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Ajmer travel guide

Published: 31/05/2012

Located around 135 Kms south-west of Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, India, Ajmer is situated on the lower slopes of Taragarh Hill in the Aravalli Mountain Range. An ancient Hindu pilgrimage city, being the gateway to Pushkar, Ajmer is also a pilgrimage centre for the Muslims as well, because of the Dargah-E-Sharif.


Founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century AD, Ajmer, originally named as ‘Ajai Meru’ was constructed as a hill fort. Surrounded by the Aravalli Hill range Ajmer is situated on the slopes of Taragarh hills and is at a distance of 135Km. from the capital city of Jaipur. In spite of repeated invasions by the Turks, the Chauhan dynasty of rulers gallantly held on to Ajmer before losing the city to Muhammad Ghor of Delhi Sultanate in 1193. Recaptured by the Maharajas of Mewar and Marwar, the city was conquered by the Emperor Akbar in the 16th Century. By 18th century the control of Ajmer was taken over by the Marathas and finally the British until independence. With such a deep historical background and chequered past, the city is a blend of hindu traditions and sufi culture. Influence of the various political phases can be seen in the architectural styles of the forts, monuments, temples and mosques.

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Top 5 Attractions in Ajmer

Some of the popular tourist attractions in Ajmer are Dargha-E-Sharif, Pushkar, Taragarh Fort, Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpara, Ana Sagar and shopping.

Getting There and Around

The city is well connected to major cities of India by rail and road .The nearest airport is, however, 135Kms. Away at Jaipur.


Ajmer has a good rail network, connecting to major cities like Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Bhopal, Ernakulam, Jammu, Mumbai, Mysore, and many more.


Almost all main cities of Rajasthan are connected to Ajmer by bus. In addition to the State Government Bus Service (RSRTC), many tourist Volvo bus services are available across the cities and also from Delhi.

Inside Ajmer

Getting around the city is easy in Ajmer as there are several modes of transport available like auto rickshaw, cycle rickshaw, tempos and tongas. The public transport system is also quite good and cheap. Prices of tongas and cycle rickshaws are negotiable.


Shopping in Ajmer is a delightful experience as one can have a huge range of options and choices of ethnic products starting from handlooms and block printed textiles, bandhini textiles, bangles, brass utensils, woodcrafts, gold and silver jewellery , leather belts, batuas and jootis and Ajmer’s own specialty the ‘ittar’. Popular shopping areas are Purani Mandi, Nayabazar and Kaisaganj. For authentic and reliable products the Govt. Exporia is the best option. During the 6-day urs festival, shopping is sheer pleasure as the bazaars are filled with multi coloured specialties.
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