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Ajmer

Ajmer is a major tourist attraction of Rajasthan for a number of reasons. Tours in Ajmer might not be a usual holiday phenomenon for many people, but this place reverberates the spiritual energy and fervour. Ajmer is situated amidst the picturesque Aravalli range and about 135 kms from the state capital Jaipur and 391 kms from New Delhi. Other major tourist destinations of Rajasthan are also in close proximity from Ajmer. The city was founded by Chauhan rulers in the 7th century and later on in 1193, came under the regime of Muhammad Ghori and became part of Delhi Sultanate.

Ajmer is a cheerful city of different culture and religions. To start with, the Dargah of famous sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti is the major landmark of this place. The dargah can be found at the foot of the Taragarh hill and is always surrounded by devotees and visitors all the year. The annual pilgrimage or Urs of this holy place attracts visitors from across the world from different religious faiths. It is divided into two courtyards encompassing several marble buildings with delicate carvings and calligraphic inscriptions on the walls, amplifying the prominence further.

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Another two remarkable places of attraction in the same vicinity are Taragarh Fort and Adhai Din ka Jhopra. The Taragarh fort is considered to be built by Mughal rulers and is one of the oldest forts in India. Later on, when the fort fell into the hands of British, they converted it into a sanatorium. The fort has six big gates and it offers a beautiful panoramic view of the entire city. Dhai Din Ka Jhopra on the other hand, is a mosque built in the year 1193 by Qutubuddin Aibak. It is located at the lower slope of the Taragarh hill. The mosque is notable for the beautiful double depth calligraphy inscribed in Kufic and Naskh scripts.

The city’s museum also known as Akbari Fort and Museum was once the residence of emperor Akbar’s son Prince Salim. It presently a home to various collection of armour and sculpture of the Mughal and Rajput rulers. This magnificent place is where one can have the glimpse of the Mughal architecture. It is also the place where sovereign edit or farmaan was read out by Jahangir or prince Salim to the British East India company to do trading with India.

Ajmer is also famous for Anasagar Lake, the man-made lake and Lake Foy Sagar, which gives a stunning view of Aravalli mountains. Other attractions include Daulat Bagh, which is adjacent to the Anasagar Lake and various temples like Soniji Ki Nasiyan, Nareli Jain temple and Sai Baba Temple. One who is going to Ajmer cannot miss Pushkar, a town located at just 11 kilometers from Ajmer. It is one of the oldest cities in India and lies on the shore of Pushkar Lake, which is considered sacred among Hindus. Apart from this, Pushkar is famous for several festivals, fairs, camel safari and a number of notable temples such as Brahma temple.

In short, visiting Ajmer familiarizes a tourist with the intertwined beauty of spiritual fervour and charming nature.