Top things to do

Islamic Shrine in Ajmer

Dargah of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti

This is the tomb of Sufi saint Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti, who came to Ajmer from Persia in 1192 and died here in 1236. The tomb gained its significance during the time of the Mughals – many emperors added to the bu…
Jain Temple in Ajmer

Nasiyan (Red) Temple

This marvellous Jain temple, built in 1865, is also known as the Golden Temple, due to its amazing golden diorama in the double-storey temple hall. The intricate diorama depicts the Jain concept of the ancient world…
Multicuisine in Ajmer

Sheesh Mahal

This upmarket restaurant, located in Ajmer’s top hotel, the Mansingh Palace, offers excellent Indian, Continental and Chinese dishes, as well as a buffet when the tour groups pass through. The service is slick, the …
Historic Site in Ajmer

Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra

Beyond the Dargah of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti, on the town outskirts, are the extraordinary ruins of the Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra mosque. According to legend, construction in 1153 took only 2½ days. Others say it was …
Palace in Ajmer

Akbar’s Palace

Mughal emperor Akbar built this imposing building in 1570, partly as a pleasure retreat, but mainly to keep an eye on pesky local chiefs. Only part of the original impressive fortifications remain. It saw life as an…
Lake in Ajmer

Ana Sagar

This large lake, created in the 12th century by damming the River Luni, reflects the surrounding Aravalli Hills on its languid, oily surface. On its bank are two green parks, the Subash Bagh and the Dault Bagh, cont…
Indian in Ajmer

Mango Curry/Mango Masala

With dim, bar-like lighting and nursery-school decor, this is a popular Ajmer hang-out. It’s divided in two: Mango Curry is no alcohol and vegetarian, while Mango Masala has plenty of good nonveg options. Pizzas, Ch…
Fort in Ajmer

Taragarh

About 3km and a steep 1½-hour climb beyond the Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra mosque, the ancient Taragarh commands a superb view over the city. Built by Ajaipal Chauhan, the town’s founder, it saw lots of military action dur…
Multicuisine in Ajmer

Honeydew

The Honeydew offers a diverse selection of veg and nonveg Indian, Chinese and Continental food in a pleasant, clean and relaxed (but overly dim) atmosphere. It is the restaurant of choice for Mayo College students’ …
North Indian in Ajmer

Madina Hotel

Handy if you’re waiting for a train (it’s opposite the station), this simple, open-to-the-street eatery cooks up cheap veg and nonveg fare, with specialities such as chicken Mughlai and rumali roti (huge paper-thin …