A Mosaic of Blended Heritage
Located at the centre of the Indian state Rajasthan, Ajmer is the gateway to Pushkar, one of the most important pilgrimage place for Hindu Religion. Surrounded by Aravali Mountain Ranges, Ajmer can be counted to be the representation of Indian ethnic culture with a perfect blend of community, religion, heritage and traditions that coexist and flourish in harmony. Ajmer is a popular tourist attraction as well as a pilgrimage centre for both Muslims and Hindu. The city is surrounded by rugged hills and expansive lake housing in its centre the most famous Dargah visited by both Hindu and Muslims alike, the Ajmer Sharif Dargah. The Golden Jain Temple that holds great significance for Jain Religion is nested here in Ajmer along with numerous Forts, Museum and Landmarks. Formerly known as Ajaymeru or Ajmere, the city was founded by King Ajaypal Chauhan in 7th Century AD and later ruled by a number of Kings of history, which makes the city one of the oldest places of India where you can find Mughal and Hindu architecture together. Ajmer faces scorching heat during the summer days so the best time to visit this lovely place would be from between October to March.
Ajmer was ruled by the Chauhans dynasty till 12th Century AD, who were responsible to build the Taragarh Fort until the city was conquered by Mohammad Ghori in 11 AD and then became home to a number of varied dynasties. A few centuries later, precisely in 1818 it was officially handed over to British East India Company giving it a touch of Colonial Influence of Architecture in its buildings along with establishing the famous Mayo College in 1875 which is an influence of Indo – Saracenic architecture with similar education like the Eton College in Britain. As they say, there’s always a celebration going on in Rajasthan, accordingly, the air at Ajmer smells of festivities all around the year. Among it is the famous festival known as Urs that is celebrated during the month of May for six days at the memory of the revered Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti in his dargah. Devotees from all over the country flocks here to be the part of the mass that sways with the singers and musicians that plays in the mehfils at the backdrop of the festivities.
Top things do in Ajmer
How to reach
Ajmer is conveniently located at the centre of Rajasthan which makes it easy access to reach from any city from all over the country.
How to Reach by Flight
The Sanganer Airport in Jaipur is the closest airport to Ajmer at a distance of 132 km. The airport is well connected with all major cities along with direct regular flights from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai.
How to Reach by Train
The Ajmer Railway Station is one of the major railhead junction in the country and gets regular trains from major cities of India including Ahmedabad, Delhi, Lucknow, Mumbai and Kolkata also the Shatabdi Express connects it with other cities of Rajasthan.
How to Reach by Bus
State Run Buses, Private Buses and many Tourist Buses are available from major cities of Rajasthan like Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Bharatpur to Ajmer. The city also gets comfortable and reasonable Bus Services from Delhi and Agra for the tourist convenience.
How to Reach by Road
The National Highway 48 connects Ajmer by Delhi and Jaipur through efficient well-maintained road by the government. The entire stretch until Kishangarh is the finest four-lane way you will ever find in the country.
How to travel within
The city offers Autos and Cabs spread conveniently in every corner of the city to be found by a traveler.
Ajmer is a pot of melting culture which you can see in its cuisines that has a mingling influence from traditional Rajasthani food to Mughal and British cultures. A paradise for Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian, Ajmer serves mouthwatering delicacies with friendly ambience starting from crunchy Kebabs to Dal Baati Churma, Lal Maas, Chicken Biryani, Ker Sangri, Mutton Curry gradually ending with Ghevar, Rabdi, Moong Dal ka Halwa and many more to taste. Apart from its Ajmer street vendor’s dishes out everyone’s favourites of sizzling hot samosas, kachori, Kadi – Bhujje, Chat etc.
- Madina Restaurant
- Sheesh Mahal
- Mango Masala
- Silver Leaf Restaurant
Day 1: Choose to fly and land early morning in the pink city of Jaipur and hire a can to take you to Ajmer city which will take around 2 hours approximately. Once you reach the city, check into the deluxe pre-booked room and get freshen up. Kick start your day by first visiting the Ajmer Sharif Dargah which doesn’t require any tickets nor there are many long queues. Seeking blessings from the Dargah ask your cab driver to take you to visit the Jain Temple and Akbar Museum to get a unique experience of it altogether. Spend your evening trying some traditional dishes like Dal Batti Churma and Dahi Bada.
Day 2: Get your breakfast done by tasting the traditional Rajasthani rich foods and start your second day by visiting and exploring the Kishangarh City with its Forts and temples, taking a detour you can visit the Roopangarh Fort to see another mesmerizing example of Rajputana architecture. Spend the evening lazing around the Ana Sagar Lake and relaxing in the beautiful gardens of Durga Bagh.
Day 3: The last day of your trip can be spent by visiting the nearby sites like Adhai Din Ka Jhopra and Clock tower along with shopping in the streets of Ajmer getting gifts and memorials for your loved ones back home. Get checked out in the evening so that you can get back to Jaipur before nightfall to catch your flight back home.