On the banks of the Shipra river, Ujjain is one of the India’s seven sacred cities, and one of the four sites of the Kumbh Mela.

In the 4th – 5th centuries AD it was the second capital of the Gupta empire with the celebrated Sanskrit poet Kalidasa as one of its leading lights.

The city is famous for the temple of Mahakaleshwar, one of the 12 jyotirlingas in India, and a very sacred pilgrimage for the Hindus.

The old city is towards the North West part near the river. Most of the temples and bathing ghats are located here and offer a good chance to witness Indian culture and custom.