Travelling to Ujjain
Travelling to Ujjain Reviews
Less well-trodden path Feb 13, 2013
Ujjain is regarded as one of the seven holiest of pilgrimage places in India. Although everyone knows about Varanasi, far fewer people visit Ujjain and this is a pity. There are less crowds, a decent amount of temples to visit and it’s not too far from places such as Delhi or Ahmedabad. My tips for Ujjain would be:
- When arriving by train or bus, just seek the cheapest route to Rama Ghat (one of the main areas of worship near the river, named after the nearby temple dedicated to the Hindu god Rama). This is where the heart of Ujjain is and where the cheapest accomodation is too.
- When seeking accommodation, go to the temples (especially near Rama Ghat). They all have cheap, ultra basic but nice and clean rooms available. Take your own locks for the door as none are provided.
- Check out the evening aarti on the banks of the river. It seems that the temples compete with each other to put on the best show. The atmosphere is so calm.
- Check out the evening market and temple activities. This is when Ujjain comes alive, and where you’ll find places to snack at, and peer into the temples full of fervent worshippers.
It’s true; Varanasi has way more history, prestige, piligrims and tourists, which makes for a much better atmosphere. But if you want to experience something that is more low-key and without the touts, Ujjain is worth a day of anyone’s time.
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