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Ajmer (Rajasthan)
55.76 sq.km.
486 meters
Summer - Max 38.1C, Min 27.7, Winter - Max 23.3, Min 05.5
Light Tropical,Woolen Best
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STD Code
Rajasthani, Hindi, Urdu, English, Sindhi.
Ajmer was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century A.D. was an enduring center of the Chauhan power till 1193 A.D. when Prithviraj Chauhan lost it to Mohammed Ghauri. Since then, Ajmer was captured by many dynasties, which came and left leaving behind unforgettable marks of their culture and custom on the city's history. Following this, Ajmer became an amalgam of various cultures and blend of Hinduism and Islam.
Today, Ajmer is a renown pilgrimage center for the Hindus as well as Muslims. The famous Dargah Sharif-tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti located at Ajmer is equally revered by the Hindus and Muslims.
Places For Visit
The Dargah
At the foot of a dry and deserted hill, is situated India's one of most visited pilgrimage center for people from all walks of life. It is the spectacular tomb of the Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti more commonly known as Khawaja Saheb or Khawaja Sharif. The elevated shrine is next only to Mecca or Medina for the Muslims of south Asia.
The shrine of the Sufi Saint attracts thousands of devouts during the Urs-commemorating the death anniversary of the Saint, held from the 1st to 6th day of the Islamic month of Rajab. A colourful fair that takes place at this time is the prime attraction of this place.
Shahjhan's Mosque
In one corner of the inner court of the Dargah, is a marvellous building in white marble with a long (30.5m) and narrow court having low porches and intricate carvings with trellis-work. It is the most beautiful of all the sanctums within the sanctuary of the Dargah.
Taragarh Fort
A steep one and a half hour climb going further beyond the Adhai-din-ka-jhopra leads to the ruins of the Taragarh Fort, settled on a hill. One can have an awesome view of the city from here. The Taragarh Fort was the sight of the military activity during the Mughal period, later used as a sanatorium by the British.
A noticeable structure, Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra is a masterpiece of Indo-Islamic architecture located at the outlying lands of the city, just beyond the Dargah. As the legend says, its construction took two and a half days (Adhai-Din) to complete. It was basically a Sanskrit college, built within a temple. In 1193 A.D. Mohhamed Ghauri overpowered 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 unique pillars and arched screen with its ruined minarets make it an amazing architectural masterpiece.
Ajmer is also the base for visiting Pushkar just 11 km. from Ajmer. Pushkar is the abode of Lord Brahma, settled 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 at the time of Pushkar Fair.
Things to Buy
Shopping in Ajmer is an enjoyable experience. One can shop for antiques, curios, fascinating gold and silver jewelry in contemporary designs, colorful tie-and-dye sarees and embroidered Jodhpuri 'Jutis'. Especially during the annual Urs fair, a range of colourful items and marvellous creations of traditional folk aristsans are for sale.
Get Ajmer
Visit by Road - Ajmer is well connected by road with Agra (370 km), Bharatpur (312 km), Bikaner (234 km), Bundi (139 km), Chittaurgarh (182 km), Delhi (444 km), Jaipur (138 km), Jaisalmer (458 km), Jodhpur (205 km), Kota (178 km), Mount Abu (371 km) and Udaipur (269 km).
Visit by Air - Nearest Airport Jaipur is Jaipur (138 kms).
Visit by Rail -Ajmer is connected by rail to Delhi, Agra, Ahmedabad, Barmer, Bharatpur, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mount Abu and to Bombay Via Ahmedabad.

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