Things not to miss in Ajmer, Rajasthan

After winding up the Pushkar trip, our came back to Ajmer in a minivan we hired locally. Ajmer is famous for Dargah famously known as Ajmer Sharif Dargah or simply Ajmer Sharif. Ajmer Sharif is an international Islamic pilgrimage shrine which attracts a huge number of tourists every year. The Dargah is primarily dedicated to Moinuddin Christi and has great religious importance.

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The entry to shrine

 

1. Ajmer Sharif Dargah

We planned to visit the Ajmer Sharif Dargah around 9:00PM expecting less crowd at that late hour. It still had a lot of people in line, but it was comparatively easy to visit the shrine. The shops are open even at that hour of the day and people were shopping as well. On entering the Dargah, as I expected there was an immense divine atmosphere, some groups of people were offering their prayers with music and people sitting with them to connect with the Almighty. Upon entering the main shrine, we offered our prayers and spent some very time inside as they keep dispersing people to keep the line moving!!

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A huge utensil for donations for food to be made in dargah

I immediately felt the connection with the divine power while offering prayers. As soon as I closed my eyes and for a moment I almost lost the connection with this world – which was an immensely powerful feeling and an unforgettable experience.

2. Ana Sagar Lake

Although Ajmer is primarily known for the dargah, yet the Ana Sagar lake was another top thing for me to do in Ajmer. Post lunch we started towards the lake, which has a boat ride arrangement taking you to a small island to enjoy the evening.

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Ajmer Lake

The island hop can be considered as a picnic spot for tourists of all age groups. Being in Rajasthan, Ajmer is a relatively hot place and thus I recommend you to visit the lake in evenings to avoid being roasted in harsh daylight. But, the lake facility has a limited number of boats taking no more than 10 people in a single boat. So, going in the evening means you’ll have wait in huge queues to finally get in a boat and reach the island, so plan accordingly. 

The lake looks beautiful towards the sunset, and you can capture gorgeous photographs – silhouettes or a simple sunset – all of the pictures will surely turn out to be spectacular. Waiting for the entry queue will present you immense opportunities for clicking pictures just like me 😉 

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Silhouette side of the Ajmer lake.

3. Shopping

Ajmer has some renowned market for people to get a hint a culture of the state and the town. An eminent name for women’s colorful clothes in the *Mahila Mandi* – which means Women’s Market as Mahila is Women in Hindi and Mandi is a market. The market as going by its name attracts a lot of women for the fabrics for Indian attire like salwar kameez, saris, and other articles specially dedicated for women only.  Another one of the most famous is the *Dargah Bazaar* which is located right outside the shrine of Ajmer Sharif. It is famous for purchasing flowers, incessant candles, and flower chadars(sheets) to be offered in the shrine during prayers. How can one return from Rajasthan without buying typical *Rajasthani* souvenirs? Fancy one too?? They can be easily purchased in the *Madar Gate* which is recognized for its emblematic routines of the state including all colorful juttis (footwear), bandhani work clothes, women’s accessories and a lot more!!

Have you been to Ajmer?? Do share your experience with us!!

 

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