Ajmer was founded by the King of Chauhans, Ajayraj Singh, in 7th century A.D., The sprawling metropolis was protected by now-ruined Taragarh Fort. During the Mughal era, Ajmer was home to revered Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Thus making it a popular pilgrimage site, visited often by the emperors & empresses of the time. The Dargah is visited around the year by political leaders & celebrities of the current generation. Lately, Ajmer has also developed into one of Rajasthan’s first-ever smart cities.
The closest airport to Ajmer is in Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, roughly 140 kilometres away. After reaching the airport, you can hire a cab, travel via bus or train to Ajmer. Alternatively, you can travel to Ajmer via road as well, thanks to the city being located in the middle of Delhi & Mumbai (National Highway 8). Both government & private buses ply on a regular basis from most Northern Indian cities.
Reaching Ajmer by rail is easy. The city’s railways are linked directly with all the major stations of Northern India.
Choosing the right hotel depends on the reason you’re visiting Ajmer though. In case your purpose is to experience the beauty of Ajmer, we at Hotel Chitvan would be more than happy to be of assistance. Located in the outer areas of Ajmer, our resort’s location provides ample opportunity to visit Ajmer & Pushkar. But if you’re travelling to Ajmer as a part of your pilgrimage, we would recommend booking a hotel in Dargah Bazaar. Although the hotels located in Bazaar are known to be crowded & small, they are within walking distance of Ajmer Sharif Dargah, making inner-city travel easier.
The city is covered in Mughal-era architecture. Here’s a short list of places you should definitely visit –
- The Dargah of Khawaja Saheb
- Ana Sagar Lake
- Akbar’s Palace\
- Nasiyan Temple
- Pushkar Sarovar
We have published detailed articles of these landmarks. Click here to know more about them.
As the Ajmeri population is predominantly Muslim. Mughal cuisines, especially dishes such as Lal Maas, Mutton Curry & Chicken Biryani are considered to be Ajmer’s speciality.
Ajmeri markets are high on the list of many shopaholics. At Dargah Bazaar, you will find illustrious Chaddars (Sheets), majestic Jootis & beautiful souvenir items to take back home. Then there is Mahila Mandi. Visitors throng the Mandi looking for exquisite cloth. Lastly, there is Nela Bazaar, a fashion designer’s haven for finding rich cloth. You will also find exotic ornaments in Nela Bazaar. The only issue one faces while shopping in Ajmer is choosing what to buy, because you can’t buy everything.
So, Ajmer is easy to reach, has amazing landmarks & the markets of Ajmer seldom disappoint. The 1300-year-old city ensures quality recreation for everyone regardless of who they are or where they are from.
Travelling to Ajmer soon, contact on +91-98291-20901 for a cosy, comfortable & memorable stay.