Founded in 1100 AD by Aijpal Chauhan, Ajmer derives its name from `Ajaya Meru’ the invincible hill, at the foot of which the present city stands. Ajmer owes its composite culture to the reign of many dynasties that came, ruled and left, leaving behind indelible marks of their culture and traditions. Ajmer is situated in a valley surrounded by the Aravali hills, 131kms west of Jaipur. ‘Dargah Khwaja Sahib’ is one of the holiest Muslim shrines in the country. It houses the Dargah or tomb of the popular 13th-century, Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti. Millions of pilgrims from all over the world throng Ajmer to attend the death anniversary of the great saint every year. The city is also known for its traditional handicrafts. Ajmer is also one of the few sacred Islamic sites in the country where you can be pretty certain of catching qawwali singers in action. The city has some splendid masterpieces of Indo-Islamic architecture.’Pushkar’, 11kms west of Ajmer, along the picturesque Pushkar Lake lies the tranquil town with deep religious significance. The biggest attraction is being the temple of Lord Brahma. Pushkar fair is one of the largest and colorful cattle fair in the world . The city of Ajmer is famous as a pilgrim place. Ajmer is a major centre for Muslim pilgrims during the fast of Ramazan, and has some impressive Muslim architecture.
|AJMER FACTS AND FIGURES|
|Area||55.76 sq. km|
|Temperature>||Summer Max 38.1 °C Min 27.7 °|
|Winter Max 23.3 °C Min 5.5 °C|
|Rainfall||Average rainfall varies 38 – 51 cms|
|Best Time to Visit||September to March|
|HOTELS IN AJMER|
|Hotel Mansingh Palace|
AJMER TRAVEL INFO
By Air – The nearest airport from ajmer is Jaipur . Jaipur is well connected to all the major cities which includes Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Jodhpur , Udaipur.
By Rail – Ajmer is on the Delhi-Jaipur-Marwar-Ahmedabad-Mumbai line and most of the trains on this line stop at Ajmer. There is a Shatabdi express between Ajmer and Delhi.
By Bus – There are various buses from Ajmer to Jaipur, Delhi. State transport buses go to many destinations including Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bundi, Bharatpur, Bikaner and Jaisalmer
Ahmedabad is fun in itself. Meander through dozens of boutiques and gift shops on C.G. Road. During the day take your time browsing through the fascinating range of Patola silks, ethnic fabrics, silver jewellery, furniture and handicrafts. And in the evening try the Law Garden evening market for ethnic and traditional clothes and white metal jewellery. Be there by 5 P.M to have an early start. The POIs as well Teen Darwaja in old city are once again great places for antique shopping if you have the time and inclination for bargaining and don’t mind the heat and dust of the crowded old city.