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Ajmer Sharif, Rajasthan, India

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Location: Ajmer, Rajasthan, northwestern part of India
Best time to visit Ajmer Sharif: October to March

Significance: Muslim Pilgrimae Site, Tomb of Muin-ud-Din Chishti, Ana Sagar Lake, Daulat Bagh.

Ajmer-E-Sharif also known as Dargah Sharief is the place where the Muslim saint Khajwa Moinudin Chishti lie in eternal piece and draws adherents from all parts of the world. Located at the foot of a Barren hill in Ajmer, the shrine was built by Humayun with a huge gateway to the Dargah carved in silver, which was built by the Nizam of Hyderabad. One of the attractive and famous sanctums present in the inner court of the Dargah is the magnificent mosque built by Shahjahan in white marble beautified with delicate carvings and tellis work.

The Past

Ajmer was founded by Ajayadeva, an 11th-century local Rajput ruler. It was shortly annexed by Delhi Sultanate in 1193, but returned to the local rulers, upon payment of tribute. Ajmer was also sacked by Mohammed Ghori in one of the many raids carried out by him on India. Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, the patron Saint of Ajmer, came here from Persia at the end of the 12th century. Ajmer became the part of the mighty Mughal Empire during the medieval period and was an important military center. Military campaigns against local Rajput rulers were initiated from Ajmer.

Main attractions of Ajmer Sharif

Shahjahan's Mosque

The splendid mosque is present in the corner of the inner court of the dargah. It is a resplendent building in white marble with a long and narrow court. It has a low arcade and delicate carvings with trelliswork.

Taragarh Fort

Built by Ajaypal Chauhan in 1100 AD on a hilltop, Taragarh Fort is also known as Star Fort that gives birds eye view of the Ajmer city. From the historical point of view this is the first fort in India that has been constructed on the hill.

Nasiyan Jain Temple

Located on the Prithvi Raj Road of Ajmer city, the temple is devoted to the first Jain Tirthankar Rishabhdeoji. The first floor of the temple is called the 'Swarna Nagri' (city of gold) that represents the Jain concept of the Universe and gold plated replicas of Jain Temples in India.

Fairs and Festivals

The main festival of Ajmer is the celebration of the Urs held every year in the seventh month (date varies) of the lunar calendar. A number of Qawali (traditional Muslim recital of devotional verse) functions are held within the Dargah or tomb.

How to Reach Ajmer Sharif

• Air: Nearest airport is Sanganer Airport, Jaipur, located at a distance of 135 kms from Ajmer.

• Rail: Nearest airport is Sanganer Airport, Jaipur, located at a distance of 135 kms from Ajmer.

Road: The place is connected to all the cities of Rajasthan and can be reached there by bus or private taxi.

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