Time taken in hours
Height above sea level
From Jaipur-138 kilometers
Max. Temp. -33.0 (summers)
Min. Temp-5.5 (winters)
Cottons in summers
Woolens in winters
Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan founded Ajmer and
it used be a major center of the Chauhan
power till 1193 A.D, when the ruler Prithviraj
Chauhan lost it to Mohammed Ghauri.
Ajmer is situated in the green oasis wrapped
in the barren hills. After Prithwiraj Chauhan,
Ajmer witnessed dynasties, which came and
left leaving behind indelible marks of their
culture and traditions on the city's history,
converting it to an amalgam of various cultures
and blend of Hinduism and Islam.
Today, Ajmer is a significant pilgrimage
destination for both Hindus and Muslims,
famous for the Dargah Sharif-tomb of the
Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.
The Dargah is the prime attractions of Ajmer.
It is situated at the foothill of a barren
hill with the splendid tomb of the Sufi
saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti more popularly
known as Khawaja Saheb or Khawaja Sharif.
The shrine is next only to Mecca or Median
for the Muslims of south Asia. Akbar used
to make a pilgrimage to the Dargah from
Agra once a year. The shrine attracts thousands
of pilgrims during the Urs-commemorating
the death anniversary of the Saint, held
from the 1st to 6th day of the Islamic month
of Rajab. It is one of India's most important
pilgrimage centers for people from all faiths.
Other attractions include:
Shahjahan's Masque: In the corner
of the inner court of the Dargah, is a magnificent
building in white marble with a long (30.5m)
and narrow court having low arcade and delicate
carvings with trellis work. It is the most
marvelous of all the sanctums within the
sanctuary of the Dargah.
Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra: A remarkable
structure, this is a masterpiece of Indo-Islamic
architecture located on the outskirts, of
the city, just beyond the Dargah. The legend
goes that its construction took two and
a half days (Adhai-Din) to complete.
Taragarh Fort: a steep one and a
half hour climb beyond the Adhai-din-ka-jhopra
leads to the ruins of the Taragarh Fort.
The fort offers an excellent view of Ajmer
city. The fort was the site of the military
activity during the Mughal period, later
used as a sanatorium by the British.
Mayo College: One of the India's
best public schools famous all over India
for its quality education.
How to reach Ajmer:
By air: The nearest airport to Ajmer is
Jaipur. Jaipur is well connected to all
the major cities in India by air.
By bus: Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable
deluxe buses from Jaipur. There are buses
from Jaipur to Ajmer in every 15 minutes.
The roads are very good, and it takes around
3 hrs from Jaipur. You can also come by
hire private cars.
By train: The railway station in Ajmer is
connected to all the metro cities of India.
There are daily trains from Delhi in morning
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