The rugged hills of the Aravalli Mountains, the oldest mountain range in the world, surround Ajmer like a shawl while Ajmer itself nestles the pristine Ana Sagar Lake in its bosom. Religion is ingrained deep within the views of this chaotic and yet beautiful city. While Islam and Jainism have their mosques and temples in the city, Hindus use the city as a stop before heading on to Pushkar for pilgrimage to the temple there.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Jaipur (135 km)
Ajmer has several superfast, express and mail trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Jodhpur. Pink City Express and Shatabdi Express connect Ajmer to Delhi and Jaipur.
A compact network of bus service operates from Ajmer to other destinations. Jaipur: 130 km, Delhi: 390 km, Jaisalmer: 490 km, Bikaner: 235 km, Agra: 390 km, Udaipur: 275 km.
Dargah of Khawaja Saheb
The Dargah of Khawaja Saheb – The holy tomb of Khawaja
Muin-ud-din Chisti has tremendous religious significance
for the Sufi Muslims. At the same time, it offers a fine example of the Mughal architecture as there are various buildings here built during the Mughal period.
Just outside the Dargah lies the Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra mosque whose name has been the subject of much debate.The name however, hides the architectural splendor of the place. There is a seven arched wall which is filled with magnificent pillars, soaring domes and an arched screen that is simply beautiful.
Also known as the Golden Temple, this marvelous piece of architecture is a Jain temple built in 1865. The nickname arises from the immense golden diorama portraying the Jain idea of the ancient world. The work is intricate and features peacocks, elephants, gondolas and the ancient city of Ayodhaya.
A stunning panoramic view of Ajmer can be had at Taragarh. Originally meant to be a military base, Taragarh is now a popular tourist destination.
Built in 1570 by Akbar, this palace is massive and imposing, as befits the great Mughal emperor. It was purposed as a pleasure retreat and the architecture is impressive.
Ana Sagar Lake
In the 12th century, the river Luni was dammed to create this large stunning lake in the heart of Ajmer. The waters of the lake reflect the grey mountains to create a picturesque sight worthy of compliments.
Located on the banks of the stunning Ana Sagar Lake, Daulat Bagh offers a serene retreat to enjoy the view of the lake from. The green Bagh compliments the blue waters of the lake. The Mughal emperor Jahangir built Daulat Bagh while his son added the five pillars called the Baradari.