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"The land of Ajmer Sharif Dargah"

Ajmer Tourism

Surrounded by Aravali ranges, the city of Ajmer is most famous for the Ajmer Sharif Dargah of saint Muin-ud-din Chishti. Located at a distance of 130 km from Jaipur and 14 kms from Pushkar in Rajasthan, the city is firmly bound by its traditions and culture. Ajmer has a unique charm which lies in the ethos and craftsmanship practised over centuries.

Visit Ajmer to witness the exquisite Mughal architecture set in an aura of spirituality. The city is also a renowned religious spot for Jains because of Golden Jain Temple. During the festival of Urs, commemorating the death anniversary of Saint Moinuddin Chishti, believers from across the globe throng the city. A lot of travellers visiting Pushkar stop by Ajmer and make a day trip. Ajmer has also been selected as one of the heritage cities for the HRIDAY (Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana) scheme of the Government of India. 

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History of Ajmer

  • Ajmer, one of the twelve provinces created by Mughal emperor Akbar, shapes a part of Rajasthan’s innate history and cultural values. The city is a mixture of cultures extracted from Chauhan rule, Marathas and Mughals.
  • The city was discovered in the 7th century, but it was only when the great Prithvi Raj Chauhan ruled the city for 13 years which flipped its history upside down.
  • In the 12th century,  Mohammed Ghori, an Afghan ruler defeated Prithvi Raj Chauhan.
  • Later on, in 1556 Akbar took over Ajmer and made it headquarter for all the campaigns in the state of Rajasthan.
  • There are a notable number of Mughal monuments and mosques which depicts its rich Mughal history. Ajmer is the land of Hazrat Khwaja Muin-ud-Din Chisti who preached competent and worthy values.
Ajmer Sharif Dargah in 1893 (Source)
Until 1950, Ajmer was governed by a chief commissioner appointed by the President of India. Later in the year 1956, it was merged into the state of Rajasthan.

Shopping in Ajmer

Ajmer is a godly city embedded with calmness and composure. Ajmer is a perfect destination for tourists. The city is known for its historic shrine of Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti and also it offers a variety of places to visit, live, click and shop. The local street markets are popular among tourists because people get to buy traditional stuff which reflects the beauty and culture of Rajasthan. The lively markets of Ajmer are well-known for its exquisite momentoes such as embroidered apparels and shoes, silver and lac jewellery, black metal showpieces, handmade jute bags and more. Here are the most eminent markets of Ajmer for shopping:

1. Diggi Bazaar

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Diggi Bazaar is located near Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti’s shrine and the market extends on either side to fulfil all the needs of pilgrims visiting the Dargah which include items like chaddars made out of flowers, sweets, flowers, incense sticks and scarfs. In addition to this, there are many shops selling delicious non-vegetarian delicacies and instinctive handicrafts.

2. Nalla Bazaar

Nalla Bazaar is famous for its ethnic apparels and accessories collection. The market opens at 9 in the morning and closes around 10 pm. People can also enjoy the mouth-watering Rajasthani delights served at restaurants across the market.

3. Mahila Mandi

As the name suggests, it is a market for shopaholic women where they can find ‘A to Z’ of their traditional wardrobe fantasies. Mahila Mandi sells a bountiful variety of entities including bangles, embroidered kurtis and Rajasthani jackets, mojaris (embroidered shoes), bagatelles, odhnis, Bandhini art, ittar, Rajasthani lehenga-cholis, tie and dye fabrics and printed scarfs. The market is also famous for its kulfi-faluda speciality.

4. Naya Bazaar

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As you will enter into the premises of Naya Bazaar the fragrance of ittar will blow your mind. Naya Bazaar, located near the famous Raghunath temple, always smells irresistibly good and fresh. Furthermore, there are shops which sell products like wooden art, miniature paintings, idols for worship, antique jewellery etc.  

5. Churi Bazaar

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Churi Bazaar offers a variety of bangles made out of lac, silver, black metal, glass etc. The market opens at 10 in the morning till 9 in the night.

Restaurants and Local Food in Ajmer

Ajmer's cuisine derives much of its spice, excitement and colour from the street food here. The must haves here are the Chaat, Samosa, Kachori and Kadi-Bhujje. These are popular and widespread in Ajmer's street and can be the most enjoyable. Other than these, Ajmer has a number of restaurants which offer various vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
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Dargah Sharif Entrance, Ajmer, Rajasthan
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Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra - Oldest Surviving Monument in Ajmer

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FAQs on Ajmer

What is famous about Ajmer?

One of the holiest sites for Muslim pilgrims. Acts as the connecting hub for Pushkar. Perfect weekend getaway from nearby towns. Easily accessible and well-connected.

What is not so good about Ajmer?

Slightly congested. Gets overcrowded by visitors during fairs, especially in winters. Not a lot to do within the city except for visiting the Dargah.

Who should visit Ajmer?

A Huge pilgrimage site for Muslims from all over India and the world. The site is revered by people of all faiths. Ajmer's Dargah sees a lot of celebrity visitings as well because of the Dargah. Also, preferred by people from nearby towns for short holidays. Ajmer serves as a base for Tirthraj Pushkar and is a delight for shopaholics!

What is the best time to visit Ajmer?

October to March which comprises the Monsoons and Winter season is the best time to visit Ajmer. The weather is pleasant unlike the scorching heat of summer during April and June. Hence, Summer is a big no unless you're planning to visit during the Ur months, plan your visit in May. The city is lush green and refreshing during Monsoons with picturesque surroundings. Most festivals, both religious and cultural takes place during October and November with the beautiful weather as a cherry on top, making it an ideal time to visit Ajmer.
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What is the local food in Ajmer?

Ajmer's cuisine derives much of its spice, excitement and colour from the street food here. The must haves here are the Chaat, Samosa, Kachori and Kadi-Bhujje. These are popular and widespread in Ajmer's street and can be the most enjoyable. Other than these, Ajmer has a number of restaurants which offer various vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
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What is the best way to reach Ajmer?

Ajmer is easily accessed through road, rail, and flight. The Sanganer Airport in Jaipur is the closest airport which connects you to this city. It is 132 km from Jaipur hence it is best to club these two places together during a vacation. The Ajmer Junction is well connected and is on the main railway line. It is well connected to all major cities by train. Bus travel shouldn't be any problem either.
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How much does a package cost for Ajmer?

The packages for Ajmer start at INR 5207 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top hotels in Ajmer?

There are 333 in Ajmer which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Ajmer are Atithi Camp, Royal Tent Pushkar, Home away from Home, Hari Om Yoga Ashram, Hotel New Desert Palace, HOTEL CHAND PALACE. You can see all the hotels in Ajmer here

What are the things to do in Ajmer?

The top things to do in Ajmer are Ajmer Sharif Dargah, Ana Sagar Lake, Adhai Din ka Jhopra, Akbar's Palace, Nareli Jain Temple, Clock Tower, Ajmer. You can see all the places to visit in Ajmer here

What are the places near Ajmer?

The top places near to Ajmer are Pushkar which is 9 km from Ajmer, Jaipur which is located 125 km from Ajmer, Udaipur which is located 229 km from Ajmer, Shekhawati which is located 139 km from Ajmer, Bundi which is located 151 km from Ajmer

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Q. Can someone help me with Ajmer Sharif etiquette? What should I do and what should I not?

Kaveesh Nair 10 months ago
The basics are that you should cover your head, and be modestly clothed, nothing flashy or showy. Apart from that, you can buy roses and rose water to lay on the grave while making your dua. Be polite and don't use suggestive language. And that's pretty much it.

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Ayush Baheti 2 years ago
- Sunscreen, umbrellas, sun glasses will do the trick in any season. Nights get pretty cold in the winters so woollens are a must
Bobby Gujral 2 years ago
Really Good Place For Tourists
SIDDEEQUE MK 2 years ago
Good experience with this application.
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