Ajmer is set on the banks of the tranquil, and religiously significant, Ana Sagar Lake. The lush Aravalli Hills stand tall over this Muslim pilgrimage town, adding to its natural splendour. A number of travellers land up here from Jaipur which is around 130kms away. Besides the dargah that attracts a number of Muslim devotees, Ajmer is also home to exquisite Jain temples. For a secular traveller, a visit to Ajmer is a must to witness the harmonious co-existence of two vastly different faiths.
The Chauhans established Ajmer in the 7th century. For most part of the 14th century, Ajmer was the centre of a number of skirmishes that ended with it becoming a convenient residency for Mughal Emperors. Ajmer holds the distinction of being the place where Emperor Jahangir first met the British in the early 1600s. The town’s colonial history is evident when you explore the Jubilee Clock Tower and May College. Ajmer was also the only city in Rajasthan under direct control of the British.
The best time to visit Ajmer, to explore its picturesque lakes, aesthetic Mughal architecture, Muslim and Jain pilgrimage shrines, is during the winter months. The local culture of Ajmer is best experienced by taking a stroll along its lakes and visiting its local bazaars.
visiting its local bazaars.