Ajmer

Just over 130 km south-west of Jaipur is Ajmer, a burgeoning town on the shore of the Ana Sagar , flanked by barren hills. A major pilgrimage centre for Muslims and Hindus, Ajmer is a rich amalgam of the Rajasthan's cultural Heritage. The sacred lake of Pushkar is believed to be as old as the temple of Brahma. The site of a major Cattle fair in November, people come from far and wide for dip in the holy lake on full moon. The Dargah of great Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti has visitor thronging it round the year. Emperor Akbar is said have made annual trips to the shrine, something barefoot. Recently 800th Urs (commemoration of departing of the holy saint) was celebrated. The holy cities of Ajmer and Pushkar rank famously on the Rajasthan Travel itinerary of International and Domestic visitor for Rajasthan Tourism.

City Light – Ajmer's Tourist Attractions

Ajmer

Ajmer's strategic importance stems from its location. Ajmer was the key centre during the Chauhan power along with the twin capital of Delhi, but after Prithviraj Chauhan was defeated by Muhammed Ghori in 1193, it faced a turbulent history. Glimpses of those days come alive with Adhai-din-ka jhonpara - one of the finest example of Indo-Island architecture a Sanskrit college in the 12th century in 1193 AD Mohammad Ghori destroyed the college and build a mosque in its place completing within two and half days. No two pillars are alike here. The Royal Place of Akbar has been converted into a Museum and houses a rich collection of Mughal and Rajput armoury.
ana-sagar-lake Ana Sagar Lake: originally built by Anaji (1135-1150 AD), ht Mughal emperors beautiful it further. The marble pavilion or baradari was built during the reign the reign of Shah Jahan and the Daulat Bagh gardens came up during Jahangir rule. One must go up a steep winding path to reach this 7th century Taragarh fort built by Ajaipal Chauhan, for the best bird's eye-view of the city. Nasiyan (Jain Temple) a red coloured marvel, built in the late 19th century, depicts scenes form Jain mythology. Visit to appreciate its acclaimed beauty.

Gourmet's Delights at Ajmer

Sheesh Mahal, at Mansingh Hotel, is the only good restaurant in town and it serves multicuisine fare. The value-for-money thalis at Bhola, in Bhola hotel, at Agra Gate are a worthwhile option while Honey dew, near the King Edward Memorial, is a safe bet for pizzas. Jai Hind, on station Road, though non-descript, has been around since 1949. Crisp Aloo paranthas and wholesome thalis are recommended . For tandoori fare, Tandoori Restaurant makes for a good break if you have had enough of the Rajasthani cuisine.

Ajmer Fact at a Glance

Access to Ajmer:

Ajmer by Air: Jaipur (130 km) is the nearest airport and is connected with Ahmedabad, Delhi , Mumbai, Jodhpur, Kolkata and Udaipur.

Ajmer by Train / Rail: Ajmer is on the Delhi-Jaipur-Marwar-Ahmedabad-Mumbai line and most of the trains on this line stop at Ajmer Railway Station. There is a Shatabdi Express between Ajmer and Delhi stopping enroute at Jaipur Railway Station.

Ajmer by Road: dependable bus services connected Ajmer to Jaipur and Delhi. Form Ajmer, one can venture out to many destinations including Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bundi, Bharatpur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer.

Getting Around: Auto rickshaws can be seen cruising everywhere , but negotiate before you hire one. Private cars and taxis can be hired.

Temperature in Ajmer: Summer: Min 250C. Max 410C. Winter : Min8 Max 80C.

Best time to visit Ajmer: October to March

City Code of Ajmer: 0145

Banks at Ajmer: The State Bank of India : 2681691/2627048; The State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur: 24296649; Bank of Baroda : 2642317; Punjab National Bank; 2681699/2628930.

Currency can now be exchanged at outlets of Thomas cook and other forex dealers or at some hotels.

Home Away From Home – Hotels in Ajmer

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