KishangarhNestled in foothills of Aravali ranges, lies
the picturesque city of Kishangarh which needs no introduction.
Located on Delhi-Mumbai Express Highway
it is situated at around
106 km from Jaipur and 22 km from Ajmer, the city took its name from
its founder Maharaja Kishan Singh who by his bravery, intelligence
and sagacity conquered this area and got it recognised by Mughal
Emperor Jahangir in 1611 A D.
The city inherits its
religious, cultural, art and literate heritage since the very, day
of its foundation. The 8th King of Kishangarh, Maharaja Sawant
Singh, popularly known as Nagridas, was also a great poet and well
known for some of his dazzling poems. Kishangarh is quite famous for
its artistic Bani-Thani paintings which emerged as a distinctive
style in the middle of 18th century under the patronage of Maharaja
Sawant Singh. It was so stunning and unique that the Indian
government engraved it on one of the postal stamps.
independence, Kishangarh was famed for power loom factories and it
was acknowledged as the largest power loom market up until 1981.
Apart from that, the city was also renowned for condiments specially
coriander and cumin souk during the last century.
late 80s and early 90s the marble trading started in Kishangarh and
city's nickname became Marble city. Past
PerfectIn the heart of Rajputana ,
a small princely
state Kishangarh has a rich and glorious past. On the auspicious day
of Basant Panchami , Kishangarh state was founded by Jodhpur Prince
Kishan Singh in 1611. He was the second of twelve sons of Maharaja
Udai Singhji of Jodhpur. During that period of time India was under
the control of Mughal Dynasty, Akbar being the emperor of India, and
Kishangarh still being the capital of the eponymous princely state
in Rajputana provenance. Maharaja Kishan Singh passed away soon in
his early forties but the founder of Kishangarh will be remembered
for ages and his glory will remain unaffected by time.
demise of Kishan Singh, following the royal family tradition,
Mahraja Sahsamal, Maharaja Jagmal Singh, Maharaja Hari Singh,
Maharaja Roop Singh, and the other heir rulers came into existence
one by one till Prithvi Singh, who became the 15th Maharaja of
Kishangarh in 1840, and reigned till his death in 1879, after which
he was succeeded by his son, Sadul Singh. Maharaja Madan Singh
ascended the throne in 1900 as a 17th Maharaja at the age of
sixteen, when the state was reeling from the impact of a devastating
The administration under him and his Diwan was
widely deemed worthy of approbation; irrigation from tanks and wells
was extended and factories for ginning and pressing cotton were
introduced. A social reform movement for discouraging excessive
expenditure on marriages made a remarkable impact during his reign.
Maharaja Yagyanarayan Singh Bahadur was 18th Maharaja of Kishangarh.
After the demise of Maharaja Sumer Singh the 19th Maharaja, who was
also the MLA of Kishangarh that time, his successor and present
Maharaja HH Brijraj Singh took over the throne of the king of
Kishangarh as 20th Maharaja on 16th February 1971. Marble
City KishangarhKishangarh, popularly known as the
marble city has created a niche for itself across the globe despite
not having a single mine of marble and emerged as Asia's biggest
marble souk because of hard work and contemplation of its
industrialist and marble traders.
market was dominated by textile and condiments traders. It was only
in late 80s when the population of Kishangarh started thinking of
other alternatives as these industries were no longer profitable and
they came up with idea of a marble trading business, which not only
gave employment to thousands of people but gave a boost to city's
economy as well. Now its economy grows and prospers on the marble
trade only. It has more than 500 gang saw units, 400 edge cutting
machines and more than 5,000 marble traders and it gives employment
to thousands of people.
Kishangarh Marble has been widely
recognised among the buyers for its genuine quality and
sophisticated designs. Kishangarh marble market is known for its
hi-tech manufacturing unit, warehousing and packaging unit that
enables the workforce to produce unmatched quality of marble
products. Marbles possess numerous of properties such as colour,
pattern, texture and purity and based on these properties only they
are used for various architectural and ornamental purposes. Marble
lovers can avail standard as well as customized sizes, dimension,
colours, patterns and designs that match their exact specifications
and needs. Kishangarh Marbles are known for their permanence,
durability, cooling effect, fire and heat resistance. This quality
of fire resistance has made these marbles to be an ideal material to
be used in fireplaces as well.
Here the textile business
has a great future too; recently two textile parks have been
constructed in city to give a further boost to this industry. Today,
Kishangarh has grown as a gleaming city with a brilliant future in
the upcoming years. It has grown rapidly with marble trading and
still has a lot to look forward to with the development of the
central university and an Airport; whilst more and more residents
are looking forward in investing more on development and progress.
Geographical Location of the Hotel
- Ajmer (13 km)
- Midway from Jodhpur to
Delhi and Udaipur to Delhi.
- 20 mins from Dargah
- 20 mins
from Mayo School
- 20 mins from Railway Station
- 20 mins
from Bus Stand
- On the six lane highway in the city called
Ajaymeru, as it is originally known, incurred its name from its
founder, the Chauhan king Ajay Pal in 7th century. Ajaymeru stands
for invincible mountains; Nestled in the foot-hills of the
picturesque valley of the daunting Aravali ranges, the city has had
an enviable stature of the capital of India in 12th century during
the Chauhan rule.
Till 19th century, it witnessed rise and fall
of various dynasties, having direct bearing on the Indian Empire,
like Chauhan, Pathan or Afghan, Khilji, Tughlaq, Suri, Mughal,
Rathor, Maratha etc. and lastly the British, which manifested its
modern shape. Through this entire period of historical turbulence,
Ajmer has enjoyed a greater significance strategically and
politically as a center of inescapable attention of all and carving
the destiny of India period by period. It boasts of an exquisite
treasure of architectural marvels, with a history associated with
each one, right from its birth. Its mountain clad natural beauty,
its gardens, its lakes and its monuments blend together with its
glorious history of upheavals to accord a peculiar charm to Ajmer.
referred as prettiest jewel in the plain of India by Mughalas and
British alike and considered as the Kashmir of desert is a land of
mosques, temples, churches, hawelies, ghats, water reservoirs and
above all a land of unparalleled sacredness accorded to the land of
Ajmer by the very presence of the shrine of the holiest of the Sufi
saint Khawaza Moinuddin Chishti and the temple of lord Brahma, the
Creator, located in a nearby, desert town Pushkar, with a divine
lake perched in its heart. Both of these places are held in extreme
reverence by both Muslims and Hindus respectively, with an enormous
splurge of tourists from across the globe, especially during the two
fairs of International repute, the Urs and the Cattle fair.
with a proud title of the first 100% literate city in the North
India, Ajmer boasts of an unmatched confluence of harmony,
spirituality, architecture, religion, education, culture, cuisine,
art, fairs, festivals, trade amidst the cosmopolitan bustling
looking up avidly towards a metro metamorphosis. Dargah
Shareef- a Glimpse of Sufism and harmony:
It is a popular saying
about Ajmer, 'Irade roz bante hain,ban ke toot jate hain, wahi Ajmer
aate hain jinhe khawaza bulate hain.'
Ajmer, a historic
city in the culturally rich state of Rajasthan, has elements of
Sufism and boasts of communal harmony. Khawaja Moinuddin Chisty of
Ajmer founded the Sufism in India and he was one of the greatest
Sufi saints of the world. His spiritual power and blessings became
an eternal source of inspiration and valour for generations to come.
Zayreens visit the Dargah Shareef throughout the year but on the
occasion of Urs, the Niagara of Zayreens falls in to the Ajmer, and
this gathering is considered to be second largest congregation of
Muslims at one place only after holy Mecca itslef. Urs is celebrated
every year in the first week of Rajab, on seeing the moon of Rajab,
the seventh month of the Islamic calendar. This festival is a
commemoration of Sufi saint Khawaza Moiunddin Chisty's symbolic
amalgamation with almighty God.The opening ceremony of
Urs Fair commences with a flag hoisting on Buland Darwaza of Dargah
and after four day it officially start with the visibility of moon.
The annual event culminates with readings from the holy Quran,
religious ceremonies and special prayers.
The offerings of
rose (Pushkar roses) and jasmine flowers, sandalwood paste, perfumes
and incense contribute to the fragrance that floats in the air
inside the shrine which is also called the perfume of faith.'Mere
khawaza maharaza hai, mera khawaza maharaza'
and such songs,
from the saint Chisty's own works and also from other Sufis like
Amir Khusro are presented in a traditional Qawali style and sung in
a chorus throughout this festival. Qawaals from all over India visit
Dargah during Urs and as an offering they sing qawali which sounds
heavenly combined with the perfect backdrop of holy Dargah providing
a divine feeling.
Many influential people such as actors
and politicians visit Dargah during Urs to pay submissive homage to
the great Sufi Saint and sought his blessings to solve their
problems. If they are unable to come, their representatives often
visit and offer Chadar on their behalves, because it is a saying
here that 'Sab apne apne mulk ke chief minister, aur Ajmer me
rahta hai unka prime minister.'
Not only Muslims but
Hindu and other community's people throng the shrine in huge numbers
with a belief that all their wishes will be fulfilled after praying
to Khawaza ji. One can experience the presence of some mystic powers
at this shrine which draws millions to this shrine. The Khwaja
Saheb, a Jewel in the crown of Ajmer, is considered as a 'living
spirit' of peace and harmony and hopefully will always be.Eternal
Pushkar, a sleepy but spiritual town of countless
hermitages and temples, scattered all across it, has an unparalleled
divinity associated with Hindu religion and mystique splendor which
agrees very well with the tourists. Pushkar is the only place in the
entire world which has a temple of Lord Brahma, the Creator,
according to Hindu mythology. Not to mention a sacred lake in the
heart of the town combines to accord the town a status of an
inevitable pilgrimage for Hindus.
The town has 3 sacred
places representing the three major Gods, of which the Pushkar Lake
represents Lord Brahma. Further two being Budha Pushkar representing
Lord Shiva, the Destructor and Madhya Pushkar representing Lord
Vishnu, the Moderator. This is the only pilgrim place, which finds
mentioning in the Rudra Puran, the holy epic of Hindu mythology,
which says that apart from Haridwar and Kurukshetra, Pushkar Lake is
the only place where the last rites of all forefathers can be
performed. Moreover, the highly honored Char Dham pilgrimage is not
complete until it culminates with a dip in the Lake.
mythical city is said to have been created by the falling of a lotus
petal from the hand of Lord Brahma. Hence, it is believed to be as
old as the universe from where the Brahma initiated his creation.
This tranquil lake has 52 magnificent Ghats for the devotees to have
a holy deep in the pious water, which is believed to endow them with
salvation. A fair is held every year in the month of Kartik
Poornima, the full moon (October-November) during which lakhs of
devotees swarm the lake for the holy bath.
surrounded by the hills, again a mythical one known as the Naag
Pahad, which feeds the lake and desert, Pushkar is a blend of
spirituality, serenity, culture and colors of desert and a perfect
abode of touristy charm round the year.
But there is an
inalienable aspect, without which the Pushkar has no significance
and which has catapulted it onto the global tourism map. This is the
Camel Fair of Pushkar, which is said to be the largest one in India
and the only one of its kind in the entire world. During the fair,
Lakhs of people from rural India flock to Pushkar, along with their
live stock consisting of camels, horses, cows, oxen, buffalos,
donkeys, goats etc. for their trading in the side lines of the
religious extravaganza during Kartik Poornima. The entire scenario
is transformed into a mélange of religious and rustic
spectacle, which draws not only the rural and local folk but
tourists from across the globe in utter desperation as an
opportunity to feast their eyes on cultural and folk activities.
This is a fair, in which all the colors of desert sprout in their
extreme juvenility to embrace all in the festive revelries in gay
abandonment, where one can see the East and West blending.