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      A travel guide of the historic city of Ajmer

      History And Location
      Ajmer – the fifth largest city of Rajasthan is also known as the pilgrimage centre for the shrine of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. The Ajmer district, which occupies the central part of Rajasthan was discovered by the Chauhan empire way back in 11–12th centuries. In 1956, Ajmer was merged with state of Rajasthan.
      How To Get There
      Due to its centralised location in Rajasthan, Ajmer is well connected by train, bus, taxi and plane, which makes it an easy gateway for the tourists to visit here
      • By Train - Ajmer is well connected with major cities of India and quite a few express trains link the city from Jaipur and New Delhi.
      • By Bus - People can also avail quality bus services, which run through the beautiful Jaipur- Ajmer expressway.
      • By Taxi - There are many tour operators and car rental services that offer chauffeured car-taxi services. Tourists looking to travel on their own can avail private cars or taxis.
      • By Air - The closest airport is in Jaipur (134 kms). The Government of Rajasthan has recently proposed for an airport near Ajmer as well.
      The Best Time To Visit
      The famous pilgrim city of Ajmer has a hot semi-arid climate with high temperatures for most part of the year.The winters, on the other hand, are relatively cooler.

      The best time to visit Ajmer is between October and March. As one the holiest destinations of India, the tourists are recommended to visit the place only post monsoon.
      Places To Visit
      Surrounded by the beautiful Aravalli Mountains, Ajmer is an ultimate pilgrimage centre for the shrine of the Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti and is also the centre point for visiting Pushkar, an ancient Hindu pilgrimage city.
      Few Interesting Places
      The Dargah - It is the tomb of the famous Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, popularly known as the Khwaja Sharif. It is a holy place not only for the Muslims but many tourists all over the globe come to visit the tomb.
      It is a beautiful representation of the brilliant Indo-Islamic architecture.
      Shahjahan's Mosque :
      The Shajahan's mosque is located inside the dargah and is a beautiful white marble structure. The building has magnificent trellis art work.
      • Other interesting places to visit are Ana Sagar – the man made tank, Daulat Bag and Jain temple.
      • You can also visit Pushkar, which is 11 kms from Ajmer – one of the five sacred Hindu pilgrimage cities in India.
      The famous shopping attraction destinations are Dargah bazaar, Ajmer’s ‘Mahilamandi’ or women’s market, where they sell traditional sarees, odhnis, lahengas and hand dyed turbans.
      Where To Stay
      Tourists have a lot of options for accommodation in Ajmer. There are five star deluxe hotels, budget hotels as well heritage hotels where tourists can enjoy their stay.
      A few heritage hotels are
      • Hotel Mansingh Palace
      • Hotel Merwara Estate
      • BijayNiwas Palace
      There are also three star and budget hotels like
      • Hotel Chitwan
      • Hotel Embassy
      • Hotel Jannat
      • Hotel KanakSagar
      • Hotel Sahil
      • Hotel Shankar Palace
      • The Ambassador
      Main Occupation
      The main occupation of the rural people of Ajmer is agriculture and animal husbandry. Apart from this, there are craftsman who make Rajasthani traditional dresses and handicraft items.
      Other Attractions
      Pushkar camel fair
      The Pushkar camel fair is held every November at the time of the Kartik Purnimain. Pushkar, which is just 11 kms from Ajmer, provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the colour and spectacle of one of the greatest traditional melas in India, which brings livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan.
      Thus, the historical pilgrim city of Ajmer is one of the greatest tourist attractions of India.

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