Attractions In ajmer
If you are looking for tour itineraries for Rajasthan, you will find that the number of Ajmer packages on the internet is quite high. The reason is that the city has numerous places for holidaymakers to see and explore. Surrounded by the Aravalli Hills with Ana Sagar Lake in the centre, the sights are enough to capture your senses. The city has various shrines that have made it a prominent pilgrimage destination in the country. Many of these are also masterpieces of architecture, giving them a twofold significance. Described further are the popular tourist attractions in this vibrant city.
Dargah Ajmer Sharif
When you visit the city, you cannot hope to return without paying a visit to the dargah of Moinuddin Chishti – the city’s crownpiece. Its entrance is through the three-storey Nizam Gate with a minaret on both sides. The second gate is Buland Darwaza, almost as high as Nizam Gate, but simpler in decoration. Just one glance at the two massive cauldrons in the courtyard will capture your attention. These are used to cook a mixture of sweetened rice and dry fruits in ghee to serve to devotees as tabarruk or prasad. When these are not being used for cooking, you would see them full of offerings in the form of money, sacks of grains and even jewellery.
A porch of white marble, called Begami Daalaan, leads to the main shrine, which houses the Sufi saint’s tomb. The tomb chamber is entered via doors, covered with silver plates that carry decorative carvings. Precious stones adorn marble tomb, which is smeared with sandal paste every day. A silver canopy, embedded with mother of pearls, shades the tomb.
You may have seen numerous places with India tour packages that are known for their rich sculpting, but the Jain Temple in Ajmer is one of a kind. Dedicated to Lord Adinatha, the first Jain Tirthankara, the shrine has two main components: the sanctum with the deity’s idol and a museum. Named Swarna Nagari or the city of gold, the museum is nothing less than a palace, considering its ornamentation. Your eyes will be left wide open at the sight of the rich paintings, stained glass artwork and Belgian glass all over its gold interiors!
This is not all, as the approximately 80-feet long, 40-feet wide chamber also houses hundreds of wooden sculptures, all covered with pure gold. The most prominent sculptures to see here are that of Mount Meru and Ayodhya. The six major events from the life of Lord Adinatha are also represented here in the form of sculptures and paintings.
Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra
Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra is an interesting site, where you can learn about the history of Ajmer. A mosque, it was built by the Mamluk ruler and first Sultan of Delhi, Qutub ud-din Aibak. This grand place of worship consists of 10 domes and over 320 pillars, of which just around 70 remain intact. Its primary facade has a screen with arches of limestone; the main arch is about 60 feet high. These arches contain Tughra and Kufic inscription of Quranic verses. Here, you will also see floral designs that are typical of Islamic architecture.
If you look closely at the walls and pillars, you will also see carvings like those in Hindu temples! The reason for this is that the mosque was originally a Jain Sanskrit school, which was destroyed by invaders from Western and Central Asia. The plunderers used its remains as well as those of numerous Hindu temples to build the mosque, which is an exceptional piece of art.
Other City Jewels
Those, who want to learn about the culture of Ajmer, must visit the Government Museum. The building, in which the museum collection is housed, is itself an attraction as it was the palace of Emperor Akbar. Stone sculptures, inscriptions, coins, metal objects, miniature paintings, weapons, terracotta sculptures, artefacts and artworks are exhibited here.
You can also plan a trip to Ana Sagar Lake, which is surrounded by baradaris or open pavilions. The lake has boating facility to an island in the centre.
This is not all, but Ajmer has various other places that you can visit for an insight into Rajasthan’s history and culture.