Dargah Sharif: The Dargah of Khawaja
Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer is the most hallowed Muslim Shrine in India .The Khwaja was born in a village in Sistan near Ghor sometime between 1141 – 1143 A D . He came under the spell of Sheikh Ibrahim Qandozi, a divine person & become a fakir . Later he became a disciple of Hazrat Khwaja Usman Haruni ,who belonged to the Chishtiya order of sufism. He served him for nearly 21 years & visited Mecca, Madina & other places & received from his preceptor the khiraqa – i – khilafat.
Urs Ajmer Sharif Held according to the Lunar calendar. in the memory of saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, it is one of the biggest fairs of Muslims in India . Pilgrims from all over the world gather here to pay homage during Urs , Ajmer becomes a centre of religious , cultural & commercial activities
Shah Jahan’s Mosque One of the most beautiful buildings within the Dargah precincts ,it has a long (30.5 mts.)and a narrow court with a low arcade in white marble which is delicately carved with trellis work.
Government Museum Emperor Akbar’s palace now houses the museum which has a rich collection of armour & fine sculptures of the region. This is popularly known as Akbar ka Kila.
Nasiyan (Jain Temple) A beautiful Jain temple built in the late 19th Century. It has a splended double – storeyed hall cointaning charming wooden gilt representation of Jain mythology.
Taragarh fort The star fort was built by Ajaipal Chauhan in 1100 A.D. reaching the top of the hill by steep path, one has a commanding view of the city.
Foy Sagar Situated at a distance of 5 Kms from the city, this lake was named after the engineer responsible for its construction. This picturesque lake was the result of a famine relief project.
Adhai-din-ka-jhopra This mosque was originally an ancient sanskrit college within a temple enclosure.
Sai Baba Temple Sai Baba temple is constructed by Mr. Suresh K. Lal who is a resident of this Garib Nawaz City, but now he is settled in Koba, Japan.
Pushkar 11 Km from Ajmer on the edge of the desert lies the tiny tranquil town of Pushkar along the bank of picturesque Pushkar lake surrounded by hills on three sides ,Pushkar abounds in temples.Of these the most famous is the Brahma temple-the only temple dedicated to lord Brahma in the world.
Pushkar Fair On kartik poornima , thousands of pilgrims come to bathe in holy water of the Pushker lake . The fair is overwhelming in its magnitude & its visual impact . beautifully come to raced & parched are also brought & sold.
Ajmer situated in the green oasis wrapped in the barren hills has been a witness to an interesting past. The city was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century A.D. and continued to be a major center of the Chauhan power till 1193 A.D. when Prithviraj Chauhan lost it to Mohammed Ghauri.since then, Ajmer became home to many 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.
Shopping : Shopping in Ajmer is an enjoyable experience. One can shop for antiques, curios, fascinating gold and silver jewelry in contemporary designs, colorful tie-and-dye sarees and embroidered jodhpuri ‘Jutis’. Especially during the annual Urs fair, a range of colourful items and marvellous creations of traditional folk aristsans are for sale.
TRAVEL INFORMATION HOW TO GET THERE
Jaipur 132 km is the nearest airport.
Regular train services link Ajmer with important cities.Some important train connections are: Gujrat Mail (Mumbai-Ajmer-Delhi Sarai Rohilla) Jodhpur Mail (Marwar-Ajmer-Jaipur)
A good network of bus services operate from Ajmer to key destinations around.
City bus service operate in the city and to Pushkar. Unmetered taxis, auto-rickshaws, tongas, and cycle-rickshaws are also available.
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
Banks/Money Changers: Bank of Baroda,Prithviraj Marg, Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur,Station Road, Bank of India, Kaisarganj, Bank of Rajasthan, Mayo College, Central Bank of India, Punjab National Bank, Prithviraj Marg, State Bank of India, near Collectorate, Also,authorized money changers are available in the leading hotels.
Hospitals: J.L. Nehru Hospital
Club: Ajmer Club
Tourist Reception Centre: Assistant Director,Tourist Reception Centre, Hotel Khadim(RTDC), Tourist Information Counter at Railway Station.
Guide Service: Approved guides may be hired through the Asstt. Director, Tourist Reception Centre.