The Ajmer Saga !!!
Ajmer is located in a picturesque valley surrounded by the hills of the
Aravalli range. The strategic position of this city has led to its long and
turbulent history. It was founded by Raja Ajai Pal Chauhan in the 7th
century A.D, and the Chauhans ruled there till 1193 when Prithviraj Chauhan
lost it to Mohammad Ghori.
The romantic saga of the valiant Prithviraj, immortalized by the poet Chand
Bardai in his famous work, Prithviraj-raso, has seeped into the folklore of
the region. The Chauhan king was a bitter enemy of Jai Chand of Kanauj. But
he was also passionately in love with his enemy's daughter, Sanyogita. Jai
Chand had placed a statue of Prithviraj Chauhan at the door of his palace,
as a mocking insult to his dreaded foe. But Sanyogita confounded her father,
when she garlanded the statue during her swayamvara ceremony. The ceremony,
where she had to choose her husband by garlanding the man of her choice from
all the assembled suitors like a flash of lightning, Prithviraj appeared and
swept away his princess to his palace and into his heart.
Invaders To The Land of Divinity !!!
After Prithviraj Chauhan lost Ajmer to Mohammad Ghori, it passed into the
Delhi Sultanate. In the following centuries, Ajmer was witness to many
Do you know, Mosque of Khwaja Muin-ud-Din Chisti
in Ajmer is one of the most sacred places for Muslims in India next to Mecca
Madia in Saudi. He came to Ajmer from Persia in 1192 A.D and died here in
1236 A.D. It is believed that seven pilgrimage to Dargah is equal to one
as the Rajputs, Mughals and Marathas vied to possess it.
After the Mughals, Ajmer returned to the House of Jodhpur and later to the
Marathas. The British annexed it, in 1818 A.D and brought it under their
direct rule. Even the first contacts between the Mughals and the British
occurred in Ajmer when Sir Thomas Roe met with Emperor Jehangir here in
1616. The British selected Ajmer as the site for Mayo College, a school
opened in 1875 exclusively for Indian princes. Other Monuments which stand
as reminders of Ajmer's colonial past are the Edward Memorial Hall, Ajmer
Club and Jubilee Clock Tower.
The City Manifestation !!!
The main streets of Ajmer are crammed with traffic, pedestrians, and busy
bazaars. But Ajmer doesn't really have the same rustic charm or panache as
many other Rajasthani towns and it is more of a pilgrimage center than a
tourist destination. Although it does have some impressive architecture, an
ancient fort overlooking the town, and is an important religious center.
of Muin-ud-din Chishti !!!
Do You Know
Can you believe, Mughal Emperor Akbar used to
visit the pilgrimage of Khwaja Saheb Dargah every year on foot from his
capital Agra, as he had firm belief that almighty would bless him a heir for
his throne. The world knows that ultimately his wish was fulfilled.
Ajmer is a true amalgam of rich Hindu and Islamic heritage. The great Sufi
Saint Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti of Persia was buried here and his Dargah
(Shrine) is equally sacred for the followers of Islam as well as Hinduism.
The Mughal Emperor Akbar made an annual visit to the shrine of the saint,
sometimes on foot, as any ordinary pilgrim would. Akbar built a palace
(today it houses the Government Museum), later Ajmer became a favorite
residence of the great Mughals.
You will find the priests of the Dargah touching
your head with a sacred whiffer(broom). This way they make sure to drive
away any Satan coming with you and bless you with the holy grace of the
Khwaja Muin-ud-Din Chisti.
The Sanganer airport of Jaipur is the nearest
Airport, lying 132 km from Ajmer, Indian Airlines and other flights are well
connected to cities like Jodpur, Udaipur, Agra, Ahmadabad and Mumbai. It
nearly takes 3 hours to reach Ajmer from Jaipur by road. From where the
tourist can take RSTC buses or even hire taxis to reach Ajmer.
Ajmer has good rail treks to the major cities
of india like it is connected by rail to Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad, Barmer,
Bharatpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mount Abu and to Bombay Via Ahmedabad
Ajmer is well connected to National Highway No. 8,
connecting by Delhi via Jaipur via Ajmer via Udaipur via Ahmedabad via
Vadodara via Mumbai. Some of the important distance from Ajmer are like Agra
by 370 km, Bharatpur by 312 km, Bikaner by 234 km, Bundi by 139 km,
Chittaurgarh by 182 km, Delhi by 444 km, Jaipur by138 km, Jaisalmer by 458
Local Transport :
There are number of city buses that
operates throughout the city and to Pushkar, one can also find unmertered
taxis, auto rickshaws, tongas and even the cycle rickshaws are easily
available 24 hours around the Sufi City.
The Attraction of
Ajmer City !!!
Roof of Divine - Dargah of Great Sufi Saint !!!
The ageless faith of Ajmere Sharif, made Ajmer one of the foremost
important pilgrimage center today.
This beautiful Dargah tomb is located in the foot hill of barren land in
the old city of Ajmer and is entered through the bustling bazaars before
reaching to the main gate of Dargah. This roof of divine houses an important
burial chamber of great Sufi Saint Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti, who came to
Ajmer from Persia in 1192 A.D and died here in 1236 A.D. Since then the
Dargah is worshiped, thus popular amongst devotes belong to different caste
and customs, whoever comes to the door of Sufi. The holiest shrine of
Muslims is a hub of activities, as one enter the Khwaja Dargah, which
usually remains overcrowded most of the time, except in the early hours of
mornings till afternoon. The tomb attract thousand of pilgrims every year on
the anniversary of the Saint's Demise, known as Urs. This is the main time
for devotes to converge over this Sufi city. The Urs takes palace every
seventh month of the lunar calender. It is a religious gathering, but the
crowd can be very much sweltering as the city shines with the new devotes
from all over the world.
Other Attraction of Sufi City !!!
Ajmer Fascinations !!!
It is necessary to remove your shoes and cover
your head while inside the holy Dargah. Colourful scarfs and caps are
available in plenty for sale at the bustling bazaars leading the shrine.
Just beyond the notable Dargah of Muin-ud-Din Chisti in Ajmer, is the
devastation of Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra. According to legends, its was
constructed in 1153 A.D, which took two and a half days to complete this
landmark on the face of Ajmer. As the name suggest Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra,
which literally means that two and a half days building. Its a remarkable
structure, depicts the masterpiece of Indo-Islamic architecture, though it
was originally build as the sanskrit college, but was later converted into a
mosque, when Mohammad Ghauri took conquer of Ajmer.
Do you know
In Ajmer's Mysore College the good academic
results of prince were not their list of priorities. Education was simply
considered a stylish accessory for their future role as king.
foremost attraction for travelers is the Akbar's Palace, lying back in the
Sufi City (Ajmer), little far from the main post office of Ajmer, this
grandeur building was constructed by Akbar In 1570, and was once the royal
residence of Emperor Akbar. but now it is converted into a government
museum. This beautiful museum display a rare collection of 8th century items
like the old weapons, miniature paintings, ancient rock and stone
Beside this a tourist must pay a visit in the fabulous Nasiyan Temple,
nestling on the Prithviraj Marg in Ajmer, was originally build in 1865 A.D.
This colossally Temple displays a glittering red image of the temple as seen
from the open air, that glows with the rays of sun. This alluring Temple
showcases a series of large gilt wooden figures, which portrays the Jain
concept and mythologies. The temple has many halls, blessed with the
ornamentation of precious stone, silver and gold. A tourist must visit this
holiest shrine of Jain, which is breath taking.
Next Door Temptation - Ajmer Easy Excursions!!!
Pushkar Town - 11km
Ajmer is also a base for visiting Pushkar, nestling 11 km far in the
Aravalli Ranges of Royal Rajasthan. It is located at the foot of Nag Pahar
(Snake Mountain), that form a natural border between Ajmer and Pushkar. It
is soil of great worshiping, considered to be a very important pilgrimage
center for Hindus. Pushkar. Hordes of devotees converge on pushkar on the
full moon day of Kartik Purnima, that happen in the month of October and
November, it makes the best time for devotees to take a holy dip in the
scared Pushkar Lake to achieve Nirvana .
This grand camel fair has great significance for visitors, near about
20,000 tourist covers miles of distance to see this alluring happening,
where more than 50,000 camels, cattle's and horses are brought for sale and
purchase. Even the swiss camps are arranged for tourist on the desert dunes
of Pushkar just behind the camel fair festival, here one can experience the
dark starry nights, with Rajasthani cuisines, dresses, dances, music, and
beautiful mens and womens adored with colorful jewelries.
Pachewar 90 km - A Stopver Rural Charm
In 1616 A.D. the first contact between the Mughals
and British occurred, when Sir Thomas Roe met with Emperor Jehangir in
Next one can drive to Pachewar, about 90 km north east of
Ajmer. It a handy stopover village between Ajmer and Jaipur. Here one can
see beautiful lake that has popular bird population in the time of winters.
Another attraction near Ajmer include Kishangarh, lying 27 km north east of
Ajmer, founded in the 17th century by Kishan Singh, a Rathore Prince. It has
one of the India's most famous schools of miniature paintings, here the
paintings are done on the various surfaces like woods, stone and cloth.
Amongst all, the famous painting is of Krishna and Radha.
The Camel Safaris !!!
No tour to Ajmer is complete without experiencing the thrilling camel
safari to Pushkar Sand dunes. This adventurous camel ride is a great fun as
one enjoys the Pushkar city life as well as the thrills of the ride on the
kilometer long treks. During the Pushkar Fair the camel safari take its
momentum, that takes you beyond the golden sands of the vast Thar Desert,
which is extremely peaceful and solitude. Various treks are arranged for
riding in a group or taking a sole ride over the alleviated sand dunes
passing through rural villages of Pushkar that definitely give you some of
the most memorable moments. Here one can also see endless camels and horses,
decorated in royal touch specially brought for trading, which are definitely
centre of attraction for the travelers. This devotional city has earned a
dubious distinction for its colorful camel races, for which thousands of
tourist throng every year.