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Area : 55.76 square km.
Languages : Rajasthani, Hindi, Urdu, English, Sindhi
Best Time To Visit : July-March
Ajmer is a unique city, a beautiful blend of Hinduism and Islam. The city was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century A.D. Till 1193 A.D. It was the center of the Chauhan dynasty. Then Prithviraj Chauhan lost it to Mohammed Ghauri, Ajmer after which Ajmer became home to many dynasties.
Today, Ajmer is a popular pilgrimage centre for the Hindus as well as Muslims. Especially famous is the Dargah Sharif-tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, which is equally revered by the Hindus and Muslims. It is a centre of culture and education, the British chose Ajmer for its prestigious Mayo College a school exclusively for Indian nobility.
Ajmer is also the gateway for visiting Pushkar (14 km.), the abode of Lord Brahma, lying to its west with a temple and a picturesque lake. The Pushkar Lake is a sacred spot for Hindus. During the month of Kartik (Oct./Nov.), devotees throng in large numbers here to take a dip in the sacred lake.
Ajmer was also favourite residence for the great Mughals. One of the first contacts between the Mughal King Jahangir and Sir Thomas Roe took place here in 1616. The Scindias took over the city in 1818 and then handed it over to the British and it became one of the only part of Rajasthan controlled directly by the East Indian Co.
What to See:
|» Dargah Ajmer Sharief
» Mayo College
|» Ana Sagar Lake
» Adhai-din-ka Jhonpra
|» Taragarh Fort
» Akbar´s Palace
Where to Stay:
|» Mansingh Palace
» Hotel Regency
» Hotel Embassy
|» Hotel Sahil
» Phool Mahal Palace
» Hotel Ambassador
|» Roopangarh Fort
» Hotel Chitvan
|» Urs Ajmer Sharif|
Just like any other city in Rajasthan, Ajmer is also a shopper's paradise. There are numerous items in Ajmer that you will find worth buying. The most famous shopping items of Ajmer includes Antiques, Ornaments, Gold and silver jewelry in contemporary designs, Bandhini (colorful tie-and-dye Saris), Embroidered Jodhpuri Jutis (footwear), Ittar (a special form of local perfume).
By Air - Jaipur (132 km from Ajmer) is the nearest airport.
By Rail - Regular train services link Ajmer with all major cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
by surface - There is a well-connected network of buses that ply to and fro from Ajmer connecting it to major towns and cities in north India.
Suggested Itineraries : Northern Royalty Premium Tours | Best of Rajasthan with Taj Mahal & Tiger Tours