Come to India and exlore the royal city of
Ajmer, worshiped and visited by number of people because of its Dargah
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Rajasthan Tours Travel » Fascinating
Cities of Rajasthan » Ajmer
is a burgeoning town on the shore of the Ana Sagar Lake, ensconced in the
barren Aravali hills, just 130 km south-west of Jaipur. The city was the
stronghold of the Chauhans till Prithviraj Chauhan lost it to Mohammed
Ghauri of Afghanistan. It later became a fovourite residence of the Mughal
emperors and when the Mughals fell the Britishers took over. Throughout
the annals of history Ajmer was home to many dynasties, each of them left
behind indelible marks of their culture and traditions on the city's
history, converting it to an amalgam of various cultures and a unique
blend of Hinduism and Islam. Today, Ajmer is a popular pilgrimage center,
famous for its Dargah Sharif-tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin
Chisti, a shrine which is equally revered by both the Muslims as well as
the Hindus. Ajmer also houses the famous Mayo College, a prestigious
school built by the British in 1875 exclusively for the Indian Princes,
but today open to all those who can afford the fees.
Major Tourist Attractions of Ajmer
The Dargah is the mausoleum of Sufi saint, Khawaja Muin-ud-din Chishti,
who came to Ajmer from Persia in 1192. The shrine is situated at the foot
of the barren Taragarh hill. The much revered and beloved saint is also
referred to as Khawaja Saheb or khawaja Sharif. It is one of the holiest
places of worship in India not only for the Muslims but also for the
people of other faiths who hold the saint in the highest esteem and
reverence. But for the Muslims of south asia it is next in importance only
to Mecca or Medina.
According to history even the mighty kings of India, both Hindu and
Muslim, have paid homage to the great saint and have sought his miraculous
aid to solve their problems. The mighty Mughal emperor Akbar is said to
have walked here all the way from Agra as a pilgrimage. The main
attraction of the shrine is the mausoleum containing the tomb of the saint
which is the sanctum of the Dargah. The Buland Darwaza or the mighty gates
protecting the shrine were built by the Nizam of Hyderabad. On the top of
the gateway, there is the main Naqqar Khana (drum house) containing two
pairs of huge naqqars (beating drums) which were presented by Emperor
Akbar after his successful victory in a campaign of Bengal. They are
sounded to the accompaniment of music played on Nafeeries and Shahnias at
certain fixed hours of every day and night of the year by musicians
permanently employed by the staff of the Dargah.
The Dargah also includes buildings, tombs, courtyards and Daalaans, built
during the Mughal period they are now exquisite specimens of Mughal
architecture. A part of the shrine complex also houses the Moiniua Usmania
Dar-ul-Uloom, an Arabic and Persain School, for religious education which
is run under the management of the Dargah.
The Urs Fair
Dargah Sharif in Ajmer is also the site of the largest Muslim fair in the
country. 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 calendar). The fair is a unique mix of cultural,
traditional, historic and religious fervour.
Ana Sagar & Foy Sagar
Ajmer's lake has a pleasant park situated on its bank called Daulat Bagh.
The park and the hills beside it offer enchanting views of the sparkling
water and the city beside. Another reservoir Foy Sagar was constructed in
1891-1892 A.D. by the Ajmer Municipal Committee. Foy was the Executive
Engineer in-charge of the project.
The strategically located Taragarh fort commands a magnificent view, the
entire city of Ajmer spreads out beneath. Built atop a crest overhanging
the city of Ajmer the fort's pricipal strenght lies in the ruggedness and
acclivity of the hill.
The space within the walls of this hill fort is about 32 hectares and
houses several tanks. The fort was dismantled as a military base many
decades ago but it still contains crumbs of history and is steeped in the
atmosphere of a bygone era.
Nasiyan (Jain Temple)
Built in 1864-1865 A.D., this famous Digambar Jain Temple is also known
as Lal Mandir (Red Temple) due to its colour. The Swarna Nagari Hall
situated behind the temple contains gilt-edged wooden representations from
Jain mythology, many of which were prepared at Jaipur.
In Ajmer, the markets are filled with exotic Rajasthani wares, Silver
and gold ornaments, jewellery, tie-and-dye sarees and embroidered
Jodhpuri shoes are some of this city's specialities. There's even more
to choose from during the annual Urs fair, a time when folk artisans
display their traditional handicrafts and offer a tempting range of
intriguing and colourful items.
Prominent shopping centres include Madar Gate, Station Road, Purani
Mandi, Naya Bazar, Kaisarganj, Nala Bazar etc.
The best time to visit Ajmer is during the winter months from October
to March. During the summer the sun can be scorchingly hot, the
winters in comparison are pleasant and the sun just perfect to walk
around and explore.
City bus service operates in the city and to Pushkar. Unmetered
taxis, auto-rickshaws, tongas, and cycle-rickshaws are also available
By Air : The nearest
airport is that of Jaipur.
By Rail : The city is well connected by trains with
all the major places in India.
By Road : The state transport has its bus services
from all over Rajasthan and also from Delhi. However, during the Urs,
large number of people arrive in Ajmer, it is advisable to plan your
trip in advance during this time.