My Travel Experiences

January 2, 2012

Mahakaleshwar

Last week in Dec 2011, went to Ujjain-Mandu-Omkareshwar trip.  Here is part-1 for Ujjain.

We started @ 7.45pm on 25th Dec from Avantika Express. I thought, I will buy water bottle in the train even it does not have pantry but in vain, so people travelling from Avantika, make sure you have everything handy before boarding. We reached Ujjain @ 7.30am. Ujjain was very cold. Went directly to Avantika Yatri Niwas, got a room @ 8am even check-in/out is 12 noon, as people leave early while checkout as a usual practice to reach another destination. Ready @ 9am. We ordered Poha and tea @ the restaurant in Yatri Niwas. Poha was really tasty with MP taste. Started to Mahakal by auto for Rs: 60/-. The autowala stopped at a shop nearby by temple. I smelled something fishy, so never stopped there.

Caution:  Do not keep any belonging in the shop, as shop owner insists that you get a locker only when you have a lock.

Just in front of the entrance gate, there is a room which stores foot ware and another which stores your belongings. The lock is also provided by them. The next room is for booking of Bhasam Arti counter. The booking is done in advance for next day. The Arti is at 4 am. We kept our foot ware and belongings in the room. You have to deposit your bags, camera etc at the locker, as such things are not allowed in the temple.

There was a big queue, though we were able to get the darshan @ 11am. Luckily we also got arti @ 11am. The temple complex is really huge and lots of barricades for queue. After darshan we started to find out the reservation counter for Ujjain darshan bus by MPTDC but not able to find it :). (Though we found out after we booked private bus). We headed to consult a doctor, as my throat infection became worse in the night, so consulted a doctor nearby temple. Had lunch at some “Swagat Bhojnalay”. Thali for Rs: 40/- each.

We booked a private bus nearby temple for Rs: 40/- each, as autowala were asking anything around 300-350/- (or I am not able to bargain much :)).  So thought, let’s see Ujjain by private bus as we do not have plan for the whole day. There are only 2 schedules for Ujjain darshan by “all” operators,   first at 7.30-8am and next at 2-2.30pm.

We started @ 2.30pm and ended at 7pm. We did see places like Bada Ganapati, Harsiddhi Temple, RamGhat, Mangalnath, Siddhavat, CharDham Temple, Bhartrihari Caves, Kal Bhairav, Sandipani Ashram, Gadkalika, Chintamani  Ganesh. Then headed straight to Yatri Niwas, as it was pitch dark and there was cold. We order food at restaurant and slept early, as wanted to catch 8.15am Ujjain –Indore passenger. From Indore, we will be going to Mandu.

MPTDC Hotel Avantika Yatri Niwas : I never found money worth they charged me Rs: 690/- for an air-cooled room. There was hardly any space in the room to move (at least in Room no : 105). Also this Yatri Niwas is somewhat outside of the city, on the highway, so not really has any neighborhood, market area nearby. Bathroom flush was not working properly, also TV was not working. Though, I can say that we do not have energy to see TV, as we were really tired by full day outing (almost 12 hrs).

Ujjain:  First impression is a lot of dust all over the places not as clean as I thought (at least the area which I traveled). Also Shipra River is in very bad shape, never saw clean water, except at Ram Ghat. After Ujjain darshan, I realized that, it is very old historical place.  All places are “Prachin (ancient)” or “Ati Prachin” 🙂

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