Surrounded by the barren hills of the Aravalli range, lies the city of Ajmer. Ajmer has had a very rich & interesting past. Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan founded the city in 7th century A.D. Since then, Ajmer has been home to many prosperous dynasties which left behind various monuments showcasing the rich cultural & traditional history. Ajmer is a mixture of different cultures & traditions. Islam & Hinduism have been the dominant religions here, but Ajmer is an example of Unity in Diversity.
Here are few places that you don’t wanna miss when you are in Ajmer –
The Ajmer Sharif Dargah –
The Dargah Sharif of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is situated at the foot of the Taragarh hill. It is a Muslim pilgrimage centre. Akbar The Great walked on foot every year from Agra to visit the shrine. The white marble constructions & the massive gate donated by the Nizam of Hyderabad are extraordinary.
Taragarh Fort –
Reputed to be one of the oldest hill forts in India & the world, Taragarh Fort guards & overlooks Ajmer city. It was the seat of the Chauhan rulers. The walls are two miles (3 km) in circumference and the fort can only be approached by way of a very steep slope. When it fell to the British Raj, the fort was dismantled on the orders of Lord William Bentinck and was converted into a sanatorium for the British troops stationed at the garrison town of Nasirabad.
The Mausoleum –
The mausoleum features a huge gate built by the Nizam of Hyderabad. The right side of the courtyard has the Akbari Masjid which is built of white marble and is of particular interest for the visitors. The courtyard boasts another mosque built by Shahjahan and two gigantic cauldrons. Located at the inner court of the Dargah, Shahjahan’s mosque is a superb building made with fine white marble.
Ajmer Museum –
Magazine, the city’s Museum, was once the residence of Prince Salīm, the son of the Emperor Akbar, and presently houses a collection of Mughal and Rajput armour and sculpture. This is a magnificent example of Mughal architecture, the construction of which had been commissioned by Akbar in year of 1570. This is the location from where Salim as the Emperor Jahangir read out the firman permitting the British East India Company to trade with India.
Kishangarh Fort –
Maharaja Roop Singh built the fort in 1649. It is an abstract from the Rajput & Mughal architecture. The fort is also popularly known as Roopangarh Fort as an honour to the ruler. The colossal double storied Durbar Hall has latticed windows above for the queens to view the proceedings below. The fort is enveloped by a deep moated wall which makes it one of the most formidable forts of Rajasthan.
Ana Sagar Lake –
Built around 1135 – 1150 AD, Ana Sagar is an artificial lake. It is spread over 13 kilometres & was built during the reign of Anaji Chauhan. The pavilions around the lake were built by Shahjahan & Daulat Bagh Gardens by Jehangir. An island in the centre of the lake is accessible for the tourists.
Lake Foy Sagar –
Mr. Foy, an English engineer created this artificial lake under a famine relief project in 1892. Thus the lake is named after him for his dedication & expertise. The lake offers amazing views of the Aravalli ranges.
Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra is one of the classic instances of religious vandalism, an outstanding example of an edifice built over the ruins of Jain temple. It was built in less than 3 days as per the orders of Muhammad Ghori.
Ajmer Jain Temple –
Also known as Soniji Ki Nasiyan, this architecturally rich temple was built in the late 19th century. Swarna Nagari, City of Gold is a popular attraction housing several gold-plated wooden figures depicting several Jain religious figures. The representation of Pancha-Kalyanak, five auspicious events in the life of every Tirthankara is the largest here.
Mayo College –
It was founded in 1875 by Richard Bourke, 6th Earl of Mayo who was also the Viceroy of India. Mayo college is one of the oldest public boarding schools in India.
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