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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. The 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.
One of the most popular of all festivals it is a journey into the
heart of the desert, the golden city of Jaisalmer that has a charm
of its own. Held in the month of January - February, the Desert Festival
exudes a delightful spirit. For three days ,he otherwise barren land
of Jaisalmer comes to life and is cluttered with hordes of colorfully
dressed people . Infact during these days Jaisalmer gets a chance
to paradeits exuberant charm to the world. Traditional dance backed
by high pitched music take the folk dancers and the audience on an
euphoric trip. The turban-tying competition and Mr. Desert contest
add a touch of excitement to the festive celebrations. The famous
Gair dancers and the traditional fire dancers leave the crowd enchanted
whenever they perform. The grand finale is a trip to the sand dunes
where one can enjoy the pleasure of a camel ride & at times also
view the musicians and dancers performing on the dunes.