Explore the Popular Tourist Attractions in Ajmer
Wanderlust can lead travellers to visit one of the top tourist destinations in Rajasthan, Ajmer where one will be spellbound by the riveting sight of the expansive lake and flamboyant Mughal architecture. Sit back, relax and let this blog be a travel guide and take you on a sightseeing tour across many nature and historical attractions in this popular destination called Ajmer. This picturesque ancient kingdom where once the Mughal Emperor Akbar also ruled is surrounded by the rugged Aravalli Hills that give it an irresistible appeal. Along with Indo-Islamic architecture of the mosques, some of the sightseeing places in Ajmer are Jain temples and historical forts. But a visit to this popular travel destination in Rajasthan is incomplete without heading to the famous attraction of Ajmer Sharif Dargah and Akbar’s Palace. There are more tourist places that are laid down in this blog of ours that you must visit when you plan a holiday to Ajmer.
Seek religious guidance in the many places for Pilgrims in Ajmer
Ajmer Sharif Dargah
A well-known sanctified Muslim shrine in Ajmer, Sharif Dargah is a popular tourist destination in the city. It is here you can explore the burial chamber of the famous Sufi saint from Persia, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti built with marble and gold. Devotees believe that Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti was the direct descendant of Muhammad because he arrived in Ajmer to preach about his beliefs after Muhammad appeared in his dreams. Inside this holy place, you can explore the elegant Mughal architecture that is displayed amid several attractions like daalaans, tombs, courtyards and prayer buildings. The first sight of the Dargah you’ll come across are the two imposing Buland Darwaza. Sharif Dargah is annually visited by copious tourists of all faiths as it is believed your wishes get fulfilled if you pray here wholeheartedly.
Opening Time: 06:00
Closing Time: 21:00
Soniji ki Nasiyan
One of the best places for pilgrims is the Soniji ki Nasiyan, located in the heart of Ajmer near Akbar’s Fort. Basically, Soniji ki Nasiyan is a Jain temple dedicated to Lord Rishabh or Lord Adinath and it beautifully displays rich architecture. The exterior of the temple is of red sandstone and is believed to have taken just a few years to complete. However, it took around twenty-five years to complete the entire structure inside out. Soniji ki Nasiyan displays the images of the Tirthankaras in an area that is connected by a staircase to the main temple. Swarna Nagari ‘City of Gold’ or the main chamber houses several gold-plated artistic representations of the Jain religion. It is said that this 19th-century temple is among the richest Jain temples in India.
Opening Time: 08:00
Closing Time: 16:00
Nareli Jain Temple
The Nareli Jain Temple also known as the Shri Gyanodaya Tirth Kshetra is an important pilgrimage site for Digambara Jains. And perhaps there are two key elements that make Nareli Jain Temple worth a visit, one, the beautiful mix of traditional and contemporary architecture style, and second, is its secluded location amid Aravalli Hills. The entire temple is made of marble and it displays intricate stone carvings and 24 other miniature shrines in its vicinity. But the main attraction here is a huge statue of Guru Adinath Ji. Besides offering a religious treat to the devotees, its surroundings also provide a great spot for picnics and a perfect place if you want a quick getaway from Ajmer.
Opening Time: 06:30
Closing Time: 19:00
Sai Baba Temple
To complete a religious tour in Ajmer, the temple of Sai Baba is a must visit place. The temple is completely built in marble that appears translucent. Spreading over an area of two acres, the temple gives visitors a chance to capture brilliant landscape shots of the surroundings from across the garden. The Sai Baba Temple in Ajmer was built in 1999 and ever since this temple has gained its popularity.
Explore the architectural marvels of the bygone era in Ajmer
Amongst the many incredible places to visit in Ajmer, Akbar’s Palace is believed to have been made in such a way that it would be difficult to attack it. One of the most visited monuments in the city, this Palace displays brilliant artwork and inscriptions on the ceilings and walls. Make sure to see the two impressive stone walls that surround the Akbar’s Palace. A portion of this must see attraction was also converted into a museum back in 1908 and you can explore the old treasures, stone sculpture, miniature paintings and medieval armoury of the warriors.
One of the oldest hill forts in Rajasthan, Taragarh Fort is a mega structure that was built in 1934 and is surrounded by six huge gates around the complex. The fort overlooks the entire city and displays beautiful architecture style of Rajasthan. Here, the front gateway is decorated with gorgeous stone sculptures of elephants. Taragarh also houses the Dargah of Miran Sahib. During the Mughal rule, Taragarh Fort was used as an important military centre but in the later years, it was used as a sanatorium during the British rule in Ajmer. The iconic attraction in the fort is Bhim Burj, which is a huge battlement where a large cannon and massive stone water reservoirs are located within the fort complex. It is a three-kilometer uphill walk from the main city, it is also easily accessible by car.
Opening Time: 09:00
Closing Time: 18:30
Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra
Another architectural marvel that may take you back to a bygone era is Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, a renowned attraction in Ajmer. An interesting part of this monument is perhaps a series of carved screen pillars that beautifully display ancient architecture style of Indo-Islam. Originally, the idea behind this 12th-century structure was to be built as a Sanskrit college but was later converted as a mosque by Sultan Ghori in 1198 AD. But no matter what the past events may have been, during your visit here, you can explore the different inscriptions carved on the arched walls of the mosque. Ultimately, this makes Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra a must visit place for historians or for those who simply enjoy exploring ancient monuments equipped with objet d’art around every corner.
Opening Time: 06:00
Closing Time: 21:00
Relish Being amid the Pristine Attractions in Ajmer that have a touch of Nature
To admire the scenic side of Ajmer or to simply relax on a warm summer afternoon, an artificial lake located in the middle of the city of Ajmer offers an ideal place to visit for tourists. Anasagar Lake was built by Arno Raj Chauhan and was later modified by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. After the addition of the Daulat Bagh Gardens and a Hanuman Temple on its side, the lake has perhaps become more of a visual treat. Besides feeding the fish, the lake also offers boating activity to the visitors.
Daulat Bagh is a major part of Anasagar Lake and is as popular as the lake. Here, you can find five pavilions between the garden and the lake from where you can either capture brilliant landscape photography or take pleasure of ‘sweetness of doing nothing.’ This place is most preferred by family holidayers as along with offering the beauty of nature, the garden let your kids enjoy the toy car ride in its premises. If you’re lucky, you may even be entertained by the tribal troops with the folk music and dance performances. Kids may also enjoy Tonga ride around the Daulat Bagh premises.
Opening Time: 04:00
Closing Time: 23:00
Lake Foy Sagar
Another renowned tourist attraction and counted to be one of the best places to visit in Ajmer is the Foy Sagar Lake built in the year 1892. This lake was originally constructed as a Famine Relief Project to help cope up with the scarcity of water. However, today, the lake serves as an ideal tourist place where one can spend time amid nature. Often it is the favourite place to have family picnics and can also be considered as a getaway for couples. This artificial lake is spread over 14,000,000 sq ft and has a flat water-body offering a picturesque view of the Aravalli Hills.
Birds Eye View Point
One of the best things to do near Ajmer is to visit Birds Eye View Point, located a few kilometers away from this city in Rajasthan. Chances are that you will sigh deeply seeing the beauty of the Aravalli Range and the city of Ajmer from this must visit point. There may be nothing much to do in this place, however, just being in the middle of no major tourist attraction makes Birds Eye View Point one of the best places for the nature seekers.
City View Point
Being slightly off Ajmer, another sightseeing place that is a vantage point to capture amazing still images of the city is the City View Point. Passing through hairpin turns of Taragarh Road, the city view is located inside the fort of Taragarh. You can also visit Dargah Meera Syed Hussain, Roza-e-Imam Hussain and Prithviraj Smarak located nearby this attraction.
For those looking for more what Ajmer has to Offer
Ajmer Government Museum
Located inside the fortified palace of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, Ajmer Government Museum also known as a ‘Magazine’ gives an opportunity to the tourists to dwell amid the preserved archaeological artefacts. The Ajmer Government Museum is one of the must visit places in Ajmer. You can wander in the hallways of the museum that treasures a rich collection of ancient artifacts like stone sculptures, armours and even inscriptions like Rahomi inscription of Berli, Baghri inscription, Jodhpur inscription of Bauka and Pushkar inscription. It also exhibits some of the finest paintings of the then-days for instance. There are different sections in the museum that display various work like the sculptures section and pre-historic section that displays inscriptions, miniature paintings and even crafts.
Opening Time: 10:00
Closing Time: 16:30
Note: Mondays closed
Birla City Water Park
Probably the biggest water park in Rajasthan, Birla City Water Park is often visited by many thrill-seeking holidayers all set to get to take a plunge. This water park being located near the railway station and not very far from the city makes it an ideal hotspot for tourists looking to spend a refreshing afternoon. Birla City Water Park offers several rides and all sorts of water activities that are perfect for kids and even adults. Accommodations are also provided to the travellers passing via Delhi-Ajmer express highway. You can expect all sort of comfort that any resort would provide to a guest, with well-appointed services and best-in-class facilities.
Birla City Water Park Ajmer Entry Fee: Rs 450. (Above 4 Feet Height)
Birla Water Park Ajmer Entry Fee: Rs 300. (Below 4 Feet Height)
Opening Time: 11:30
Closing Time: 17:00
Mahila Mandi is one of the favourite places to visit especially for women; and can we blame them? The name itself says it all, Mahila means women and Mandi is a market. The shops glitter with copious collection of clothes. You can buy embroidered clothes as well as a variety of dupattas, lehengas, bangles, traditional shoes, clay potteries, lac jewellery and more. However, this is not the only market in Ajmer to go shopping, there are also Nala Bazar, Dargah Bazar, Mandar Gate and Chudi Bazaar that are a must-visit in the city.
Additional places and markets to spend all your money… because they’re worthwhile!
Where to Visit?: First off, Pushkar, located not more than an hour away; pass Pushkar, visit Merta city, the birthplace of Meerabai (a devotee of Lord Krishna). Tilonia Village is also one of the popular tourist places, here, visit the Barefoot College and an hour drive to Kishangarh for the beautiful paintings and marbles.
Where to Grab a Bite?
I would recommend Ambrosia restaurant that serves delicious Indian food, for that matter, check out Mango Masala.
Where to spend your money?
The things to buy in Ajmer are endless, right from the popular Rajasthani kurtis to Kolhapuri chappals and even handicrafts. Visit some affordable markets in Ajmer like Mahila Mandi, Nala Bazar, Chudi Bazar and take home a lot of souvenirs and antiques from Ajmer.
Best Time to Visit Ajmer: Monsoon is the perfect time to visit when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold and during this season the Aravalli range offers a rejuvenating feel and ambience like of a hill station.
Getting to Ajmer: The railways being the most convenient means of transport, many travellers opt for trains and Ajmer Junction is widely connected to many major cities in India. The closest airport is located 40 minute max from Ajmer in Kishangarh, however, many prefer Sanganer Airport in Jaipur although it is located 135 kilometers from Ajmer city. From Jaipur roadways are easily available to get to Ajmer, in fact, many government and private buses run from many Indian cities.
The whispers of liveliness that dwells amid the tourist places during your Ajmer tour are felt right from the moment you enter the ancient kingdom ruled by the Mughals. In the bustling markets and historical places, your soul may surrender to the amazing sites this prime tourist destination offers. And if you are thinking to vacay in Ajmer? You can call 9212553106 or mail at email@example.com and we offer the best Rajasthan tour packages perfect for your holiday in Ajmer.