AJMER CITY GUIDE

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Ajmer is situated around 130 kms from the Rajasthan capital city of Jaipur and 11 kms short of Pushkar. It offers the mausoleum of Muslim Sufi Saint Chisti. Ttill 1947, Ajmer acted as the place of British resident. City grew up as a great center of education. Among the colleges, the Mayo College stands apart. Ajmer is a blend of Sufi culture and Hindu religion. Today, the place is a holy integration of two religions with the holy Pushkar temples on one hand and the Durgah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti on the other. The annual Urs at Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is held on a grand scale and attracts pilgrims from all over the world irrespective of their caste and religion. Pushkar hosts famos Cattle or Camle fair during October / November every year and attracts thousand of foreigners as well as Indians.

Touist Attractions in Ajmer: Dargah-e-Sharif - located at the foot of a barren hill, the Dargah-e- Sharif is the place where the Khawaja Moin-ud-din Chisti's mortal remains lie buried. The Dargah has a beautiful marble dome and a courtyard, surrounded by a silver platform. It's believed that the tomb is a place of wish fulfillment for those who pray with devout and pure hearts. People of all religious faiths visit the Dargah and make offerings of rose and jasmine flowers to seek the blessings of the Khawaja.

Taragarh Fort: The 7th century Taragarh Fort (Tara means star garh means Fort) was built by Ajaipal Chauhan, the founder of the city of Ajmer. Perched on a high hill, the fort offers a breathtaking view of Ajmer city.

Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra: The Adhai-Din-Ka-Jhonpra is a small and beautiful mosque, situated on the outskirts of Ajmer. Built by Alauddin Khilji, a Delhi Sultant king, it's one of the finest examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. The mosque is built on pillars and surprisingly no two pillars are alike. Its archways and the pillars are finely engraved with Kufi and Jughra inscriptions from the holy Quran.

Ana Sagar Lake: A beautiful artificial lake, Ana Sagar Lake was built by Anaji between 1135-1150 AD. Later the Mughal Emperors made additional constructions to beautify the Lake. While the Baradari, a beautiful marble pavilion, built by Shah Jehan, Jehangir added the Daulat Bagh Gardens.

Other attractions in Ajmer are Circuit House, Mayo College, Daulat Khana, Daulat Bagh, Akabr's Palace, Shah Jehan Mosque and the Museum. Situated in the heart of Ajmer, the 19th century Nasiyan Jain Temple is also worth a visit.

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This article was published on 2010/11/26