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If one expects to be greeted by solitude upon arriving at Ajmer, there will be in for a rude shock. Ajmer is a chaotic, bustling city. It is located about 13km from the traveller paradise of Pushkar. The city surrounds the serene Ana Sagar Lake, and in turn is surrounded by the Aravalli Hills. Ajmer is one of Rajasthan’s important cities as far as Islamic history and heritage is concerned. It is home to India’s Muslim pilgrimage centres, specially the shrine of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti – the founder of the prime Sufi order in the country. The city showcases numerous examples of Muslim architecture. Ajmer is also an important Jain centre, with the golden Jain temple located. With Ajmer’s combination of chaotic crowds and traffic, tourists like staying in laid-back Pushkar. They prefer visiting Ajmer for a day.
One of the important places of historical significance in the city is the shrine of Sufi saint Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti. In 1192, he arrived in Ajmer from Persia and died in 1236. The tomb gained prominence during the Mughal reign. A number of other emperors also added to the architecture here. Humayun completed the shrine’s construction, while the Nizam of Hyderabad added the shrine. In fact, Emperor Akbar would make it a point to visit the dargah from Agra annually. A visit to Akbar’s Palace should also be on a tourist’s itinerary. The palace was build by Akbar in 1570. It served as a pleasure retreat, but was mainly built to keep vigil on local chiefs. Now, a part of the original impressive fortification remains. The palace is home to the underwhelming government museum, which has a small collection of miniature paintings, old weapons, ancient rock inscriptions as well as sculptures made of stone that go way back to the 8th century.
The famous Nasiyan (Red) Temple is an important Jain pilgrimage centre in Ajmer. Built in 1865, it is also referred to as the Golden Temple as it displays the double-storey temple hall. The hall is packed with a huge golden diorama that depicts the Jain concept of the ancient world, replete with 13 continents and oceans, the golden city of Ayodhya, elephant gondolas, gilded elephants and magnificent peacocks. The hall is decorated with silver, gold, and other precious stones. It is definitely worth the visit during a short visit to Ajmer. The ruin of Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra mosque, which is located on the outskirts of the city, is definitely a place worth visiting. Legend has it that the mosque was built in just only two-and-a-half days! It was initially a Sanskrit college, but was converted into a mosque by Mohammed of Ghori. The best time to visit Ajmer is in the winter, during October and February. This is the perfect season for sightseeing. No one should plan a trip during summer as temperatures soar. Even if a visitor makes a one-day stop at Ajmer, there are a number of budget and premium hotels in the city. One can choose from hotel options near Naya Bazar, Mayo College and Ana Sagar Lake. For those that want to stay close to Ajmer railway station or the bus stand can choose from a wide range of OYO Rooms.
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What is the best time to visit Ajmer?
Monsoons and winters are the best time to Ajmer, which would include the months from October till March. The weather remains relatively pleasant during these months. Monsoons will have you enjoy the lush greens and beautiful views. Most of the cultural as well as religious festivals take place in October and November. A visit to Ajmer during summers should be avoided.
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What can the tourists explore in Ajmer?
You can enjoy boating at Ana Sagar Lake, an artificial lake which will get you the most gorgeous views of Ajmer. Ajmer Sharif Dargah, the holy shrine of Garib Nawaz can be visited for some calm and peace. Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra is a popular mosque which has a fusion of Indo-Islamic architecture with some of the most beautiful calligraphic inscriptions. Next, check out the royalty that the Akbar Palace and Museum is. It was built in 1500 AD and is rightfully a place that cannot be missed. If you are spiritual, you can check out the top Jain temples. Even if you are not, you will have a good time, because of their impeccable architecture. Lastly, you can take a stroll at Daulat Bagh. It is a heaven for photography enthusiasts and nature lovers.
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What is the best food that you can eat in Ajmer?
Ajmer is the home to some of the finest food places in India. Some of the must-have street food there includes kadhi kachori, kadi-bhujje, samosa, and chaat. Mango Masala is the most popular restaurant in Ajmer. They have a plethora of options for mocktails, and wood-fired ovens as their unique design. Best things here are sizzlers, manchurian, and pizza. Ambrosia is a place with great music, great ambience, and a breathtaking view of the city. Other than these, you should also check out Honeydrew, Chitvan, and Mango Curry.
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Is Ajmer covered by Metro/bus network? What is the best way to travel across the city?
No, Ajmer is not covered by a metro network. There are options for both private and public services for buses. You can also take taxis and cabs, or local taxis. There is also the option of auto rickshaws and horse-drawn tongas for covering shorter distances.
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What is the nightlife in Ajmer like?
Contrary to popular opinion, Ajmer does have a happening nightlife. Ajmer club is a non-profit organization where you can dine on multi cuisines and enjoy the bar. Royale Fumes RestoLounge is a place to chill and enjoy cocktails. Olive Kitchen and Arabian Night Restaurant are known for its ambience and unmatched services. At Yuvraj Bar, you can dance the night away on retro Bollywood music. Apart from these, you can also check out Pasha the Shisha Expert - Hookah Bar, 6 Senses Disc Restro Lounge, Ghoonghat Garden, Sipah Salar Bar, Xenious LN Courtyard, Sukoon The Hookah Lounge, Mokha's, and Lazeez Affaire.
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What are the best places to shop in Ajmer?
Ajmer is a shoppers’ paradise because there is something for everyone here. The best things to buy from here includes Silver Ornaments, Jodhpuri Joothis, Chaddars, Colorful Turbans, and Table Covers. One more speciality to buy is ittar (perfume). You can also get bandhej sarees, joothis, and suits from here. The collection of art and crafts is exquisite here. At churi bazaar, you can get some beautiful, colourful bangles. All the other above mentioned things can be bought from Nahila Mandi, Dargah Bazaar, Ajaymeru Udyog, Madar Gate, and Naya Bazaar.
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What are the historical places to visit in Ajmer?
Ajmer is a tourist place full of monuments of historical importance. Dargah Shariff is the tomb of Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti. It is one of the most prominent places of pilgrimage. Nasiyan Jain Temple was constructed in 1856 and is also known as Lal Mandir. It is decorated with Belgian glass and stain glasswork. Nareli Jain Temple is a place of pilgrimage for Digambara Jains. It is known for its elaborate designs and sculptures. You can also visit Prithviraj Smarak, Akbar's Palace & Museum, Maharana Pratap Smarak, Buland Darwaza, and Baradari if you are a history geek.
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I need a budget hotel in Ajmer.
OYO provides safety and security to all guests at affordable price range even in Ajmer. For your best accommodation, all you need to do is click on the "Below 1099" option under Price category filter, on the left of this page, and choose a room upon availability. You will get facilities like complimentary breakfast, bar, parking etc.
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Can you help me with hotel in Ajmer with Swimming pool?
There are many OYO hotels in Ajmer which have swimming pool. To find such hotels you can click on "Swimming pool" option in the "Hotel Amenities" section. A filtered list of hotels which have swimming pools will appear and you can select the one you like. Check for other facilities also like parking facility, banquet hall, conference room etc. Visit:
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Which is the nearest airport to Ajmer.
Approximately 135 kilometers from Ajmer city, the Sanganer Airport located in Jaipur is the nearest airport from Ajmer. The airport is well-connected to major metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai. Once you reach at the airport, you can hire a cab to reach Ajmer.
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