Situated in the
heart of Rajasthan desert, Ajmer was established by Ajaipal
Chauhan in the 7th century and named it as Ajaimeru - the
invincible hill that has a blend of Sufi culture and Hindu
religion. Today, Ajmer is known as the final resting place of
the great Sufi Saint - Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti. It is a center
of culture and education. The annual Urs at Dargah of Khwaja
Moinuddin Chishti is held on a grand scale and attracts pilgrims
from all over the world.
Places to See
Adhai-din ka Jhonpra
Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra is a remarkable structure of Indo-Islamic architecture said to have been built in two and a half days flat. This mosque was a Sanskrit college in the 12th century but in 1193 AD Mohammad Ghori destroyed the college and built a mosque in its place. It is built on pillars and surprisingly no two pillars are alike.
Once the royal residence of Emperor Akbar, this museum is housed in the beautiful fort and palace built by Emperor Akbar in 1570. It is centrally located and close to the railway station housing a rich repository of exquisite sculptures.
Built by Anaji during 1135-1150 AD, this lake is located towards the north of Ajmer city. Later the Mughal Emperors made additional constructions to beautify the lake. The 'Baradari', Shah Jahan built a marble pavilion.
Baghera (107km from Ajmer)
Situated in the Kekri subdivision of Ajmer district about 107 kms south east of Ajmer, this village is known for its treasure trove of archaeological and antiquarian relics. The most renowned of them all is the temple of Varaha Avtar.
Edward Memorial Hall
Other monuments, which stand as reminders of Ajmer's colonial past are the Edward Memorial hall. Near the railway station is Edward Memorial Hall.
A picturesque artificial lake named after the engineer who created it under a famine relief project. It has enhanced the beauty of the area.
Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti s Dargah
Rajasthan is famous for Dargah's and the Dargah is the tomb of a Sufi saint, Khwaja Muin-uddin Chisti, popularly known as "Khwaja Gharib Nawaaz" (the Benefactor of the Poor). He is one of the most outstanding figures in the history of Islamic mysticism and the annual Urs at Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is held on a grand scale attracting pilgrims from all over the world irrespective of their caste and religion.
Kishangarh (27km from Ajmer)
Situated on the National Highway No. 8 linking Jaipur and Ajmer, this small town was the capital of a princely state ruled by the rathores. Today it is a treasure house of art & craft and is best known for the popular Bani Thani paintings and is also very famous for its marble products. Kishangarh.
Makrana (110 Kms from Ajmer)
The world famous marble has immortalized the name of this town. It was from here that the marble used for building the amazing Taj Mahal and Victoria Memorial in Calcutta was quarried. Taj Mahal is an outstanding example testifying to the excellent quality of the Makrana marble.
One of India's best public schools, located in the southeast of the Ana Sagar, has now been converted to the Circuit House. One can view the lake and the cenotaph and the shrine of Swami Dayanand, founder of the Arya Samaj movement in India.
This red coloured Jain temple was built in the late 19th century consisting of two parts, the first is the worship area for Jain community with the idol of Lord Adinath and the second is the museum section where the five stages (Panch Kalyanak) in the life of Lord Adinath have been depicted in the form of statues. The 40 x 80 feet hall is exquisitely done up in pure gold, Belgium stain glass, mineral colour paintings and stain glasswork.
Pushkar (11kms from Ajmer)
Pushkar is sacred to the Hindus and the lake is believed to have been created by Lord Brahma himself and has the same sanctity for Hindus as Mansarover in Tibet. No pilgrimage is complete without a visit to Pushkar. For most believers it is essential to visit Pushkar at least once in their lifetime.
Shah Jahan s mosque (Jami Masjid)
In the corner of the inner court of the Dargah, is a magnificent building in white marble with a long and narrow court having low arcade and delicate carvings with trelliswork. It is the most marvelous of all the sanctums within the sanctuary of the Dargah.
As the name suggest, Sola Khamba means 16 pillars. This monument has 16 pillars that support its roof.