Merta is a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. It is a part of the Nagaur district. Once, ruled by the Merita Rathore Rajputs, the city was conquered and merged with Jodhpur under Akbar; while the slain ruler’s sons given charge of 14 principalities. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Ajmer at a distance of 76 km west. Those with a keen interest for history and culture can visit this place.
Places to Stay
The city does not have recognized hotels compared to Ajmer, which is why travelers are forced to consider the latter. If you are looking for decent and recognized hotels, here are some of the hotels to look forward to: Sahil Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Regency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Shahanshah Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 700) and Mehmaan Manzil (Tariff – Rs. 700) among others.
The official language of Merta is Hindi.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti, Dusshera in September-October, Diwali in November, the two Eid(s) and the Urs (yearly event of commemoration at the Dargah).
Places of Interest
Apart from temples, the city has got no significant tourist spots. Some of the places which are worth visiting in Ajmer are the Dargah of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti – a great Sufi saint, the Taragarh Fort, Soniji Ki Nasiyan, Nareli Jain Temple and others and Lake Foysagar.
How to Get There
The Sawai Mansingh International Airport in Jaipur is the nearest airport at a distance of 209 km north-east of the village.
The city has its own railway station in the form of Merta City Railway Station.
Various state transport buses connect the area to different parts of the state. Private buses are pretty active in the area too. Buses to the city are available from Ajmer and Nagaur. To make use of cheap bus ticket booking facility on Ticketgoose.com book your tickets in advance.
Pushkar is a town in the Ajmer district in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is situated 14 km northwest of Ajmer and is one of the five sacred dhams (pilgrimage site) for devout Hindus. It is often called "Tirth Raj" – the king of pilgrimage sites. Pushkar is one of the oldest existing cities of India. The date of its actual founding is not known, but legend associates Lord Brahma with its creation. It lies on the shore of Pushkar Lake.
Places to Stay
Some of the good budget hotels in Pushkar are Hotel Goyal Inn (Tariff - Rs.850), Hotel Hill View (Tariff - Rs.950), Hotel Oasis Pushkar Tariff - Rs.500), and Hotel New Park (Tariff - Rs.1250).
Hindi is the official language in Pushkar.
Pushkar, with more than 12 local fairs and festivals of 10–15 days duration is a year round destination. Some of the popular fairs are Pushkar Fair (November), Nagaur Fair (February) , Tejaji fair ( August), Pushkar Camel Fair ( November)
Places to Visit
Some of the prominent places to see Pushkar include The Pushkar Lake (1kms) , The Brahma temple ( 1 kms), Apteshwar Mahadev temple ( 500 meters) and Savitri temple ( 2kms).
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Pushkar is Sanganer Airport at Jaipur (146 kms).
Pushkar has a railway station that started operations in January 2012 and connects to the nearest large railway station, Ajmer. Ajmer railway station is the nearest railhead to Pushkar.
Pushkar is 11 kms from main Ajmer bus stand. Rajasthan Roadways runs very comfortable deluxe buses from Jaipur. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience to passengers traveling to Pushkar include Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC), Shri Rishabh Travels Delhi, Shrinath Travel Agency and Parshwanath Travels Ahmedabad and Kalpana Travels Pvt.Ltd. To make use of cheap bus ticket booking facility on Ticketgoose.com book your tickets in advance.