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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top attractions in Ajmer?

Rupali Khanna DEC 10 2012
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A traveller once remarked that a trip to Rajasthan ought to start from Ajmer, and it certainly couldn’t be more true. One of the most important religious and history-seeped destinations in India and across, there’s plenty to look forward to in the city:

Also known as Ajmer Sharif, it’s the shrine of Sufi Saint Moinuddin Chisti. The shrine has the grave of the revered saint and sees a continuous pouring of devotees from all religions. It’s believed that the saint was directed to come to India in a dream by Prophet Muhammed. The festival of Urs is celebrated at this dargah every year in May, during which the Jannati Darwaza (main gates) are opened to devotees. Take a bow in the sea of inter religious harmony that’s the order of the day here. You can offer flowers, mainly roses, incense sticks and chadders at the dargah. It’s believed that no wish made at the dargah goes unfulfilled. Join the ranks of the millions of devotees that visit the place and leave home blessed.

Address: 11,Faiz Manzil

Dargah Sharif


Telephone: +91-145-24266590

Official Website:http://www.ajmersharif.org/

  • Soni ji ki Nasiyan

Built in 1865, this marvelous structure is one of the best built Jain temples in the whole of Rajasthan. Also known as the Lal Mandir, it’s dedicated to Lord Adinath and has got some of the most exquisite carvings in gold. Walk around the two parts that it’s divided in to pay respect to the lord in the first one and walk the corridors of the museum in the other one. The interiors of the museum are all in gold and is decorated with Belgium stain glass, paintings in mineral colour and stain glass work. Steal some moments of solitude and sit in the inner prayer chambers, where the silver balls that hang from the roof will surely take your breath away.

Address: Prithiviraj Marg



Though this fort looks like a postcard from the past, it’s surely real, standing tall on a steep hillside. Built in 1354, it used to be a major vanguard for the Chauhan forces. It has three impressive gateways that will have you hooked with their architectural beauty. Though it’s withered with time, it still has an awe-inspiring charm to it. Gazing at the city beneath from its arches is an experience that can’t be put into words. It once had sandalwood trees by its sides, the fragrance rising up the arches and into the entire fort complex. There’s a famous tomb of its erstwhile governor who died while fighting the enemy troops, known as Miran Saheb ki Dargah.

Address: Taragarh Fort



Once home to Emperor Akbar, this enchanting compound serves as Government Museum as well. It’s nestled inside the king’s fort and lets your eyes feast on some breathtaking sculptures that have been sourced from Pushkar, Sirohi, Baghera, Pisangan, Harsnath (Sikar) Bharatpur, Arthuna, Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra and Osian. They date back to as early as Gupta dynasty. It also has some rare epigraphs, prehistoric relics and a reserve collection. There’s a library within the compound as well. Mark this one in bold on your itinerary; it’s a must visit.

Timings: 10 am to 4:30 pm. It remains closed on public holidays.

Entry fee is a meagre INR 10.

Address: Ajmer Village




  • Ana Sagar Lake

One of the most beautiful artificial lakes in the region, Ana Sagar is the jewel of Ajmer. Shimmering like an illusion in this oasis city, it’s water light up at the night, reflecting the fluorescents of the city. You can hire a boat or water scooter to ride to the middle of the lake, which houses an island like structure. Walking its sides on a moonlit night is the stuff that fairy tales are made of.

Address: Ana Sagar Lake



If you’ve got more time to explore this quaint town, take a walk down the back lanes of the dargah. There’s a whole lot of lores riding the air and interesting activities, like qawalis, that usually happen there. And with some luck on your side, you may get the chance of witnessing the trance of the dervish dance.

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