Merta is a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. It is a part of the Nagaur district. Once, ruled by the Merita Rathore Rajputs, the city was conquered and merged with Jodhpur under Akbar; while the slain ruler’s sons given charge of 14 principalities. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Ajmer at a distance of 76 km west. Those with a keen interest for history and culture can visit this place.
Places to Stay
The city does not have recognized hotels compared to Ajmer, which is why travelers are forced to consider the latter. If you are looking for decent and recognized hotels, here are some of the hotels to look forward to: Sahil Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Regency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Shahanshah Guest House (Tariff – Rs. 700) and Mehmaan Manzil (Tariff – Rs. 700) among others.
The official language of Merta is Hindi.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti, Dusshera in September-October, Diwali in November, the two Eid(s) and the Urs (yearly event of commemoration at the Dargah).
Places of Interest
Apart from temples, the city has got no significant tourist spots. Some of the places which are worth visiting in Ajmer are the Dargah of Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti – a great Sufi saint, the Taragarh Fort, Soniji Ki Nasiyan, Nareli Jain Temple and others and Lake Foysagar.
How to Get There
The Sawai Mansingh International Airport in Jaipur is the nearest airport at a distance of 209 km north-east of the village.
The city has its own railway station in the form of Merta City Railway Station.
Various state transport buses connect the area to different parts of the state. Private buses are pretty active in the area too. Buses to the city are available from Ajmer and Nagaur. To make use of cheap bus ticket booking facility on Ticketgoose.com book your tickets in advance.