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Top Choice Hindu 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 subter…
Top Choice Ghat 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. It's most atmospheric at …
Religious 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 in 2…
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 barfi (…
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 ar…
Indian in Ujjain

Damaru Wala

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

Meghdoot

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.
Monument in Ujjain

Sinhasan Battisi

Vikram Teela, a small island in Rudra Sagar lake, is covered with statuary (installed in 2016) that recreates the magical throne and court of the legendary Ujjain king Vikramaditya. The enthroned king sits surrounde…
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 tr…
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 to G…