Ajmer is located at a distance of just 13 kilometers from Pushkar. It is surrounded by the Aravalli Hills. This place is popular for its rich Islamic heritage and culture. Apart from being a Muslim pilgrimage centre, it is also a popular place for the Jain religion, since it has the very popular golden Jain temple. There are various sightseeing spots in Ajmer, which highlights the architectural excellence of Rajasthan under rulers of various dynasties.
1. Dargah Shariff
This prominent pilgrimage centre is the tomb of Sufi Holy Person- Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti. It is located on a desolate hill but can be easily accessed by road. It remains open every day from 5 am to 7 pm. The entrance of this Dargah is built of silver doors. It is filled with devotees of all faith throughout the year.
2. Nasiyan Jain Temple
This temple was dedicated to Lord Adinath. He was the first Jain Tirthankara. This temple is located on Prithvi Raj Marg and was constructed in the year, 1865. It is a two-storeyed building, of which one section is dedicated to Lord Adinath and the other section has a museum and a hall. The gallery of the museum is made up of gold. It shows the five stages of the life of Lord Adinath. It is open every day from 7 am to 7 pm. The temple also has a lobby and showcases various paintings and illustrations.
3. Nareli Jain Temple
Nareli Jain Temple is located at a distance of just 7 kilometers from the main city of Ajmer. It has been designed in the traditional architectural style with a modern touch. Apart from this, there are 24 other miniature temples on the hill known as 24 Jainalay. They show the 24 Tirthankaras of the Jain. Various sculptures of elaborate designs are made over here. It is a significant pilgrimage site for the Digambara Jains.
4. Adhai-Din ka Jhonpra
It is a popular mosque located on the Andere Kota Road and is open daily from 4:30 am to 8:30 pm. There is various analysis behind the name of the place. Some say it took two and a half days to construct this place in 1153 and some say that it was named after a festival which lasted for two and a half days. It was at first constructed as a Sanskrit college which was then converted into a mosque. The seven arched wall over here comprises of Islamic calligraphy.
5. Ana Sagar Lake
This man-made lake was constructed between the years 1135 to 1150 AD. Ana Sagar Lake was built by Maharaja Anaji and was later modified a lot to enhance the beauty of the lake. It is located very close to Daulat Bagh. It was built by Emperor Jahangir and was later improvised by Emperor Shah Jahan by adding 5 pavilions, called the Baradari. There is also a beautiful small island in the middle of the lake, where one prefers going for a family outing. Boat or water scooters can be hired to explore the place.
6. Prithviraj Smarak
This beautiful memorial to Prithviraj Chauhan is located on the Taragarh Road, in Ajmer. Here you can see the statue of the king mounted on a horse. It is open daily from 7 am to 9 pm. This statue shows Prithviraj Chauhan holding a bow and arrow in his hand showing the epitome of courage. During the 12th century, he used to rule the capital of Delhi and Ajmer. He was most popular of the lineage of the Chauhans.
7. Akbar’s Palace and Museum
This museum located in the Dil-e-Aaram Gardens was built in the year 1949. Various sculptures and excavated materials of the previous civilizations can be seen over here. Two Yupa pillars can also be seen here. Pratihara sculptures and the Barnala inscriptions are the main highlights over here. They belong to the 8th Century. It is located inside the Akbar Fort and it is open daily from 10 am to 4:45 pm. Materials from Bairat, Sambhar and Nagar can also be witnessed here. Inscriptions at the Vidyadhar Gardens in the Jaipur state can also be spotted here.
8. Buland Darwaza
Buland Darwaza is located on the barren hill in Ajmer and is open daily from 5 am to 7 pm. It is located at a height of 176 feet and was constructed in the year 1576. Akbar’s victory over Ahmednagar and Khandesh is celebrated with the construction of this grand getaway. There are semi-octagonal Darwaza towers. The southern entry of the Darwaza is dedicated to Dargah Sharif. It is a great example of architectural beauty. The court of the mosque is under the dome of the Central Chamber. It is a great example of an amazing Islamic design.
9. Savitri Temple
Savitri Temple is located at a distance of 1.5 kilometers from Pushkar. It is located behind the Brahma Temple. One has to climb a series of steps to reach the temple. It is surrounded by a beautiful lake and has a perfect picturesque surrounding. It can be easily accessed by any local transport. The shrine is located on the hill and is a major attraction among the tourists. It is dedicated to the first wife of Lord Brahma. The panoramic view is another major attraction over here.
10. Rangji temple
Lord Rangji is believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Two very popular temples can be found over here. It was constructed in the year 1823 by Seth Puran Mal Ganeriwal who was from Hyderabad. It has a true Dravidian style of architecture. It is blended with Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture too. It is also popularly known as Shri Vaikunt Nath. It is located in Chote Basti and is opened every day from 5 am to 7 pm.
11. Clock Tower
Clock Tower is located on the Church Road in Alwar. It is a highly designed royal façade. From here you get to know about the Rajput reign. You get to see the entire locality from this tower. All the nearby places can be viewed from here. It has an ancient look to it and is a great place of visit overlooking the major highlights of the locality. It is located at a distance of just 1 kilometer from the centre of the city which makes it very easily accessible from any part of the city.
12. Durga Bagh
It is popularly called the Daulat Bagh Gardens which is located on the beautiful Ana Sagar Lake. It was initiated by Maharaja Mangal Singh and has a very beautiful and delightful background. The marble pavilions in this Bagh is one of the major attraction over here. Beautiful flowers and tall trees surround the garden. You can go to this Bagh for relaxation or for enjoying a picnic. You can even enjoy viewing the beautiful bloomed flowers over here. It is open every day from 9 am to 6 pm.
13. Kishangarh City
It is a beautiful tourist spot popular for its art and culture. It is popularly known as the marble city of India. The Bani Thani style of painting dominates this region. The Kishangarh Fort is another major attraction over here. It has a unique temple of nine planets. It is the only temple here with this kind of concept. There are various major attractions of the city like the Phool Mahal Palace, Khoda Ganeshji Temple, and Gondulav Lake.
14. Soniji Ki Nasiyan
This Jain Temple is popularly called the Red Temple. The temple has been dedicated to the first Tirthankara. Swarna Nagari is the main chamber of the temple. It is known as the City of Gold as it has many gold plated wooden figures. The figures depict various other figures of the Jain religion. The place is popular for its beautiful architecture and also because of the amazing sculpture of the universe. It is filled with a huge number of tourists every year.
15. Taragarh Fort in Bundi
It is open from 8 am to 7 pm during summers and from 8 am to 5 pm during winters. This impressive structure was built in the year 1354 and was founded by Rao Deva. It is located on a steep hill with panoramic views all around and is commonly known as Star Fort. It is situated on the Aravalli Hills in Nagpahari from where the entire city of Bundi can be witnessed. It once had magnificent architecture but is now sadly in ruins. You get to know about the Rajput rule from here. There are three getaways and tunnels over here. The Garbha Gunjan and the Rani Mahal are the major attractions over here. The sunset looks amazing from here.
16. Abdulla Khan’s Tomb
This elegant tomb of Abdulla Khan was built by his two sons. It is a splendid memoir and is one of the major attraction over here. It is popular for its historical importance. It has four ornamental towers which have been designed beautifully. There are various bent arches in this tomb. They are all rectangular in shape. They are beautifully made with white marble which makes it look even more beautiful. Opposite to the tomb of Abdulla Khan lies the tomb of the wife of Abdulla Khan.
17. Roopangarh Fort
This fort is open every day from 6 am to 6 pm. It was previously a fortress and a palace. It is an imperial monument which is popular for both its grand interior and exterior. There are highly renovated 19 large rooms. The entire fort imbibes a royal ambiance for everyone. They are exquisitely decorated. You can enjoy a royal stay in any of the rooms of this fort. The war fort has a great beauty which needs to be explored. This heritage turned hotel is a great place to visit.
18. Foy Sagar Lake
It is open 24 hours which was built in 1982. The English architect, Mr. Foy has been a part of the Famine Relief Project which has been an important part of the Foy Sagar Lake. This beautiful lake has been located on the Foy Sagar Garden Road. It is a beautiful artificial lake which is a very popular tourist spot over here. It is popular for its serenity and tranquility. From here you can get a panoramic view of the entire Aravalli range. The 360-degree view of the place makes it look even more picturesque.
19. Sai Baba Temple
It is also a very popular place of visit in Ajmer. This beautiful temple spreads over 5 beeghas and is a huge place where you can just sit and relax for a while or enjoy the tranquility of the place. It was constructed by Mr. Suresh K Lal. It was inaugurated in the year 1999. It is located in Ajay Nagar. The temple has been constructed beautifully and is filled with tourists throughout the year. You will get to know about the history and culture of the place which makes it even more worth visiting.
20. Mayo College Museum
It is the largest school museum in Ajmer. It is located in the Jhalwar house. The idea was conceptualized by Mr. T.N. Vyas and has 18 rooms on the campus. The repository in this museum has basically been donated by teachers, parents, well wishers and old students. You will get to know a lot about the Mayo College as well as about the history of the place from this museum. It is a known place to visit and is frequented by visitors all throughout the year.
Apart from these, there are other places to visit too like Chaupati, Baradari, Maharana Pratap Smarak which is the popular memorial of Maharana Pratap, Akbari Mosque, the Government Museum, and various other places too. All these popular places make Ajmer rich historically as well as religiously. Apart from visiting the places of visit, you can even go for city shopping in the Mahila Mandi or to other places from where one can get the silverware, the traditional lehengas and the hand tie-dyed turbans. There’s a lot to be explored in Ajmer and is a great place of visit.