Ajmer Travel Guide

  • Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Dargah
    Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Dargah
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  • Beautiful Anna Sagar Lake
    Beautiful Anna Sagar Lake
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  • Beautiful rose shop
    Beautiful rose shop
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Ajmer Things to Do

  • Giant cauldrons in Moinuddin Chisti...

    When you entered through the main gate called Nizam Gate, after approaching the outer courtyard you'll see two huge Degs (cauldrons for cooking food) fixed into solid masonry in which a palatable mixture of rice sugar, ghee (butter) and dried fruits is cooked and distributed among the pilgrims and the needy, They have a number of roles: sometimes...

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  • Beautiful Ana Sagar Lake

    The Ana Sagar lake is spread over 13 Kilometers and it was constructed in 1135-1150 AD. The grandfather of Prithviraj Chauhan, King Anaji Chauhan built the lake for the welfare of the city and it is, thus, named after him. The lake was created by raising a dam across the Lavanavri River and the catchments were built with the help of the local...

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  • Feeding migratory birds at Ana sagar...

    Every year large number of migratory birds arrive at the Anasagar Lake in winter.What I really loved about Ana Sagar Lake were many were migratory birds flying the lake shores as the locals and tourists fed them bread for good luck. I did this a couple times as well and enjoy it.You could buy the bread and feed them.

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  • Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti Dargah(Shrine)

    The Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti is one of the most honored Darghas not only in the state of Rajasthan but also throughout the nation. Traditionally referred as Ajmer Sharif (Holy Ajmer), the Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti’s Dargah is visited by copious devotees annually.He was born in Chisiti region of East Persia around 1142 A.D. While he was in an...

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  • the dargah

    Ajmer the city where the Dargah of the Great Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti stands, is a sacred centre of pilgrimage. Hallowed by the memories of the great seer, Ajmer has earned the epithet of “ Madinatul Hind or the Madina of India”. Devotees of all sects and faiths come here as the saint’s blessings are infallible for all.Each year, the...

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  • taragarh fort

    Taragarh fort was built in 1354 and is great palace to ramble around at leisure. Set within the horse-shoe shaped fold of the hills, and with the lakes and water reservoirs below, the fort straddles the crest and offers invincible battlements that must have proved difficult to scale.Taragarh is reached by a steep road leading up the hillside to its...

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  • Dargah

    Ajmer is famous for the dargah of sufi saint Kwaja moinuddin chisty. people from all faiths come here. Due to the recent blasts securty has been tightened and photography prohibited. But no unnecessary frisking.Khwaja moinuddin came to Ajmer at around 1191 AD and he was responsible for the spread of Islam in India by his tolerance. His words 'let...

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  • Rajputana Museum

    The Rajputana Museum is housed in the former palace and fort of Emperor Akbar that was built in 1570. This impressive building was converted into a museum in 1908 and exhibits several inscriptions, ancient coins, sculptures, copper plates, miniature paintings, ceramic and marble plates, pottery and arms and armoury. Open: 10am-4.30pm Sat-Thur....

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  • Akbar's Fort

    This imposing fort and palace was built by Emperor Akbar in 1570 as a temporary residence for himself and his entourage while he was in Ajmer. The fort is small compared to the other Forts in Rajasthan but it is the strongest fort in the southeastern region of the state. In the middle is the audience chamber where Sir Thomas Roe (a British...

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  • Nasiyan (red) Temple

    Nasiyan Jain Temple, also known as Soniji ki Nasiyan, is a beautiful red coloured Jain shrine located on Prithvi Raj Road. It was built by Seth Shri Mulchand Soni in the 19th century and is devoted to Rishabhdeoji, the first Jain Tirthankar and is highly revered by the Digambar sect of Jains. The real surprise comes in its double storeyed hall...

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  • Dault Bagh & Subash Bagh

    Emperor Jehangir laid the beautiful Daulat Bagh Gardens that are located on the banks of the Ana Sagar (large lake that lies to the north-west of the city). As everywhere in India, where there's a nice bit of grass, you'll find many people taking advantage of it by kicking back and relaxing on it.

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  • Pavillions at Ana Sagar

    Emperor Jehangir's son, Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, built these some marble pavillions on the banks of the Ana Sagar (large lake) in 1637.

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  • Ana Sagar

    The grandfather of Prithvi Raj Chauhan, King Anaji built this picturesque lake. to the north-west of the city. between 1135 and 1159. It was created by building a dam across the river Luni. There are some bathing ghats located here as well as some marble pavillions that were built by Shah Jahan in 1637. The lake is a wonderful spot to relax and...

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  • Dargah - Victoria Tank

    In memory of Queen Mary's visit to the Shrine, the roof of the tank was constructed by the British Government for the convenience of the worshippers.

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  • Dargah - Shah Jahani Masjid

    On the south wing of the Mahfil khana stands the Jama Masjid or Shah Jahani Masjid which is a fine piece of Moghul architecture. All the 99 sacred names of Allah with 33 Quranic verses are beautifully inscribed in the mosque.

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Ajmer Hotels

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  • Bijay Niwas Palace

    Model Farm, Via Bijaynagar (3.5 km off N.H. 79 ), Ajmer, 305624, India

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Chitvan

    Jaipur Road, Near Akashwani, PO Gagwana, Ajmer, India

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Hotel Embassy

    Opp City Power House - Jaipur Road, Ajmer, Rajasthan, 305 2001, India

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

Ajmer Transportation

  • Well mannered and decent...

    6-Seater Auto-rickshaw at AjmerVisited Ajmer around mid-Oct 2011. Accidentally, came across three well mannered and decent auto rickshaw drivers at Ajmer belonging to the same family. The rickshaws are clean. No hazzle in price fixing. You may use for visiting any place within Ajmer including crowded markets. They patiently wait for you. They will...

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  • Bus to Pushkar

    There are buses that depart pretty regulary to Pushkar from near the Nasiyan (red) Temple on Prithvi Raj Road. The trip is very scenic as you go over the hills that form the Aravali Range and it takes about 30 minutes and costs just Rs8.

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  • Auto rickshaw tour

    After I arrived by train into Ajmer, I decided to spend a couple of hours to see the sights of Ajmer before taking a bus to Pushkar. I took an autorickshaw on a tour where my driver to me to the main sight first - the Dargah through narrow streets that were barely wide enough for us and with deep open sewers either side. I put my backpack on the...

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Ajmer Shopping

  • by Subbaraoks Written Oct 23, 2011

    I visited Ajmer in Oct 2011 and had good experience in buying sarees from:
    (1) Kasturi Silk Palace, Purani Mandi, Ajmer Tel +91-145-2621236/2621378
    (2) Janak Nandini Boutique, 16/61, Ramji House, Purani Mandi, Ajmer Tel: +91-145-2633026

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Ajmer Local Customs

  • Dargah - Sacred threads of faiths

    The white iron grill gate encloses the actual tomb of the Saint. People visit the shrine and make a wish by tying the thread to the grill. Once their wish is met, they come back and remove their thread and offer a chaddar (cloth sheet) to the tomb along with incense and flowers.

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  • Dargah - Cover head

    You must cover your head before entering into the main courtyard. You can buy what's called a Namaz cap from one of the many stalls that are located inside. They only cost about Rs10. Ladies will have to cover arms and legs.

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  • Dargah - Cauldrons

    Inside the second gate are two huge Degs (cauldrons). Rice sugar, ghee (butter) and dried fruits are cooked for distribution to the public as tabarruk. However, if you look inside, they have money lying on top of sand as a donation to the upkeep of the Dargah.

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Ajmer Warnings and Dangers

  • Dargah bomb on 11/10/07

    When writing these tips and doing some research on them, I stumbled across some news stories about a bomb that exploded at the Dargah on the 11th October 2007, less than 2 weeks ago (at time of writing). There was very little, if any, security when I entered into the compound but this is said to have changed, which is understandable, after 3 people...

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  • Donation at the Dargah

    You may (or should that be will!), be approached by a 'tour' guide at the Dargah where he will show you around the sights and into the saints shrine. Don't expect this to be for free! I gave Rs100 which was taken by a chap with a large donation book by the entrance to the tomb. Other donations are given in one of the large degs (cauldrons) which...

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  • Pushing in the Dargah

    The entrance into the main tomb of the Sufi saint is rather narrow and so there's a fair bit of pushing and shoving. Whlist inside it doesn't stop there as devotion takes over reality and it becomes a sort of free-for-all.

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Ajmer Tourist Traps

  • daylight robbery

    Whenever an unsuspecting novice travellor lands in front of the dargah well dressed youngmen tags along and starts giving handy advice and general layout. You are unobtrusively nudged along to the front of the dargah and made to sit in front of equally dignified people who will say some prayers touch your head with peacock feathers all the while...

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  • Dargah: donations

    Beware of several people sitting outside the main tomb entrance. They ask you to sign in donation books and in fact they can charge you a generous donation. Simply try to ignore them...

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Ajmer Off The Beaten Path

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    by 6aruna Written Nov 27, 2007

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    Dargah closes by 9pm but you can sit around and listen to live sufi music played inside the courtyard. Carry a shawl with you to wrap around sit at a comfortable place and enjoy the heavenly music. You can also give the musicians money if you want.

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    by Treeoflife Written Jun 3, 2010

    Favorite thing: Please try this number and also try to send them email.
    If this does not work i will give you an alternate number to contact

    Contact Person: Bunker Roy (Director, Barefoot College)
    Phone Number: +91 (0)1463 288205
    Fax: +91 (0)1463 288206
    E-mail: bunker_roy@yahoo.com and barefootcollege@gmail.com

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