Top Things To Do In Ajmer, Rajasthan

While visiting the hallowed Dargah is undoubtedly a must-do in the city, there are numerous other activities in Ajmer for a satisfying trip
Pushkar Lake in Ajmer is a sacred lake of the Hindus
Pushkar Lake in Ajmer is a sacred lake of the HindusShutterstock

The tiny city of Ajmer in Rajasthan, surrounded by the Aravalli Hills, is a haven for all sorts of travellers, particularly those seeking mindfulness and tranquillity.. There are several activities to do in Ajmer, and we assure you that every experience here will be a soul-satisfying one, whether it is simply relaxing by the lake or exploring the city's legacy.

While visiting the holy Dargah is unquestionably a must-do in the city, there are also other fantastic activities for a fulfilling trip to Rajasthan. Still not convinced? Check out the top ten things to do in the city.

Go Boating At Ana Sagar Lake

A foggy morning at Ana Sagar Lake in Ajmer
A foggy morning at Ana Sagar Lake in Ajmer Shutterstock

Ana Sagar Lake is a picturesque manmade lake in Ajmer. This artificial lake was constructed in the 12th century, by Prithviraj Chauhan’s grandfather - Anaji Chauhan and expanded by Anaji Rao Puar in the 17th century. Receiving water from the Luni River, this lake was constructed primarily to resolve water shortage and to be used for irrigation. 

Spanning a distance of 13 km, Anaji Sagar is the largest lake in the city of Ajmer. The small island called Baradari built by emperor Shah Jahan, situated at the centre of the lake is accessible by boat. The lake offers scenic views of the sunset and is the perfect place for some boating or a leisurely picnic. 

Timings: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Entry Fees: While entry to the lake is free, the charge for boating is INR 160 per person.
Location: Ana Sagar Lake Ana Sagar Circular Road, Ajmer, Rajasthan

Seek Blessings At Ajmer Sharif Dargah

People visiting the holy Ajmer Sharif Dargah
People visiting the holy Ajmer Sharif DargahShutterstock

The Ajmer Sharif Dargah is the final resting place of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, a prominent Sufi saint, responsible for the spread of Sufism in the Indian Subcontinent in the 12th century.

The shrine was originally built in the 13th century but went through many renovations over the next several centuries, giving it the richness of the diverse architectural influences of the Mughal, Persian and Indian styles.

One of Rajasthan's holiest places, the dargah is one of Ajmer's most popular attractions. Devotees from all faiths visit the dargah to offer the customary chadar, flowers, and prayers. Deep in the Aravalli Mountains, it is adjacent to Taragarh Hill, the dargah resonates with the melodies of the Qawwalis that are performed here.

Legend has it that all requests are fulfilled for a devotee who worships with a pure heart and soul at this Dargah. The annual Urs festival celebrated here, is one of the main attractions of this holy shrine.  Saint Chisti's relics can be found in this shrine. He is regarded as Muhammad's descendent and was relocated to India at his request.

It has made a substantial contribution to the public's understanding of Islamic ethical and spiritual goals. Humayun, the Mughal Emperor, erected the Ajmer Sharif Dargah. The dargah complex has several mosques built by Shah Jahan and Akbar, who would visit Ajmer every year. People offer ‘phoolon ki chaadar’ and pray for the well-being of their loved ones. 

Timings: 4:00 AM to 10:00 PM during summer, 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM during winter, and a break from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Entry Fees: No entry fee for visiting the Dargah.
Location: Faiz Manzil, Dargah Sharif, Ajmer, Rajasthan

Take A Stroll At Daulat Bagh 

Adjacent to the famous Ana Sagar Lake and the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, The Daulat Bagh or the ‘Garden of Wealth’ was built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century. Visiting the beautiful Daulat Bagh is one of the top things you must add to your Ajmer city tour. 

The geometrically arranged pathways, fountains, and water channels are typical of the Mughal Charbagh garden design. The lush greenery and varieties of flora make it a must-visit for nature enthusiasts as well. Dedicated to Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, the Daulat Bagh stands testament to the fusion of Mughal architecture and spirituality.

Timings: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Entry Fees: There is no entry fee for visiting this garden
Location: Near Ana Sagar Lake, Ganj, Ajmer, Rajasthan

Stay At Jagat Palace

Jagat Palace is a heritage hotel located in the heart of Pushkar. While there are several nice hotels in Ajmer near Dargah, staying at the Jagat Palace is an experience you should not miss. With its majestic facade, this hotel is built in an architectural style reminiscent of traditional Rajasthani heritage, this hotel offers its residents a taste of the local culture.  

Along with the modern amenities, Jagat Palace gives visitors a taste of traditional cuisine and folk arts through many cultural performances and cuisine. Each contains two restaurants, one conference hall, and one swimming pool. With magnificent sand dunes. This hotel offers princely luxuries while being away from the touristic crowds in Ajmer. 

Timings: 9:00 AM to 11:30 PM
Entry Fees: No entry fee
Location: Behind Ramdwara, Ajmer Road, Pushkar, Rajasthan

Pray At The Nasiyan Jain Temple

The Nasiyan Jain Temple is also known as Digamber Jain temple
The Nasiyan Jain Temple is also known as Digamber Jain templeShutterstock

The Nasiyan Jain Temple, also known as Soniji ki Nasiyan was built in the late 19th century, by a Jain merchant Seth Moolchand Soni, hence the name. The temple is dedicated to the Jain Tirthankara Adinath and is a place of great reverence for the Jain community. 

The temple is divided into two areas, the prayer hall and the museum. The prayer hall is called Swarna Nagari, primarily due to the intricate gold leaf-covered wooden structures depicting scenes from Jain mythology. The museum or Gyaan Bhandar houses artefacts, manuscripts and dioramas portraying Jain philosophy.

This one-of-a-kind temple is a must-visit while in Ajmer, not simply for religious reasons but also for the stunning display of craftsmanship. 

Timings: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 
Entry Fees: INR 10 for Indians, INR 25 for Foreigners
Location: Prithivi Raj Marg, Dumada, Dargah Bazar, Ajmer

Shop At The Local Bazaars

Women shoping at a local market in Ajmer
Women shoping at a local market in AjmerShutterstock

Every trip to Rajasthan is incomplete without shopping, and Ajmer in particular is known for its vibrant markets and bazaars offering a diverse range of handicrafts and local wares. 

Stop by Naya Bazaar for your fill of Bandhani fabric and don’t miss Churi Bazaar for the iconic Lac bangles of Rajasthan. You can also watch the fascinating craft of Lac bangle making at some of the shops. Khadim Mohalla, famous for its leather goods stores everything from mojris to bags, and belts. 

Bargaining is customary in these markets and the final price depends on your ability to beat it down. Take a break from your shopping at one of the local street vendors selling Rajasthani street delights!

Timings: 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Entry Fees: No entry fee
Location: Ajmer, Rajasthan

Explore Taragarh Fort

Taragarh fort in Bundi city, one of the biggest Indian castles
Taragarh fort in Bundi city, one of the biggest Indian castlesShutterstock

Taragarh Fort, also known as the Star Fort is an ancient hilltop fort in Ajmer. The fort was built in the 8th century by the founder of the Chauhan dynasty. Rudyard Kipling, fascinated by its odd form and construction, described it as "more the work of Goblins than men."

The fort is a powerful reminder of Miran Sahib's bravery as the fort's former governor, who gave his life in a harrowing confrontation in 1210. The fort rises magnificently on top of the Aravalli Ranges and provides excellent panoramic views of the city of Ajmer, making it a popular tourist destination in the region.


Timings:
9 AM – 7 PM
Entry Fees: INR 20
Location: Taragarh Road, Ajmer

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