city of Ajmer is famous as a pilgrimage site. It houses the Dargah, or
tomb, of the popular 13th-century, Sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin
is an oasis wrapped in the green hills. The city was founded by Raja
Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century A.D. and continued to be a major
centre of the Chauhan power till 1193 A.D. When Prithviraj Chauhan lost
it to Mohammed Ghauri. Since then, Ajmer became home to many dynasties.
Today, Ajmer is a popular pilgrimage centre for the Hindus as well as
Muslims.Especially famous is the Dargah Sharif-tomb of the Sufi saint
Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. Ajmer is also the base for visiting Pushkar (11
km.), the abode of Lord Brahma, lying to its west with a temple and a
picturesque lake. The Pushkar Lake is a sacred spot for Hindus.
Chauhan founded Ajmer in the seventh century. He constructed a hill fort
"Ajaimeur" or the invincible hill. The Chauhans ruled Ajmer
till the 12th century when Prithviraj Chauhan lost Mohammed Ghauri.
Thereafter it became a part of the sultanate of Delhi. Ajmer was also
favourite residence for the great Mughals. One of the first contacts
between the Mughal King Jahangir and Sir Thomas Roe took place here in
Ajmer is also the base for visiting Pushkar(11 km.),the
abode of Lord Brahma,lying to its west with a temple and a picturesque
lake.The Pushkar lake is a sacred spot for Hindus. During the month of
Kartik(Oct./Nov.),devotes throng in large numbers here to take a dip in
the sacred lake. URS fairs :-
Ajmer is also the
base for visiting Pushkar(11 km.),the abode of Lord Brahma,lying to its
west with a temple and a picturesque lake.The Pushkar lake is a sacred
spot for Hindus. During the month of Kartik(Oct./Nov.),devotes throng in
large numbers here to take a dip in the sacred lake.Sightseeing
How to reach
- Ana Sagar
It is a beautiful artificial lake, built in
the 12th century and named after Anaji Chauhan. The huge embankment
erected with the peopl'e help is a fine example of the corporate
life in Shekhawati at that time. The 'Baradari' or pavilions were
built by the Mughal emperor Shahjahan. A large number of migratory
birds including flock here during winter.
- Daulat Khana
Daulat Khana, also known as the Magazine
is a massive rectangular palace at the heart of the city was used by
Akbar and his son Jahangir during their visits to the Dargah.
The 'Star Fort' was built by Ajaipal Chauhan
in 1100 ad. on reaching the top of the hill, one can have a
commanding view of the city. Taragarh Fort was earlier known as
Ajaymeru Durg. It overhangs the city like a star and is nearly 2-3
kms. in circumstances.
Ajmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur lie on the Airlines
route Delhi and Mumbai.
Most of the Rajasthan is accessible by a network
of rail services. Indian Railway reservation office opens from
Monday to Saturday. There are several trains from Ajmer to Agra,
Bombay, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kota, Chittorgarh, Alwar, Ajmer
and Delhi. There is a Shatabdi Exp. between Ajmer and Delhi and
continue to Alwar and Ajmer.
The state Roadways coaches link most tourist
places and business centres in and around the state. Chauffer-driven
air conditioned cars can be hired through the state tourist offices
and other approved operators.