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NORTH INDIA DESTINATIONS : AJMER


 

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Ajmer

About 135 kms South-west of Jaipur lies Ajmer, the most sacred of all Muslim places of pilgrimage in India.The strategic position of this city has been the key to its long, and rather turbulent history. Ajmer is connected to Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad, Abu, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Jaipur, by main highways. It was a key centre of Chauhan power, along with the twin capital of Delhi. However, with Prithviraj Chauhan's defeat at the hands of Sultan Mohammed Ghori (1193), Ajmer was rendered vulnerable to many an invasion and gory battles.

Ajmer has been, for time immemorial, a great centre of pilgrimage, for both Hindus and Muslims, a feature that gives the city its character. The city is a genuine amalgam of rich Hindu and Islamic heritage. The sacred lake of Pushkar believed by Hindus, to be as old as the temple of Brahma, has been a place of pilgrimage, for ages. The great Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din-Chisti of Persia, was buried here, and his Dargah is equally sacred for the followers of Islam, as well as Hinduism

Ana Sagar
This artificial lake was created in the 12th century by damming the River Luni. On its bank is a pleasant park, the Dault Bagh, containing a series of marble pavilions erected in 1637 by Shah Jahan. It's popular for an evening stroll. The lake tends to dry up if the monsoon is poor, so the city's water supply is taken from Foy Sagar, three km further up the valley. There are fine views from the hill beside the Dault Bagh.

The Dargah
The final resting place for 'Gharib-Nawaz'- people of all religions visit the dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. The Khwaja left for heavenly abode in 1256 AD after a six day prayer in seclusion. These six days are celebrated every year as the annual Urs, which is attended by pilgrims irrespective of their faith.

The shrine is considered to be a place of wish fulfillment for those who pray with devout and pure hearts. It is said that Emperor Akbar sought blessings for his son at the Dargah.

The entry to the Dargah is through the Buland Darwaza that leads to the inner courtyard. The high gateway has beautifully carved silver doors. In the courtyard are kept two huge cauldrons with capacity of 2240 Kg and 4480 Kg. On special occasions, Kheer cooked in these cauldrons is distributed among the pilgrims. The grave of the Sufi Saint is surrounded by a silver railing and is partially covered with a marble screen. The daughter of Shah Jahan had built a prayer room in the Dargah for the women devotees. The premises of the Dargah also has the tomb of Bhishti, tomb of Saint's daughter-Bili Hafiz Jama, tomb of Shah Jahan's daughter Chimni Begum

Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra &Taragarh
Beyond the Dargah, on the very outskirts of town, are the ruins of the Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra mosque. According to legend, its construction, in 1153, took 2 1/2 days, as its name indicates. Other say it was named after a festival lasting 2 1/2 days. It was originally built as a Sanskrit College, but in 1198 Mohammed of Ghori seized Ajmer and converted the building into a mosque by adding a seven-arched wall in front of the pillared hall. Three km and a steep 1 1/2-hour climb beyond the mosque, the Taragarh, or Star Fort, commands a superb view over the city.

Akbar's Palace
Back in the city, not far from the GPO, this imposing building was constructed by Akbar in 1570 and today houses the Ajmer Museum, which is really not worth the bother. It's open daily except Friday from 10 am to 4.30 pm.

Nasiyan (Red) Temple
The Red Temple on Prithviraj Marg is a Jain temple built last century and is definitely worth checking out. Its double-storey hall contains a fascinating series of large, gilt wooden figures from Jain mythology which depict the Jain concept of the ancient world. A sign in the temple warns that 'Smoking and Chewing of beetles is prohibited'.

Visiting Time ( Ajmer)
November-February is the best time to visit Ajmer.

Climate
Temperature is very high during summers and very low during winters. Ajmer has a typical desert type of extreme climate. The best season to visit this place is between October to March.

Travel Information ( Ajmer) :

Air : Nearest Airport is Jaipur 138 kms from Ajmer.
Rail : Ajmer is connected by rail to Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad, Barmer, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mount Abu and to Bombay Via Ahmedabad.
Road : Ajmer is well connected by road with Agra (370 km), Bharatpur (312 km), Bikaner (234 km), Bundi (139 km), Chittaurgarh (182 km), Delhi (444 km), Jaipur (138 km), Jaisalmer (458 km), Jodhpur (205 km), Kota (178 km), Mount Abu (371 km) and Udaipur (269 km).
Bus : Rajasthan State Trans. Corpn. Buses connect Ajmer with the above places




 
 

NORTH INDIA DESTINATIONS

Agra  Ajmer  Bikaner  Delhi  Haridwar  Goa  Jaipur  Jaisalmer  Jodhpur  Khajuraho  Karauli  Manali  Samode  Shimla  Udaipur  Ranthambore

SOUTH INDIA DESTINATIONS

Bangalore  Chennai  Hyderabad  Kanyakumari  Mysore  Madurai  Puri  Munnar  Rameshwaram

CITY WISE HOTELS IN INDIA

Agra  Bangalore  Bikaner  Chennai  Cochin  Delhi  Goa  Jaipur  Jaisalmer  Jodhpur  Khajurao  Kolkata  Kovalam  Udaipur  Varanasi

RESORTS IN INDIA

Taj Exotica Resort  Ananda in the Himalayas Resort  Aguada Hermitage Resort  Udaivilas Resort (Udaipur)  Vanya Vilas Resort  Coconut Lagoon Resort  Kumarakom Lake Resort  Golden Palms and Spa Resort  Sun Vilage Resport

GROUP HOTELS IN INDIA

Ambassador Group of Hotels  Best Western Hotels  Casino Hotels  Clarks Group of Hotels  Holiday Inn Hotels  ITDC group of Hotels  Jaypee Groups of Hotels  Le Meridien Hotels  Mansingh Group of Hotels  Welcom Heritage Hotels  Oberoi Group of Hotels  Sarovar Park Plaza Hotels  Taj Groups of Hotels

WILDLIFE DESTINATIONS IN INDIA

Ranthambore National Park  Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary  Jim Corbett National Park  Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary  Bandhavgarh National Park

TRAVEL PACKAGES IN INDIA

Valley of Flowers Tour  Sun, Sand & Sea Tour  Sacred Orissa Tour  Sunny South Tour  Valley of Gods  Undiscovered India Tour  Search Rhino Tour  North India and Nepal Tour  Marine Treasure Holidays  Himalayan Foothills Tour  Best of India Tour  Tribal Tours of India Tour  Festival Tour  Royal Rajasthan Tour  Glimpses of Iindia

BEACH DESTINATIONS IN INDIA

Tour to Anjuna Beach  Tour to Panaji Beach  Tour to Candolim Beach  Tour to Agonda Beach  Tour to Benaulim Beach  Tour to Dauna Paula Beach  Tour to Colva and Benaulim Beach  Tour to Vagator and Chapora  Tour to Bagmalo and Majorda  Tour to Sinquerium and Aquada  Tour to Varca and Cavelossim

RAJASTHAN TRAVEL GUIDE

Ajmer  Bambora  Chittaurgarh  Dungarpur  Jaipur  Jodhpur  Jaisalmer  Pushkar  Samode  Alwar  Nawalgarh  Rohet  Bikaner  Kota  Bharatpur  Nagaur  Ranakpur  Sariska  Bundi