Ajmer is the 5th largest city in Rajasthan and is the centre of the eponymous Ajmer District. Ajmer is an oasis wrapped in the green hills.Nestling in the foothills of `Ajaya Meru’, Ajmer was founded by Aijpal Chauhan in the year 1100 AD, dominated and ruled by Chauhan dynasty till 1193 AD. Ajmer is a world renowned pilgrimage center for both Hindus as well as Muslims. It is a celestial home to most holy Dragon Sharif a tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, which is equally worshiped by all religions specially the Hindus and Muslims. Ajmer is a centre of culture and education.
PLACES TO VISIT
Taragarhor the ‘Star Fort’ is 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. It was built by Ajaipal Chauhan, the town’s founder. The fort was the site of much military activities during Mughal times and was later used as a sanatorium by the British.
In the corner of the inner court 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.
This lake is situated at the edge of the desert and surrounded by the hills from three sides. This lake get apart from Ajmer by the snake mountain range called locally as ‘ Nag Parvat’. According to the legend Pushkar was originated when lord Bhramha was looking for a peaceful place for ‘Yagya’. It is said that a Lotus flower slipped from his hand and fell down on this hill, where the Pushkar Lake derived. Therefore the Bhramha temple situated here, is a famous pilgrimage for Hindus.
Along the banks of the Pushkar Lake is the former residence of Raja Man Singh of Amer, Man Mahal. Presently it is converted to RTDC Sarover Tourist Bungalow ensuring convenient accommodation to travellers. Pushkar palace ( Kishangarh House) adjoining it is a heritage hotel.
Dargah SharifDargah , Ajmer:
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. Construction of this shrine was completed by Humayun and the gate was added by the Nizam of Hyderabad. Akhbar used to make the pilgrimage to the Dargah from Agra once a year. As you enter the courtyard, the mosque, constructed by Akhbar, is on the right. The enormous cauldrons are for offerings that are customarily shared by families involved in the shrine’s upkeep. 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. The saint’s tomb is in the center of the second court. It has a marble dome and actual tomb inside is surrounded by a silver platform. The horse shoes nail to the shrine doors are offerings from successful horse dealers.
This shrine is a hive of activity and you can really get a sense of how deeply significant it is to the Muslim people. The tomb attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims every year on the anniversary of the Saint’s death The Urs.
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 is accessible by boats or water scooter. Boats and water scooters could be hired from the east side of the Dault Bagh. It is a famous place for evening stroll.
Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra:
Beyond the Dargah, on the outskirts of town, are the ruins of Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra mosque. According to legend its construction, in 1153, took just 2 and a 1/2 days. (Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra means ‘2 and a 1/2 day building’). Others believe it was named after a festival that lasted for 2 and a 1/2 days . It was originally built as a Sanskrit college , but in 1198 Mohammed of Ghori took Ajmer and converted the building into a mosque by adding a seven-arched wall covered with Islamic calligraphy in front of the pillared hall.
HOW TO GET HERE
Ajmer is well connected to all the major cities which includes Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Jodhpur, Udaipur. Recently, flights to Dubai has also started from Ajmer by Indian Airlines.
Ajmer is on the Broad Gauge and hence connected to all the metro cities of India. There are daily trains from Delhi in morning (Shatabdhi Exp) and evening (Intercity Exp).
Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe & air conditioned buses from Delhi (Bikaner House, Nr. India Gate) to Ajmer. The roads are very good, and it takes around 5-6 hrs from Delhi.
Visa is required
Hindi & English
Indian Rupee (INR)
Unfortunately there are no self-catering offers at this location at the moment.
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