India, India 2017

Ajmer, Rajasthan

The closest train station to Pushkar is Ajmer, which is 12 km away. On my way back to Delhi, I scheduled a few hours to spend in this city.

Ajmer sits next to the artificial Ana Sagar Lake which was built around 1150 AD. It surprised me a little to find pelicans here because I had only seen them in coastal waters.

Ajmer is in important city for Muslims because is home to the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, which contains the tomb of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti. The dargah is situated on a hill and you have to walk approximately one kilometer to reach the main gate. Unfortunately, I didn’t know that you are not allowed to bring neither backpacks nor shoes inside. There are people who charge some rupees to guard your things while you enter, but in this case I preferred not to do it and I decided just to take a few pictures of the main entrance. Anyway, if you are interested in visiting, just plan accordingly.

After my unsuccessful attempt to visit the Dargah, I stopped by the Soniji Ki Nasiyan Jain temple, also known as Red Temple. There is an impressive diorama inside that depicts scenes from Jain scriptures. The visit was really worth it.

After that, I walk to the train station which is only 500 meters away and took the train back to Delhi. Right across from the train station you can see the Jubilee Clock Tower which was built to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887.



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