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Ajmer sharif Dargah Rajasthan. The huge silver doors of the Ajmer Sharif Dargah welcome all its devotees into a domain that has been revered by millions for ages. It is said to be the final resting place for Moinuddin Chishti also known as 'Gharib-Nawaz' (protector of the poor). The Khwaja left for heavenly abode in 1256 AD after a six-day prayer in seclusion and since then this place has been a rage.

If you visit Ajmer during the six day feats you are assured of a vibrant Urs (religious fair), loads of kheer (a milky desert) and millions of believers. The shrine is considered to be a place of wish fulfillment for those who pray with devout and pure hearts (even Emperor Akbar has seeked the Dargahs blessings).

The lakeside city of Ajmer is located in central Rajasthan and is a hub for both, Hindu and Muslim pilgrims. You can even get to the renowned Pushkar festival from Ajmer. The places to visit in-and-around Ajmer Sharif are Shahjahan's Mosque, the Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra, Taragarh Fort, the Adhal-din-ka-Jhonpra and the Pushkar Lake.

Getting There: The nearest airport is Jaipur (130 km away). Ajmer is very well linked by train from the city to other destinations in India, including Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur.

Mumbai
A few meters away from the hustle-bustle of Mumbai lays the Haji Ali Dargah. Located on an islet off the coast of Worli in Mumbai, the Haji Ali Dargah the structure is a slim solitary minaret. It is linked to the mainland by a tenuous causeway, which is practically not accessible during rough monsoon tides. A marble courtyard contains the central shrine behind the finely sculpted entrance.

Haji Ali is believed to have been a wealthy local businessman who renounced the material world and meditated on a nearby headland following a pilgrimage to Mecca . His casket surprisingly floated back to Mumbai (then Bombay ). That is when his devotees built the mosque and the tomb in the early 19th century in his reverence. Sun sets at the oceanfront, with Haji Ali in the backdrop, is a beautiful site. Its the perfect way to romance the sea.

Getting There: The Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai is obviously the nearest airport. You can take a local train to Mumbai Central or Mahalakshmi station and walk it down to Haji Al from either. Haji Ali is a main stop for many of the buses linking to the various parts of Mumbai.

Jama Masjid Delhi. Delhi
Standing on 260 pillars and supported by 15 domes, the Jama Masjid is one of the architectural wonders of Shah Jahan's era. Formally referred to as the Masjid-i-Jahan Numa, it is built in yellow sandstone and combines the best of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. Masjid-i-Jahan Numa means "the mosque commanding a view of the world", which it really is.

Located in the centre of the old city the Mosque can house twenty-five thousand worshippers. The Mosque is the largest in India and flocked by people from varied parts of the globe. The gargantuan Buland Darwaza is the perfect display of 16 th century architecture. Built in 1575 it celebrates Akbar's successful Gujarat campaign. The majestic Mosque is capacious and a reminiscent of the glorious Mughal era.

Getting There: The nearest airport is obviously Delhi . You could take a cab or a bus to Jama Masjid.