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THE MERWARA PALACE

Daulat Bagh, Ajmer
(Rajasthan), INDIA

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Ajmer Sharif - AjmerCradled amongst the barren hills, Ajmer in indeed a green oasis with an interesting past. The city was named after its founder, Raja Ajai Pal Chauhan, who founded it in the 7th century Since then, Chauhans reigned over Ajmer till Prithviraj Chauhan lost the city to Mohammed Ghauri.
Nonetheless, the culture and traditions of the city were strongly influenced by its rulers and one can see the indelible imprint of various cultures on the city. Just like old days, Ajmer continues to be popular pilgrimage centre for both Hindus and Muslims. Dargah Sharief, the tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, is equally revered by both the communities and Urs fair attracts thousands and lakhs of pilgrims every year.

CLIMATE:

Ajmer has hot summers and cool winters. The maximum temperature in summer (from April to June) isaround 45ºC. In winters (from November to February), days are sunny and pleasant but nights are bit cooler.

Glimpses from Merwara
Glimpses from Merwara
Glimpses from Merwara
Glimpses from Merwara

 

 

Attractions:

Dargah Ajmer Sharif:

Started by Akbar and completed by Humayun, it embodies Sufi tradition founded in India by Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti who reached Ajmer in 1190 AD. Intricate metal carvings, confluence of rich colors, heaped rose petals, satin drapes laced with dazzling zardozi, melodious Sufi chants and more than eager khadims (attendants) is what the tomb (dargah) has turned to due to its phenomenal popularity as a pilgrimage site amongst the adherents of Islam. Its massive gateway donated by Nizam of Hyderabad, amosque in signature {white by Shah Jehan, Akbar's Masjid, dome of the saint are grandeurs that await the eyes. Tradition has it that if your wish comes true, you must return to the dargah to offer your thanks. And if you are lucky to bump into a Qawwali (Sufi singing) gathering, your trip will take on a euphoric plane altogether.


Mayo College:

Now this one is not exactly a tourist destination, but writing about Ajmer, Mayo College just cannot be skipped over. A British establishment of the 19th century, it was to educate the princes on the lines of an English Public School. A co-education now, studying in a palatial building that exudesan aura of a different age must be an experience of a kind. With special permits, we can get a student tour you around.


Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra:

Now here is an Indo-Islamic architectural marvel completed in 2 ½ days (Adhai-din). It was originally a Sanskrit college, which was converted into a mosque by Qutubuddin Aibak. Forty columns support the roof but no two are alike. Be it to admire its magnifience of a different kind, even in its dilapidated state or the intricate Islamic calligraphy - this one is something you should not miss. Check out the Taragarh Fort, built by Ajaipal Chauhan, perched on a hilltop just 3 km away.


Akbar's Palace and Museum:

Akbar's pilgrimages to the Dargah got this palatial resthouse built. Today the interiors have been befittingly turned into a reservoir of Mughal and Rajasthani articles on display. Note that it here that emperor Jehangir read out the firman for trade between India and British East India Company,thereby paving the way for India's colonization by the British.


Nasiyan (Red) Temple (or Soni Ji Ki Nasiyan):

This double-storey red-dyed Digambar Jain temple has interesting gold plated wooden figures from Jain mythology. The glass mosaic, precious stones, gold and silver work make it a feast to the eyes. It is open daily (8:30 am-4:30 pm).

 

Festivities:

During Id, Muharram, Urs (the death anniversary of the Khwaja),Ramadan Ajmer turns into a pulsating beehive of pilgrims. It is recommended to check out the timings and avoid visiting during these festivals. But you can tune in to the Pushkar Mela during November a few miles away from Ajmer.

Shopping:


Ajmer is famous for atar (perfume) squeezed out of rose petals. And this dates back to the age of  Emperor Jehangir who patronized its use. As for the other knick-knacks, you can stuff your bags with some exquisite jootis or mojaris (sandals),silver and gold jewelery, tie-n-dye fabrics, block printed textiles (Rajasthani bandhni) especially , embroidered blouses.
And if you have landed there during Urs (the death anniversary of the Khwaja), you can have some good buys as the local artisans congregate near the Dargah to sell their wares.
The Shopping arcades are Puraa Bazaar (upmarket items), Kaisarganj, Purani Mandi,
Madar Gate and Nala Bazaar.