situated in the green oasis wrapped in the barren hills has been a witness
to an interesting past. The city was founded by Raja Ajay Pal
in the 7th Century A.D. and continued to be a major center
of the Chauhan power till 1193 A.D. when Prithviraj Chauhan
lost it to Mohammed Ghauri
.since then, Ajmer
became home to many dynasties, which 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
is a popular pilgrimage center for the
as well as Muslims
famous is the Dargah Sharif-tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin
,which is equally revered by the Hindus and Muslims
is also the base for visiting Pushkar
km.),the abode of Lord Brahma
, lying to its west with a
temple and a picturesque lake.The Pushkar
is a sacred spot for Hindus
the month of Kartik
(Oct./Nov.),devotes throng in large
numbers here to take a dip in the sacred lake.
Attractions of Ajmer
At the foot of a barren hill, is situated Indias 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 Sharif. The
shrine is next only to Mecca or Median for the Muslims of
south Asia. Akbar used to make a
pilgrimage to the Dargah from Agra
once a year.
The mausoleum has a gigantic gate,which was built by the Nizam of
Hyderabad.The two massive cauldrons in the courtyard are of
particular interest and on the right side of the courtyard ins the Akbari
Masjid built in white marble. There is another mosque in the
courtyard built by Shahjhan.
The saints tomb with a splendid marble dome is in the centre of the
second courtyard which is surrounded by a silver platform.
The shrine attracts thousands of pilgrims during the Urs-commemorating the
death anniversary of the Saint, held from the 1st to 6th day of the Islamic
month of Rajab. A colourful fair that springs up during this time is the
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 trellis-work.It is the most marvelous of all the
sanctums within the sanctuary of the Dargah.
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 sevenarched wall
in front of the pillared hall in just two-and-half days(adhai-din) and hence
the name. The distinct pillars-and arched "Screen" with its ruined
minarets make it a splendid architectural masterpiece.
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
Once the royal residence of Emperor Akbar ,the museum
houses a rich repository of the Mughal and Rajput armour
and exquisite sculptures.
Mayo College has been called the Eton Of
India since its founding in 1870 AD. This is best expressed
in the words of Lord Lytton, Viceroy of India on his visit
to Mayo as the Chief Guest on the Annual Prize Giving day on 5th Dec. 1879.
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
According to legend , the origin of Pushkar dates aback to the time when
lord Brahma templewas 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
Along the banks of the Pushkar Lake
the former residence of Raja Man Singh of Amer
it is converted to RTDC Sarover Tourist Bungalow
ensuring convenient accommodation to travellers.Pushakar palace ( Kishangarh
) adjoining it is a heritage hotel.
How To Get There - Ajmer
Jaipur 132 km is the nearest airport.
Regular train services link Ajmer with important cities.Some important
train connections are: Gujrat Mail (Mumbai-Ajmer-Delhi Sarai Rohilla);
Jodhpur Mail (Marwar-Ajmer-Jaipur): Delhi,
Express(Ahmedabad-Ajmer-Jaipur);Shatabadi Express(New Delhi-Ajmer-New
A good network of bus services operate from Ajmer to key destinations