Ajmer

Ajmer’s history tells the tales of great romances, heroism and valour. The social fabric in Ajmer is a truly secular one with both Hindus and Muslims cutting across religious divides to revere this holy land. The Dargah of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti makes Ajmer an important pilgrim centre for Muslims from all parts of the world and Pushkar (neighbouring village) is the abode of Lord Brahma, a place of pilgrimage for Hindus. Within the dargah lies a mosque, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, an architectural marvel in white marble. Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpara and Taragarh Fort are other medieval monuments to visit in the city. Ajmer is well connected by road and railways while the nearest airport is at Jaipur.
Best time to visit: November to March
Languages spoken: Dhundhari, Hindi
Climate: Scorching hot summers and cold winters
Holy Places: Dargah of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, Brahma Temple in Pushkar
Heritage sites: Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpara, Taragarh Fort

A trip to Mewar, Rajasthan – Ajmer Sharif

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The hotel owner had warned me beforehand that Ajmer was a congested place and rightly so I also observed that. As usual we had no bookings and were in search of a decent budget hotel with parking facility. Mistakenly I asked a man about the way to Railwat Station as our experience has told us that such places could be found near Railway stations and Bus Stands. This time I was wrong and what I encountered was a very congested area full of crowd near Railway Station. My car was in chaos now with cycles and rickshaws all over it. It seemed to me very difficult to me to come out of it but anyhow came out of it nd just drove to a wide road about 1 km before the Railway Station. HOTEL NAGPAL was the sign board that attracted me. I  just parked my car and asked for the 3-bed room and parking facility. The hotel had both the facilities and I checked in. Tariff at that moment was Rs. 800/. Time was about 8.15 P.M and we were very confused whether to go for Dargah Ziyarat at that time or early morning. My wife suggested to go for  walk up to the Dargah of Khwaza Moinuddin Chishti  and try our luck at that time only.

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Motorcycle Diaries: Road to Pushkar…

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For a true Royal Enfield enthusiast, a long ride is always a pleasure, and last weekend was one such gratifying ride. I was meaning to drive to Ajmer for a good while now. Last weekend, Nitin, my younger brother and a recently-christened biking-enthusiast, encouraged the idea and we geared up for a good 750km ride

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5. Naggar (HP) and road back home via Chandigarh-Rothak-Ajmer-Ahmedabad-Mumbai

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Had it not been for the book, Outlook Traveller Gateways (on HP), Naggar would not have happened. Books are still much much superior as compared to host of blogs and websites. Online forums, at best, are good for an “occasional tip” and that too happens cause people speak about the content which is quite recent. Books need to re-published. The Outlook Traveller Gateways (on HP) which I referred to was published in 2008 and two years down the line nothing much had changed….

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