An ancient city towards central Rajasthan, Ajmer has represented harmonious blend of Sufi and Hindu culture. Here Hinduism and Islam come together. They form a culture which is very unique for this place. Ajmer is otherwise a sleepy town except for palaces Dargah and Jain temples. Nevertheless, Ajmer has come up as major pilgrimage both for Muslims and Hindus.
It was founded by Raja Ajai Pal Chauhan in 7th century. It was the place, where The Chauhan Dynasty of the Rajputs were in limelight and got the very stronghold over it and who built the famous Taragarh Fort in the 7th Century on the Hills. Emperor Prithviraj Chauhan ruled the Ajmer till 1192. This town was reckoned as seat of administration for the Chauhans till it was lost to Mohammed Gori in 1193 A.D. It then became a part of the Delhi Sultanate. The last ruler Prithvi Raj Chauhan has been made immortal in the folklore and songs which are sung in the Region. The main theme of these songs is love story of Prithvi Raj with Sanyogita. Ajmer was always coveted by Rajputs, Mughals and Marathas.
Ajmer situated in the south-west of Jaipur in the green oasis on the shore of the Ana Sagar, hemmed in by barren hills. Ajmer has a great strategic importance and was sacked by Mahmud of Ghazni on one of his periodic forays from Afghanistan. Later it became a favorite residence of the great Mughals
Ajmer is a major center for Muslim pilgrim in India during the fast of Ramazan. There is a famous Dargah of Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chisti which is visited by thousands of devout Muslims every year. The Dargah also has mosques which were built by rulers such as Shah Jahan, Jahangir and Akbar. Akbar used to make a pilgrimage to Ajmer every year from Agra.The entrance to the complex is from the Dargah Bazaar which leads to the first courtyard. This courtyard has a mosque built by Akbar and two cauldrons known as degs in which donations are made. These donations are later divided among the poor. The saints's tomb is in the centre of the second court.It is enshrined in a domed marble chamber and is surrounded by silver railings.The tomb attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every year on the anniversary of the saint's death, which falls in the seventh month of the lunar calendar. It is also the venue for the famous Urs festival.
Today, Ajmer is also visited by many of the Hindu pilgrims. There many good areas to be seen in Ajmer like the Dargah, Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra, Taragarh Fort, The Museum
Ajmer is also best for shoppings like antiques , curios, fascinating gold and silver jewellery in contemporary designs, colourful tie-and-dye sarees and embroidered
Getting there :
Kishangarh 22Km and Jaipur 132Km is the nearest airport, Regular Trains services link Ajmer with important cities like ,Gujarat, Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad. A good network of bus services operate from Ajmer to and fro for
various cities in India.