Ajmer Travel Guide
Visit the holy shrine of Ajmer and seek blessings of almighty. The Dargah of Ajmer is the prime attraction of the city. But there is a lot more that you can do and explore in Ajmer. It is a confluence of religions and cultures and people from different castes stay harmoniously. The city comes to life to celebrate various festivals, be it Diwali or Eid.
You can feel the unity and oneness. You also get a glimpse of Rajasthani culture with contemporary twist. The beautiful temples, bustling markets, and grand forts all have a story to tell. The holy city of Pushkar is located nearby, so you can extend your trip!
Peaceful Shikara, Dal lake, Nishat park., Shalimar, Shalimar Mughal Garden
24°C to 45°C
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40°C to 45°C
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30°C to 36°C
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At the Rose-bed Abode of Garib Nawaz Moinuddin Chisti
Ajmer, in Rajasthan is famous for the Dargah Sharif that has the Tomb of Garib Nawaz, Moinuddin Chisti. He was the founder of Sufism’s Chisti. Interestingly this small town is well known across the country for one of the finest educational institutes, Mayo College - India’s first schools with British style of education. More a pilgrim city for Hindus and Muslims equally, Ajmer is a center of history, heritage & culture.
As history sites, Ajmer as a name was derived from the terms ‘Ajay Meru’ meaning ‘invincible hills or secure hills’, specifically underlining the Aravallis at south west of Jaipur, which surround Ajmer. The town was established in the 7th century AD by Raja Ajaypal Chauhan and served as the epicenter of Chauhan Dynasty till 12th century AD. After Prithviraj Chauhan’s lost the war with Mohammed Ghori (1193 AD), Ajmer was thereafter taken over by several dynasties in a series. The Mughals fancied the pace because of the presence Ajmer Sharif Dargah. Later the British took over Ajmer, and was controlled by the East India Company.
A cultural pot-belly, Ajmer is the home to some prime religious shires of different religions and is also an important education center. Some most popular tourist sightseeing places here are Ajmer Jain temple, also known as Soniji Ki Nasiyan; City of Gold, which is a depiction of Ayodhya made from 1000 kg of gold, placed in Ajmer Jain temple; Pushkar’s Lake & Brahma Temple, located few kilometers from Ajmer; Taragarh Fort - fort guarding Ajmer; Ajmer Sharif Dargah – The holy shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti ; Akbari Fort & Museum – a well-kept city museum that was once the residence of Prince Salīm; Nareli Jain Temple which is a group of 14 recently built temples and last but not the least, the Mayo College – established in 1875 by the Viceroy of India Lord Mayo, this was a college for the princely then. Its Indo-Saracenic architecture is an example of classic workmanship & architecture.
Ajmer is a colorful blend of different cultures and a home to Rajputs, Gujjars, Jats and Ahirs. The festivals here are equally vibrant and are celebrated with great harmony amongst Hindus and Muslims. Ajmer with Muslim majority celebrates festivals of Urs and Id with great enthusiasm and Hindu festivals of Diwali, Holi and Navaratri are celebrated with equal zeal and zest. Tourists look forward to re-visit Ajmer owing to its mystical appeal and positive aura.