Ajmer


The small town of Ajmer, 78 miles west of Jaipur, played a surprisingly important role in India's history. It is Set at the point where the rocky Aravalli Hills end and the Thar Desert begins, this was originally the stronghold of the powerful Chauhan Dynasty of Rajputs, who built India's first ever hill fort here in the 7th century, Taragarh, whose ruins you can still see today.

Ajmer was ruled by the great Raja Prithvi Chauhan the last Hindu king of Delhi, until his defeat in 1192. After having changed hands several times, in 1556 Ajmer finally came under the Mughal Emperor, Akbar who used it as the headquarters for his vitally important operations in Rajasthan. Today Ajmer is, frankly, not the most charming of towns, unlike its heyday in the 17th century when it was Emperor Shah Jahan pleasure resort. There are also various buildings of historical interest to visit here.

Today, Ajmer is a popular pilgrimage center for the Hindus as well as Muslims. Especially famous is the Dargah Sharif-tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti,which is equally revered by the Hindus and Muslims. The annual Urs at Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti is held on a grand scale. It attracts pilgrims from all over the world irrespective of their caste and religion.

This town is located among the Aravali Hills and the Thar Dessert and was ruled by the powerful Chouhan Dynasty of Rajputs. They had built India’s first ever hill fort in the 7th century, now called Taragarh. The remains of this fort can be still seen today. In 1192, Ajmer was ruled by Raja Prithvi Chauhan

Ajmer has various tourist spots, this includes visit to Taragrah Fort. Ahai-Din-Ka – Jhonpra is an indeed a splendid architecture masterpiece which reflects Indo Muslim architecture in every pillar. Its arched screen with ruined miniatures is remarkable.

The other places worth visiting include Kishangarh Fort, Nasiyan Jain Temple, Akbar's Palace and the celebrated Dargah of Hazrat Moinuddin Hasan Chisti.

There are several other places at a short distance which are worth visiting. Mangliyawas has two revered trees which are around 800 years old. These trees are well known as Kalpavrikshas, and as per Hindu month of Shravan and Amavasya day, these trees are worshipped for their sanctity.

For a captivating picnic escape, visit Foy Sagar Lake, which is around 5 kms from Ajmer. In the 12th century, Ana Sagar lake was constructed by Anaji Chauhan to dam the waters of the River Luni. Adjoining this lake is Dualat Bagh which has exotically carved marble pavilions. The museum Solahkhambha, Shah Jahan's Mosque and Abdullah's Mausoleum has rare collection of antique artifacts of the Emperor Shah Jahan.

Ajmer has cuisine of all cultures. One can taste Mughalai cuisine. One can shop for various rose based perfumes in Ajmer. This initiative was taken by Emperor Jahangir. Other handicraft items can include Rajasthani shoes, sandals, tie and dye and block printed fabrics.

India is a country where various fairs and festivals are held almost every month in different parts of the country. In Ajmer, you can experience the colours of festive season during the first six days of Rajab (seventh month of Islamic Calendar). This event is celebrated on the occasion of the death anniversary of Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chish. Many devotees of various communities visit the Dargah Sharif to offer prayers. Khwaja came to India from Persia and set the Chishtia order of fakirs in India.

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