Ajmer - Places To See| September 4, 2012
Dargah Sharif: One of the country’s most famous pilgrim centres, the Dargah Sharif of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-Din Chishti is the centre of the Ajmer Urs festival. Apart from the Akbari Masjid, the tomb of the saint and the gate, the other marble structures within the complex of the dargah have fine impressions of Mughal architecture. Dargah Sharif is the most famous pilgrim and tourist centre in Ajmer.
Tarangarh Fort: Constructed in 1354, parts of the fort lie in ruins. However Rajasthani architecture during the rule of the Chauhan dynasty is easily seen in the Rani Mahal and Miran Saheb ka Dargah. Many parts of the fort remain inaccessible. Taragarh Fort is the first hill fort in Asia.
Akbar’s Palace and Museum: Built by Emperor Akbar in 1570, the palace of Emperor Akbar was turned into a museum. Hindu figurines dating back to the 6th and the 7th century are displayed in the museum. Paintings, stone sculptures and arms and other artifacts of the medieval period are the main attractions of the museum. The museum remains open on all days except Fridays from 10 am to 4:30 pm.
Mayo College & Museum: Considered the largest college museum in the world, The Mayo College Museum has over 18 rooms. A rich and valuable collection of old paintings, sculptures, photographs, coins, stuffed birds and butterflies are housed in this museum.
Lakes: Foy Sagar and Ana Sagar apart from being the chief sources of water for Ajmer, also serve as great picnic spots with its scenic beauty. While Ana Sagar was constructed by Shah Jahan in the 12th century by blocking the water of Luni River, Foy Sagar was constructed in the 19th century by Mr Foy as a part of a drought relief project.
Adhai-din-ka Jhopra: Originally built for the Jain festival Panch Kalyan Mahotsav in 660, the shrine was constructed within two and a half days (hence the name). The Adhai Din ka Jhopra is one of the finest standing examples of early Indo-Islamic architecture. There are inscriptions on the walls in Devnagari. The exquisite architecture of Adhai Din ka Jhopra attracts a lot of tourists and remains one of the most famous places to visit in Ajmer.
Nasiyan Jain temple: Decorated with gold plates and silver, the temple is famously known as the Red temple. Nasiyan Jain temple is dedicated to Rishabh, the first Jain Tirthankar. The first storey of the temple has an amazing sculpture of the universe. The temple remains open from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Abdullah Khan’s tomb, Durga Bagh, Magazine, Anted ki Mata temple and Ajaipal are the other popular tourist attractions in Ajmer.