Ajmer Travel Guide
Situated in a picturesque valley and surrounded by the hills of Aravalli range Ajmer lies 130Kms. west of jaipur. It is said It was founded by Chouhan King Ajaypal in 7th century A.D. Ajmer derives its name derived from Ajaymeru or the invincible hills. The king built India’s first hill fort Taragargh here, which remained a chaouhan strong-hold till 1192 A.D. when Prithviraj Chouhan the last Hindu king lost it to Mohammad Ghori. It is an important centre of pilgrimage for the Muslims because of renowned Dargah Sharif.
Adhai din Ka Jhopra
is another masterpiece of Indo-Islamic, architecture, located near Dargah and consists of a quadrangle, cloistered on all four sides. Originally a Sanskrit College the building was destroyed by Mohammad Ghori and converted into mosque. Tradition however says that this mosque was built for Mohammad Ghori in two and a half days for his prayers; history says otherwise.
This beautiful artificial lake was built by Chouhan king Ana-ji Chouhan in 12th century. The Baradari was built by Mughal emperor Shahjahan at the bank of lake. Another lake situated nearby is also attraction for the tourists which is known as Foy-sagar.
Dargah of Khwaza Sahib
is final resting place of this saint Khwaza Mohinuddin Chisti, popularly known as Garib Nawaz was built in the 13th century. The grave of the saint is a domed chamber encircled by a silver railing and a marble screen. Urs or the death anniversary of the khwaza is a 6 days celebration.
The Digamber Jain temple, known as sidh-kut chaityalaya was constructed in 1865 A.D.. This is temple houses different gold and wooden representation Jain mythology. The hall is richly painted and decorated, the roofs are excellently carved by glass and mosaic work bearing life of Shri Rishab dev or Adi Nath the first tirthankar.
is a fort built by a Mughal Empero Akbar in the heart of city, where British ambassador sir Thomas roe presented his credentials before king Janhangir(son of Akbar) in 1616 A.D. The building is presently a museum.
built in 1994 A.D., This magnificent memorial is dedicated to Prithivi Raj Chaouhan the last Hindu Emperor of India. It is situated half way up towards ancient Taragarh Fort with a huge statue of Prithvi Raj mounted on horse. Mayo College and Memorial dedicated to Hindu reformer Swami Dayanand Sarswati (who passed away in Ajmer) along with circuit house are other attractions.