An Atheist's Weekend Itinerary For Pushkar-Ajmer To Find Spiritual Emancipation Sans The Gods
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Ajmer Sharif Dargah
It would be stupid to go all the way to Ajmer and not eat and definitely see and experience the pious Ajmer Sharif Dargah. It was filled with so much positiveness. Walking inside as a Hindu, they only thing that was in my mind was I had this prejudice in my mind that people inside would judge me, depending on the way I carry myself or my clothes etc etc, but it was quite a contrary. Religion doesn't choose you, you choose one.
Ajmer Sharif Durgah
This is the retreat of the historic Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. He is also known by many other names such as Sultan-e-Hind, Garib Nawaz, Khwaja Garib Nawaz Ajmeri and many more. It is said that whoever comes here and prays with a lot of faith and love, their souls are freed. People of all castes and creeds are welcome to the shelter of Gareib Nawaz.
Surrounded by the enchanting Aravali hills, Ajmer is a medieval city most popular for the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. Once ruled by Prithviraj Chauhan, the city is a treasure house of Rajput and Islamic architecture. Ajmer, which is located in the heart of Rajasthan, also serves as the base for Pushkar, which is just 11km away. The magnificent Taragarh fort situated on the summit of the Taragarh Hill is an unmissable site for its view of the city. At the foot of this hill is the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, the tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. The large pillars or Kose that you’ll see here actually run till Agra from where Akbar and his queen visited this sanctum. You can also visit the Akbar Fort and Museum for its collection of medieval armour and sculptures. There are several other sites of Hindu, Islamic and Jain religious importance that you can look out for while taking a ride through the city on the horse-drawn tongas. Fill up on delicacies such as the Kesarganj gol chakkar, chaat and kachori at the Pandit Restaurant opposite Daulat Bagh. The women’s market is a hub of traditional lehengas and odhnis. Amidst the old-fashioned and charming city of Ajmer, Ambassador and Hotel Mansingh Palace offer two of the most conventional and luxurious stays.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Ajmer is from October to March