Ajmer falls among the most prominent cities of Rajasthan and is a major pilgrimage site for the Muslim community. It even serves as a base for people visiting Pushkar. Ajmer is just 135 km from Jaipur and around 390 km from Delhi. It takes about 6-7 hours to reach Ajmer from Delhi by rail as well as by road. Tourists love to visit the city for its Rajasthani culture. Those of you who wish to travel to Ajmer by road can get bikes on rent from the flourishing Delhi bike rentals that have made touring to cities of North and Central India much more convenient for tourists. You can get a variety of two-wheelers on rent in Delhi. It is also possible to hire scooters in Delhi if you prefer them to bikes.
The city is surrounded by the Aravalli Range, the city was founded by Raja Ajaypal Chauhan in the 7th century AD. The city gets its name from the words ‘ajay meru’ meaning ‘invincible hills’. The city came under the rule of the Mughals after Mohammad Ghori defeated Prithviraj Chauhan in 1193 AD. Ajmer became a major city under the Mughal Empire and due to the presence of the Ajmer Sharif Darga, it became a pilgrimage site.
Ajmer is famous for a lot of places of interest, the Dargah of Ajmer Sharif being one of the most prominent among them. This shrine houses the maqbara (grave) of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti also known as the Graib Nawab. He was the founder of the Chisti order of Sufism. The Dargah has three gates- the Nizam gate or the main gate, the Shah Jahan gate built by the Mughal Emperor and the famous Buland Darwaza. People of all faiths come here in large numbers to pray and seek blessings of the departed saint and ask him to fulfill their wishes.
Soniji ki Nasiyan, the Jain Temple in Ajmer is the magnificent temple and a pilgrimage site for the Jain Community. The temple is dedicated to Adinath or Rishabh. The main entrance is made of red stone and the marble stairs are carved with the images of the Tirthankaras. It is called ‘Swarna Nagari’ as it is among the richest temples of India and houses several- gold plated statues.
Adhai Din Ka Jhonpda is another famous tourist spot. It was built in order to start a college of Sanskrit but was turned into a mosque by Sultan Ghori in 1198 AD. It is a beautiful combination of Indo-Islamic architecture and was further revamped by Sultan Iltutmish.
Two artificial lakes constructed in the city make it even more beautiful. The Anasagar Lak was built by Arnoraj Chauhan between 1135 and 1150 AD. Later the Mughal Emperor beautified the surroundings of the lake by planting the Daulat Bagh Gardens near it. Emperor Shah Jahan also added his touch to the lake by building five pavilions called Baradari, between the lake and gardens. Lake Foy Sagar, another artificial lake was built by the English engineer Foy in 1892 AD. This lake offers a picturesque view of the Aravalli Mountain Range.
Many other places like The Nareli Jain Temple, The Sai Baba Temple, Ajmer Museum and the Bulland Darwaza attract tourists from far and wide. Mayo college in Amer was among the first schools in the country to offer the British style of education and still remains to be one of the finest schools in India.
Pilgrims and tourists wishing to pay a visit to Ajmer can hire bikes in Delhi. Visitors get dazzled when they see the rich history and the unique beauty of the city. The new bike rentals in Delhi have it convenient and affordable to hire two-wheelers in Delhi in order to travel to tourist places of North India.