Ujjain , Madhya Pradesh
Heritage, City, Pilgrimage
In the West Central part of India lies Ujjain also called, Ujain, Ujjayini, Avanti, Avantika, Avantikapuri is an ancient city on the banks of Kshipra River in state of Madhya Pradesh. It is considered to be one of the seven sacred cities of Hindus and boasts of several highly revered temples.
As per the Hindu mythology, a drop of the Amrut, nectar of immortality, which was discovered after Sagar Manthan fell here making this city sacred. In Ujjain one can visit the Sandipani Ashram in which lie paintings of Lord Krishna receiving his teachings. Often, referred to as the 'City of Temples' it is also home to the Mahakaleshwar Temple that embodies one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The Simhastha Kumbh Mela held every 12 years is a big crowd puller and a highly revered event. Hundreds of thousands pilgrims throng the city during the Kumbh and take holy dip in the Kshipra river.
Apart from that Ujjain is also the host of India's largest fair the 'Kumbh Mela' that is believed to be one of the most extraordinary displays of faith on Earth, a spectacular journey that draws tens of millions of people. However, the climate and heat index pose a bit of a problem for tourists as temperatures rise up 45 degrees making winter the ideal time to visit Ujjain. Also, for the food fanatics make sure you don't miss out on 'Shree Ganga' an epic sweet shop has been satiating Ujjaini sugar cravings since 1949.
Another interesting thing about Ujjain is 'Navarathri' the festival of nine nights, leading up to Dussehra, which is celebrated with particular fervor in Ujjain. Lamps are lit on the large pillars in Harsiddhi Mandir making it a sight to behold. So if you're someone who loves a new experience then Ujjain is one place you can't miss.