Situated by the Ana Sagar Lake, Ajmer has been a center of excellence since times immemorial. It was built by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th century. Famous for the Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, also known as Ajmer-E- Sharief Dargah, it has been a pilgrimage for both Hindus and Muslims. In fact, during the annual Urs at the dargah thousands of pilgrims travel to Ajmer from all over the world.
Ajmer tourism is not just about monuments and spirituality, it is also a shopper's paradise selling everything from silver jewelry to colorfully dyed fabrics. The city, which is a harmonious blend of Sufi and Hindu culture, is also home to the prestigious Mayo College which was established in 1875. This bustling city is one of the most fascinating destinations of Rajasthan.
Tourist Attractions in Ajmer
Some of the most famous tourist attractions you can visit when you travel to Ajmer are listed below.
One of the most important pilgrimage centers in India attracts people of all faiths from all over the world. It is the tomb of a Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti who came to Ajmer from Persia in 1192 AD. The great Emperor Akbar used to visit this shrine every year, which speaks volumes about the significance attached to this Dargah. A hive of activity all throughout the year, the Dargah has two huge cauldrons for donations. Qawwali (a form of Sufi music) performances are a common sight here.
This fort, which was built by Akbar in 1570 AD, now houses the Ajmer Museum. It has a collection of some fine sculptures and some of the armory used by the Rajputs and Mughals.
This 'Red Temple' was built in the late 19th century. It has a double storied hall which houses a number of gilt wooden figures, which depict various scenes from the Jain mythology. Exquisite gold and silver decorations adorn the hall large hall. This is a place you must visit if you travel to Ajmer.
Best Time to Visit
Winter months of October to February are the best time to visit Ajmer. One can plan a visit during the monsoon months of June till September since Ajmer does not receive much rain. Summers should be avoided.
How to Reach
Air : Jaipur, which is 132 km away, is the nearest airport from Ajmer.
Rail : Ajmer is well connected by regular trains to all the major cities in India.
Road : A number of ordinary and luxury buses connect Ajmer to all the key destinations in Rajasthan. Auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and private taxis are the best options to explore the city.
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