Rajasthan has always been considered as one of India's top tourism destinations for cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, etc. The desert state is the best place to mix leisure with tourism. With the rise of foreign and national tourism, Ajmer is also booming as a travel destination. Ajmer is a city blessed with the unique amalgamation of varied cultures. The city is surrounded by picturesque Aravalli Hills. It is a major pilgrimage centre for Muslims and is blessed with beautiful lakes, magnificent forts, and fascinating museums.
Ajmer Sharif Dargah
Dargah Sharif or Ajmer Sharif is located in the heart of Ajmer, this dargah is respected by both Muslims and Hindus. Muhammad Bin Tughluq was the first to visit the dargah in 1332. During the reign of Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Chishty, Jahalra was one of the monuments inside the dargah which was once the main source of water. Even today, this water is used for all the rituals. Every day, after the namaaz qawwalis are sung inside Ajmer Sharif’s hall, mehfil-e-sama. Interestingly, Nizam Sikka, an ordinary water carrier, once saved Mughal Emperor Humayun’s life. He was rewarded the right to rule the Mughal Empire for a day. The tomb of Nizam Sikka is located inside the Dargah Sharif.
Inside the dargah, you’ll find two pots which are used for cooking Niaz - a mixture of rice, saffron, nuts, ghee, sugar and dry fruits. The food is cooked at night and distributed to the public as a blessing after the morning prayers.
Timings: 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m during summer, 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m during winter.
Entry Fees: None
Location: Faiz Manzil, Dargah Sharif, Ajmer, Rajasthan
Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra
It is a mosque which was commissioned by Qutb-ud-Din-Aibak, on orders of Muhammad Ghori, in 1192 CE. It was completed in 1199 CE, and further beautified by Iltutmish of Delhi in 1213. The mosque is one of the oldest mosques in India, and the oldest surviving monument in Ajmer. The site is now maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
Entry Fees: None.
Location: Ander Kot Road, Lakhan Kothri, Ajmer, Rajasthan
Akbar Palace & Museum
The famous palace was built in 1500 AD. It is a treat for sore eyes. Once home to the king and guards, it now houses a Government museum and showcases various artefacts, sculptures & paintings.
Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed on Monday.
Entry Fees: Rs 10 for Indians, and Rs 50 for foreigners
Location: Ajmer Village, Ajmer, Rajasthan
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Ana Sagar Lake
This lake is an artificial lake which was built by Arnoraja (alias Ana), the grandfather of Prithviraj Chauhan, in 1135 -1150 AD. The catchments were built with the help of local populace. The lake is spread over 13 Kilometers. The pavilions were built by Shahjahan in 1637 and Daulat Bagh Gardens by Jehangir. There is also a Circuit house on a hill near the lake that once used to be a British Residency. The island in the centre of the lake is accessible by boat which could be hired from the east side of the Dault Bagh.
The city is surrounded by temples, and even if you are not a very religious person, visiting them is an absolute delight. While Soniji Ki Nasiyan, also called as Ajmer Jain Temple is all covered with gold and has beautiful carvings from the Jain Mythology, the amazing architecture of the Nareli Jain Temple, is superb.
Adjacent to the famous Ana Sagar Lake, it is a great place to visit for every nature and photography lover.
Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Entry Fees: None
Shopping in Rajasthan is a must which is why buying the best of handicrafts, embroidered juttis, paintings, stone sculptures, and more is one of the top things to do in Ajmer and Pushkar. Do not forget to bargain.
Popular places to shop in Ajmer: Nalla Bazaar, Dargah Bazaar, and Mahila Mandi.
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