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AJMER: IDEAL FOR WINTERS

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''Be it a pilgrim or a history lover, Ajmer is a must do destination. Read on for the dos and don'ts.''

Distance from Delhi : About 391 km.

How to reach the destination : From Delhi you can board a Volvo bus that leaves from Bikaner House every night. Tickets costs about Rs 800. If you are adventurous enough, you could also drive down to Ajmer via Jaipur. Else, you could also avail a train. A number of them go from Delhi.

Best time to visit : November to March works out to be the ideal months with the minimum temperature touching almost 5 degree C on an average. It’s best to avoid peak summers. Sunstrokes during this time are common.

Places to visit : Dargah Sharif of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti: One of the major tourist attractions in Ajmer, the holy Dargah Sharif is the tomb of sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti. It is believed that if you come and pray here, all your miseries will disappear. It is said that Emperor Akbar travelled to this place on foot more than once to offer prayers in expectation of a male heir. History says Mughal rulers like Humayun and Shah Jahan over the period of time modified the Dargah.

Travel tips : If you can, you must plan a trip to Ajmer and visit the Dargah during the annual Urs Festival that typically falls between March and July. Kheer and Khichdi are prepared at this time for the pilgrims. The premises of the dargah also comprise a crypt of a Saint’s daughter-Bibi Hafiz Jama and the tomb of Shah Jahan’s daughter Chimni Begum.

Besides, you should do the Taragarh Fort (offers a spectacular view of Ajmer city as it is located at a hilltop), Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra (and Indo-Islamic architecture believed to have been constructed in two and a half days), Ana Sagar Lake, Nasiyan Digambar Jain temple and Shah Jahan's Mosque.

Shopping : For curios and handicrafts, do visit Dargah Bazaar, Mahila Mandi and Naya Bazaar. Do check for their timings before you start for these places. Dargah Bazaar, for instance, is open all through the week from 6 pm to 9 pm.

Food : You could choose from a plethora of road side restaurants. You could get good Mughlai and Rajasthani food for Rs 300 for 2 people.


Source / Review By : Ayandrali Dutta

Ayandrali is a lifestyle journo in Delhi

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