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Dargah SharifLocated close to Andar Kot Road at the footings of the Taragarh Hills
Taragarh FortApproximately 3 kilometers away from Adhai din ka Jhonpda Mosque
Adhai Din Ka Jhonpda Positioned on the lesser slopes of the Taragarh Hill at Ajmer
Anasagar LakeLocated to the north of the Ajmer city
Foy Sagar LakePlaced in the suburb of the city Ajmer
Maqbara Shaikh HusainClose to the Dargah Sharif
Soniji Ki Nasiyan (Nasiyan Jain Temple) Positioned along the Prithvi Raj Marg of Ajmer
Shah Jahan's Mosque Lodged within the premises of the ‘Dargah Sharif’ of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti
Durga BagLocated on the majestic banks of the imperial Ana Sagar Lake
Akbar's Palace & Museum Located quite close to the Railway Station of Ajmer
Abdullah Khan's TombLocated Situated at a distance of about 26 kilometers from Ajmer along the National Highway No 8 towards Beawar
KishangarhLocated approximately 18 miles to the north-west of Ajmer
Anted-ki-Mata Temple
Mangliyawas Situated at a distance of about 26 kilometers from Ajmer along the National Highway No 8 towards Beawar
Rani MahalLocated inside the Taragarh Fort of Ajmer
Sola KhambaPositioned right outside the Dargah Sharif
Bhim Burj and Garbha GunjanStationed within the premises of the Taragarh Fort
Mandir Shri Nimbark PeethLocated at Nirmbarka Teerth in Salemabad of Ajmer District
Akbari Masjid Located between Shahjahani Gate and the Buland Darwaza
Mayo College Located near Mayo Lake

Dargah Sharif

Location: Close to Andar Kot Road at the footings of the Taragarh Hills
Dargah Sharif, the epitome and quintessence of Ajmer which has brought Ajmer in the glare of publicity, reverence and fame on the world front is a tomb dedicated to the renowned Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Also honored by the monikers the ‘Sultan-ul-Hind’ and the ‘Garib Nawaz’, this legendary pietist is highly idolized and worshipped amongst all the sects, casts and creeds in India. Dargah Sharif of Ajmer, located close to Andar Kot Road at the footings of the Taragarh Hills happens to be the second largest congregation of Muslims after Mecca and about 1.25 lac pilgrims pay a visit to this shrine every single day. The Dargah Sharif revealing the pure Mughal style of architecture is a compilation of several edifices built in white marble and set around two courtyards. The main entrance of the Dargah is named ‘Nizam Gate’ as this enormous gate was bequeathed by the Nizam of Hyderabad. Next advances the ‘Shahjahani Gate’ that was contributed by the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. This gate is further followed by Buland Darwaza which bears the Urs Flag at the time of Urs Festival.
The Dargah premises also house a mosque that was built by Shah Jahan and yet another mosque erected by Emperor Akbar. It is said that Akbar along with his Queen used to come to Ajmer on foot from Agra every year and pay homage at the Dargah Sharif to fulfill the vow he had taken for being blessed with a son. This anecdote is testified by the fact that large columns named ‘Kose Minar’ are put up at the interval of every two miles between Agra and Ajmer. It is popularly believed that if you pray with pure heart, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti will fulfill all your wishes. The Dargah Sharif of Ajmer is particularly reckoned for its Urs Fair celebrated in the Islam month of Rajab in the memory of the annihilation day of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Pilgrims from every corner of the world come to seek blessings of the Garib Nawaz Khwaja all round the year and offer colorful chadders with gold and silver threads and chadders made from flowers at the Dargah. The Dargah Sharif of Ajmer is regarded as an international endowment and is maintained under the Dargah Khwaja Saheb Act, 1955 of the Indian Constitution. .

Taragarh Fort

Location: Approximately 3 kilometers away from Adhai din ka Jhonpda Mosque
Taragarh Fort, also referred to by its nickname ‘the Star Fort’ is perched atop the Nagpahari Hill of Ajmer approximately 3 kilometers away from Adhai din ka Jhonpda Mosque. Also known as the ‘Fort of Ajmer’, Taragarh Fort was established in 7th (or 12th) century AD by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan; the founder of Ajmer. This age old citadel that served as the administrative seat of the Chauhan Rulers of Ajmer is claimed to be the earliest hill fort of Asia and one of the oldest hill forts in the world. This stronghold loftily standing overlooking the city Ajmer offers an enthralling aerial view of the entire surrounding terrain together with Ajmer. The substantial ramparts of the garrison that run along its ridge absolutely enclose the table-land and provide a strong fortification. The walls of the Taragarh Fort are two miles in perimeter and this fort is only approachable after undertaking a trek through a very steep and rough paths. The three main gateways of the Taragarh Fort are named Lakshmi Pol, Phuta Darwaza and Gagudi ki Phatak. Bhim Burj; the most noteworthy highlight of the fort is a crenellation from where the cannons were mounted and fired. The internal premises of the Taragarh Fort house a number of reservoirs engraved out of the concrete rock. Moreover, a Dargah dedicated to Hazrat Meeran Syed Hussain R.A., assumed to be a descendant of Imam Mohammed Taqi (A.S) and assassinated in the Taragarh Fort is also sited here. Numerous Shia Muslims and other pilgrims are drawn towards the Taragarh Fort for paying homage at the feet of Hazrat Meeran Syed Hussain. During the British Colonization, the Taragarh Fort was used as a sanatorium for the British Military Troops. To reach the Taragarh Fort tourists can take a vehicle from Adhai Din Ka Jhonpda.

Adhai Din Ka Jhonpda

Location: Positioned on the lesser slopes of the Taragarh Hill at Ajmer
Adhai Din Ka Jhonpda, positioned on the lesser slopes of the Taragarh Hill at Ajmer is an ancient mosque dated back to 12th century AD. Believed to be constructed in the year 1153, this edifice was originally a Vaishnava Hindu Temple and a Sanskrit College that was later transformed into a mosque by Muhammad Ghori in the year 1198 AD. The title ‘Adhai Din Ka Jhonpda’ means a house built in two and a half days. As it is supposed that this structure was constructed only in two and a half days, it is christened as Adhai Din Ka Jhonpda. After being converted to a mosque, several additions were made to the said Masjid Edifice.
It was architectured by Abu Bakr of Heart and built from stonework abducted from the devastated Hindu and Jain temples. ‘Adhai Din Ka Jhonpda’ is a perfect archetype of the early Indo-Islamic order of architecture. The mosque is encircled by a seven-arched wall that bears the inscriptions from the verses of the Koran. These inscriptions are made in Naskh and Kufic scripts. The façade of the mosque is adorned with a number of small arches built in yellow limestone, whereas, six smaller arches reflecting the Arab style of building hold the lighting system of the mosque. The sanctum of the Adhai Din Ka Jhonpda resembles the Hindu Temple style and the exquisitely carved ceiling in the main chamber is upheld by 40 splendid columns. The mosque also houses a Jali Screen offered by Sultan Altamush in 1230 AD. Most of the mosque is in ruins today but the dexterity of its architecture has still not diminished.

Anasagar Lake

Location: Located to the north of the Ajmer city
Anasagar Lake of Ajmer; the brightest star in the history of Ajmer Sovereignty that has witnessed the rise and fall of several dynasties is an artificial lake built by King Anaji Chauhan; the grandfather of Prithvi Raj Chauhan between 1135 and 1150 AD. This water reservoir, bordered by some of the most marvelous tourist attractions of the city was created by blocking the surging waters of the river Luni taking the help from the local laypeople. Spread over a far-reaching area of 13 Kilometers, the Anasagar Lake is flanked by the ‘Baradari Pavilions’ constructed in dazzling white marble by Shahjahan in 1637 AD. Moreover, a beautiful shrine of Khobra Behroon also embroiders the periphery of the lake. An additional attraction of the Anasagar Lake of Ajmer is the ‘Daulat Bagh Gardens’ set up by Emperor Jehangir that offer an absolutely pictorial look to the surroundings of this gorgeous lake. A Circuit House is nestled atop a hill close to the Anasagar Lake which furnished as a British Residency in the bygone era. A resplendent island forms the center of the lake which can be accessed by a boat or a water scooter. These boats and water scooters are available on rent at the Daulat Bagh Garden. Anasagar Lake; one of the most captivating lakes of Rajasthan and a very well-liked picnic spot of Ajmer beckons hordes of tourists to arrive here and enjoy the appealing ambience of this bliss. As the lake dries out in summer, the best time to visit the Anasagar Lake is between October and March when the lagoon is shimmering in its full glory.

Foy Sagar Lake

Location: Placed in the suburb of the city Ajmer
Foy Sagar Lake, placed in the suburb of the city Ajmer is a splendid artificial lake christened in the honor of Mr Foy; an English engineer who constructed this water lagoon in the year 1892 under certain famine relief project. Acknowledged amongst the masterpieces of the artificial lakes in India, the Foy Sagar Lake is built in such a shape that it creates the semblance of a flat pancake. The arresting panoramas of the adjoining Aravalli Mountain Ranges, the flights of the beautiful birds over the lake in the evening and the serene waters of the tarn reflecting the sun light during the day and the artificial electric lights during the night create an unparalleled charismatic milieu. Foy Sagar Lake, apart from being a pictorial hangout destination also serves as the source of water for the city. This bravura lake endowed with immeasurable natural beauty astounds its onlookers to no extent. Equally admired by both the locals as well as the tourists, the Foy Sagar Lake of Ajmer is one of the most visited destinations of this holy city.

Soniji Ki Nasiyan (Nasiyan Jain Temple)

Location: Positioned along the Prithvi Raj Marg of Ajmer
Soniji Ki Nasiyan, also known by the names ‘Nasiyan Jain Temple’ and ‘Lal Mandir’ is a Digambara Jain Temple built in the year 1865 AD by the then Nagar Seth of Ajmer; Seth Gauravji. Positioned along the Prithvi Raj Marg of Ajmer, this Jain temple is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara; ‘Lord Adinath’. This two-storied structure of the Nasiyan Jain Temple is categorized into two separate sections; the worship area and the museum. A magnetizing idol of Lord Adinath is enshrined in the worship area where devotees can sit and offer their prayers at the feet of the presiding deity. The museum of the Soniji Ki Nasiyan Temple portray the five stages i.e. ‘Panch Kalyanak’ of the life journey of Lord Adinath in the form of statues. The museum hall, bejeweled with Belgium Stain Glass and Mineral Color Paintings generates an extravagant spectacle.
On the first floor of the temple is stationed a focal hall that is decorated with matchless gold and silver embellishments. The hall, also reckoned by the epithet the ‘Swarna Nagri’ exhibits the gold plated miniatures of roughly all the prominent Jain temples existing India. Soniji Ki Nasiyan is ornamented with fabulous wooden gild illustrations, glass paintings and engravings, precious stones, exquisite gold and silver work and the small silver balls suspended from the ceiling of the inner sanctum. The beautiful paintings that bedeck the main hall of Nasiyan Jain Temple present various episodes from Jain mythology and teachings. This Jain Temple of Ajmer that represents the architectural ingenuity as well as the material prosperity of bygone era is indeed a manmade marvel. Ranked after the Jain Temples of Ranakpur and Mount Abu, ‘the Soniji Ki Nasiyan Temple’ considered as one of the paramount Jain Temples of Rajasthan is a must visit place in the itinerary of Ajmer. The temple is open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and 2 INR are charged as the entry fee here.

Shah Jahan's Mosque

Location: Lodged within the premises of the ‘Dargah Sharif’ of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti
Shah Jahan’s Mosque lodged within the premises of the ‘Dargah Sharif’ of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is one of the most staggering edifices erected inside the Dargah precinct. Housed in the interior courtyards of the Dargah, this mosque characterized with 30.5 meters long and narrow patio and a low arcade is built in impressive white marble. The sanctum of the mosque is festooned with delicately carved trellis-work. Featuring eleven lofty arches all together; this mosque is a classic prototype of Mughal order of architectonics. This 41 meters tall structure is crowned with an imposing marble dome and the entire building is painted in white and green colors. Constructed under the patronage of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the dome of this mosque is said to have been built applying the marble that was extracted from the exact same mines from where the marble for the Taj Mahal was extorted.

Durga Bag

Location: On the majestic banks of the imperial Ana Sagar Lake
Durga Bag is a resplendent garden landscaped on the majestic banks of the imperial Ana Sagar Lake in Ajmer. Laid by Maharaja Shiv Dan in the year 1868, Durga Bag is a verdant garden teeming with plenteous fresh flowers boasting of their spellbinding colors and refreshing fragrance. The marble pavilions snuggled within the garden periphery were erected by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Apart from providing a shelter and resting place to its visitors, these ostentatious pavilions add to the pomp and grandeur of the regal Durga Bag Park. The backdrop labeled as ‘Shimal’ that even augments the sumptuousness of this Arcadia of Ajmer is accredited to the Maharaja Mangal Singh who added this scenic milieu to the Durga Bag. This park, one of the best reckoned and most visited gardens of Ajmer is yet another radiant gem in the wealthy casket of glorious Rajasthan.

Akbar's Palace & Museum

Location: Quite close to the Railway Station of Ajmer
Akbar’s Palace and Museum built under the benefaction of the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1570 AD is a citadel that served as a residence to Akbar and his troops at the time of his pilgrimages to Ajmer. Surrounded by sturdy and tough stone walls, this bastion was made so impregnable and impenetrable that it was almost impossible to attack and overpower this fortification. Akbar’s Palace is acclaimed as one of the strongest garrisons ever built in Rajasthan. Akbar’s Palace holds a vital position in the history of Ajmer as well as Rajasthan as this was the very domicile where the legendary conference between the Mughal Emperor Jehangir and an English Ambassador to the Mughal court from the British East India Company; Sir Thomas Roe had taken place. In early 20th century in the year 1908, a portion of Akbar’s Palace was converted into a museum.
This museum displays a brilliant collection of some of the most stunning stone sculptures, ancient and medieval both Mughal and Rajput military armors and weapons, beautiful miniature paintings, antique Hindu idols dated back to 6th and 7th century AD portraying an amazing amalgamation of Rajput and Mughal styles of art and various other artifacts. All these exhibits are put up for display in different sections of various galleries. The most noteworthy display in the Akbar’s Palace and Museum is the gigantic black marble statue of Goddess Kali. Akbar’s Palace and Museum, located quite close to the Railway Station of Ajmer is a living icon of the eventful history and rich heritage of Ajmer. Frequently visited by myriads of travelers and day trippers, this palace museum, also known by the monikers ‘Daulat Khana’ and ‘Magazine’ is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the holy city Ajmer.

Abdullah Khan's Tomb

Location: In the main market of Ajmer
Abdullah Khan’s Tomb located in the main market of Ajmer is a remarkable piece of architecture noted for its elegant simplicity and graceful modesty. Engineered in the scintillating white marble atop an elevated platform, this mausoleum is an outstanding memento from the bygone era. This sepulcher erected by the Sayyid brothers in the memory of their father Abdullah Khan is a plain rectangular structure adorned with four minarets and glossy arches. Built in the year 1710 AD, Abdullah Khan’s Tomb is a paradigm of the splendid architectural craftsmanship prevalent in later Mughal epoch. A commemorative inscription found close by indicates that one more mausoleum was raised alongside the Abdullah Khan’s Tomb which could not survive the test of time. Another compelling structure that lies in front of this tomb is the catacomb dedicated to the wife of Abdullah Khan. This crypt though quite small in stature reveals a polished facade.


Location: Located approximately 18 miles to the north-west of Ajmer
Kishangarh, located approximately 18 miles to the north-west of Ajmer is celebrated as the marble city of India. Also reckoned as the birth place of the Kishangarh School of Painting renowned worldwide for its ‘Bani Thani Miniature’, Kishangarh also boasts of its only temple in the world that is dedicated to the nine planets. Originally founded as a princely state by the Jodhpur prince Kishan Singh in 1609 AD, Kishangarh also acted as the capital of certain eponymous state during the British Colonization. The present day Kishangarh beckons tourists to pay a visit to some of the notable attractions of the city including The Marble Industrial Area, Kishangarh Fort, Pitamber Ki Gaal, Khoda Ganesh, Mokham Vilas, Sukhsagar, Hamir Sagar, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Gondulav Lake, etc.

Anted-ki-Mata Temple

Anted ki Mata Temple of Ajmer is a Digambara Jain Temple that is popular amongst the locals as well as the tourists not only for its quietude and composure but also for its grand and pompous festivity. Set up amidst the lovely and soothing ambience, this Jain temple is particularly exalted for its fine-looking Chabutras and ornate Chhatris. These Chhatris representing the affluent culture and tradition of the Jainism are dignified for having immense historical significance as they bear the archival inscriptions relating the fabulous history of Jainism in Ajmer. The annual festivals of the Anted ki Mata Temple is celebrated on the day of Rakshabandhan that generally falls in the month of August. The usual tranquil environment of the temple turns into a center of activities and hustle bustle when it receives thousands of devotees at the time of Rakshabandhan Festival.


Location: At a distance of about 26 kilometers from Ajmer along the National Highway No 8 towards Beawar
Mangliyawas, situated at a distance of about 26 kilometers from Ajmer along the National Highway No 8 towards Beawar is a small town distinguished for its two trees of Adansonia Digitata Linn specie. These rare tress estimated to be about 800 years old are venerated amongst the devotees as ‘Kalpa Vrikhsha’ – the mythological wish fulfilling tree. It is believed that these two trees grant your wishes if you pray to them and tie a thread around their trunks. Mangliyawas is thronged by innumerable devotees in the Hindu holy month Sravana and you will see bundles of threads tied around these desire fulfilling trees.


Ajaipal, named after the Raja Ajay Pal of Chauhan dynasty who founded Ajmer in 7th century AD (or 12th century AD) is the place where the King Ajay Pal converted to Islam. The Chauhan King after experiencing an elongated period in power and realizing the hollowness of worldly materialism decided to give up all the luxuries and comfort and lead a life of an ascetic. The Raja was absolutely astonished by the saintly powers and piousness of Khwaja Sahib and became an ardent devotee of the Garib Nawaz Khwaja after embracing to Islam. Apart from this legendary background what multiplies the tourism appeal of Ajaipal is its peerless rustic allure. Moreover, it is also said that the immortal spirit of the king Ajay Pal still resides at this place and serves the mankind. Thus, Ajaipal a combination of natural beauty, interesting genealogy and mystic beliefs is acknowledged as a leading tourist spot of Ajmer.

Rani Mahal

Location: Inside the Taragarh Fort of Ajmer
Rani Mahal, located inside the Taragarh Fort of Ajmer is a pavilion that was built for the Queens, courtesans and the mistresses of the rulers of Ajmer. This edifice reflecting the typical Rajasthani order of architecture today displays faded murals and wrecked stained glass windows. Rani Mahal, the former Chauhan citadel offers a flabbergasting aerial view of the far flung Aravalli Mountain Ranges and the surrounding valleys.

Sola Khamba

Location: Positioned right outside the Dargah Sharif
‘Sola Khamba’, which literally means the ‘sixteen pillars’ is a mausoleum constructed during the dominion of the Mughal King Aurangzeb. The mosque receives its name after the fact that the roof of this edifice is supported by 16 pillars. Also popularly known by the name ‘Shaikh Ala-al-Din’s Tomb’ Sola Khamba is the sepulcher of Shaikh Ala-al-Din; the administrator of the ‘Dargah Sharif’ of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. It is said that Shaikh Ala-al-Din himself built his own tomb between 1659 and 1660. Positioned right outside the Dargah Sharif, Sola Khamba is one of the must visit destinations of Ajmer. This unique epitome of Mughal architecture in India; Sola Khamba constructed in white marble comprises beautiful arches that mount the four small minarets at four corners. The most distinctive feature of this structure is its cusped arches that lead up to the flat roof of the mosque. The main building of the Sola Khamba covers the total area of about 1,399 square feet while the portico is spread over the total area of 1,001 square feet. Fashioned after the courtyard plan wherein a portico is put up on the eastern side of the central structure, the Sola Khamba of Ajmer happens to be one of the oldest mosques existing in India.

Bhim Burj and Garbha Gunjan

Location: Stationed within the premises of the Taragarh Fort
Bhim Burj and Garbha Gunjan are two noteworthy attractions stationed within the premises of the Taragarh Fort of Ajmer. Bhim Burj is a massive stone tower built inside the precincts of the fort on the top of which Garbha Gunjan was mounted. Garbha Gunjan is a name given to a cannon used as a weapon against the enemy assaults. Bhim Burj, acclaimed as the second hugest cannon mounting tower in India is a not to miss site in the Taragarh Fort. Close to the Bhim Burj and Garbha Gunjan some water reservoirs are located which provided water storage and supply to the residents of the fort during the period of water shortage.

Mandir Shri Nimbark Peeth

Location: Located at Nirmbarka Teerth in Salemabad of Ajmer District
Mandir Shri Nimbark Peeth located at Nirmbarka Teerth in Salemabad of Ajmer District was established with the aim of liberating people from the cruel practices of a Tantrika named Fiquir Masting Shah and propagating the Vaishnava principles amongst them. This temple was instituted by Khejarli Shri Sheoji; the Bhati chief along with Gopal Singh Ji Bhati. Erected on the 42 thousand square feet on land, this temple ornamented with marble pillars is constructed in such a unique way that the idol of the presiding deity is visible right from the main gate of the temple. The main gate is embellished with two small upraised gates while a short flight of 7 steps leads to the main entrance of the Mandir Shri Nimbark Peeth. The construction material that was used for building the temple includes yellow soil, mortar, marble and stone. This Vaishnava temple can be visited from 5:30 am to 12:00 noon and 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm everyday.

Akbari Masjid

Location: Between Shahjahani Gate and the Buland Darwaza
Akbari Masjid of Ajmer flanked by the Shahjahani Gate and the Buland Darwaza of Dargah Sharif was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Akbar as a mark of his gratitude towards the Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Sahib after his plea for an heir was answered by the Dargah Sharif. Dated back to 1571 AD, this mosque built in red sand stone is decorated in green and white marbles. Today, the Akbari Masjid houses Arabic and Persian School named ‘Moiniua Usmania Darul-Uloom’ where the religious education of Islam is provided to the Muslim children.

Mayo College

Location: Near Mayo Lake
The Mayo College of Ajmer was founded by the 6th Earl of Mayo who served as the Viceroy of India from 1869 to 1872 AD. The main objective behind establishing this college was to provide the princes and nobles of Rajputana with an education akin to that imparted by a ‘public school’ in the United Kingdom. Mayo College, acclaimed as one of the best boarding schools of India is also honored to be amongst the oldest Private Boarding Schools in the country. The students of the Mayo College are called ‘Mayoites’ while the alumni are known as ‘Old Boys’. The architecture of the Mayo College is an embodiment of the grandeur of erstwhile princely state of Ajmer. The main building, constructed in pure lofty white marble is a classic model of Indo-Saracenic architecture. A small replica of the Mayo College of Ajmer is now kept in the British Museum of London. The additional attraction of the Mayo College is its museum that is regarded to be one of the supreme college museums in the world.

Maqbara Shaikh Husain

Location: Close to the Dargah Sharif
‘Maqbara Shaikh Husain’ is the tomb of Khwaja Husain Chishty Rehamatullah Alaih, popularly referred to by the name ‘Shaikh Husain Ajmeri’. He served as the ‘Peer’ at the ‘Dargah Sharif’ of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti during the governance of the great Mughal Emperor ‘Badshah Akbar’. Shaikh Husain Ajmeri was the Great Grandson and the ‘Sajjada Nasheen’ of Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty Rehmatullah Alaih. His tomb; the Maqbara Shaikh Husain was built by Khwaja Alauddin Chishty; the next Sajjada Nasheen in the year 1637 and 1638.