The sandy shores of Rajasthan entice travellers from all across the globe. Every year, hundreds and thousands of travellers flock to different destinations in Rajasthan in order to explore its rich heritage and cultural grandeur. Ajmer and Pushkar are two destinations which witness a huge inflow of tourists from all over the world. While Ajmer is known for Dargah Sharif, the holy shrine of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti; Pushkar is best known for the colourful Pushkar fair that showcases camels, music and dance. If you are planning to visit these destinations in the near future, here are a few things that you must keep in mind before setting out on the journey:
Where to Stay?
Being popular tourist destinations, both Pushkar and Ajmer have a number of budget hotels and Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation guest houses where you can look at cheap accommodation. The room tariffs are quite economical in these hotels, except during the Pushkar fair.
Where to Eat?
You can find restaurants serving Indian, Chinese, Mexican and Continental cuisines in restaurants in Pushkar. Since, Pushkar is a holy place, you will not find non vegetarian food or alcohol anywhere nearby. However, you can find a lot of places in Ajmer, where you enjoy mouthwatering non vegetarian food items.
Pushkar is a very small city and you can travel around on foot or by hiring a bicycle. There are regular buses run by the Rajasthan State Road Transportation Corporation that connect Ajmer and Pushkar and both to nearby cities. You can pick deluxe or semi deluxe buses for travel, depending on your budget. Use public transport systems like rickshaws, make sure you bargain well. Tourists are soft targets for those who would like to make some extra money on the sly, so stay alert.
How to Get There?
The nearest rail head to Pushkar is the Pushkar Railway Station and that to Ajmer is the Ajmer Railway Station. You can find several superfast trains that connect Ajmer to other major cities in India. The nearest airport is the Sanganer airport situated in Jaipur.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to plan a visit to Ajmer and Pushkar is from October to March.
With the summers closing in, the temperatures in Ajmer and Pushkar are set to soar higher. To keep yourself comfortable, make sure you have loose fitting clothes with you that allow your skin to breathe. Carry flips flops or open sandals to keep your feet cool and relaxed. Wear full sleeved clothes, shirt or tops, to cover your hands and arms and protect them from sunburn. Nights are relatively cooler so make sure you carry a light stole or shawl to cover yourself. Do not forget to carry sunblock lotions and water bottles with you when stepping outdoors.
During your visit to the Dargah Sharif, you may be approached by ‘guides’ who will offer to show you around. These people may charge your exorbitant fees and hence the best advise would be to steer clear of them. Keep your head covered while in the premises of the Dargah.