We reached Ajmer around 1530h and walked towards ‘Khawaja Gharib Nawaz’ Dargah aka Dargah Sharif or Ajmer Sharif. Ajmer Sharif is a shrine of pious Persian Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Although the parking facility is available near dargah but to avoid congested lanes and traffic, we decided to park at railway station itself. The dargah is about 15 mins of walk from here. The environment near dargah is filled with aroma’s of rose and loban (Frankincense). It kept on becoming stronger as we inch closer to dargah. A piece of experience for all :
- Carry a scarf to cover your head.
- Ignore hundreds of voices around you for donation. Dargah has trust office which accepts donations for maintenance.
- If you intent to offer eatables, there are arrangements for that as well near entrance gate.
After worshiping the shrine we moved towards Adhai-din-ka-jhopada, which means a shed built in two and half days. It’s a magnificent but incomplete monument in Ajmer. The Mughal-Rajputana architecture mosque is build on remains of Sanskrit college. It has engrave’s in Urdu as well as touch of Hindu and Jain temples. There is no historical record on, why it is known as Adhai-din-ka-jhopada.
As we were getting late we decided to move towards Pushkar from here. While moving towards Ajmer-Pushkar highway we came across ‘Ana Sagar’, a man made lake. Great place to enjoy evening breeze and beautiful sunset. You will find numerous water fowls in lake, including swans. The best part about Rajasthan apart from majestic forts is, their love for nature and animals.
After the sunset we moved towards Pushkar. This time we stayed in a tent house booked at ‘Paramount Resort’ near the lake. We had a quick dinner and called it the day. After all tomorrow we have to visit the only Brahma temple in India.