On your travel to Rajasthan you can visit Ajmer, a burgeoning town on the shore of the Ana Sagar Lake flanked by barren hills. The city of Ajmer is a major center for Muslim pilgrims during the month long fast of Ramzan and has some impressive Muslim architecture. On your Ajmer travel itinerary you can visit the famous Dargah Sharif, the tomb of a Sufi saint, which is equally revered by the Hindus and Muslims. Visit the popular historical sites of Ajmer on your travel to Rajasthan.
Travel to Ajmer would take you to one of the most popular nearby attractions of Pushkar. Historically, the Ajmer region had considerable strategic importance. The city was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century AD and continued to be a major center of the Chauhan power till 1193 AD when Mohammed Ghouri on one of his periodic forays from Afghanistan sacked it. Since then Ajmer became home to many dynasties, which came and left leaving behind indelible marks of their culture and traditions on the city's history, converting it to an amalgam of various cultures and a blend of Hinduism and Islam. The city was subsequently taken over by the Scindias and in 1818 it was handed over to the British, becoming one of the few places in Rajasthan controlled directly by the British rather than being part of a princely state. Ajmer is one of the most popular destinations for tourists when they travel to Rajasthan India.
On your Ajmer India travel package you can visit some popular places, which form the major tourist attractions in Ajmer.
Places to Visit
The Dargah: Dargah is one of the most famous attractions of Ajmer. It is located at the foot of a barren hill in the old part of the town. This is India's most important pilgrimage center for people of all faiths. Popularly known as Dargah Sharif, it is the tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti who came to Ajmer from Persia in 1192. Mughal Emperor Humayun completed the construction of the shrine and the Nizam of Hyderabad added its massive gate. There are two mosques in the courtyard, one built by Akbar and the other by Shah Jahan. The saint's tomb with a marble dome is in the center of the second courtyard and is surrounded by a silver platform. The shrine is next only to Mecca for the Muslims of south Asia. The Urs Mela commemorating the death anniversary of the saint is held here in the seventh month of the lunar calendar and attracts a large number of Muslims from India and abroad. A colorful fair that springs up during this time is the major attraction.The Dargah is a must visit on your travel to Rajasthan.
Ana Sagar Lake: You can visit the Ana Sagar Lake on your Ajmer travel, an artificial lake that was created in the 12th century by damming River Luni. On its bank is the pleasant park, the Daulat Bagh containing a series of marble pavilions erected in 1637 by Shahjahan. There are fine views from the hill beside the park. Boats are available for hire at the jetty. Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra is another major attraction located beyond the Dargah; on the outskirts of the town are the ruins of this mosque.
Taragarh Fort: Taragarh Fort lies about 3 km beyond the Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra mosque. You can visit the Taragarh Fort on your Ajmer travel tour. The fort was built by Ajaipal Chauhan, the town's founder and commands a superb view over the city. It was the site of much of the military activity during the Mughal period and was later used as a sanatorium by the British.
The Museum: The Museum was once a palace built by Mughal Emperor Akbar, this imposing building now houses the government museum. Its collection includes stone sculptures, old weapons, and miniature paintings. You can visit this museum on your Ajmer travel tour.
Nasiyan Temple: You can visit Nasiyan Temple on your Ajmer travel tour. This Red Temple is a Jain temple built in the 19th century. Its double storey hall contains a fascinating series of large, gilt wooden figures from Jain mythology that depict the Jain conception of the ancient world.
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