Ajmer is a
blend of Sufi culture and Hindu religion. Ajmer has always
been a coveted and strategic place for the Rajputs, the
Mughals and the Marathas. Ajmer was the seat of
administration for the Chauhans till Prithviraj was defeated
in 1193 AD by Mohammad Ghauri. It then became a part of the
However, Rana Kumbha of Mewar and Raja Maldeo again
established Rajput rule over Ajmer. The annual Urs at Dargah
of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is held on a grand scale and
attracts pilgrims from all over the world irrespective of
caste and religion.
Prime Attractions of Ajmer
the foot of a barren hill, is situated India?s most
important pilgrimage center for people from all faiths. It
is the splendid tomb of the Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin
Chisti more popularly known as Khawaja Saheb or Khawaja
The Dargah Sharif in Ajmer is the place where the Saint's
mortal remains lie buried and is the site of the largest
Muslim fair in India. More than five lakh devotees belonging
to different communities gather from all parts of the
subcontinent to pay homage to the Khwaja on his Urs (death
anniversary) during the first six days of 'Rajab' (seventh
month of the Islamic calendar.) more..
Built in the 7th century
by Ajaipal Chauhan, the fort gives a bird's eye view of the
city. Taragarh Fort or the 'Star fort' is situated on a hill
and to reach there, one has to take winding bridle path.
One of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture,
this mosque was a Sanskrit college in the 12th century. In
1193 AD Mohammad Ghori destroyed the college and a mosque
was built in its place. The mosque is built on pillars and
surprisingly no two pillars are alike. The archways are
finely engraved with Kufi and Jughra inscriptions from the
Holy Quran (also spelt as Koran).
Ana Sagar Lake
This lake was built by Anaji during 1135-1150 AD. Later the
Mughal Emperors made additional constructions to beautify
the lake. The 'Baradari', a marble pavilion was built by
Shah Jahan and the Daulat Bagh Gardens were laid by Jehangir.
This lake is located towards the north of Ajmer city.
Nasiyan (Jain Temple)
This red colored Jain temple was built in the late 19th
century. The wooden gilt in the double storeyed hall depicts
scenes from the Jain mythology. The beauty of this temple is
Air: The nearest airport is that of Jaipur.
Rail: The city is well connected by trains with all
the major places in India.
Road: The state transport has its bus services from
all over Rajasthan and also from Delhi. However, during the
Urs, large number of people arriving in Ajmer, it is
advisable to plan your trip in advance during this time.
Local Transport: City bus service operate in the city and to
Pushkar. Unmetered taxis, auto-rickshaws, tongas, and
cycle-rickshaws are also available for commutation.