Just over 130 kms south-west of Jaipur is Ajmer, a burgeoning town on the shore of the Ana Sagar, flanked by barren hills. Historically, Ajmer had considerable strategic importance and was sacked by Mohammed of Ghori on one of his periodic forays from Afghanistan. Later it became a favourite residence of the mighty Mughals. Ajmer is a major centre for Muslim pilgrims during the fast of Ramazan, and has some impressive Muslim architecture.
❖ The Dargah
A perfect example of 'Unity In Diversity' Ajmer-E-Sharief attracts devotees of different cummunity and society. Famous for the wish fulfilment, the shrine is next only to Mecca or Medina and believed that seven time visit to the shrine is equivalent to one time visit to Mecca Medina The Dargah
2. Taragarh Fort
3. Nasiyan Jain Temple
4. Ganesh Pol & Suhaag Mandir
5. Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), Sukh Niwas, Jai Mandir & Jas Mandir
❖ The Museum
Once the royal residence of Emperor Akbar, the museum houses a rich repository of the Mughal and Rajput armour and exquisite sculptures. Akbar improved and extended the fortification of the city, and he come to pay homage at the sacred shrine of Garib Nawaz. Its main entrance faces Naya Bazar and is provided with balconies on both the sides. The Museum
1. Mubarak Mahal
2. The Museum Attractions
3. The Textile and Costume Museum
4. Attraction of The Silver Urns
5. Diwan-i-Aam--The Hall of Public Audience
6. The Peacock Gate
❖ Ana Sagar Lake
Ana Sagar Lake It is an artificial lake named after Anaji Chauhan. The catchments were built with the help of local populace. The 'Baradari' pavilions was built by Shah Jahan, to facilitate his long stays in Ajmer. the Baradari and the adjoining parks are the lungs of city and favourite outing spot.
Pushkar According to legend the holy Pushkar Lake sprang up when a lotus petal fell from the hand of Lord Brahma, the Creator. It has the same sanctity for the Hindus as the Mansarovar Lake in Tibet, and devout Hindus aspire to come here at least once in their lifetime.
❖ Pushkar Fair
Pushkar Fair In the month of November, the vibrant land of Pushkar, Rajasthan comes alive with the glistening colors of joys, vivacious events and huge crowds to relish the famous Pushkar fair. A reflection of the ancient land of Rajasthan with its opulent traditional culture and the enthusiasm flowing through each event in the Pushkar Fair is truly awe-inspiring. The occasion is marked with a dip in the holy waters of Pushkar Lake and pay homage to the Hindu Deities. At the well-known Pushkar fair, you can get a glimpse of the age old traditional richness that is still alive on the bountiful land of Rajasthan.
❖ Urs Fair
Urs Fair Held in the holy town of Ajmer in honour of the Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, special prayers are offered at the mosque, and huge amounts of consecrated food offered from the large, steaming cauldrons that were a gift from Akbar. While quwwallis are sung at night, the celebrations unite people of all faiths, and the complete town is decorated with buntings, and wears the spirit of festivity.
How to Reach
By Bus: There are various buses from Ajmer to Jaipur, Delhi. State transport buses go to many destinations including Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bundi, Bharatpur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer.
By Train: Ajmer is on the Delhi - Jaipur - Marwar - Ahmedabad - Mumbai line and most of the trains on this line stop at Ajmer. There is a Shatabdi express between Ajmer and Delhi.