Faith is simply to believe what we do not see. The Rigveda says ‘that man alone acquires strength of body and soul and attains to happiness whose heart is free from suspicion and is filled with faith’. Faith is God at work. Nestled amidst the Aravali ranges of mountains, Ajmer in Rajasthan is a place where visitors of all faiths come to realize these realities
Ajmer was once the glorious domicile of the illustrious Prithwivraj Chauhan. A visit to Ajmer rekindles the history associated with this place.
Ajmer has a very strong background of History, representing different dynasties and rulers such as the Mughals, the Scindias, the Rajputs and the British. The city has clear imprints of the contemporary rulers and attracts attention of tourists for its diversified monumental, historical, natural, cultural and religious features.
Irrespective of religion, millions of visitors throng Dargah Sharif, the burial ground of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moin-Ud-Din Chisti. It is located at the heart of the city. Devotees get their yearnings fulfilled by the holy bliss of Khwaja. Shah Jahan’s Mosque with its white marble lies in the precinct of the Dargah. Ajmer is best known for its synthetic culture of Hinduism and Sufism and Rajasthan traditions.
Akbar’s Palace and MuseumThe erstwhile palace of Akbar has been transformed into a museum that showcases classic reminiscence of Rajput and Mughal reigns. Tourists can see the rare exhibits like ancient and medieval artillery and arsenals, fabulous sculptures and paintings. The centre of tourists’ attraction is a gigantic and imposing black marble effigy of Goddess Kali.
Most tourists prefer to experience the royal ambience and elegance in their real life and sojourn in a luxurious hotel that has been structurally transformed from the 17th century monument, the ‘Roopangarh Fort’. Staying in this legendary and monumental hotel a visitor can visit down the memory lane to the days of valor and glories of the ex-rulers.
To add to the royal enjoyment, visitors get the opportunity of witnessing, in the precinct of Roopangarh Fort, other monumental structures such as Rani Mahal and Miran Saheb ki Dargah. Sitting at the living room, one can view the majestic Aravalli hills and valley.
The Taragarh FortSituated on Nagpahari hillside, although at the ruins, exhibits to the visitors, its past glory. Tourists get find it a must to visit Kishangarh, the former capital of the Rathores.
The Nasiyan Jain TempleBetter known as ‘Red Temple; attracts devotees of Digambar sect. The temple enshrines the first Jain Teerthankara. Ana Sagar, a man-made lake and a garden in Daulat Bag afford relaxing moments to the exhausted tourists.
The Brahma TempleIn Pushkar attracts Hindu devotees. Tourists may be amazed by the name ‘Adhai-Din-Ka- Jhopra’, which literarily means tattered house built within two and half days. This stands mute witness to the religious vandalism of some Muslim rulers who demolished a Jain temple and constructed a mosque there just within two and half days.
Ajmer is the right place to realize that faith lights any path, relieves any distress, brings joy out of sorrows, peace out of strife, and friendship out of enmity and heaven out of hell.