Surrounded by beautiful, lush green Aravalli Mountains, Ajmer is a popular city in the state of Rajasthan, which is a favourite destination for tourists because of its splendid forts, architecture, man made brilliant lakes and a rich cultural taste.
It is a revered place also as it has the famous Dargah of Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti, where millions of Muslims as well as Hindus pay a visit everyday. Ajmer also acts as a gateway to the town of Pushkar, which is Lord Brahma's city, with various temples and buildings dedicated to him. The beautiful Pushkar lake and the popular annual Pushkar Camel Fair are the major attractions.
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The Dargah Sharif, at the foot of Taragarh hill, has various white marble buildings built inside the complex, and various sections of the sacred place like its dome, mosque, pillars are donated by various Mughal rulers, having intricate work. The Dargah is as famous for its sacred importance as for its beauty, which draws maximum number of tourists from the entire Ajmer, making it a really crowded place.
Taragarh Fort, is one of the oldest hill forts in India, and reveals the splendor and luxury of Rajput Kingdom. Even the reputed Mayo College,is acknowledged for its royal architecture. The design of the white marble building is in the archives of the British Museum in London. The city museum, Magazine, is a frequently visited place by tourists, as it cherishes some unique and important artifacts of Mughal and Rajput Empire.
Tourist Attractions in Ajmer
Ajmer is also a tourist's delight with the beautiful Ana Sagar Lake, though man made, it is still a popular and beautiful place because of the marble sculpture around the lake and the surrounding Daulat Bagh Gardens, made by Jehangir. Situated in the suburbs, Lake Foy Sagar is another gem in the beauty of this city. Again a man made artificial lake, it provide brilliant view of the Aravalli Hills.
The Urs, or the commemoration of the death anniversary of the beloved Sufi saint, Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti in Islamic religion is a popular event that draws various tourists to Ajmer, especially to the Dargah Sharif, where the celebration takes place for 6 days,as here lies the mortal relics of the Sufi Saint. It is the largest Muslim Fair in India, creating as much enthusiasm as Id, with the Shrine custodians singing religious songs and qawwali, dedicated to the Saint.
The colorful culture of Rajasthan can be embraced by a proper shopping in the colorful markets of Ajmer. Madar gate, Churii Bazar, Naya Bazar, Dargah Bazar, and Kesarganj are some popular markets, where the traditional chaniya-cholis and dyed turbans are available. In the Mahila Mandi, you can do exclusive shopping for females, especially brilliant odhnis, saris and bangles.
The popular cuisine and sweets that you can taste in Ajmer are Sohan Halwa, Chaat, Malpua of Pushkar, Til Papdi of Beawar, and various other traditional sweets.
How to reach Ajmer
The nearest Airport is the Jaipur International Airport, though Ajmer's own airport will be ready by 2012, as passed by government.
With Broad gauge lines to Jaipur and Marwar, Ajmer Railway Junction is a class apart from other railway stations in Rajasthan. It is well connected to all the major cities of the country.
Located around the Golden Quadrilateral National Highway 8, the city has a brilliant connectivity through road links and both private as well as public transports are available. Also deluxe AC buses for tourists are available from various cities.