Dargah Sharif

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Dargah Sharif, Ajmer

Located almost 400 kilometers from the capital, is the reverent city of Ajmer in Rajashtan. Ajmer is closely related to one of the most significant saints from the world of Islam called the Hazrat Khwaja Moinudeen Hassan Chishti. The shrine of this Sufi leader is called the Dargah Sharif or Ajmer Dargah and is one of the must-see places for Islamic pilgrims.
When Moinudeen Chishti left home after receiving religious learning from great scholars he was directed towards India by the Holy Prophet. After a short stay in Lahore, he proceeded to Ajmer where he spent his last days. His shrine stands as a significant place of interest and is visited by people of all faiths throughout the year.

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Let us take a peek at the sacred Dargah Sharif

Dargah Sharif is one of the most honorable and holy places in the country and is home to the mortal remnants of Moinudeen Chishti. The place has three important gates that open to public viewing, The Nizam Gate, The Shahjahani Gate and the Buland Darwaza. The Khadims or holy priests perform are rituals within the Dargah and special ceremonies are conducted during the 6th and 7th of the Islamic month of Rajab which marks the death anniversary of the holy leader.
Dargah Sharif is one of the classic examples of Mughal architecture in India. The place is made of many beautiful tombs, buildings, courtyards and halls. Muslims believe that this place is a must-visit for all those who believe in Islam and wish to follow the preachings of Moinudeen Chishti.

Things to take care of!

  • While visiting Dargah Sharif one must remember to dress appropriately.
  • The narrow roads that lead to Dargah Sharif maybe extremely crowded and vehicle will not be permitted after a certain limit
  • It is a place that has visitors from several background and therefore due respect for all faiths must be practiced.


Travelling to Dargah Sharif

By Air

The Ajmer railway station is only a few minutes’ walk away from Dargah Sharif and passengers can alternatively hire an auto rickshaw.

By Road

The roads leading to Ajmer from Delhi are expensive toll roads that are maintained very well. The journey is effortless and most people prefer the road trip to Ajmer. Parking around the Dargah is expensive and the roads get narrower as we get closer to the place.

By Train

The two major railway stations – Pathankot and Chandigarh are well connected to Leh but still, you will have to take a three-day bus ride to reach Leh. Being a little cumbersome, travellers avoid travelling by train.



Visiting Dargah Sharif – Timings

  • The holy shrine opens as early as 4 AM during summers and 5AM during winters. Similarly the gates close at 9 PM during winters and 10 PM during summers. The shrine also remains closed everyday between 3 and 4 PM.

Best time to visit Dargah Sharif

  • The annual Urs of Moinudeen Chishti that happens during the month of May is the best time to visit Dargah Sharif. During this season thousands of pilgrims visit the Dargah to take part in the celebrations and enjoy the heartening tunes of Sufi music and the delicious rice delicacy served to everyone visiting the place.


Exploring Ajmer - Places You Must Visit

Ajmer Jain Temple

Also referred to as Nasiyan Temple, the Ajmer Jain temple is located in Dargah Bazar. This nineteenth century temple is aesthetically appealing and has rich interiors made of pure gold. With an interesting history, the Nasiyan temple is an apt place for lovers of art and heritage.

Ana Sagar Lake

Ana Sagar is an artificial lake built during the 12th century by King Anaji Tomar. People who have visited the place earlier recommend an early morning visit to witness the sun rising against the beautiful waterfront.

Pushkar

Pushkar which is only 15 kilometers away from Dargah Sharif is a popular Hindu pilgrimage center and has over 400 temples. The most famous temple of Pushkar is the Brahma temple, a unique place of its kind and a must-see place of architectural appeal.



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