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The city of Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan, India lies to the south west of Jaipur. Ajmer travel & tourism is mostly famous as a pilgrimage. Both Hindus as well as Muslims look upon this city with great reverence. The most famous pilgrim center in the city is the Dargah (memorial) of the great Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti. He came from Persia and spent his whole life to improve the lives of the destitute and downtrodden communities.

Another thing the city is famous for is its esteemed and highly impressive Mayo College, exclusively for boys. The school was set up by the British, during their rule over India. Other attractions of the city include the massive Taragarh Fort, Adhai-Din Ka Jhonpra (an old mosque built in 2.5 days only), the picturesque Ana Sagar Lake, etc. Ajmer also serves as the station for those visiting Pushkar housing the only temple of Lord Brahma in India. In brief, we can say that Ajmer is a city rich in culture and tradition.

Ajmer Sightseeing includes its fort and other monuments that are quite famous throughout the state of Rajasthan. They are examples of the magnificent architecture for which the state of Rajasthan is renowned throughout the world. Apart from that, there are a number of other places to visit in Ajmer.

Many attractions feature on the Ajmer travel guide. Best time to visit Ajmer is from October to March. The metropolis has a number of attractions listed on its tourist itinerary such as Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra, the Nasiyan (Red) temple, Nimbark Peeth, Nareli Jain temple and many more. The city is known for the Dargah of Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. A number of devotees from all over the country as well as from different parts of the world come to the city to pay homage at the Dargah Sharif.


Dargah Sharif: At the foot of a desolate hill in old part of town, this is one of India's most important places for Muslim pilgrims. The Dargah is the Sufi saint, Khawaja Muin-uddin Chishti, who came to Ajmer from Persia in 1192. Construction of the Shrine was complete by Humayun and the gate was added by the Nizam of Hyderabad. Akbar used to make the pilgrimage to the Dargah from Agra once a year. You have to cover your head in certain areas so don't forget to take a scarf or caps.

As you enter the courtyard, removing your shoes at the gateway, a mosque constructed by Akbar is on the right. The large iron cauldrons are for of ferigs which are customarily shares by families involved in the shrine upkeep. In an inner court there is another mosque built by Shah Jahan. Constructed of white marble it has II arches and a Persian inscription running the full length of the building.

The saint's tomb is in the centre of the second court, it has a marble dome and the actual tomb inside is surrounded by a silver platform. The horseshoes nailed to the shrine doors are offerings from successful horse dealers! Beware of 'guides' pestering for donations around the Dargah using the standard fake donation books or 'visitor register' you'll have to pay a generous donation if you sign up. The tome attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every year on the anniversary of the saint's death, the Urs, in the seventh month of the lunar calendar. It's an interesting festival, but the crowds can be suffocating. As well as the pilgrims, Sufis from all over India converge on Ajmer.

Ana Sagar & Foy Sagar: This artificial lake was created in the 12th century by damming the River Luni. On its bank is a pleasant park, the Daulat Bagh, containing a series of marble pavilions erected in 1637 by Shah Jahan. There are fine views from the hill beside the Daulat Bagh. Another reservoir Foy Sagar was constructed in 1891-1892 A.D. by the Ajmer Municipal Committee. Foy was the Executive Engineer in-charge of the project.

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., Mohammed 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: Taragarh, also known as Garh Beetli, is a circumvallation of the crest of the hill which overhangs the town of Ajmer and commands a view of it from every point. The principal strength of the fort lies in the ruggedness and acclivity of the hill.

The space within the walls of this hill fort was about 32 hectares with several tanks. From 1818 to 1832 A.D., a company of Native Infantry occupied it, but the fort was dismantled in 1832 A.D., from 1860 to 1920 A.D., other accommodation on the hill was used as the sanitarium for the European troops stationed at Nasirabad. It is now in a dilapidated and forlorn state though the hill still commands a majestic view.

Mayo College: lord Mayo, the Viceroy of India, in a Darbar held in 1870 A.D. at Ajmer, which was attended by several ruling princess of States of Rajputana, placed before them a proposal to set up an institution at Ajmer for the education of princess and sons of nobility.

Its foundation stone was laid in 1878 A.D. and its building, constructed in white marble in Indo Saracenic style, was inaugurated by the Maruis of Dufferin, in 1885 A.D. Sometimes known as the Eton of India, the institution had the distinction of enrolling several ruling princes, not only from Rajputana States, But from outside as well. It is now open to all sections of society and is still one of the best schools in the country.

The Circuit House: The former British Residency, overlooking the artificial lake Ana Sagar, has now been converted into the Circuit House. The Ana Sagar Lake and the cenotaph and the shrine of Hindu reformer Swami Dayanand, founder of the Arya Samaj movement in India, can be viewed from here.

Nasiyan (Jain Temple): Buiilt in 1864-1865 A.D., this Digambar Jain Temple is commonly called Lal Mandir (Red Temple) due to its colour. Behind the temple is a Swarna Nagari Hall containing gilt-edged wooden representations from Jain mythology, which were prepared at Jaipur.

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Ajmer is a holy city revered by every religion. Wrapped in green-carpeted hills, the city is dotted with old monuments. The British chose it as a venue of the prestigious Mayo College where the sons and daughters of Indian nobles used to study.

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