Surrounded by the Aravali hills and located in the heart of Rajasthan, Ajmer is 130 Kms west of Jaipur.
The city has seen the rise and fall of many kingdoms.Established in early 7th century by Ajai pal Chauhan and named Ajaimeru- the invincible hill,
Ajmer is today a very important pilgrimage centre for the Muslims.
The Chauhans dominated Ajmer for many years and it was only towards the end of the 12th century
that Prithvi Raj Chauhan, the last of the great Chauhan rulers was killed in battle with Mohammad Ghori.Ajmer then passed under the Delhi Sultanate.
The Rajputs, The Mughals, The Mrathas and British were all involved on it at some point in history and left their marks. From 1818 onwards, it passed in to the British Empire and remained under the care of
the British behind a lasting legacy.
The harmonious blend of Hinduism and Islam has given a unique character to this pious land,
this truly secular city is an ideal example of religious tolerance and brotherhood.
Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti - probably the most
important Muslim shrine in the Indian sub-continent with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims
flocking here especially during the Urs celebrations. b
Dargah Khwaja Sahib
During the celebrations, the devotees' food is
cooked in two enormous degs (cauldrons), one of them nearly 10 feet in diameter,
and then follows the ritual of "looting the degs". After emptying them
at lightning speed, attendants jump inside the steaming hot interiors to scrape out the
dregs - all in just 3-4 minutes flat!
Literally meaning "the hut of two-and-a-half days", it was
originally a Sanskrit college which was destroyed by Mohammad Ghauri and converted into a mosque in just
two-and-a-half days. Built in 1193 AD, It is the finest and the largest specimen of the early Muslim mosque that now exists, and a great example of
Adhai din ka Jhonpra
Narsiyan Jain temple
- A steep one and a half hour
climb beyond the Adhai-din-ka-jhopra leads to the ruins of the Taragarh
Fort, perched on a hill.One can have an excellent view of the city from
here. The fort was the site of the military activity during the Mughal
period, later used as a sanatorium by the British.
- Once the royal residence of Emperor
Akbar ,the museum houses a rich repository of the Mughal and Rajput armour
and exquisite sculptures.
- One of the India’s best public
schools, located in the south-east of the Ana Sagar, has now been
converted to the Circuit House. The lake and the cenotaph and the shrine
of the Hindu reformer Swami Dayanand, founder of the Arya Samaj movement
in India, can be viewed from
- A picturesque artificial lake
named after the engineer for who created it under a famine relief
How To Get There
Air: Jaipur (132 km) is
the nearest airport.
Rail: Regular train services link Ajmer with
Some important train connections are:
Super Fast (Ahemdabad-Ajmer-Jaipur-Delhi):
Rail reservation time : 8 am. To 8
pm. (Sunday 8 am. To 2 pm.)
Road: A dense network of
bus services operates from Ajmer to key destinations
Enquiry : Main Bus Stand 429398
Local Transport : City bus service operate in
the city and to Pushkar. Unmetered taxis, auto-rickshaws, tongas, and
cycle-rickshaws are also available.
Where To Stay
- Hotel Man Singh Palace 425857,
- Hotel Regency
- Merwara Estate Hotel
- Hotel Ambassador 428479,
- Hotel Khadim
- Hotel Ajaymeru
- Shobraj Hotel,
- Hindu Hotel,
- Hotel Anand,
- Hotel Malwa,
- Hotel Payal,
- Hotel Prithviraj,
- Hotel Surya.
Honey Dew 32498
- Elite 429544
Shopping in Ajmer is an enjoyable
experience. One can shop for antiques, curios, fascinating gold and silver
jewelry in contemporary designs, colorful tie-and-dye sarees and
embroidered jodhpuri ‘Jutis’. Especially during the annual Urs fair, a
range of colourful items and marvellous creations of traditional folk
aristsans are for sale.
Banks/Money Changers :
- Bank of Baroda,Prithviraj
- Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur,Station Road,
- Bank of India,Kaisarganj, Tel.:432153,
- Bank of Rajasthan,Mayo
- Central Bank of India,Tel.:32496;
- Punjab National
Bank, Prithviraj Marg,Tel.:429696;
- State Bank of India,near
- Authorized money changers are available in
the leading hotels.
DISTANCES TO SOME IMPORTANT TOURIST CENTRES
According to legend , the origin of Pushkar
dates aback to the time when lord Brahma was on his way in search of a
tranquil land to perform a Yagna. A lotus fell from the hands of the lord
into this valley. A lake sprang up on this spot and was dedicated to him.
A Brahma temple located here is a popular place of pilgrimage.
Pushkar is built around a picturesque lake with broad ghaats leading down to the
- The lake is situated on
the edge of the desert and surrounded by hills on three sides, is
separated from Ajmer by ‘Nag Pahar’-the snake mountain. On this mountain
the Panchkund and the cave of the saint Agastya are located. It is
believed that Kalidas-the 4th century sanskrit poet and
playright , chose the setting for his masterpiece Abhigyanam Shakuntalam
in this forest heritage.
Rajasthani song and dance programme at Pushkar giving a feel of what Pushkar must be like during the Fair.
- It is one of the most colorful
fairs of India. Lakes of pilgrims throng the lake during the annual cattle
fair. Besides trading of horses, camels, cows and bulls, there are
exciting camel-cart races and cultural events. Cloths, household items and
leather goods are for sale during the fair. On the full moon of
Kartik(Nov.) pilgrims take a holy dip in the lake.
- It is the largest camel fair in the world.
Annual Camel Fair
- 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.Pushakar palace ( Kishangarh House) adjoining
it is a heritage hotel.
There are some
500 tamples in Pushkar including the famed Brahma temple with its coin-studded floor.
amazing that just 11 kms separate the holiest pilgrimage centres of Muslims and Hindus -
Ajmer's Dargah and Pushkar's holy lake & temples.
Pushkar's colourful bazaars are one of the best places in Rajasthan to buy vivid
embroidered and painted textiles, as well as old silver jewellery.
How to Get There
Air: Jaipur (146 km) is the nearest
- Rail: Ajmer (11 km) is the nearest
- RTDC Hotel Sarovar, Peacock
Holiday Resort (Tel : 72093),
Hotel Pushkar Palace (Tel
Kishangarh is famous for its miniature paintings (especially
"Bani-Thani" - the "Mona Lisa of Rajasthan") and Tilonia
famed for its embroidered leather and other cottage craft industry.
You can know more about Rajasthani Painting and Leatherware
by clicking these links.