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Ajmer, the city of the great Indian hero, Prithviraj Chauhan, is one of the well known historic cities across the nation. Its old name, Ajeyameri, or Ajaimeru, literally translated as an unconquerable mountain, came from the Aravali Mountains that surround it from all sides. It may also have come due to Taragadh Fort. Perched atop a very high mountain, Taragadh Fort is the oldest hill fort in Asia, and one of the oldest in India. Ajmer is also a city of two wonderful manmade lakes. However, today, Ajmer is a well known and highly visited religious place. Ajmer is home to the tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti situated at Dargah Sharif.

 

The famous Dargah, Dargah Sharif, is the major tourist attraction of Ajmer. All along the history of over previous five centuries, Dargah Sharif has been an important Muslim religious place of India. It is where the mightiest of Mughal kings have come and took a bow, in return of the blessings of the Khawaja. Right from Akbar, who famously used to walk to Ajmer from Agra every year as he had promised he would do if the Khawaja blessed him with a son, to Shah Jahan and then the later Nizam Kings, all have piously come to the Ajmer Dargah seeking solutions for their troubles. Even to date, Ajmer remains the place visited by thousands of devotees every day along with famous personalities from all over the world.

 

Dargah Sharif is situated in the heart of Ajmer. You have to park your vehicles well before the Dargah and take a walk through the narrow and crowded markets which offer interesting articles and a festive atmosphere. You see people from all religions walk along with chaddars and offerings brought for the Khawaja held atop their heads. Though the Dargah has many gates, the one that is considered to be the main gate was donated by the Nizam of Hyderabad. Inside the mosque there is a mosque donated by Shah Jahan. Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti’s tomb lies inside a dome.

 

Adhai Din ka Zopda is another historical monument in Ajmer. It is believed that this was originally a Hindu Vaishnav temple converted into a mosque by Qutubuddin Aybak during the late 12th century. A unique design, this building is not in the best of the state due to negligence.

 

Going to Taragadh Hill, where the ruins of Taragadh Fort lie, can make an interesting ride. The precipitous and sharply zigzagging road instantly reminds of some of the thrilling mountain passes from the Himalayas. It is believed that this fort was built when the Aravali Mountains still had snow clad tops.  Though the fort is mostly ruined and there is hardly anything left of it to see, there is another Dargah on the top, where a large number of people come to prey. The Prithviraj Chauhan Memorial is en route to Taragadh.

 

Anasagar and Foy Sagar are the two majestic manmade lakes of Ajmer. While Anasagar is much larger Foy Sagar, named after the British who constructed, is situated at a beautiful location and makes quite a good view. Both these lakes play an important role in water provision for the city of Ajmer regularly as well as during famines, which are not so rare in this part of India.

 

Though Ajmer is an interesting town, it’s mostly a religious destination. However, irrespective of your religion, a visit to Dargah Sharif can be memorable. On your way to Pushkar, you can certainly spare a few hours to visit the important tourist spots of Ajmer.

 


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The popular Dargah situated in the heart of Ajmer, Dargah Sharif is the main tourist attraction of this religious city. Millions of devotees come here every year. This historically important Dargah has blessed great Mughal emperors such as Akbar and Shah Jahan. Another important place of Ajmer is the historical monument, Adhai Din ka Zhopda. Taragadh Hill is where there was Taragdh Fort, the highest and one of the oldest forts of Asia. Going up this hill can be a thrilling experience. Anasagar and Foy Sagar are the manmade lakes of Ajmer worth a visit.

 

Destination Grade: A (What is this?)
Rating: 8/10
Population: 500000
5 Star Hotels: Hotel Ambassador, Hotel Embassy
Luxury Hotels: Mansingh Palace, Hotel Regency
Airport: Sanganer airport Jaipur 138 km
Railway Station: Ajmer
Nearest Major City(s): Bhilwara (122 km), Jaipur (129 km), Pali (150 km)
How to reach: Can be reached by road from Jaipur and Delhi.
Major Tourist Attraction: Dargah-e-Sharif,Taragarh Fort,Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra,Ana Sagar Lake
Speciality(Famous for): Muslim Pilgrimage
Food speciality: Sohan Halwa, Jalebies
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Ajmer - by Raunak Singh  Dated : 2011-05-02
Ajmer is a good city, but only if you are interested in visiting the Dargah. There are no other tourist attractions that you would expect coming from Jaipur or Jodhpur. But you can go to Pushkar, which is an interesting place. But only if there is water in the lake. I wonder why there is no mention of it here.

The road from Jaipur to Ajmer is very nice and you can speed at 120 kmph almost all the way. If you are planning to stay, you should stay at Pushkar. Here the hotels are easy to find and much more equipped than Ajmer. At night, Pushkar can be very interesting. It's at a higher place, so can get cold.
Ajmer, a Holy City - by Nisha Pandey Dated : 2011-03-10
The dargah in Ajmer has the tomb of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti. He came to India around 1191 AD and spread Islam in India through his tolerant attitude.

Almost every review on Ajmer will tell you about the tomb of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti, so I thought I should give you some other information.

A part of Akbar’s fort was converted into the Rajputana museum. The museum has ancient coins and sculptures. There are many antiques in the museum, such as pots, ceramic and marble plates and armoury. These antiques are priceless.

Akbar’s fort is a small but strong fort situated in Ajmer. In the centre of the fort is the place where Emperor Jahangir had a meeting with the British ambassador, Sir Thomas Roe.

The Nasiyan Jain temple is held in high reverence by digambar jains. It is a gorgeous red temple, located on Prithviraj road. It was constructed by Mulcahnd Soni in the 19th century. The Nasiyan temple is dedicated to Rishabhdeoji, who is a God of digambar jains.

The Ana sagar lake was built by King Anaji, who was Prithviraj Chauhan’s grandfather. It is a wonderfull place, where one can forget the worries of the world and relax. The Daullat bagh was built by Emperor Jahangir and it is built on the banks of the Ana sagar lake.
Ajmer, an Unforgettable City - by Rohini Dalvi Dated : 2011-03-10
Ajmer is known for the Dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti. The Dargah is one of the holiest places in India and is called the Madina of India. It is a fact that Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti’s blessings are dependable.

The devotees, who want to make a wish, tie a thread in the Dargah and after the fulfilment of their wish; go back to the Dargah to untie the thread.

Devotees flock the Dargah every year for the annual festival or Urs.

There are moderately priced, decent hotels near the Dargah, where you can stay. For those who want moderately charged hotels, RTDC hotels, are also very good.

The Taragarh fort is another attraction of Ajmer. This fort is at the foot of a horse shope shaped hill. It has many water reservoirs inside it the steep and high walls of the fort must have been impregnable in the past.

Bhim burj is a wall of the fort, on which lies a famous canon. The fort is approached by a steep road and the entrance gate of the fort is huge. The view from the top of the fort is breath-taking at any time of the day. It is especially beautiful at sunset.

People of all faiths visit the Dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti and in recent times the security in the dargah has been tightened and photography is not allowed. There is no unnecessary inspection of the devotees in the dargah.
Ajmer, a Unique City - by Rohit Mishra  Dated : 2011-03-10
I took the Shatabdi express from Delhi to Ajmer and reached Ajmer at noon. I checked into a moderately charged hotel and spent the afternoon lazing around in the hotel. All said and done, if you have travelled, you have to take rest after any travel, be it by road, rail or by air. To give you some more information on how to reach Ajmer, you can also take air-conditioned taxis or luxury buses to Ajmer from Jaipur, but since I live in Delhi, I preferred the train. One can also reach Jaipur by air and then and then reach Ajmer by road or train.
The road or train journey takes 3 hours. Actually, it all depends on where you live.

I visited the dargah, which has the tomb of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti. Devotees form all over India visit the Dargah, to seek Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti’s blessings. I visited the Dargah in the evening, which accidently turned out to be the best time to visit the dragah.
For those who prefer luxury hotels, there is the Mansingh palace, Phoolmahal palace and Roopnagarh fort, which are all 5 star hotels. As these hotels are 5 star hotels, they are heavy on the pocket.

I would suggest that one should not depend on mediators such as rickshaw drivers or rickshaw pullers, to ask them about any hotels, as they are usually clubbed with the hotels and take a commission from them, if they get clients for them.
The Pushkar temple is also a must-visit destination in Ajmer.
Ajmer, an Interesting City - by Junaid Khan  Dated : 2011-03-09
When I went to Ajmer, I saw one part of the town with a fort boundary, but this fort boundary was not in good shape. I had hired a registered guide, while touring the whole of Ajmer. He gave me a lot of authentic information. He told me that this fort once belonged to the famous rajput king Prithviraj Chauhan.

The Pushkar and Ajmer shopping markets are good, especially for women. Women can pick up beautiful silver jewellery, jewellery with meenakari work, sarongs and strapless blouses.
If you have your own vehicle, then moving around in Ajmer is easy, but if you don’t have your own vehicle, then you can move around in government buses.

Ajmer is a city which has a lot of historic significance, because of the dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti. I knew that the dargah is a one of the holiest places of worship for muslims as well as hindus in India.

The feeling that you get while in the Dargah is inexplicable, as you can almost feel a divine presence there. My guide told me that muslim as well as hindu kings from the past paid homage to the tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. Kings like Akbar sought his blessings in the Dargah and most of the kings from the past took his guidance.

The shopping around Ajmer is good, but most of the articles are pilgrim related, such as lockets. We can actually get real stones, which we can fix in our finger rings.
Ajmer, a Great City - by Siddharth Shah  Dated : 2011-03-09
I visited the dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti and I have to tell you that once you visit this dargah, you feel like coming back to it soon.

When I started writing this review, after my visit to Ajmer, I realized that almost every review will give you information about the Dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti, so I thought that I should give you a review about the food in Ajmer.

You get wonderful Rajasthani cuisine in Ajmer and since most of it is vegetarian, there should not be any problem for vegetarians, who visit Ajmer. You can also get mughlai food on the streets close to the Dargah. We can also get dishes such a bhelpuri and sev puri in Ajmer, but these dishes are prepared in a rajasthani style here.

The other monument that can be visited in Ajmer is the Saheliyon ki bari, which is a garden on the banks of a lake. One can just sit and enjoy this place, but it is usually very crowded, so if you want to be away from a crowd, then this place is not for you.

You can also visit the Birla boys and girls boarding school. It is one of the first educational institutions in India. I am giving you a comprehensive picture of Ajmer, which does not ccontain information on the dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti, because you have to actually go to the Dargah to experience what it is like.
Ajmer, a Divine Experience - by Gautam Deshmukh  Dated : 2011-03-09
I am a resident of Delhi. I had gone to Ahmedabad for some work and I visited the dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti on my way back from Ahmedabad to Delhi. I had heard a lot about the dargah, so I wanted to visit it for sure, but it was only after I reached there that I realized how pious the place is. There experience of visiting the dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti, was incomparable.

The most beautiful thing about the dargah is that people from all walks of life, visit the Dargah. The devotees, who had flocked to the dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti, were people from various religions, castes, creed and genders. There wasn’t any segregation of people in the Dargah and once I visited that place a sudden realization came upon me which made me feel that all human beings are equal when it came to bowing in front of God.

There were quawwaalis being sung in the background which took the whole experience of visiting the dargah to a different level. The whole experience of listening to the quawwaalis was divine.

One cannot escape the fact that, once we are in the dargah, we realize that faith has got nothing to do with caste, creed, religion and gender.
Ajmer is a very serene place and it is located at the foot of the Aravalli range. One should not miss the son halwa that we get in Ajmer, as it is a famous sweet here.
Ajmer, a Spiritual Experience - by Reena Malik  Dated : 2011-03-09
I am a resident of Delhi and because Ajmer is close to Delhi, I decided to cover the distance by car. I went to Ajmer with 2 of my friends.

The Dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti is the main attraction in Ajmer. The experience of visiting the Dargah is out this world. The moment you enter the Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, you can feel that the place is divine. You feel that God is walking beside you and as I have mentioned in the title of my article, it is indeed a spiritual experience.
When you enter the Dargah, you feel a positive energy all around you, which is all-consuming. You suddenly start feeling warm and calm inside.

There is no tourist attraction as such in Ajmer and it is famous mainly for this Dargah. People from all over India visit this Dargah, as it is very pious. This Dargah is a must-visit destination in Ajmer.

The other attraction in Ajmer is the Brahma temple in Pushkar. Some of the other attractions are Mayo college and Prithviraj Chauhan’s fort, which is located on a hill.
As I am a Delhiite, I know most of th3e details of reaching Ajmer form Delhi. You can also take a train from Delhi to Ajmer, as it is a comfortable 6 hour journey. The places around the Dargah are buzzing and Mango masala is a good option in food.

The shopping areas in Ajmer and Pushkar are good and we get beautiful rajasthani clothes and artistic pieces there.
Ajmer - by Rehmat  Dated : 2011-02-10
It was my long time desire to go and visit the Dargah Sharif. It finally came true when I visit Ajmer last month. While I bowed my head and took the blessing of Khwaja I felt a sense of foreboding. The city has a religious charm, no matter to which religion you belong, you feel spiritually enchanted. I also went to see Foysagar lake, it has a great view. I saw the Taragarh Fort as well. It in ruins today, but the Taragarh Hill view was also nice.
A Visit to Ajmer - by Apurva Pathak Dated : 2011-01-20
The city of Ajmer is one of the historic cities of India. It was called ‘Ajeyameri’ or ‘Ajaimaru’ that means unconquerable. The oldest hill fort in Asia, the Taragarh Fort is situated in Ajmer. However Ajmer is more famous as a religious place due to Dargah Sharif, the tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. It is an important religious place for the Muslims in India from the last five centuries. Thousands from every strata of the society throng the tomb daily to seek blessings from the Khwaja.

The Dargah is situated in the centre of the Ajmer city. To make it to the Dargah you need to walk through narrow, crowded lanes of the market. People from all religions come to the Dargah with their offerings and chaddars atop their heads. The Dargah is known to have many gates, but the main gate was donated by the Nizam of Hyderabad.

The Taragarh Fort lies on the Taragarh hill. There are nothing more than remains of the Fort and a Dargah on the hill, but zigzag roads make the ride interesting. Just on the way to Taragarh Fort lies the Prithviraj Chauhan Memorial.

Ajmer has two beautiful manmade lakes – Anasagar and Foysagar. They play an important role in water provision to the city. The Foysagar Lake has a great view and was constructed by the British. Basically, Ajmer is more a religious destination but a visit to the famous Dargah is worth a try.