Ajmer is a bustling city located 130km from Jaipur and 14km from the pilgrimage town of Pushkar. Home to a number of attractions, Ajmer is a perfect representation of the diversity of the Indian culture and ethics; it displays a perfect blend of religion, community and culture coexisting and flourishing in harmony.
That’s because it’s a pilgrimage centre for both Hindus and Muslims. The final resting place of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti – Ajmer Sharif Dargah is visited by pilgrims and travellers from all over the world. Ajmer is also home to a gorgeous golden Jain Temple that too attracts devotees from far and wide.
The city of Ajmer is surrounded by an expansive lake – Ana Sagar and the rugged hills of Aravalli that lends it a rustic charm. If you want a first-hand feel of the city, remember to walk around with your camera in tow. Ajmer is also famous for its well-known learning centre built in the Indo-Saracenic architecture – the Mayo College – one of the first schools that was the stepping stone for British style of education in the country.
At the top of the Nag Pahari Hill stands the spectacular 12th-century Taragarh Fort, one of the oldest hill forts in the world. Also known as the ‘Star Fort’, the fort offers a breath-taking bird’s eye view of the whole city. Travellers who have a keen inclination towards Ajmer’s glorious history, also visit Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, a historic mosque built by Qutub Ud Din Aibak on the lower slopes of Taragarh hill. Akbari Fort is another attraction that is a must visit on your trip to Ajmer.
Daulat Bagh, a garden designed by Emperor Jehangir; Lake Foy Sagar on the city’s outskirts and Soniji Ki Nasiyan – an architecturally appealing 19th-century will also make for great visits.