Travel Guide to Ajmer
Ajmer has always been associated with the Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, but it also has a lot of other attractions to offer.
Ajmer, a historical town in Rajasthan, is situated about 392 Kms from Delhi and about 130 Kms from Jaipur. Situated amidst the arid deserts of rajasthan, Ajmer is home to various architectural styles and traditions. On way from Delhi, you will feel the calmness while reaching this place, moving in lonely solitude on a well maintained highway and Aravilli Hills in front near the horizion.
Ajmer Tourist Spots
Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti: Most people consider Ajmer as a holy city. Known mainly for its Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, Ajmer has far long been known as a place of worship. The Dargah gets hundreads of visitors daily with people from all religions coming here to pray for the fulfillment of their wishes. The Great Sufi Saint who rests here is said to grant the wishes of all those who come here with an open heart. Emperor Shah Jahan built the mosque here while the Nizam of Hyderabad donated a huge gate to the complex.
Make sure that your head is covered before entering the dargah. Women must cover their arms and legs.
Taragarh Fort: Built by Ajay Pal Chauhan in 1100 AD, the Taragarh Fort is probably one of the oldest hill forts in India. The fort had a wide network of criss-crossing tunnels, most of which are now lost in absence of a map. There are three gateways to the Taragarh fort: Lakshmi Pol, Phuta Darwaza and Gagudi ki Phatak. Although the fort now stands in ruin, due to negligence and no proper restoration efforts, a breathtaking panoramic view of the Aravalli ranges awaits you here.
Mayo College: A must vist place for all interested in Indian history and architecture, Mayo College was built in the 1800s for the kids of Indian nobility. It was built to match the British public schools. The College's main building stands tall in white marble created in an Indo-Saracenic style. Around the main building is the college campus which comprise of several historical structures. The college also has a nuseum, the Danmal Mathur Mueseum, which has a priceless collection of antiques and armoury.
Adhai Din Ka Jhompra: It was constructed as a Jain temple in 1153, but subsequent raids by Qutubuddin Aibak converted it into a mosque by 1193. Naskh and Kufic scripts calligraphy inscriptions can be easily seen here. Apart from the part which is currently used as a mosque, most of the other areas now lie in ruin.
Ana Sagar Lake: Prithvi Raj Chauhan's grandfather created the historic Ana Sagar lake. Alongside this man made lake is the Daulat Bagh, a garden created by Emperor Jehangir.
And if you have time at hand, you can always move to the near by town of Pushkar, which is just 30 minutes away from Ajmer. Pushkar is famous for the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma.
How to Reach:
Delhi to Ajmer has a very good road connectivity with the Highway maintained in excellent conditions.
Preferred Route: Delhi-Gurgaon-Jaipur-Sanganer-Kishangarh-Ajmer
Best Time to Visit: October - March
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