Activities In ajmer
Do not make the mistake of thinking that there is not much to do in Ajmer because, there is. The city buzzes with tourists all year long as there are loads of opportunities here for their blissful engagement. Be it sightseeing, partaking in its culture, shopping or just roaming around admiring the hills, all is possible in the city. Scroll down for an overview of what all activities have made Ajmer a popular travel destination.
Seek Moinuddin Chishti’s Blessings at His Dargah
Make it a point to visit the dargah of Moinuddin Chishti when in the city. You will enter via a series of two monumental Mughal-style gates like those in numerous forts. Some buildings within the sacred complex that you must see are the main shrine, Begami Daalaan, Mazar of Bibi Hafiz Jamal, Aulia Masjid and Arcot Dalan. The silver doors of the tomb chamber as well as the sarcophagus itself are worthy of a glance.
You would be spellbound to see the shining white marble sarcophagus, embedded with precious stones, and covered with a cloth of silk and velvet with tracery in silver and gold! A canopy inlaid with mother of pearls shades the tomb; all this rests under a ceiling with a velvet covering. You must enter the outer of the two railings of silver to offer flowers to the saint. While inside the grave chamber, you will be treated to the scent of traditional perfume or itra and sandalwood paste.
For the best experience, try attending a day’s programme at the dargah that includes Khidmat, a ceremony in which the tomb is cleaned and formally opened to pilgrims. You can also see the lamp lighting ritual, known as traditional lamps that are brought inside amidst drum beating. If you happen to be here when the tomb is closed, you can hear a Qawali song.
You can walk up the small staircases leading to the mouth of the two gigantic cauldrons or degs here and offer money, jewellery or even food grains. These degs are also used to cook sanctified food or Prasad of rice, ghee sugar and nuts that you must taste. You can also sit with the people of Ajmer and those from other parts of the country to enjoy langar. The best time to visit the dargah is Urs, the death anniversary of Moinuddin Chishti when it is thronged by thousands of pilgrims and tourists.
Admire Bedazzling Sculptures
One of the most interesting places to explore with Ajmer packages is Soniji Ki Nasiyan, or Ajmer Jain Temple. From outside, this red sandstone building may look like any other Rajasthani haveli, but when you enter it, you will enter an altogether different realm. Its major highlight is Swarna Nagri, a huge hall on the second floor. Stained Belgian glass, typical of churches, and a ceiling covered with gold make the hall unique. This chamber also has wooden statues of Jain preachers as well as miniature models of Ayodhya and Mount Meru, all plated with gold.
Another amazing Jain shrine in the city is Nareli Jain Temple, located on its outskirts. You can take a walk on its wide pavement, lined by lush gardens. A glance at the hills in the backdrop will bring to notice 24 smaller shrines.
If you want to just sit and relax during your Ajmer visit, then you can head to Foy Sagar, an artificial lake. You can admire the sunrise above the hills from the shores and click photos. Another waterbody in the city is Ana Sagar, which is lined by open pavilions or baradaris. You can walk through the baradaris or just sit here looking at the views. Boating on conventional and motorised vessels is also possible here. You can take boats to an island in the lake and also feed migratory birds that come here.
Learn the Local History
Like much of Rajasthan, Ajmer has loads of places with immense historical importance. One of the best places where the history of Ajmer can be studied is Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra. A 12th-century mosque with intricate carvings, it has remains of Jain temples. The 16th-century palace of Akbar is an attraction in itself as well as a museum, housing artworks, artefacts, inscriptions, coins, stone sculptures, weapons, miniature paintings, metal objects and terracotta figurines. Another site to visit is Taragarh Fort, which is also a popular trekking spot.
By indulging in all these activities, your trip to Ajmer will never be boring and one-dimensional.