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Visiting Ajmer Sharif by train
By: Shubhi Gupta
There are many religious places in the country that are visited by people in millions from all over the country and abroad. But the one that is visited by religious tourists of both the communities, Hindus and Muslims is Ajmer Sharif. This sacred place is said to have fulfilled the dreams, aspirations and provide respite and hope to millions who have been visiting here to seek a better life.
About Ajmer Sharif
This sacred place is said to be Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, the Sufi saint’s burial chamber. This dargah is quite popular with the devotees, which compels them to come here to seek the saint’s blessings throughout the year. It is also popularly called the ‘Dargah Sharif’. It is a marble arched tomb that experiences never ending streams of religious pilgrims from all beliefs. The distressed, unproductive and the unwell also come here to get happiness in their lives. According to fables, Akbar, the powerful Mughal Emperor of India had visited this saint during the 16thcentury to get boon for his successor that was obliged. Ajmer Sharif being a religious tourist spot of importance is well connected to all parts of the country by various forms of transport. Traveling by train is the best way to reach this sacred place and to get aspirations fulfilled by the great Sufi saint. One can order vegetarian and non-vegetarian Food on Train, according to their preference from one of the reputed online portals.
Urs or the yearly pilgrimage is celebrated at the Dargah every May, thus attracting pilgrims in millions. Hence, those desiring to travel during this time by train should do their reservations much in advance to avoid the rush and to get confirmed seats. Long winding queues that run into several kilometers can be noticed from the entrance of the Dargah, with people waiting for their chance to see the shrine and seek the blessings of the saint.
Outside the Dargah, two huge cauldrons filled with sweet steam rice and dressed with condiments and dry fruits are served as sacred food or ‘tabarukh’. A mosque is present within the dargah premises that were constructed at the order of Shah Jahan, the Mughal King. This mosque is considered to be an architectural wonder in itself, laid with white marble and having slender, extended courtyard to provide place for religious devotees to pray. It also is decorated with subtle carvings, meticulous trelliswork and ornate calligraphic message.
How to reach?
The closest airport to Ajmer Sharif is at Jaipur, located at a distance of 135km. Taxis, buses and private vehicles can be found to reach Ajmer Sharif effortlessly.
There are daily trains plying from this popular town to the rest of the country. Frequent trains can be availed from Jaipur, Mumbai and Delhi. Shatabdi Express, one of the fastest trains in the country will ensure that tourists can travel in a relaxed manner.
Inside the city, the tourists can find plenty of local buses, rented private cabs, cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws to explore the city.