Ajmer - City of The Khwaja
The city of Ajmer is primarily known for the tomb of the 13th century Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti. But there are many other places in and around Ajmer that one can travel to. One should definitely take a tour to the City of Ajmer if they wish to see this amazing city that still has the old world charm and where different religions coexist in perfect harmony.
Ajmer - Location
Ajmer lies in the northwestern part of India, in the state of Rajasthan. On one side it has the Ana Sagar lake and the Arvalli range on the other. It is 130kms from Jaipur.
Ajmer - Visiting Time
The summers in Ajmer are quite hot and the mercury can rise up to 45 ° Celsius! The winters are cool and far more pleasant in Ajmer. There is no 'bad time' to visit Ajmer, especially if you are coming to pay your respects at the tomb or Dargah. If you are simply visiting as a tourist, winters are the perfect time to explore the city. .
Ajmer - History In Brief
Ajayveda, who was an 11th century local Rajput ruler, founded the city of Ajmer. Sometime later it was taken over by the Delhi Sultanate till it was returned to the local rulers, who had to pay tribute. Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti came to Ajmer from Persia, in the late 12th century. During the Medieval period it became a part of the Mughal Empire but then it was taken over by the Scindia rulers of Gwalior. Finally, the British took over it in 1818.
One cannot imagine visiting Ajmer and not paying a visit to the Dargah or tomb of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. Another places that very often figure in the travel packages are the Ana Sagar Lake and Daulat Bagh. There is also a fort built by Akbar, which one can tour. The visitors to Ajmer can also take a tour of the Government Museum, which is located in the premises of the Fort. A temple, built in 19th century, the Nasiyan (Red) Jain temple is another place you can visit.
Most tour or travel packages also include a tour to the major attractions around the city of Ajmer. One place you can travel to is the Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpara mosque. Another three kilometers from there is the Taragarh fort, which is a favorite among tourists for the spectacular view it offers of the Ajmer city. If you are willing to travel a bit more and you really look forward to excursions the, 27 kilometers from Ajmer is a small town, known as Kishangarh, which is quite famous for its miniature paintings. You can also travel to Roopangarh fort, which is 52 kilometers from Ajmer and is popular with tourists.
Ajmer -Getting There
Ajmer can easily be reached by road. From Delhi, capital of India, it takes 9 hours to reach Ajmer. You also have the option of getting to Ajmer by train. Since Ajmer is located on the Delhi-Jaipur-Ahmedabad-Mumbai line, most of the trains make a stop at Ajmer. There is also a Shatabdi Express from Delhi to Ajmer, which takes about 6 hours to reach Ajmer.
The city of Ajmer attracts a lot of pilgrims and tourists during the Urs Festival. The Urs Ajmer Sharif is held in honor of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. During the festival special prayers are offered at the mosque and Qawallis are sung all night. People of all faiths attend these festivities.
There are enough hotels in Ajmer so tourists should have no problem in finding an accommodation. The time when they might face difficulty is during the Urs festival, when pilgrims flock to the city from all over the country.
There are many restaurants and eateries in Ajmer, which offer Indian, Mughlai, and all kinds of fast food