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Where is Ajmer?Ajmer is an important city, with a population of about 400,000 people, located in thestate of Rajasthan, India. It is about 132 kms west of Jaipur and rests in the lap ofthe serene and beautiful surroundings of the Aravalli Range of hills.A Brief HistorySituated in the heart of the Rajasthan desert, Ajmer offers a compatible blend of Suficulture and Hindu religion. For long, Ajmer was always a politically and spirituallyimportant centre for the Rajputs, the Mughals and the Marathas. It was the seat ofadministration for the Chauhans till, in 1193, the army of Mohammad Ghori defeatedPrithviraj Chauhan. Thereafter, it became a part of the Sultanate of Delhi.However, the Rajputs regained the control of the city with the crusades of RanaKumbha of Mewar and Raja Maldeo.Now, Ajmer is an important spiritual and cultural centre of India and people from allwalks and religions of life throng to the city to seek the blessings of Hazrat KhwajaMoinuddin Hasan Chishti, whose shrine is located in the heart of the city.How to reach AjmerAjmer can be easily accessed through air, train or road. While the nearest airport isabout 138 kms, in the city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, the easier way is totake a train to the city.Air: Jaipur Airport, about 138 kms from Ajmer. Fly in to Jaipur. Thereafter, take atrain or a bus to Ajmer.Rail: Ajmer is well connected with the major cities of India through a Rail network.You can get direct trains to Ajmer from Delhi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, AbuRoad, and Jodhpur. To reach from other cities, you will have to change trains at oneof the mentioned locations.Road: Regular Buses operate from most cities. However, Delhi, Rajashtan andGujarat offer a good frequency of service. During the Urs time, one can findadditional bus services from other cities as wellAccommodationThere are a host of RTDC (Rajasthan Tourism Development Council) motels andhotels, which offer a comfortable stay in the city. There are also a couple of DeluxeHotels, which though expensive, are luxurious and comfortable.Hotel PhoneHotel Jannet Dargah, Ajmer 0145-2430108RTDC Hotel Khadim 252490RTDC Hotel Khidmat 252705Haveli Heritage Inns 2621607Hotel Man Singh 250875RTDC Hotel Sarovar (Pushkar) 22040RTDC Tourist Village (Pushkar) 22070Hotel Pushkar Palace (Pushkar) 22001Ajmer Map
For further information, contactTourist Information Bureau,RTDC Hotel Khadim, Ajmer. Phone: 252426ClimateTemperatures are very high during summers and very low during winters. Ajmer hasa typical desert type of climate. The best period to visit Ajmer is between Octoberand March.What to seeAjmer offers a plethora of spiritual and cultural delights. We list below a selection ofmajor attractions of Ajmer.
Dargah Sharief It is the final resting-place of the SufiSaint Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti. The Dargah of Gharib Nawaz is visited by millions of people from all over theworld, irrespective of caste and religion. Formore details, click here.Chillah Sharief of Hazrat Ghous-Ul-AzamThe place of meditation of Hazrat Abdul Qadir Jilani (ra), better known as Ghous-Ul-Azam is located atop a hill overlooking the shrine of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin HasanChishti.Ghous-Ul-Azam was a contemporary of Hazrat Usman Harooni and HazratKhwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti.He was a great Sufi Saint and has left for humanity a treasure of writings andteachings based upon the tenets of the Holy Quran and the Hadith.He was the founder of the Qadirriya Order of Sufis. Millions of devotees throng to hisChillah to invoke his blessings.Chillah Sharief of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishti and the UsmaniChillahSituated atop a hill overlooking the Ana Sagar Lake, the Chillah Sharief is whereKhwaja Gharib Nawaz meditated for forty days continuously. Here also lie the holyrelics of his spiritual guide, Hazrat Khwaja Usman Harooni. Flanking the sides of themeditation place of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz are the holy shrines of the Saints of theGudri Shahi Order. For more details on the Chillah Sharief, click here.Adhai-Din-Ka JhonparaOne of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture, this mosque was a Sanskritcollege in the 12th century. In 1193 AD Mohammad Ghori converted the college intoa mosque. The mosque is built on pillars and surprisingly no two pillars are alike. Thearchways are finely engraved with Kufi and Jughra inscriptions from the Holy Koran.It is said that the entire mosque was reconstructed in an amazingly short period oftwo and a half days - thus the name Adhai Din Ka Jhonpara (A hut of two and a halfdays)The MuseumThe Royal Palace of Akbar was converted into a museum and today it houses a richcollection of Mughal and Rajput armoury. Many fine and delicate sculptures of theregion have been displayed here. The building itself is constructed in red sandstone,which has been laid in a square pattern giving it a beautiful look.Taragarh FortBuilt in the 7th century by Ajaipal Chauhan, the fort gives a birds eye view of thecity. Taragarh Fort or the Star Fort is situated on a hill and to reach there, one hasto take winding bridle path. Situated atop the hill is the Holy Shrine of Martyr SawarSharief.Ana Sagar Lake
Ana Sagar Lake is located towards the north of the city. The famous lake was builtbetween 1135-1150 AD by Anaji. Later, the Mughal Emperors made additionalconstructions around the lake to add to its splendour. Shah Jahan built a marblepavilion now called the Baradari, while Emperor Jehangir laid the beautiful DaulatBagh gardens, where people still go in plenty to walk and enjoy the greenery.Nasiyan (Jain Temple)This red coloured temple was built in the late 19th century. The wooden gilt in thedouble storied hall depicts scenes from Jain mythology. It is an interesting place tovisit. Offers examples of fine craftsmanship.PushkarThe Sister City of Ajmer, Pushkar is only 11 Kms away from the city. The road toPushkar passes through the Nag Pahar or the Snake Mountain. It is a sacred city ofHindus and boasts of the only existing temple in Asia dedicated to Lord Brahma. According to Hindu Mythology, this lake was formed when a lotus flower fell in the valley from the hands Lord Brahma. There are 52 bathing ghats around the Pushkar Lake and each of them is supposed to be endowed with special mystical powers. For instance, the Naga Kund is for fertility, the Roop Tirth is for beauty while the Kapil Vyapi Kund is said to possess powers that can help cure Leprosy. The famous Pushkar fair is held every year on the Kartik Purnima(Full moon during the Hindu month of Kartik). This fair is famous for its animalbazaar where cattle and herds of camel are traded between villagers from nearby. Atime for celebrations and festivities is made bright and colourful with folk dancersand traditional folk musicians performing round the clock.KishanGarhKishangarh was an ancient school of art where painting miniatures had reached apinnacle of excellence and worldwide acclaim. 27 Kms from Ajmer, towards Jaipur,Kishangarh is now an important town for Marble mining and trade. This town ofartists is also famous for Gundelao Lake, Phool Mahal Palace, Temple of Sri KalyanRaiji and the Majhala palace.
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