Ajmer is the 5th largest city of Rajasthan and well connected to most of the main cities of Rajasthan. Ajmer gets its name from ‘Ajay Meru’, that means ‘invincible hills’. It is located in the south west of Jaipur, Rajasthan. Ajmer city is surrounded by the range of Aravali Hills.
The most famous thing about Ajmer is Dargah Sharif. Though it is basically an Islamic place of worship, also open for non-Muslims too.
Ajmer is also known for Mayo College, which is the country’s first school that was a stepping stone for British education style. Ajmer is also renowned for being a center of history and culture.
Must Visit Places in Ajmer, Rajasthan
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A number of places are there to visit in Ajmer city. Dargah sheriff, Nasiya Jain temple, Ana Sagar Lake, Adhai-din ka Jhonpra, Taragarh Fort and Magazine museum are the famous tourist places to visit in Ajmer city.
The reason why this place gets so many visitors every year is because of the positive energy and power that a person derives from here. It is commonly believed that if one prays for something unconditionally and wholeheartedly at this shrine, then he will surely get it and this happens here.
Below are the main attractions of Ajmer City in detail-
Dargah Shariff is a majestic tomb and the holy place for prominent pilgrimage and devotees of Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti. Devotees are deeply drowned in the spirituality here. Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti was a Sufi saint from Persia who devoted his whole life for oppressed and poor people. The entrance of this Dargah is a gate with silver doors. It is said that Emperor Akbar offered precious pots to the saint when he blessed him with an heir to his throne.
This fort was the home of Chouhan dynasty rulers including Prithviraj Chouhan. The purpose to built this fort was to guard the Ajmer city. It is said to be that this fort was built by Mughals and this is counted in one of the oldest forts in India. This fort enhances the royal look of the city which has walls are of few kilometers adds the majestic look to the monument. You can’t miss visiting here when you are in Ajmer.
Nasiyan Jain Temple
Ajmer is the city who respect all religions. The nasiyan Jain temple is the symbol of faith of Jain religion which was constructed in 1865. You can visit this place by Prithvi Raj Marg. This temple is devoted to first Jain ‘Tirthankara’, Lord Adinath. The temple has a two-storied building which is also known as Red Temple (Lal Mandir). The temple has an area holding the idol of Lord Adinath with one museum made of gold portrays the five stages in the life of Lord Adinath. The temple is also recognized as the Golden Temple having 3,200 sq. ft. area. A hall in this temple is decorated with Belgium stain glasswork and a lobby is adorned with silver and gold embellishments.
Adhai Din ka Jhonpra
This was built in 1153 in just two-and-a-half days that’s why it is known as Adhai din ka Jhonpra but people also says that after a festival lasting two-and-a-half days, this is called Adhai din ka Jhonpda. This monument was built as Sanskrit college but when Mohammed of Ghori seized Ajmer in 1198, he converted the building into a mosque. It’s a very famous exquisite piece of architecture largely built from pieces of Jain and Hindu temples with pillars, soaring domes, and a beautiful arched screen.
Pushkar is 11 km from Ajmer is ancient Hindu pilgrimage city and famous for Brahma Temple. This is the only temple in the world that is dedicated to Lord Brahma, the creator of this earth where we live. Pushkar is also one of the famous tourist destinations of Ajmer. The Pushkar Ghati connects Ajmer and Pushkar. Pushkar attracts many tourists for the famous Pushkar Lake which has 52 ghats and several temples. A fair is organized in every year which is popularly known as ‘Pushkar Fair’. It is said to be that none of the pilgrimages can be completed without having bathed in the Pushkar Lake.
Ana Sagar Lake
This lake was built by Maharaja Anaji, who was the ancestor of Maharaja Prithviraj Chauhan, in between 1135 to 1150 AD. Later, Emperor Shah Jahan added five pavilions among the garden and the lake, which is known a Baradari. In the middle of the lake, there is an Island which makes the lake an interesting family outing spot. Tourists can hire water scooter or boat to reach the island from the east side of the Dault Bagh Gardens. The thing to note about this lake gets dry every summer.
This semi-octagonal Darwaza tower is one of the exceptional examples of Islamic designs displaying the glory of Akbar’s reign. This was built in 1576 to celebrate the triumph of Akbar’s victory over Khandesh and Ahmednagar. Having a height of 176 feet, this gateway is the entry to the J Dargah Sharif. This gateway is built out of red sandstone with marble which gives it an elegant look by portraying impressive exquisite craftsmanship and art. Another striking architectural beauty about this gateway is under the dome there is a central chamber that is covering it, rises out to the court of the mosque.
It is said to be that this temple is dedicated to the first wife of Lord Brahma which is located on the hill just behind Brahma temple. Savitri Temple is in Pushkar and it is a temple of world recognition. As this is situated on the hill, there is a long series of steps which you need to climb to reach the shrine of Savitri Temple. When you will reach to the height, you will see a panoramic view of the surrounding villages and beautiful lake.