Situated in the heart of the desert of Rajasthan, Ajmer is a blend of Sufi culture and Hindu religion. Ajmer has always been a coveted and strategic place for the Rajputs, the Mughals and the Marathas. Ajmer was the seat of administration for the Chauhans till Prithviraj was defeated in 1193 AD by Mohammad Ghauri. It then became a part of the Delhi Sultanate. However, Rana Kumbha of Mewar and Raja Maldeo again established Rajput rule over Ajmer. 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.
Recreational activities: You must attend the Urs Festival in the Dargah Sharif, celebrated on the 7th month of Islamic lunar calendar Also be a part of the colorful and lively Pushkar Festival in Pushkar during the month of October or November.Shop for some amazing Rajasthani outfits and fabrics here. Have a boat ride in the scenic Anasagar lake.
Built in the 7th century by Ajaipal Chauhan, the fort gives a bird's eye view of the city. Taragarh Fort or the 'Star fort' is situated on a hill and to reach there, one has to take winding bridle path.
Tomb of Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti, a revered Sufi Saint of the 12th century AD, this is the holiest of all Muslim dargahs in the country. Throughout the year, the dargah welcomes a lot of pilgrims from all over the country and outside, but during the festival of Urs, it is a sight to look at. Different sections of the dargah are gifts of different emperors, be it the dome, the pillars, or the windows, and a Mughal art can be seen in the architecture.
This Brahma Temple was made in the 14th century in Pushkar. Standing on a great platform near Pushkar Lake. Pushkar is well-known for this temple only in the world where Lord Brahma - Creator of the Universe, is worshipped. A goose-the official carrier of Brahma spans the gateway to the temple which is crowned with a red point.
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This beautiful structure had been a Hindu Vaishnava temple till 1153, but has been turned into a mosque in 1193 by Qutbuddin Aybak. Situated on the Taragarh hill, the structure is a beautiful example of Indo- Persian art, where the pillars, walls, all are inscribed with Naskh and Kufic scripts.The archways are finely engraved with Kufi and Jughra inscriptions from the Holy Quran (also spelt as Koran).
This 12th century man made lake, was constructed by king Anaji, the grandfather of Prithviraj Chauhan. The lake is also surrounded by the exquisite garden, built by Emperor Jehangir, known as Daulat Bagh. You can also take a walk in the walkway constructed between the banks of the lake and the gardens, taking beautiful views of both.
The sister city of Ajmer, Pushkar is just 11-km away from the city. The road to Pushkar passes through the Nag Pahar or the Snake Mountain. Pushkar is an ancient city and has seen history being made since the Ramayana period. The account of this city can be found in the 4th century writings of the Chinese traveller-- Fa-Hien and also in the scripts written during the era of Muslim invasions.
The 52 bathing ghats that surround the lake are believed to have special powers e.g. 'Naga Kund' for fertility, 'Roop Tirth' for beauty and 'Kapil Vyapi Kund' for curing Leprosy. The famous Pushkar fair is held every year on the Kartik Purnima day. This fair is famous as a bazaar for the animals particularly the camels. But the folk dancers and the folk musicians add traditional colour in the fair, which gives a new leash of life to the town.
Nasiyan (Jain Temple)
This red coloured Jain temple was built in the late 19th century. The wooden gilt in the double storeyed hall depicts scenes from the Jain mythology. The beauty of this temple is widely acclaimed.