DESTINATION
HISTORY OF AJMER

Ajmer situated in the green oasis wrapped in the barren hills witnessing an interesting past. Ajmer is about 132 km from Jaipur city. The city was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th century A.D and continued to be a major center of the Chauhan power till 1193A.D when Prithviraj Chauhan was defeated by Mohammed Ghori. 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. Ajmer is also the base for visiting pushkar [11km], the abode of Lord Brahma. The pushkar lake is a sacred spot for the hindus.During month of kartik [oct/nov], devotees throng in large numbers here to take a dip in the sacred lake.


Ajmer Dargah, Dargah in Ajmer, Ajmer Tours, Sightseeing in Ajmer, places to see in Ajmer, tourist attraction sin Ajmer, pilgrimage centre in Ajmer The Dargah:
At the foot of a barren hill, is situated India’s most important pilgrimage center for people from all faiths. It is the splendid tomb of the Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti more popularly known as Khawaja Saheb or Khawaja Sharif. The shrine is next only to Mecca or Median for the Muslims of south Asia. Akbar used to make a pilgrimage to the Dargah from Agra once a year.

 

The mausoleum has a gigantic gate, which was built by the Nizam of Hyderabad. The two massive cauldrons in the courtyard are of particular interest and on the right side of the courtyard in the Akbari Masjid built in white marble. There is another mosque in the courtyard built by Shahjhan.

A view of the Dargah of Khwaja Muinuddin Hasan Chishti, a Sufi saint.

The saint’s tomb with a splendid marble dome is in the centre of the second courtyard which is surrounded by a silver platform.

The shrine attracts thousands of pilgrims during the Urs-commemorating the death anniversary of the Saint, held from the 1st to 6th day of the Islamic month of Rajab. A colorful fair that springs up during this time is the major attraction.

Shahjhan’s Mosque: In the corner of the inner court of the Dargah, is a magnificent building in white marble with a long (30.5m) and narrow court having low arcade and delicate carvings with trellis-work. It is the most marvelous of all the sanctums within the sanctuary of the Dargah.

Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra
A remarkable structure, this is a masterpiece of Indo-Islamic architecture located on the outskirts, of the city, just beyond the Dargah. As the legend goes, its construction took two and a half days (Adhai-Din) to complete. It was originally a Sanskrit college, built within a temple. In 1193 A.D. Mohhamed Ghauri conquered Ajmer and converted the building into a mosque by adding a seven arched wall in front of the pillared hall in just two-and-half days (adhai-din) and hence the name. The distinct pillars-and arched "Screen" with its ruined minarets make it a splendid architectural masterpiece
Taragarh Fort
A steep one and a half hour climb beyond the Adhai-din-ka-jhopra leads to the ruins of the Taragarh Fort perched on a hill. One can have an excellent view of the city from here. The fort was the site of the military activity during the Mughal period, later used as a sanatorium by the British
Adhal-din-ka-Jhonpra the Museum
Once the royal residence of Emperor Akbar, the museum houses a rich repository of the Mughal and Rajput armour and exquisite sculptures.
Mayo College
One of the India’s best public schools, located in the south-east of the Ana Sagar, has now been converted to the Circuit House. The lake and the cenotaph and the shrine of the Hindu reformer Swami Dayanand, founder of the Arya Samaj movement in India, can be viewed from here.
Mayo College, Ajmer EXCURSIONS

Pushkar Lake (11km.): The Lake is situated on the edge of the desert and surrounded by hills on three sides, is separated from Ajmer by ‘Nag Pahar’-the snake mountain. On this mountain the Panch kund and the cave of the saint Agastya are located. It is believed that Kalidas-the 4th century Sanskrit poet and playright, chose the setting for his masterpiece Abhigyanam Shakuntalam in this forest heritage. 3

 

Pushkar lake According to legend , the origin of Pushkar dates aback to the time when lord Brahma was on his way in search of a tranquil land to perform a Yagna. A lotus fell from the hands of the lord into this valley. A lake sprang up on this spot and was dedicated to him. A Brahma temple located here is a popular place of pilgrimage.

Pushkar Fair
It is one of the most colorful fairs of India. Lakes of pilgrims throng the lake during the annual cattle fair. Besides trading of horses, camels, cows and bulls, there are exciting camel-cart races and cultural events. Cloths, household items and leather goods are for sale during the fair. On the full moon of Kartik (Nov.) pilgrims take a holy dip in the lake.
Man Mahal
Along the banks of the Pushkar Lake is the former residence of Raja Man Singh of Amer, Man Mahal. Presently it is converted to RTDC Sarover Tourist Bungalow ensuring convenient accommodation to travelers. Pushakar palace (Kishangarh House) adjoining it is a heritage hotel.
Foy Sagar (5km)
A picturesque artificial lake named after the engineer for who created it under a famine relief project.

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