AJMER AND PUSHKAR SIGHTSEEING
A day in Ajmer and Pushkar
AJMER- Introduction to my trip in a day in Ajmer and Pushkar
The blog “A day in Ajmer and Pushkar” consists of my journey from Jaipur to Pushkar and Ajmer. This is how I spent A day in Ajmer and Pushkar. It also contains the places I visited, the photographs which I took, and the things I learned. The city Ajmer has got its name from”Ajay Meru” which means an Invincible Hill. Rugged Aravali Hills surround the city of Ajmer by all sides.
Ajmer is a city located 130 km southwest of Jaipur and 14 km from Pushkar. It is one of the oldest cities in Rajasthan and is established by a Rajput Ruler. Ajmer is a popular pilgrimage center for Muslims, Hindus, and Jains.
My Journey from Jaipur started, early in the morning. I took my car from Jaipur to Ajmer, as I find it the most convenient mode of transportation. If you plan to visit both the cities from Jaipur, I advise you to take your own car or hire a cab. Ajmer is 135 km from Jaipur, and we covered the distance in three and a half hours, thanks to traffic. Usually, it takes two to two and a half hours without traffic. Besides, If you consider any other means of transportation, you won’t be able to cover the distance in two hours. Moreover, that will hinder your idea of returning the same day.
I was so excited to go to Ajmer and Pushkar because I had never visited Ajmer. Earlier, I had visited Pushkar with my grandmother when I was 6 years old, but I remember nothing about that. I heard a lot about the Pushkar lake and the Ajmer Sharif Dargah from my family members, in my childhood. So, I was very curious to visit this paradise of peace.
Ana Sagar Lake
My mom accompanied me on this trip. According to me, it’s one of the safest places to travel. I found the people really helpful and nice. Not for a moment, I felt odd or unsafe. We left Jaipur in the morning around 7 AM, after having breakfast. We reached Ajmer around 10:30 due to traffic and because we took a halt at Kishangarh. We stopped at Cafe Coffee Day at Kishangarh ( CCD, Inside Rani Palace, Jaipur- Ajmer Highway) for around 20 mins. Then we were back on the road and it took us one hour to reach Ajmer from the CCD.
The Jaipur- Ajmer highway is a particularly straight and easy road to Ajmer. When we reached Ajmer, we had a little difficulty finding the Dargah. So, we visited the Ana Sagar lake first and then decided to park our car near the dargah and then walk the rest of the distance. I had not planned to visit it, but it was the last moment of change in the plan. For this reason, I was so happy to see the lake. This blue, striking water body surrounded by the awe-inspiring Aravali Hills.
When we reached there some construction work was in process. I parked the car on the road and excitedly stepped out of the car. The lake was huge. When you stand there amongst its prodigiousness, you can’t seem to agree on the fact that it is an artificial lake. I met some people there who told me so many things about the lake. Ana Sagar Lake was built by the grandfather of Prithvi Raj Chauhan. Also, the lake is named after him. Furthermore, the lake was rebuilt by some Mughal emperors like Jehangir and Shahjahan. Jehangir built the Daulat bagh gardens.
Dargah Ajmer Sharif
Our next destination after the Ana Sagar Lake was Ajmer Sharif Dargah. I visited it for the first time. I love to visit all the religious places, because of the peace, the ambiance. Everyone is equal there, no caste, no religion, no rich, and no poor. We took a rickshaw because it was difficult to walk for so long in the scorching May sun. The rickshaw stopped at the “Rickshaw parking”. First and foremost, I now had no idea how to reach the Dargah. I asked the rickshaw walla for the direction, he did explain but I couldn’t understand properly. I started to feel a little uncanny, I didn’t like the place.
Nevertheless, we started walking from there, and suddenly we found three men. All of them were dressed in white kurtas and loose pants in the same color. In addition to this, they also adorned a white skullcap. Firstly, I was not sure if I should ask them about the direction. But they started walking towards us with the intention of helping us. My mom told them that we were from Delhi and were looking for the direction towards the Dargah.
A man in his early forties named Salim offered to help us. He had a different kind of glow on his face, the one which you rarely notice in people. His face was so peaceful as if he practices meditation every hour. He offered to guide us to the mosque. We genuinely found him nice and accepted the offer. He guided us all along the alleys and the streets, he just followed him, hoping he take us in the right direction. Altogether, he did take us in the right direction and we reached the Dargah.
Inside the Dargah –
It had a green color tall gate, which Sultan Mahmood Khilji erected, and it had red color threads all over it. We entered and went towards the left to buy the flowers and some offerings. The floor had white and black marble tiles. The place reminded me of Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi. But this place was huge than that of Nizamuddin Dargah. We covered our heads with our dupattas and entered the main area through a gate called the Shahjahani Gate, which the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built.
We kept following the man named Salim, and he kept telling us about the importance of different things. I asked him so many questions, and he without getting annoyed, kept answering them all. He told us that Mohammad bin Tughluq, the sultan of Delhi built the mosque in 1332. Whereas, Sultan Mahmood Khilji erected the main gate of the Mosque Sultan
Things to keep in mind –
Cameras donot have the permission inside the shrine. Only Cellphones canbe allowed. Please carry a cloth such as a dupatta or a handkerchief to cover your heads.
PUSHKAR- Holy lake I found in my trip to a day in Ajmer And Pushkar
A day in Ajmer and Pushkar – Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India. The distance between Pushkar and Ajmer is around 10 km. We reached Pushkar from Ajmer in exactly 30 minutes. After seeing all the camel carts and the desert on both sides of the road, I was full of excitement. I had never seen such a sight. The camel carts really fascinated me and I wanted to sit inside it and have a ride. However, we didn’t have a lot of time in hand, because we had to reach Jaipur without getting late.
Our first destination was the Pushkar Lake and then we visited the Brahma temple.
Pushkar has many temples and ghats, all from the 18th century. It is considered as a sacred city according to Hinduism. Therefore, egg and meat consumption is prohibited in the city. You have to take your shoes off to walk around near the Pushkar Lake. As all the buildings surrounding the lakes are temples. The locals there shout if you roam around in your shoes. Yes, that’s true, that happened with me.
You can sit by the lake for hours and immerse yourself in the vibe and peace of this place. If you plan to stay here for the night, don’t miss the evening aarti at the ghats.
Brahma Temple –
Pushkar ( A day in Ajmer and Pushkar ) has the only Brahma temple in the whole world. When I visited the temple, it was just a little crowded, otherwise, it was an easy walk. I visited the Brahma temple and went to a corner area where I had an amazing view of the lake. The camera is not allowed inside the temple. Therefore, make sure you keep it safely in the locker.
The sunset in the desert of the city of Pushkar.
It was an amazing experience visiting the holy city for the first time. The next time I visit its surely going to be in November, during the Pushkar Fair. Hope you liked the blog – A day in Ajmer and Pushkar.
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