Situated in the heart of the desert of Rajasthan, Ajmer
is a blend of Sufi culture and Hindu religion. Ajmer has
always been a coveted and strategic place for the
Rajputs, the Mughals
and the Marathas. Ajmer was the seat of administration
for the Chauhans till Prithviraj was defeated in 1193 AD
by Mohammad Ghauri. It then became a part of the Delhi
However, Rana Kumbha of Mewar and Raja Maldeo again
established Rajput rule over Ajmer. The annual Urs at
Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is held on a grand
scale and attracts pilgrims from all over the world
irrespective of caste and religion.
Prime Attractions of Ajmer
At the foot of a barren hill, is situated India?s 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. more..
The Dargah Sharif in Ajmer is the place where the
Saint's mortal remains lie buried and is the site of the
largest Muslim fair in India. More than five lakh
devotees belonging to different communities gather from
all parts of the subcontinent to pay homage to the
Khwaja on his Urs (death anniversary) during the first
six days of 'Rajab' (seventh month of the Islamic
Built in the 7th century by Ajaipal Chauhan, the fort
gives a bird's eye view of the
Taragarh Fort or the 'Star fort' is situated on a hill
and to reach there, one has to take winding bridle path.
One of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture,
this mosque was a Sanskrit college in the 12th century.
In 1193 AD Mohammad Ghori destroyed the college and a
mosque was built in its place. The mosque is built on
pillars and surprisingly no two pillars are alike. The
archways are finely engraved with Kufi and Jughra
inscriptions from the Holy Quran (also spelt as Koran).
Ana Sagar Lake
This lake was built by Anaji during 1135-1150 AD. Later
the Mughal Emperors made additional constructions to
beautify the lake. The 'Baradari', a marble pavilion was
built by Shah Jahan and the Daulat Bagh Gardens were
laid by Jehangir. This lake is located towards the north
of Ajmer city.
Govt. Museum - Ajmer
The Rajputana Museum as it is significantly named, has
in its galleries important exhibits from almost all the
princely states. There is a library attached to his
museum, which contains rare
books and important historical publications.
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
Nasiyan (Jain Temple)
This red coloured Jain temple was built in the late 19th
century. The wooden gilt in the double storeyed hall
depicts scenes from the Jain mythology. The beauty of
this temple is widely acclaimed.
Excursions from Ajmer
Pushkar is an ancient city and has seen history being
made since the Ramayana period. The account of this city
can be found in the 4th century writings of the Chinese
traveller-- Fa-Hien and also in the scripts written
during the era of Muslim invasions. The city is
considered by Hindus to be one of the most sacred places
in India and has, perhaps, the only existing temple in
Asia, dedicated to Lord Brahma.
This town is located 54-km from Ajmer and is famous for
the Badshahi procession festival held on the next day of
This artificial lake was built during a famine relief
programme. Named after the engineer responsible for its
construction, the picturesque lake is 5-km from Ajmer.
On the road to Jaipur, 27-km from Ajmer is located this
medieval treasure house of art. This place had one of
the finest schools for miniature paintings during 18th
This town is famous for two 800 years old trees of a
rare species- ADANSONIA DIGITATA LINN- popularly known
Fairs & Festivals - Ajmer
The annual Urs and Pushkar fair.
Leisure - Ajmer
Ajmer presents items, which carry the Rajasthani fervour
and reflect ancient mood of the area. One can purchase
here amazing old silver jewellery with designs of a
totally different era. The annual Urs gives an
opportunity to bargain some of the intriguing and
colourful items of the region.
Climate - Ajmer
Temperatures are very high during summers and very low
during winters. Ajmer has a typical desert type of
climate. The best season to visit this place is between
October and March.