Akbar Fort, the royal pride of Ajmer

Akbar Fort, the royal pride of Ajmer | Photo credit: Arefin.86

A bird's eye view of the majestic city

A bird's eye view of the majestic city | Photo credit: Manoj Kengudelu

The historic city of Ajmer

The historic city of Ajmer

Visit Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra, a mosque in Ajmer

Visit Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra, a mosque in Ajmer | Photo credit: Nagarjun

Destination Snapshot

  • Travel Style

  • Culture Vultures
  • Nirvana-aah
    • Language

      Hindi, Urdu
    • Altitude

      486 metres (1,594 feet) above sea level
    • Time zone

      IST (UTC+5.5 hours)
    • Theme


Bordered by the jagged mountains of Rajasthan and home to the world-famous Dargah Sharif, the city of Ajmer reverberates with Sufi chants…

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  • The Dargah of Moinuddin Chishti

    Being the most important attraction in town, no trip to Ajmer is complete without a visit to Dargah Sharif. Devotees of all religions flock to Ajmer, seeking blessings from the holy saint. The Dargah is best witnessed during the Urs festival, an event that reveals the true harmonious character of the city of Ajmer.

  • Qawwalis

    Listening to a session of qawwalis at the Dargah can be quite enigmatic, and is an experience in itself. The shrine where Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti was buried in 1235, Dargah Sharif is always echoing with soft Sufi qawwalis which the devotees sing in praise of the holy saint.

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  • Culture centric destination

    Apart from the pious aspect, there is not much to do within this small city, hence a one or two day trip is more than enough to explore Ajmer.

Describing It

Ajmer, a small city in Rajasthan, brings together some of the most diverse cultures of India. A heritage city that is located on the slopes of the Aravalli mountain range, Ajmer was founded by the Chauhan Dynasty in the late 7th century, and has since then been an important destination for both religious as well as educational purposes.

A city steeped in history, Ajmer has been ruled by many dynasties that left behind an indelible mark of their culture and tradition on the city’s history, resulting in an amalgamation of various cultures and a blend of Hinduism and Islam.

The historical importance aside, Ajmer is primarily known as an Islamic pilgrimage destination all over the world. However, that is not the precise fact, for the town is flooded with people of all religious affiliations who come here to offer their prayers at the Dargah of the Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.