Ajmer: After almost four decades of efforts, finally Ajmer will be connected to other places by air soon after the Kishangarh Airport was dedicated by Union minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha and chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Wednesday.
The services are expected to start within a week and there will be flight for New Delhi and Udaipur and later the aviation department will increase the flights as per the demand.
Speaking on the occasion, Raje said that the airport reflects the development of Kishangarh, Ajmer and Pushkar. The air services will open the possibility of business in Kishangarh, a marble city and strengthen tourism opportunities in Ajmer and Pushkar.
“We are walking on the path of development and therefore, we are completing the works, which were long pending,” said Raje.
She claimed that the Narendra Modi government’s dedication and focus on infrastructure development had led to 30 new airports being opened in last three years. She said that airport will have flights to places like Varanasi, Kanpur and Agra.
She said, efforts are being made to connect Barmer, Jaipur, Ajmer and Udaipur by air.
On the occasion, Sinha said that Modi government is dedicated for development and therefore this airports are examples of the fast change being brought in.
He said that the airport will develop the business of this place and he said that because the team of aviation department worked hard together to make this airport as highly technical. There is lift and digital displays as well as 6 checkout counters for the passengers. Private aviation companies has already talked on this issue and started their air flights in a week. The first air flight will be for New Delhi and back to Ajmer with a fifty seater aircraft.
The demand of airport in Ajmer surfaced in 1980 when former Prime Minister Rajeev Gandhi came to this place and looking to the desire of Rajeev Gandhi the file started and state government started looking for the land. The Saradhna village on Beawer road was first identified for the airport but the land owners went into litigation.
According to the private airlines companies, Ajmer will get good business for aviation industry because thousands of tourists everyday come to Ajmer and Pushkar and at present Jaipur airport is getting the business. Similarly, the marble industry and Mayo College are having good clients for aviation companies.
Tourist attractions near Kishangarh Airport
Ajmer-e-Sharief Dargah – At the foot of a barren hill, is situated India?s most important pilgrimage center for people from all faiths. It is the splendid tomb of the Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti more popularly known as Khawaja Saheb or Khawaja Sharif.
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. The distinct pillars-and arched “Screen” with its ruined minarets make it a splendid architectural masterpiece. The monument has seven arched walls with Islamic calligraphy, though most of it now remains in ruins.
Ana Sagar Lake – This lake was built by Anaji during 1135-1150 AD. Later the Mughal Emperors made additional constructions to beautify the lake. The ‘Baradari’, a marble pavilion was built by Shah Jahan and the Daulat Bagh Gardens were laid by Jehangir. This lake is located towards the north of Ajmer city.
Pushkar Lake – The scenic lake of Pushkar is situated in a valley about 10 kms to the northwest of Ajmer. Pushkar Lake is enclosed by hills and desert. Pushkar Lake is one of the most holy place for Hindus. There are about 52 Ghats and 400 temples in Pushkar which are situated on the banks of the Pushkar Lake. It is considered that the famed waters of the Pushkar wash away the sins of whole life.
Pilgrims from all over come to take bath in the holy waters of Pushkar on the day of Kartik Purnima or on any of the four days before the day of Kartik Purnima and also worship at the Ghats. The spiritual water of the Lake is also considered to treat skin diseases, making Pushkar “the Lourdes of the East”.
Savitri Temple – The Savitri Temple Pushkar is dedicated to the desolated wife of Lord Brahma, Savitri. The temple was built in 1687, on the top of the Ratnagiri Hill behind the Bramha Temple. Both the idols of Savitri and Gayatri are installed here. The idol of Savitri dated back 7 century A.D and Bangar family built this temple in early 20th century.
It is believed that goddess rested upon this hill on her arrival to Pushkar. The temple has its route through hills, and it takes about an hour to reach the temple. Savitri temple also the best place for enjoying the scenic beauty and view of the lake and its surrounding picturesque villages.
Brahma Temple in Pushkar – Brahma Temple in Pushkar is one of the most famous and only few of the temples dedicated to Lord Brahma in the holy city of Pushkar, Rajasthan. This Pushkar Brahma Temple is the place of deep spirituality and thousand of devotees come here to pay homage to the many gods that reside in this temple town. Pushkar city has over 500 temples with the main Pushkar temple. It is dedicated to lord Brahma and the only Brahma temple anywhere in the world. Although the structures of the temple dates back to 14th century but it is believed that the temple is about 2000 years old.
Panch Kund Shiva Temple – Centrally located in the town, the Panch Kund Shiva temple is just 2 to 3 kilometers away from the famous Pushkar Lake. If you’re interested to know more about the stories of Mahabharata, visit this beautiful Temple which is known to have been built by the Pandavas and is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Ghats of Pushkar – Pushkar has 52 ghats around the lake, each one constructed for a Rajput Maharaja, who used to worship and pay respect to their local deities and other Hindu gods. However, two of them are the most notable. The Gau Ghat is famous because the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru, and Lal Bahadur Shastri were scattered into the lake here. The Brahma Ghat is where it’s believed that Lord Brahma himself worshipped.