cake, another the caju...

Hindu Temple in Ujjain

Harsiddhi Mandir

Built during the Maratha period, this temple enshrines a famous vermilion-painted image of goddess Annapurna. At the entrance, two tall blackened stone towers bristling with lamps are a special feature of Maratha...

Indian in Ujjain

Damaru Wala

It just does thalis (all-you-can-eat meals) but they're tasty, homestyle ones, and served up in a bright, clean, purpose-designed space with white-top tables and black chairs.

Multicuisine in Ujjain


The stylish restaurant at the Shipra Residency offers a few Continental dishes (eg crumbed chicken and chips) and Chinese options, as well as a good range of Indian fare including chicken, fish or paneer tikka.

Historic Building in Ujjain

Vedh Shala

Ujjain has been India’s Greenwich since the 4th century BC, and this simple-looking but surprisingly complicated observatory was built by Maharaja Jai Singh between 1725 and 1730. Each of its five structures (for...

Monument in Ujjain

Sinhasan Battisi

Vikram Teela, a small island in Rudra Sagar lake, is covered with statuary (installed in 2016) that re-creates the magical throne and court of the legendary Ujjain king Vikramaditya. The enthroned king sits...

Hindu Temple in Ujjain

Gopal Mandir

The Scindias built this marble-spired temple, a fine example of Maratha architecture, in the 19th century. The sanctum’s silver-plated doors originated at the Somnath Temple in Gujarat, but were taken from there...

Indian in Ujjain

Shivam Restaurant

This popular veg restaurant has an extensive menu with detailed descriptions of every dish. Choose from tandoori kebabs, a selection of paneer dishes, koftas and a variety of stuffed vegetables.

Cultural in Ujjain


The Festival of Nine Nights, leading up to Dussehra, is celebrated with particular fervour in Ujjain. Lamps on the large pillars in the Harsiddhi Mandir are lit.

Monument in Ujjain

Sati Gate

Colourfully painted, pointed-arch gate over the street 400m east of the Gopal Mandir.

Mosque in Ujjain

Fateh Masjid

The tall white minaret of this mosque is a landmark en route from the train station to the Mahakaleshwar Mandir.

Monument in Ujjain

Clock Tower

Landmark on a busy intersection in the Freeganj area east of the railway station.