The Dargah Sharif
Ana Sagar Lake
Nasiyan Jain Temple (Red Temple)
Tourist Village, Pushkar
Welcome to Ajmer,
Ajmer, formerly written Ajmere, is a district in Indian state of Rajasthan. The folklore dotted Ajmer, dating back to the seventh century, the discovery of the intrepid Prithviraj Chauhan, boasts of huge footfalls throughout the year. Surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains. Ajmer, also known as Ajaymeru. Pay your homage at the shrine of the venerated Khwaja Mu'in-ud-din Chisti who lived between 1142 and 1236 A.D. The magnificent Ana Sagar Lake, constructed in the twelfth century, is another favorite tourist haunt. Other places are Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, Lake Foy Sagar, Mayo College etc.
Pushkar - Located at a distance of 14 kilometers from Ajmer, draws tourists in hordes during the famous Pushkar Fair. The Brahma Temple is yet another tourist haunt of Pushkar.
Located on the outskirts of the town, this remarkable structure is an exquisite example of early Indo-Islamic architecture. Designed by Abu Bakr of Herat, the mosque is believed to have been built in two and a half days, and is thus named Adhai-din. According to another story the name is derived from a two and a half day fair held here every year.
a Jain temple constructed in 1153 and converted into a mosque by Qutubuddin Aybak after 1193, is situated on the lower slope of the Taragarh hill, additions were made to the mosque between 1220 and 1229 by Aikbak's successor, by Shams al-Din Iltutmish. It is also noted for its double-depth calligraphy inscriptions, in Naskh and Kufic scripts . With the exception of that part used as a mosque, called Jama' Iltutmish (pronounced Altamish locally), nearly the whole of the ancient temple has fallen into ruins, but the relics are not excelled in beauty of architecture and sculpture by any remains of Hindu art. Forty columns support the roof, but no two are alike, and exceptional creativity is shown in the execution of the ornaments.
It was built by Emperor Akbar, this palace lures the tourists with its invincible structure. Flanked by two parallel dense walls, this was the place where Jahangir met the British ambassador Sir Thomas Roe. Constructed in the year 1570, this palace is considered as one among the mightiest citadel in the southeast part of Rajasthan. The fort walls include a double storied bastion enclosed by a chain of columns held jointly at the top by bends. A hefty foyer in the core of the turret leads into so many rooms, this palace was intended for the emperor and his troops whilst there stay in Ajmer. This magnificient palace serves as an ostentatious way to obtain quixotic and riotous history of Ajmer.
This impressive structure is transformed into a Museum in 1908. The museum holds Hindu figurines that date back to 6th and 7th century, which are the classic reminiscent of Rajput and Mughal reigns. This museum also houses an imposing black marble effigy of Goddess Kali. The Museum exhibits medieval and ancient artillery and arsenals, fabulous paintings and sculptures on stones, which makes the visit very precious.
The historic man-made lake Ana Sagar lake was constructed by Maharaja Anaji (1135-1150 AD), the grandfather of Maharaja Prithviraj Chauhan. By the lake is the Daulat Bagh, a garden laid out by Emperor Jahangir. Emperor Shah Jahan later added five pavilions, known as the Baradari, between the garden and the lake.
There are three temples at Pushkar that are regarded as the most deep-rooted and sacred. The Aptaeshwar, Varaha and the Brahma temple All three trace their existence right upto the 10th century AD. The Apteshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Mahadev (Shiva). This is one of the temples that were destroyed by Aurangazeb and were resurrected later. The Aptaeshwar Temple is actually an underground shrine. This temple, believed to have gone underground / sunk over a period of time, appears to have been crafted out of mother's womb has a beautiful Shiv Ling (Lord Shiva's Genital) installed in the main hall.
Jagatpita Brahma Mandir is a Hindu temple situated at Pushkar in the Indian state of Rajasthan, close to the sacred Pushkar Lake to which its legend has an indelible link. The temple is one of very few existing temples dedicated to the Hindu creator-god Brahma in India and remains the most prominent among them. Although the present temple structure dates to the 14th century, the temple is believed to be 2000 years old. The temple is mainly built of marble and stone stabs. It has a distinct red pinnacle (shikhara) and a hamsa bird motif. The temple sanctum sanctorum holds the central images of Brahma and his second consort Gayatri.
This temple has very close connection with the famous Gurjar community.The priests in this temple are from Gurjar (Gujar or Gujjar) community as the 2nd wife of Brahma, Gayatri, belonged to the Gurjar community. The temple is governed by the Sanyasi (ascetic) sect priesthood. On Kartik Poornima, a festival dedicated to Brahma is held when large number of pilgrims visit the temple, after bathing in the sacred lake.
Ever imagined aimless wander across the desert without loosing the comforting thought of an emergency rescue; you deserve the camel safari. Join the Camel Safari and explore the Deserts of Rajasthan. The Camel Safari explores the charted and sometimes even uncharted routes while halting at en-route villages for an overnight halting interaction with desert dwellers. The Safari stretches anything between 2 days to a month depending upon the comfort level. The Safaris are accompanied by knowledgeable escorts / guides and is an experience not to be missed. The rides are tough yet enjoyable since it caters for carrying your entire family and baggage.
A quaint garden on the banks of the Ana Sagar lake, Durga Bagh is built in the year 1868 AD during the reign of Maharaja Shiv Dan Singh. A lovely garden, which offers a tranquil atmosphere with a myriad of fabulous flowers, is an ideal place to visit in the summer season. The garden has a delightful background entitled Shimla, which was erected by Maharaja Mangal Singh.
The city of Ajmer is adorned with tremendous lakes and gardens and Durga Bagh is significant among them all. The garden is ornamented with lovely trees, which provides breezy shades and lush greenery in the park. The marble pavilions built by Emperor Shah Jahan add the glory of the beautiful park. The garden excels over the other tourist spots in Ajmer, with its alluring beauty and it is a pleasant stopover spot in the city.
The best time to take up Ajmer tour is during the Urs festival, when it is a pleasure to partake the sacred food, cooked in huge cauldrons gifted by Emperor Akbar. The vessels are so large that food has to be served by people standing within them! In the slender lanes around the Dargah, one can find numerous eateries, specialising in colourful and tasty 'biryanis'. Ride a rickshaw and visit to the famous Halwai-ki-Gali, snaking in front of the Gau Ghat. The shops offer a variety of snacks, including 'kachories' and 'samosas' with spicy, flavoured 'kadhi' (cooked yoghurt), sweet-syrupy 'jalebies' and 'malpuas'. The Kutchery Road boasts of many newer restaurants that serve many international titbits.
The Kishangarh Fort in Ajmer is an imposing structure that was built in the year 1653. Maharaja Roop Singh built the massive Kishangarh Fort. It is said that an incident he saw once inspired him to get a fort built.
This sleepy little hamlet located 27km from Ajmer, was once the capital of a princely state ruled by the Rathores. It nurtured one of the finest schools of miniature paintings in the 18th century. The Bani Thani style of miniature painting in Kishangarh evolved under Nihal Chand - the court painter of Raja Sawant Singh.
Situated in the suburb of the city, Lake Foy Sagar is a picturesque artificial lake named after the engineer Mr Foy, an Englishman, who created it under a famine relief project. It is a masterpiece when it comes to artificial lakes. He created it to tackle with harshest conditions of famine under a famine relief project. This artificial lake was constructed in the year 1892. It appears as flat as a pancake, and offers the eye-catching sights of the neighboring Aravalli mountains.
Mansingh Palace, Ajmer (Rajasthan, India) is a Mansingh Group Hotel located at Ajmer, 130 Km. Southward from Jaipur. Ajmer is an oasis of religious sanctity. The harmonious blend of Hinduism and Islam gives this town a unique character. Muslims from many parts of the world come to worship at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, Even the great Emperor Akbar. came here to seek solace. Other places of interest include Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, a pillared mosque of red sandstone; the 12th century artificial lake, Ana Sagar, nasiyan, the Jain temple.
11 km away is the placid green Pushkar lake nestling in the rolling hills, one of the holiest of Hindu Pilgrim centres. Every year in November, Pushkar comes alive with colours, sounds and excitement at one of India's biggest cattle fairs when over 1,00,000 lacs of people gather here.
Founded by the British Viceroy Lord Mayo - it is one of the finest schools in India. Mayo College is famous not just for the quality of education it imparts, but for its architecture as well. Designed by Sir Samuel Swinton Jacob, the state engineer of Jaipur, Mayo College is built of white marble. Founded in 1875, as a school for Indian princes, its first pupil was the Maharaja of Alwar.
Nareli is a Jain place located on the outskirts (Kishangarh bypass). This is a good place to visit, has a very big temple and offer authentic jain food (You have to check the meal hours in advance, they are strict in serving meals in those hours only)
the Nasiyan Jain temple located on the Prithvi Raj Marg on your Ajmer travel. Also known as the Red Temple, the Nasiyan Temple is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara Rishabdeoji. According to Col. James Tod, "...the columns are most worthy of attention; they are unique in design, and with the exception of the cave temples, probably amongst the oldest now existing in India.
There may be forty columns but not two are alike. The ornaments at the base are peculiar, both as to form and execution; the lozenges ...might be transferred...to the Gothic cathedrals of Europe." The Nasiyan Jain Temple also houses a museum of admirable size that displays objects related to Jain beliefs and mythology.
Pushkar is a sacred town for the Hindus, situated 11 kms. to the North-West of Ajmer.Evidence points to its having existed during the fourth century B.C. lake in the inhospitable surroundings of a desert is no less than a miracle.Brahma is supposed to have performed sacrifice at this lake on Kartik Purnima (the full moon day of the Kartik month), hallowing the place. Sacred to Brahma, Pushkar boasts of its temple dedicated to him, which is the only one of its kind in the world. A dip in the waters of Pushkar and worship at his temple ensure salvation. So thousands flock to Pushkar to observe the ritual on kartik Purnima, or on any of the four days preceding it.
Visit Pushkar during Kartik Purnima, the particular full moon of November, and let yourself drown in the excitement at Pushkar. It is this time when the world-famous camel fair takes place on the sand dunes surrounding the town. Thousands of cows, camels, sheep, goats and their traders nest on the golden sands beside the holy lake. But few know that even before the camel fair begins, there is a gala horse fair, so that the festivities continue for almost a fortnight. Pay a holy trip to the Brahma Temple, at the heart of Pushkar, the only one of its kind in the whole world.
The Pushkar Fair, or Pushkar ka Mela, is the annual five-day camel and livestock fair, held in the town of Pushkar in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is one of the world's largest camel fairs, and apart from buying and selling of livestock it has become an important tourist attraction and its highlights have become competitions such as the "matka phod", "longest moustache", and "bridal competition" are the main draws for this fair which attracts thousands of tourists. In recent years the fair has also included an exhibition cricket match between the local Pushkar club and a team of random foreign tourists.
Thousands of people go to the banks of the Pushkar Lake where the fair takes place. Men buy and sell their livestock, which includes camels, cows, sheep and goats. The women go to the stalls, full of bracelets, clothes, textiles and fabrics. A camel race starts off the festival, with music, songs and exhibitions to follow. Between these events, the most waited for is the test of how the camel is able to bring the items. In order to demonstrate, the men go up on the group of camels one after another.
Pushkar Lake or Pushkar Sarovar is located in the town of Pushkar in Ajmer district of the Rajasthan state of western India. Pushkar Lake is a sacred lake of the Hindus. The Hindu scriptures describe as it as "Tirtha-Raj" - the king of pilgrimage sites related to a water-body and relate it to the mythology of the creator-god Brahma. Pushkar Lake is surrounded by 52 bathing ghats (a series of steps leading to the lake), where pilgrims throng in large numbers to take a sacred bath, especially around Kartik Poornima (October-November) when the Pushkar Fair is held. A dip in the sacred lake is believed to cleanse sins and cure skin diseases. Over 500 Hindu temples are situated around the lake precincts.
The Rangji Temple shines out reflecting the spectacular blend of cultures of Rajasthan. The temple has been constructed in South Indian style (though the mughal architecture peeks from a few points) and boasts of a high rising Gopuram which is very graceful. The temple is unique and is revered as the top three temples of Pushkar. The Rangji temple is dedicated to Rangji, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Built by Seth Puran Mal Ganeriwal in 1823, this temple has been attracting the pilgrims for its South Indian style rituals and essence.
A 17th century monument, The Roopangarh Fort was constructed by Maharaja Roop Singh. It has now been successfully changed into a luxurious hotel. The royal ambience and elegance have been skillfully refurbished and it can be experienced from its aesthetically furnished interiors. Astonishingly outsized visitor's rooms, regal furniture, and open log fires in wintry weather offers much comfort. The Roopangarh Fort beguiles the viewer with its battlements, olden passageways, armories granaries, jails, and foundries. Pleasant atmosphere, splendid views from the massive terrace and miraculous evenings with intense desert music the excitements are countless. A curious blend of ethnicity and modern amenities provides a memorable holidaying.
Bhati chief of Khejarli Shri Sheoji and Gopal Singh Ji Bhati founded this Peeth in 1520 (1463 A.D.) following instructions of his holiness Shri Nimbarkacharya Peethadhishwara Shri Parashu Ram-Devacharya Ji. The temple has been so designed that the Deity is visible for Darshan the moment one enters the main gate.the Sanctum Sanctorum has been built in a way that the moonlight of the moon of Sharad Poornima touches the lotus feet of the idol of the Lord at 12.00 pm.In to Jagmohan of the main temple the pillars of marble are exquisitely ornamental and their middle part is transparent. This wide spreading castle like temple is built on 42 thousand square feet land.
Ajmer's speciality deals with religion, so one can find the market more inclined towards religious artifacts, such as intersting metalware in the form of pitchers and urns. Drop some of your personal items to create space for cane chairs and 'moodahs', a comfortable yet essential part of any Indian verandah.
Naturaly, one can hardly return without a concentrate of rose 'attar', personalised especially for connoisseurs of fragrance by the perfumers of Ajmer. Pay a visit to Sarveshwar Kala Mandir to get samples of Rajasthani miniature paintings (on silk paper / cotton with a single squirrel hair brush!), whose master artist S N Dhabai also makes fantastic examples on brass and wood.
The Savitri (Brahma's desolate wife) Temple built in 1687 is perched atop the Ratnagiri hill. The Goddess is believed to have rested on the hill upon arrival and refused to join her husband who had married a local girl Gayatri. Her temple is smack in front of the Brahma temple and is believed to serve as a lookout for the Goddess for her erring husband. The route to the temple is through the hills and takes around an hour. Further, the temple atop the hill and its surroundings provide a breathtaking view of the Pushkar Lake and the surrounding desert.
Taragarh Fort, the fort of Ajmer, seat of the Chauhan rulers, is claimed to be the first hill fort of Asia, built at a time when the Aravalli mountain ranges were above the snowlines. This gives it the reputation of being one of the oldest hill forts of the world, and it is definitely the oldest among the hill forts in India. It was built by King Ajaypal Chauhan on the summit of Taragaah Hill, overlooking Ajmer; its thick battlements run along its brow, completely enclosing the table-land. The walls are two miles (3 km) in circumference, and the fort can only be approached by steep and very roughly paved slopes. When it came into the hands of the British Raj, the fort was dismantled by order of Lord William Bentinck, and was converted into a sanatorium for the troops stationed at the British cantonment town of Nasirabad.
The giant fort stands guarding the city. It has six gates. The fort also has Miran Saheb ki Dargha who was the governor of the fort and laid down his life in an encounter. It gives a panoramic view of the city situated in Nagpahari of Aravalli ranges, this fort has immense archaeological and historical importance.
The shrine is in honor of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti - a Sufi saint who came to India from Persia in 1192 with Mohammad Ghori's invading army. He died here in 1236. For the Muslims of India, the shrine's importance is only second to the sacred shrine at Mecca. The construction of the Dargah was started by Altamash, the Sultan of Delhi, and completed by the Mughal Emperor Humayun. It was the venue of an annual pilgrimage for Akbar the Great.
The Dargah Sharif of Khwaja Mu'inuddin Chishti is situated at the foot of the Taragarh hill, and consists of several white marble buildings arranged around two courtyards, including a massive gate donated by the Nizam of Hyderabad, a mosque donated by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the Akbari Mosque, and the domed tomb of the saint. The Emperor Akbar, with his queen, used to come here by foot on pilgrimage from Agra every year in observance of a vow he had made when praying for a son. The large pillars called kose(Mile) Minar , erected at intervals of two miles (3 km) the whole way between Agra and Ajmer, marking the daily halting places of the royal pilgrim, are still extant.
the city's Museum, was once the residence of Prince Salim, son of the Emperor Akbar, and presently houses a collection of the Mughal and Rajput armour and sculpture. This residence of Salim is significant from a historical point of view, because Salim as Emperor Jahangir read out the firman for trade to India to the British East India Company from here, thus starting the chain of events that lead to India's colonisation by the British.
Tourist Village, Standard Hotel, a unit of Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC). RTDC offers a vast network of accommodation throughout Rajasthan. These complexes are strategically located and come in low budget, economy and deluxe ranges. Tourist village is a RTDC hotel located out side the town. The hotel is beautifully appointed and offer cottages and tents .Tents are available during Pushkar season. The cottages are well furnished and tastefully appointed.
Varaha (Boar) is one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, who is believed to have taken 9 incarnations till now in order to eradicate evil form earth. This temple was built in the 12th century and destroyed by the fanatic Muslim Emperor Aurangzeb (who was extremely offended by the titanic statue of Vera, man's body and a boar's head) among various other temples in Pushkar. The temples were renovated at a later date by Raja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur (1727). The temple hosts a remarkable opulently bejeweled image house. The sight of the temple and the idol are imposing and its only upon a visit that one comes to know as to why the temple is considered amongst the three best temples in Pushkar alongside the Brahms and Rangji temples.
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