This work is motivated by problems on simultaneous Diophantine approximation on manifolds, namely, establishing Khintchine and Jarník type theorems for submanifolds of ℝn. These problems have attracted a lot of interest since Kleinbock and Margulis proved a related conjecture of Alan Baker and V. G. Sprindžuk. They have been settled for planar curves but remain open in higher dimensions. In this paper, Khintchine and Jarník type divergence theorems are established for arbitrary analytic nondegenerate manifolds regardless of their dimension. The key to establishing these results is the study of the distribution of rational points near manifolds — a very attractive topic in its own right. Here, for the first time, we obtain sharp lower bounds for the number of rational points near nondegenerate manifolds in dimensions n>2 and show that they are ubiquitous (that is uniformly distributed).