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Ajmer Tourism Guide
The city of Ajmer, south west of Jaipur, is situated in the heart
of Rajasthan. It is a green oasis wrapped in the barren hills has
been a witness to an interesting past. South west of Jaipur, Ajmer
is an oasis wrapped in the green hills. The city was founded by Raja
Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century A.D. and continued to be a major
centre of the Chauhan power till 1193 A.D. when Prithviraj Chauhan
lost it to Mohammed Ghauri. Since then, Ajmer became home to many
dynasties and thereafter it became a part of the sultanate of Delhi.
Ajmer was also favourite residence for the great Mughals. Today, Ajmer
is a popular pilgrimage centre for the Hindus as well as Muslims.
This city is an amalgam of various cultures and a blend of Hinduism
& Islam. Especially famous for the Dargah Sharif-tomb of the Sufi
saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, which is equally venerated by the Hindus
It is a centre of culture and education, the British chose Ajmer for
its prestigious Mayo College, a prestigious school opened in 1875
exclusively for the Indian nobility but today it is to all those who
can afford the fees.
Ajmer is also important for visiting for Pushkar(11km), the abode
of Lord Brahma, lying to its west and a picturesque lake. The Pushkar
Lake is a holy spot for Hindus. During the month of Kartik(oct./Nov.),a
large numbers of devotes come here to take a holy dip in this lake.
One of the first contacts between the Mughals and the British took
place in Ajmer, when King Jahangir and Sir Thomas Roe met here in
1616. The ScIndias took over the city in 1818 and then handed it over
to the British and it became one of the only parts of Rajasthan controlled
directly by the East Indian Co.
The bus stand in Ajmer is located near the RTDC hotel Khadim. And
the railway station is further north and most of the hotels are west
of the stations. Northeast is the main post office and most of the
cities market is located behind and up to Agra Gate. Further north
is a large artificial lake called the Anna Sagar.
How to Reach Ajmer
Air : The nearest airport is Jaipur which is 135 kms away.
Train : Ajmer is on the Delhi-Jaipur-Marwar-Ahmedabad-Mumbai line
and most trains stops at Ajmer.
Road : It is connected with bus from all places like Jaipur, Agra,
Aligarh, Abu road, Bikaner, Bharatpur, Barmer, Haridwar, Chittorgarh,
Jodhpur, Jaisalmer and Nagaur.