Ajmer

Surrounded by the majestic Aravalli Mountains, the ancient city of Ajmer is situated in the heart of Rajasthan.

The city was founded in the seventh century by King Ajai Pal Chauhan. He built a hill fort and named it Ajaymeru or ‘The invincible Hill’. The city served as the seat of the Chauhan dynasty for many years. After legendary ruler Prithiviraj Chauhan’s loss to Muhammed Ghauri, the city saw many upheavals. In 1559, it was conquered by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. In the 18th century, the Mughals sold it to the Marathas who in turn sold it to the East India Company for a mere 50,000 rupees! Then followed a period of peace and stable governance. In 1947, Ajmer finally merged with the Indian State.

The main places of interest
Dargah Sharif – This is the tomb of the most revered Sufi saint Muinuddin Chishti. It said that one who prays with a pure heart has his desire fulfilled! Located at the foot of the Tārāgaṛh hill, the shrine consists of white marble buildings overlooking two courtyards. There is a massive gate donated by the Nizam of Hyderabad, a mosque donated by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the Akbari Mosque, and the domed tomb of the saint. Every year, a festival or ‘Urs’ are held here in honour of the patron saint. During these days, special prayers are offered, huge amounts of consecrated food are given to devotees and religious songs are sung all night. The Urs unite people of all faiths and the city wears a festive look!

Pushkar – Located 11 kms away from Ajmer is the holy city of Pushkar. It has a temple dedicated to Hindu God Brahma, the only one of its kind in the world! Come November, the town comes alive. That’s because it is time for the Pushkar Fair. If you want to experience the true beauty of the town, this is the time to visit! The city is brightly decorated, people wear colourful attire and there is a burst of activity all around. A dip in Pushkar Lake is said to grant salvation to the soul so many Hindus converge upon Pushkar during this auspicious time.

Taragarh Fort - This towering fort virtually stands guard over the city. It has six imposing gates. It houses the tomb of Miran Saheb, the brave governor of the fort who laid down his life in the line of duty. You can a get panoramic view of the city as well as the Aravalli ranges from this fort.

Aḍhai Din ka Jhonpṛa – Legend has it that this monument was constructed in two and a half days or ‘adhai din’, hence its name. It is considered a masterpiece of Indo-Islamic architecture. It is located on the lower slope of Taragarh hill, and is famous for its double-depth calligraphy inscriptions in ancient scripts. Another remarkable thing about this monument is that it has forty columns supporting the roof but no two are alike!

Top News

Mumbai Xpress 2017 Recap 7 - Day 13 & 14

Mumbai Xpress 2017 Recap 7 - Day 13 & 14

Fourteen adventurous days have passed and our teams had the time of a life. Princely tells us one last time about the exciting events of the Rickshaw Challenge Mumbai Xpress 2017!   Day 13 Only a couple of days before the Mumbai Xpress 2017 comes to the finish. The longest rally in our calendar never fails to excite t...
22 Aug, 2017 by Barbara 
Mumbai Xpress Recap 6 - Days 11 & 12

Mumbai Xpress Recap 6 - Days 11 & 12

It's been adventurous two weeks during our rickshaw adventure, but we are quickly approaching the last days of the Rickshaw Challenge Mumbai Xpress 2017. But first, here is one more of our Princely's great updates! Day11 "Do something stupid and take a picture of it I"   The first school visit in the rally was pla...
17 Aug, 2017 by Barbara 
Mumbai Xpress 2017 Recap 5 - Day 9 & 10

Mumbai Xpress 2017 Recap 5 - Day 9 & 10

Princely never gets tired of telling us all about what's happening during the Rickshaw Challenge Mumbai Xpress, our amazing rickshaw adventure from Mumbai to Chennai. Check out here what happened last! Day 9 It was raining when we started the day in Goa. By 8.15 am we had our briefing for the day. Crossing border has been hi...
15 Aug, 2017 by Barbara 
Mumbai Xpress 2017 - Recap Day 6, 7 and 8!

Mumbai Xpress 2017 - Recap Day 6, 7 and 8!

We are halfway through the Rickshaw Challenge Mumbai Xpress 2017 and as always, Princely is here to tell us all about the events during our exciting rickshaw adventure! If you have missed the exciting first days, you can check them out here, here and here! Day 6 It’s again an overcast morning and it drizzling every now and t...
14 Aug, 2017 by Barbara 
Mumbai Xpress 2017: Recap 3 - Day 4 and 5

Mumbai Xpress 2017: Recap 3 - Day 4 and 5

Day 4 and 5 of the Mumbai Xpress 2017 Our teams are slowly getting used to live on the road in a rickshaw, but that doesn't mean that it gets any easier! Here is Princely's account from day 4 and 5 of the Rickshaw Challenge Mumbai Xpress 2017!   Day 4 In the morning of Alibag the over cast climate and rain challenge...
11 Aug, 2017 by Barbara 
Mumbai Xpress 2017 - The Stats Are Out!

Mumbai Xpress 2017 - The Stats Are Out!

Drum roll.... the stats are in! After day 5 of the Rickshaw Challenge Mumbai Xpress 2017 Team 1 Axles of Arrogance have established themselves as leaders with 2800 points, but are closely followed by Team 13 Daft Trunk Garage with  2700 points. Team 3 Just in Time has still good chances to catch up though with 2500 points. It ...
10 Aug, 2017 by Barbara 
Mumbai Xpress 2017: Recap 2!

Mumbai Xpress 2017: Recap 2!

Days 2 and 3 of the Mumbai Xpress 2017.   By now the Mumbai Xpress Rickshaw Challenge 2017 is well underway, and teams are braving the Indian roads and... rain. Here's Princely with his update from Day 2 and 3:   Suburb Driving Being a Sunday, the second day of Rickshaw challenge Mumbai xpress 2017 had...
8 Aug, 2017 by David 
Mumbai Xpress 2017 Recap 1: The Adventure Begins!

Mumbai Xpress 2017 Recap 1: The Adventure Begins!

The Mumbai Xpress Rickshaw Challenge 2017 is off to a great start.   Another August means another Mumbai Xpress Rickshaw Challenge, which crosses Southern India from Mumbai to Chennai. It's the longest rickshaw challenge, and there's so much to see. With such a distance to travel, it's important that participants ...
6 Aug, 2017 by David 
The Incredible Rickshaw Challenge Travel Journal

The Incredible Rickshaw Challenge Travel Journal

A talented Malabar Rampage participant has made a beautiful Rickshaw Challenge travel journal.     Faustino Rodriguez Quintanilla, who completed the Malabar Rampage this year as a member of Team Karacol, has made an incredible rickshaw challenge travel journal. It includes beautiful drawings, mementos, an...
18 Jul, 2017 by David 
God

God's Own Country: Photos of Kerala

Our favourite photos of God's Own Country, Kerala.   Kerala, the slender state on South-India's South-Western Malabar Coast, is known as God's Own Country. We can't dispute the nickname: though small, the Kerala is home to heavenly nature and incredible variety. On events like the Malabar Rampage, we marvel at K...
16 Jul, 2017 by David 
Page 1 of 8712345...102030...Last »

Facebook

Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress
X

Come join us on our next rickshaw adventure! Book Your Place!

¤