Encircled by the Aravalli mountain range and surrounding the expansive Anasagar Lake is the pilgrimage city of Ajmer. It is located in the center of Rajasthan, the largest state in India and is one of the few selected heritage cities of our nation. Founded by Ajayaraja I in late 7th century, it was originally named as Ajayameru after its founder. The city of Ajmer is shielded by the humongous Taragarh Fort - constructed upon a steep hillside. Previously known as the Ajayameru Fort, this is believed to be one of the oldest hill forts in India. Ajmer is world renowned for its Dargah of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti which is situated at the foot of the Taragarh hill. People of the different culture, religion and community from all over the world come to this place to pay their homages. Approximately 100,000 pilgrims throng the site every day.
Ajmer is also home to other pilgrimage sites like Adhai Din Ka Jhonpda – a mosque built by Qutubuddin Aibak, Taragarh Fort – the fort was the base for Chauhan rulers during their regime and now overlooks Ajmer, Anasagar Lake – a massive man-made lake built around 1150 A.D, Soniji Ki Nasiyan – a Jain temple built in the 19th century having a marvellous architecture, Akbari Fort & Museum – originally the residence of the son of Akbar, Prince Salim, it is now a museum which houses a collection of Mughal and Rajput armours. These are to name a few amongst a lot in this bustling city where Islamic architecture is beautifully portrayed. With these many places to see and visit, renting a bike for sight-seeing would ease a headache for visitors who are planning a short trip.
Located at about 11kms away from Ajmer is the small town of Pushkar, home to the famous holy lake Pushkar and the 14th century Brahma Temple. Allegedly, Pushkar is the only place where Lord Brahma may be worshipped in a temple. An extravagant Pushkar Fair happens once annually which attracts many devotees, during which, devotees take a dip in the Pushkar Lake to wash away their sins.
Various facets of beauty leave one mesmerized in Ajmer and Pushkar. To spice things up, one could rent a bike and explore the serene beauty of Ajmer and its surrounding places to full contentment. With various two-wheelers available for rent, from various bike rentals in and around the city, one could plan their whole trip as they wish accordingly, thereby helping to capture the vibrancy of Rajasthan in full amount.
Ajmer, being a salient pilgrimage city in Rajasthan, is well connected by air, rail and road.
Air – Jaipur airport is the nearest to Ajmer at 130kms. From Jaipur airport, one could hire a taxi or board a bus.
Rail – Ajmer has a full-fledged railway station. Upon reaching the station, one could take an auto-rickshaw or hire a cab to their destination.
Road – Ajmer is connected to almost all the major cities of India by road as it is located on the Golden Quadrilateral NH-8.