Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan built the city of Ajmer in the seventh Century. Till the 12th Century, this city remained the main center of the Chauhan dynasty. Thereafter, the city was taken over by Mohammed Ghauri. Afterwards, Ajmer served as the abode of the Mughal emperors also. Later, the Scindias ruled over the city in the 19th Century, before handing it over to the British. Read on this Ajmer City Guide to further explore this holy city.
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. Some of the prime tourist attractions of Ajmer include
Ajmer is venerated as a holy place for both Hindus and Muslims. It has the mausoleum of the Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, whose blessings are eagerly sought by pilgrims to his dargah. Known as the 'Dargah Sharif', the last resting place of the saint who died in 1235 lies at the foot of a barren hill. The saint's marble domed mausoleum is India's most important shrine for Muslims and receives an endless flow of visitors of all religions as the sick, the troubled and the childless come here seeking a boon, a blessing or just peace of mind. Legend has it that the Mughal emperor, Akbar came here to the saint in the 16th century in quest of a boon for an heir and the saint obliged.
Located beyond the Dargah, on the outskirts of the town are the ruins of this mosque. According to legend, its construction in 1153 took 2 ½ days (adhai din), hence the name. It was originally a Sanskrit college, built within a temple. But In 1193 AD Mohamed Ghouri seized Ajmer and converted the building into a mosque by adding a seven-arched wall in front of the pillared hall. The building is a fine piece of Indo-Islamic architecture. The pillars are all different and the arched screen with its minarets is noteworthy. Mohhamed Ghauri conquered Ajmer and converted the building into a mosque by adding a sevenarched wall in front of the pillared hall in just two-and-half days(adhai-din) and hence the name.