About Ajmer | Tourist Attractions in Ajmer | How To Reach Ajmer | Where To Stay in Ajmer | Where To Shop in Ajmer
Ajmer was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan and it is situated in the green oasis wrapped in the barren hills. Ajmer used to be a major center of the Chauhan power till 1193 A.D. when the Ruler Prithviraj Chauhan lost it to Mohammed Ghauri.
After Prithwiraj Chauhan Ajmer witnessed dynasties, this came and left leaving behind indelible marks of their culture and traditions on the citys history, converting it to an amalgam of various cultures and blend of Hinduism and Islam.
Today, Ajmer is one of the most significant pilgrimage destination equally important for Hindus as well as Muslims. Especially famous is the Dargah Sharif-tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.
Tourist Attractions in Ajmer
Dargah Sharif | Taragarh Fort | Shah Jahan's Mosque | Ana Sagar Lake | Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra | Nasiyan Temple | Akbar Palace
Situated at the foot of a hill and in the old part of town, this is one of the most important places in india for muslim pilgrims. The Dargah is the tomb of a Suffi saint, Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti, who came to Ajmer from Persia in 1192 and died here in 1236.
In the inner court there is another mosque built by Shah Jahan. Constructed of white marble, it has 11 arches and a Persian inscription running the full length of the building ...more on Dargah Sharif in Ajmer
Taragarh or the 'Star Fort', this 12th century fort stands on a hill top and situated three kilometers and a steep 1 and a half hour climb beyond the Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra Mosque. As it is situated on a height, it commands a spectacular view over the city. ...more on Taragarh Fort in Ajmer
Shah Jahan's Mosque:
This great mosque is provided in the inner courtyards of the Dargah, is a magnificent building in white marble with a long (30.5m) and narrow court having low arcade and delicate carvings with trelliswork it is the most marvelous of all the sanctums within the sanctuary of the Dargah.
Built in Mughal architectural style, the mosque features 11 arches and a stunning height of 41 metres. The mosque is topped by a magnificent marble dome, which is believed as having been extracted from the same mines from which marble for Taj Mahal was extracted.
Ana Sagar Lake:
This artificial lake was created by damming the river Luni.On its bank are the fine parks, the Dault Bagh and Subhash Bagh, with a series of marble pavilions that were erected in 1637 by Emperor Shah Jahan.
There is an island in the center of the lake which ...more on Ana Sagar Lake in Ajmer
Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra:
A remarkable structure, this is a masterpiece of Indo-Islamic architecture located on the outskirts, of the city, just beyond the Dargah. As the legend goes, its construction took two and a half days (Adhai-Din) to complete.
It was originally a Sanskrit college, built within a temple. In 1193 A.D. Mohhamed Ghauri conquered Ajmer and converted the building into a mosque by adding a seven arched wall in front of the pillared hall in just two-and-half days(adhai-din) and hence the name.
The interior of the Jhonpra is more on the design of a Hindu temple than that of a mosque, with a main hall supported by numerous columns. Three pillars are placed over each other to gain more height while the roof is supported on square bays.
The columns are of an uncommon design, heavily decorated and quite similar to Hindu and Jain rock temples, each of one being dissimilar to each other.
Their bases are large and bulbous, tapering as they gain height, with niches to house images of gods and goddesses. Even the ceiling is an extensively carved adventure, below which is a pulpit especially constructed to deliver sermons from the Koran.
Situated in the center of the town is a beautiful red Jain temple (Digambar), known as Nasiyan. This temple was built in 1865 and is also famous by the name Golden Temple, due to this amazing and unique display. ...more on Nasiyan Temple in Ajmer
Back in the city, near the railway station, this fort was built by Akbar in 1570 and today houses the Ajmer Museum. Exhibits in limited collection of this museum include old weapons, miniature paintings, ancient rock inscriptions and stone sculptures that date back to the 8th century AD.
The museum houses 6th and 7th century Hindu sculptures and fine examples of Rajput and Mughal armour. A black marble statue of Goddess Kali is a must see.
Visiting Hours:1000 to 1630 hrs throughout the week except on Fridays
How To Reach Ajmer
Fly Away: The nearest airport from Ajmer is Jaipur, 132km away. Jaipur is well connected to all the major cities which includes Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. Recently, a flight to Dubai has also started from Ajmer by Indian Airlines..
On Tracks: Ajmer is on the Broad Gauge and hence connected to all the metro cities of India.Delhi-Ajmer: Pink City Express except Sunday, Shatabdi Express leaves Delhi at 6:15 a.m. and arrives in Ajmer at 1:30 p.m., Ahmedabad-Ajmer-Jaipur: Delhi Express, Marwar-Ajmer-Jaipur: Jodhpur mail, Mumbai-Ajmer-Delhi: Gujrat mail.
On Wheels: Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe buses from Jaipur. There are buses from Jaipur to Ajmer every 15 minutes, some nonstop. The roads are very good, and it takes around 2 hrs from Jaipur. You can also come by taxi.
Where To Stay in Ajmer
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Where To Shop in Ajmer
Shopping in Ajmer can be an adventure in its crowded markets. One can really indulge in inexpensive items representative of Rajasthani art and culture. Silver and gold ornaments, jewellery, tie-dye and block printed textiles, embroidered blouses and shoes called mojaris are hot selling items here.
Ajmer is famous for atar (perfume) made from the juice of roses. Emperor Jahangir was the one who patronized its use when atar was first presented to him, and since then rose atar has been synonymous with Ajmer. While the Urs festival is in full swing artisans, craftsmen and shopkeepers congregate on Ajmer to display and sell their colourful wares.
Main Shopping Centres are Madar Gate, Purani Mandi, Naya Bazaar (upmarket items), Kaisarganj and Nala Bazaar.
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