Founded in 1100 AD by Aijpal Chauhan, Ajmer derives its name from `Ajaya
Meru' the invincible hill, at the foot of which the present city stands.
Ajmer owes its composite culture to the reign of many dynasties that
came, ruled and left, leaving behind indelible marks of their culture
and traditions. Ajmer is situated in a valley surrounded by the Aravali
hills, 131kms west of Jaipur. ‘Dargah Khwaja Sahib’ is one of the
holiest Muslim shrines in the country. It houses the Dargah or tomb of the popular
13th-century, Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti. Millions of
pilgrims from all over the world throng Ajmer to attend the death
anniversary of the great saint every year. The city is also known for its
traditional handicrafts. Ajmer is also one of the few sacred Islamic sites
in the country where you can be pretty certain of catching qawwali singers in action. The city has some splendid masterpieces of Indo-Islamic
architecture.‘Pushkar’, 11kms west of Ajmer, along the picturesque
Pushkar Lake lies the tranquil town with deep religious significance.
The biggest attraction is being the temple of Lord Brahma. Pushkar fair
is one of the largest and colorful cattle fair in the world .
The city of Ajmer is famous as a pilgrim place. Ajmer is a major centre
for Muslim pilgrims during the fast of Ramazan, and has some impressive
||__ sq km
||486 mmetres above sea level
||Summer-45.5 C-25.0 C Winter--35 C-15.0C
||The average yearly rainfall varies from
100 mm to 50 mm.
|Best Time to Visit
||July to September.
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How to get there
- Air :-Jaipur, the nearest airport is 138 kms. (86 miles).
- Rail:-Ajmer is connected to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Abu Road and Jodhpur by regular trains
- Road:- A dense network of bus service operates from Ajmer to key destinations around. Distances from important tourist centres. Jaipur: 138 kms. (86 miles), Delhi: 392 kms. (244 miles), Jaisalmer: 490 kms. (304 miles).
Places to Visit
Shopping is fun in Ajmer. One
can go on a buying spree for various kinds of items representing
Rajasthani culture and style, Silver and gold ornaments, jewellery, tie &
dye textiles, embroidered Jodhpuri shoes (Mojari) are some of the
specialities available on the shelf.