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Urs Ajmer Fair

Overview

Urs Ajmer Fair, Rajasthan TourismThe lakeside city of Ajmer is located in central Rajasthan, and is held in great reverence by devotees of all communities who call it 'Ajmer Sharif' (Holy Ajmer). It is here that the mortal remains of the highly respected Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti lie buried.

The Khwaja came from Persia and established the Chishtia order of fakirs in India. He is popularly known as Gharib Nawaz (protector of the poor) because he dedicated his entire life to the service of mankind. His spartan life spanned almost a hundred years and he embraced death in solitude while he had withdrawn to his cell for six days, asking not to be disturbed.

The Dargah Sharif in Ajmer is the place where the Saint's mortal remains lie buried and is the site of the largest Muslim fair in India. More than five lakh devotees belonging to different communities gather from all parts of the subcontinent to pay homage to the Khwaja on his Urs (death anniversary) during the first six days of Rajab (seventh month of the Islamic calendar.)

The pilgrims who come to seek the blessings of the Khwaja make rich offerings called nazrana at the holy spot where the saint has been entombed. The offerings of rose and jasmine flowers, sandalwood paste, perfumes and incense contribute to the fragrance that floats in the air inside the shrine. Also offered by devotees are the chadar, ghilaph and neema, which are votive offerings for the tomb.

These are brought by devotees on their heads and handed over to the khadims inside the sanctum sanctorum. Outside the sanctum sanctorum of the dargah, professional singers called qawwals in groups and sing the praises of the saint in a characteristic high pitched voice. People gather around them and listen attentively, sometimes clapping to the rhythm of their instruments.

Urs Ajmer Fair, Rajasthan ToursThe Urs is initiated with the hoisting of a white flag on the dargah by the Sajjada Nashin (successor representative) of Chishtis. It is done on the 25th of Jamadi-ul-Akhir (sixth lunar month), with the accompaniment of music. On the last day of the sixth month, the Jannati-Darwaza (gateway of heaven) is flung open early in the morning.

People cross this gate seven times with the belief that they will be assured a place in heaven. On the 1st of Rajab, the tomb is washed with rose water and sandalwood paste and anointed with perfumes. This ritual is called ghusal. The tomb is then covered with an embroidered silk cloth by the Sajjada Nashin.

An interesting ritual is the looting of kheer (milk-pudding) which is cooked in two large cauldrons called degs and distributed to the devotees as tabarruk (blessed food).

On the 6th of Rajab, after the usual mehfil and the sound of cracker-bursts accompanied by music, the Sajjada Nashin performs the ghusal of the tomb. Fatiha and Salamti are read. A poetic recitation called mushaira is arranged in which poets of all communities arrive to recite compositions dedicated to the Khwaja. The Qul (end-all) on the 6th of Rajab marks the end of the Urs.

At night, religious assemblies called mehfils are held in the mehfil-khana, a large hall meant for this purpose. These are presided over by the Sajjada Nashin of the dargah.

Qawwalis are sung and the hall is packed to capacity. There are separate places reserved for women who attend the mehfil. The mehfil terminates late in the night with a mass prayer for the eternal peace of the Khwaja in particular and mankind in general.

The Dargah is located at the conjunction of three bazaars. There are a number of restaurants around the Dargah where visitors can choose from a variety of dishes most of which are non-vegetarian preparations.

Guest houses on the road leading to the Dargah offer accommodation that ranges from economical to luxurious. Many other guest houses are strewn across the city. The shops in the market around the Dargah sell flowers, prayer mats, rosaries, textiles, and general merchandise as well.

Ajmer is 132 kms. south-west of Jaipur and 198 kms. east of Jodhpur. It is connected by road to Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Udaipur and Kota. Ajmer is a railway junction on the Delhi-Ahmedabad section of the Western Railway. During the Urs, special buses ply from cities all over India carrying people to Ajmer and back.
Hotel

Tour Cost Based on Per Person in US$
No. of person travelling Budget Standard Deluxe
Single person 1231 1512 On Request
Twin Sharing ( minimum 02 ) 714 866 On Request
Triple sharing ( Minimum 03 589 746 On Request

Hotel Envisaged
City Budget Standard Deluxe
Delhi Incredible Home Stay Hotel Almondz The Royal Plaza
Mandawa Mandawa Haveli Mandawa Haveli Castle Mandawa
Bikaner Hotel Sagar Heritage Inn Gajner Palce
jaisalmer Hotel Bharat palace Pleasant Haveli Hotel Rang Mahal
Jodhpur Ajit Mansion Haveli Inn Pal The Gateway
Udaipur Pichola Haveli Ram Pratap Inder Residency
Jaipur Rajputana Haveli Khandela Haveli Country Inn Suits
Agra Hotel M House Royal Residency Wyndham Grand
Varanasi Hotel Heritage Inn Grand Meraden Hotel Ramada


Inclusions:
• Accommodation in all the hotels on single/twin/triple sharing basis in A/C STD room, as per the list above.
• Breakfast on all days.
• All prevailing taxes like Luxury tax in all hotels and Expenditure tax wherever applicable.
• All transfers to or from hotels, city tours, excursions, drives by an air-conditioned transport.
• Inter state road tax, toll tax, driver’s allowance, parking etc.
• An elephant ride at Amber Fort , Jaipur.
• Camel Ride in Jaisalmer.
• 01 hour man pulling rickshaw ride.  
  • Train Tickets : Agra – Varanasi – The best available A/C class


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    • Services of an English speaking local guide
    • Flight : Varanasi – Delhi
    • Entrance fee to any monuments or camera fee.
    • Any airfare or airport tax
    • Tips, gratuities.
    • Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks or any other expenses of personal nature.

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