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Ajmer

Dargah-e-Sharif (Tomb) of Khawaja Moin-ud-din Chisti, a revered Sufi saint of the 12th century, is frequented by thousands of devout Muslims along with people of other faiths all round the year.

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Inner View of Dargah SharifThe town of Ajmer is located at about 135 kilometers southwest of Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan and is the most sacred Muslim pilgrimage center in India. The Dargah-e-Sharif (Tomb) of Khawaja Moin-ud-din Chisti, a revered Sufi saint of the 12th century, is frequented by thousands of devout Muslims along with people of other faiths all round the year. The construction of this beautiful white marvel shrine was started by the c and completed by Akbar, the great Mughal Emperor of the 16th century.

Akbar used to make a pilgrimage to Ajmer every year from Agra. While at Ajmer you can also visit the nearby attractions of Pushkar, a famous Hindu Pilgrimage center.

Best Time to Visit Ajmer:

November-February

Ajmer Travel Attractions:

Taragarh, Madar Hill, Pushkar, Dhai Din Ka Jhopada, Mayo College

Ajmer Travel Attractions:

Ajmer-e- Sharif Dargah
Ajmer-e- Sharif Dargah The Dargah Sharif, located at the foot of a barren hill, is the place where the Khawaja Moin-ud-din Chistis' mortal remains lie buried. The Dargah (tomb) with a marble dome is situated in the center of a courtyard and is surrounded by a silver platform. It's believed that the shrine is a place of wish fulfillment for those who pray with devout and pure hearts. People of all religious faiths visit the Dargah and make offerings of rose and jasmine flowers to seek the blessings of the Khawaja. More than a half a million devotees from the subcontinent visit the Dargah to pay homage to Khawaja on Urs, the death anniversary of Khawaja. It's said that the revered saint left for heavenly abode after a six-day prayer in seclusion and for this their devotees celebrate 'Urs' every year during the first six days of Rajjab, the 7th month of the Islamic calendar.

One of the main attractions at the Dargah is the qawwali programs organized during the famous annual 'Urs' festival. Professional singers called 'qawwals' sing songs in praise of the saint in a characteristic high-pitched voice. The 'Sufiana kalam' sung by these artists make a spellbound effect on listeners prompting them to clap to the rhythm of musical instruments. Other major attractions for visitors of Ajmer are Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra (two-and-a-half-day mosque) built by Allauddin Khilji of the Delhi Sultanant, the Ana Sagar Lake, the Taragarh Fort, Daulat Khana, Daulat Bagh, and the Nasiyan Jain Temple. Fascinating Rajasthan offers you Ajmer Tour. Visit the famous Ajmer-e-Sharif Dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti and be blessed by him on your Ajmer Tour with Fascinating Rajasthan. We assure, you would always remember your lifetime Rajasthan Pilgrimage Tour.

Pushkar
PuskarPushkar is a small holy town in Rajasthan located at about 135 km from Jaipur and 10 km from Ajmer. The Pushkar Lake situated in the middle of the town is considered to be one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in India and the place probably houses the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in all over India. The town is visited by thousands of devotees who come to pray and take a holy dip in the sacred waters of the Pushkar Lake during Karthik Poornima, which falls generally in the month of October and November every year. According to a legend this lake was formed where Lord Brahma, the lord of creation, dropped a lotus on the day of the full moon. Apart from the religious rituals and practices, various cultural and sporting events are also organized here during the famous Pushkar Fair. You can enjoy a variety of folk dances and songs, camel races among many other sporting events on your tour to Pushkar.

Pushkar houses some of the most famous Hindu temples of India. The most famous and important temple here is the Brahma Temple, the only temple in the world, dedicated to Lord Brahma. Other famous temples in Pushkar are Savitri Temple, Rangji Temple, Varah Temple, Mahadeva Temple and Apteshwar Temple.

How to reach Ajmer:

By train
By rail from Delhi - the Delhi-Ahmedabad Mail is a decent overnight train (slow, but it gives you more time to sleep) while the Ajmer Shatabdi Express is the fastest way to get there. There are passenger trains (second unreserved only -- definitely an "experience") in the morning and evening to Jaipur and train links down to Ahmedabad. There is no longer a train link to Udaipur.

By bus
Jaipur is 1.5-3 hours by road (depending on the type of bus you take)(the jaipur- ajmer expressway is a 6lane one and is fantastic to drive on). Jodhpur is 4-5 hours in the opposite direction. Buses to Pushkar leave at a different bus stand (near the Jain temple) from the other buses (south). By Train From Mumbai Central To Ajmer Aravli Express Train.

Where to stay in Ajmer:

Hotel Mansingh is a good place to stay. Its a 3 star hotel with decent facilities.
Khadim tourist bungalow run by RTDC has rooms in economy range and it is very near to bus stand, 2 kms from the railway station.
Hotel Bhola has rooms in the 100-300 range. They're pretty grotty, and pretty loud, but centrally located and safe. There must be better accommodation in Ajmer, but many just go to Pushkar for the night!

 

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