Tourist Attractions of Ajmer
is known more as a religious centre than a Tourist Attractions site. It is a crowded
town lying 130 km southwest Ajmer to Jaipur, amidst views of the Aravallis and the
Ana Sagar Lake. The presence of Dargah-e-Sharif or the tomb of revered Sufi
saint Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti, belonging to the 12th century, makes Ajmer
Rajasthan an important Muslim pilgrimage centre of India. The Chishtiya order still
prevails as the main Sufi order. Ramadan and Urs are the major festivals
celebrated here, when devotees crowd the city to offer prayers in the Durgah
and to be a part of the festivity.
History of Ajmer Rajasthan
The city of Ajmer played an important role in Indian history. Lying on a
very significant trade route between Delhi and the port city of Gujarat, and
protected by the Aravalli Hills, Ajmer has always been a fought over
territory right from the times of the Turks. It was Raja Ajai Pal of the
Chauhan dynasty, who founded the city in the 7th century as Ajaimeru or the
'Invincible Fort'. Chauhans had the city's control till Prithviraj Chauhan
lost it to Mohammad Ghori. Later became a part of the Delhi Sultanate.
After 1326, Ajmer Rajasthan saw battles between neighboring states to gain its
control including Mewar (Udaipur), Marwar (Jaipur), Gujarat and Delhi. The
pages of Indian History also saw Ajmer become an import residential city for
the Mughal emperors. In 17th century, Ajmer served as a residential resort
to emperor Shah Jahan and later Jahangir. After the fall of Mughal emprire,
it fell into the hands of the Scindias who later surrendered it to the
Britishers in 1818. One can find several testaments of the colonial empire
here, including the Mao College, Ajmer Club and the Jubilee Clock Tower.
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Ajmer is situated in the western state of India, Rajasthan, surrounded by
Bhilwara, Pali, Nagaur and Tonk districts. It is flanked by the the
tributaries of Luni river as well as Banaras river. To its north one will
find beautiful views of the Ana Sagar Lake. The main bus station of Ajmer is
situated to its east, near RTDC Hotel Khadim. Most of the hotels are located
to the west of the railway station of Ajmer. For some shopping, you can move
to Naya Bazaar, near the main post office of the city which is famous for
The main post office of the city is located 500 m from the train station.
Tourist Office of the city is located near the RTDC Hotel Khadim. You can
easily spot many ATMs here, including the IDBI ATM on Jaipur Road. You can
get your Traveler cheque and currency exchanges in State Bank of India,
opposite Collectorate or Bank of Baroda on Prithviraj Road. Internet access
is also available here (charges Rs 20 per hour).
Places to Visit Ajmer Rajasthan
Ana Sagar Lake is a picturesque lake built in the 12th century by
obstructing the waters of river Luni. Tourists often come down to this
artificial lake to relax and enjoy a quiet picnic. There are beautiful
gardens laid out on the banks of this lake called Subhash Bagh and Dault
Bagh. These gardens are flanked by marble pavilions built by Shah Jahan in
1637. People enjoy a stroll here, especially in evening, when brilliant
views of sunset are on offer. One can also enjoy boating by hiring
motorboats from the Fun N Joy Boat Club.
Ajmer Dargah of Khwaja Muin-ud-Din Chishti
Ajmer Sharif Dargah is the burial ground of revered Sufi Saint Khwaja Muin-ud-din
Chishti who came to India from Persia in 1192 and died in Ajmer in 1236. He
was recognized as the 'saint of the poor'. It is the most important
pilgrimage site for the Muslims, who have a strong belief that wishes made
at the Durgah come true.
tombed shrine took shape in the Mughal era and it is said that every year
emperor Akbar used to Visit the Durgah from Agra. The entrance gate, known
as the Nizam Gate, was built in 1915 by the Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman
Ali Khan. The second gate to the Mosque was built by Shah Jahan and is
called Nakkarkhana because of the drums or Nakkharas attached above it.
Buland Darwaza, or the third gate, was built in the 16th century and it
directly opens up to the Durgah courtyard.
The main tomb of Khwaja is beautifully decorated with silver platforms and
marble domes. Akbari Masjid, a green and white Shaded Mosque lies on the
right of the Nizam Gate. It was built by emperor Akbar in 1517. Another
mosque in white marble, a creation of Shah Jahan, has Persian inscriptions
on its walls. The best time to Visit Ajmer the shrine is during the annual Urs
festival, when the holy place is lavishly decorated with twinkling lights
and flower garlands.
Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra & Taragarh
The reason behind the weird name 'Adhai Din Ka Jhopra' is a bit
controversial, since some say its because it took two and a half days to
build the mosque, while others believe that the name signifies a festival
that took place for two and a half days. The building was erected in 1153,
and it first served as a Sanskrti College, but later when Ajmer came under
the control of Mohommad Ghori, it was converted into a mosque.
The architecture of the Mosque, its carved ceilings and columns, hint to a
blend of both Hindu and Islamic styles. Though the arches and its
rectangular panels which are common to Arabian structures, the core of the
mosque largely resembles a Hindu or a Jain temple structure.
About 3 km form the mosque lies the Taragarh Fort, built by Ajai Pal
Chauhan, offers splendorous views of the cityscapes from the hilltop. The
fort witnesses a lot of battles and clashes during the times of the Mughals.
Nasiyan (Red) Temple
This beautiful Jain temple is also referred to as the 'Golden Temple',
owing to its golden paintings depicting Jain concepts including continents,
oceans and the golden Ayodhya. This ornamental temple was built in 1865 and
is completely different from other temples of Rajasthan.
Built by Mughal emperor Akbar in 1570, this lavish citadel was more of a
leisure retreat for the King. The impressive structure of the Palace was
converted into a museum in 1908 that preserves artifacts from the 6th and
7th century. Paintings, sculptures and weapons of the Rajputs and the
Mughals are also among the exhibits here.
Hotels in Ajmer
Tourists mostly prefer a stay in Pushkar and come for a day Ajmer Travel,
since not many good options for accommodation are available here. Some of
the better and affordable Ajmer Hotels are Bhola Hotel, King
Edward Memorial Rest House and Nagpur Tourist Hote. The top end and
mid-range hotel here include Haveli Heritage Inn, Mansingh Palace and the
RTDC Hotel Khadim.
Ajmer is Famous for its sweet delights, ice creams and cakes. Some of the
good options where you can try out delicious recipes are Mango Masala,
Tandoor, Honeydew Restaurant and Madina Hotel.
Getting There and Away
Frequent buses from Pushkar to Ajmer are available, which will
take you around half an hour. Buses from Ajmer also leave for Agra (10 hr),
Alwar (13 hr), Delhi (9 hr) and Jaipur (2 ½ hr).
From the Reservation Office at the main train station of
Ajmer, you can reserve your tickets for . Ajmer lies on the
Delhi-Jaipur-Ahmedabad-Mumbai line, so most of the trains pass through the
city. Shatabdi Express and Rajdhani Express also which connects Ajmer to
Autorickshaws, cycle rickshaws and tongas are the main modes for local
Ajmer Travel. These are affordable as they will not charge you more than Rs 20 to
go anywhere within the town. You can also hire a jeep or a cab, which will
be a little costly.