Ajmer the city where the Dargah of the Great Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti stands, is a sacred centre of pilgrimage. Hallowed by the memories of the great seer, Ajmer has earned the epithet of “ Madinatul Hind or the Madina of India”. Devotees of all sects and faiths come here as the saint’s blessings are infallible for all.Each year, the followers of the master congregate here from all parts of the world on the occasion of the annual festival of Urs to pay their obeisance to seek the Saint’s blessings for fulfillment of wishes.
most people believe that your wishes will be granted if you tie a thread in the dargah and if the wish is fulfilled you need to go back and untie the thread and donate according to your wishes.
Taragarh fort was built in 1354 and is great palace to ramble around at leisure. Set within the horse-shoe shaped fold of the hills, and with the lakes and water reservoirs below, the fort straddles the crest and offers invincible battlements that must have proved difficult to scale.
Taragarh is reached by a steep road leading up the hillside to its enormous gateway. The views over the town and surrounding countryside from the top are magical, especially at sunset. The huge reservoirs within the fort were carved out of solid rock and the Bhim Burj, the largest of the battlements, on which there is mounted a famous cannon.
You can also try skirting the fort we enjoyed the walk and the view is awesome.
Ajmer is famous for the dargah of sufi saint Kwaja moinuddin chisty. people from all faiths come here. Due to the recent blasts securty has been tightened and photography prohibited. But no unnecessary frisking.
Khwaja moinuddin came to Ajmer at around 1191 AD and he was responsible for the spread of Islam in India by his tolerance. His words 'let there be no compulsion in religion" says it all
The Rajputana Museum is housed in the former palace and fort of Emperor Akbar that was built in 1570. This impressive building was converted into a museum in 1908 and exhibits several inscriptions, ancient coins, sculptures, copper plates, miniature paintings, ceramic and marble plates, pottery and arms and armoury.
Open: 10am-4.30pm Sat-Thur. Closed Fridays. Admission: Rs3 and Rs10 for camera.
This imposing fort and palace was built by Emperor Akbar in 1570 as a temporary residence for himself and his entourage while he was in Ajmer. The fort is small compared to the other Forts in Rajasthan but it is the strongest fort in the southeastern region of the state. In the middle is the audience chamber where Sir Thomas Roe (a British ambassador) was given the first official audience with Emperor Jahangir on January 10th 1616. Today, the fort is home to the Rajputana Museum which was opened in 1908.
Nasiyan Jain Temple, also known as Soniji ki Nasiyan, is a beautiful red coloured Jain shrine located on Prithvi Raj Road. It was built by Seth Shri Mulchand Soni in the 19th century and is devoted to Rishabhdeoji, the first Jain Tirthankar and is highly revered by the Digambar sect of Jains. The real surprise comes in its double storeyed hall where there are splendid and unusual wooden gilt models depicting scenes from the Jain mythology with 13 continents and oceans, the golden city of Ajodhya and flying-swan and flying elephant gondolas. It's just like it's straight out of a Walt Disney wonderland and has to be seen to be believed.
Open: 8.30am-5.30pm. Admission: Rs5 plus Rs20 camera.
Emperor Jehangir laid the beautiful Daulat Bagh Gardens that are located on the banks of the Ana Sagar (large lake that lies to the north-west of the city). As everywhere in India, where there's a nice bit of grass, you'll find many people taking advantage of it by kicking back and relaxing on it.
The grandfather of Prithvi Raj Chauhan, King Anaji built this picturesque lake. to the north-west of the city. between 1135 and 1159. It was created by building a dam across the river Luni. There are some bathing ghats located here as well as some marble pavillions that were built by Shah Jahan in 1637. The lake is a wonderful spot to relax and have a bit of fun on as there are pedaloes and motorboats to hire.
On the south wing of the Mahfil khana stands the Jama Masjid or Shah Jahani Masjid which is a fine piece of Moghul architecture. All the 99 sacred names of Allah with 33 Quranic verses are beautifully inscribed in the mosque.
Inside the Gumbad Mubarak, (or dome), there is a silver 'Chaparkhat' (canopy) inlaid with pieces of mother-of-pearl presented by Emperor Jahangir. Between the four poles supporting this `chaparkhat’ there is a silver 'katehra' (railing) with an arch towards the south. There is another outer silver katehra running around the tomb at a distance of about 2 feet. The devotees are led into this space to offer flowers and prayers over the tomb. The ceiling of the dome is covered by a costly velvet chatgiri.
The tomb is of white marble inlaid with pieces of precious stones and is daily bestrewed with sandal-paste and Itars (perfumes). It is always covered with very costly ‘Ghilaafs’ (coverings made of velvet and silk) embroidered with pleasing gold and silver tracings.
Overhanging the principal eastern side of the Shrine or Mausoleum, there is a handsome porch known as the Begami Dalaan which was built in 1643 by Princess Jahan Ara Begam, the favourite daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan. The walls and the beautiful marble pillars of the Begami Dalaan are decorated with gold in 1888. Later on, the ceiling was also embellished in gold with the money donated by a Muslim merchant of Bombay. This beautiful portico was used by the Begams or ladies of the Moghul harem during their frequent visits to the shrine. There are two entrances to the Shrine through the Begami Dalaan. The doors of both of them are mounted with heavy silverplate carved with ornamental details. The tomb is of white marble inlaid with pieces of precious stones and is daily bestrewed with sandal-paste and Itars (perfumes). It is always covered with very costly ‘Ghilaafs’ (coverings made of velvet and silk) embroidered with pleasing gold and silver tracings.
On your right after leaving the cauldrons stands the magnificent building of Sama Khana or Mehfil Khana (auditorium with Darbar Hall) which was built by Nawab Bashir-ud-Dowla and Sir Asmaan Jah of Hyderabad Deccan between 1888 and 1891. This spacious hall is 46 feet square with a gallery of 14 feet running around it.
After entering through the second gate of Buland Darwaza, you'll see these two huge Degs (Cauldrons for cooking food) that are fixed into stepped terraces. Rice sugar, ghee (butter) and dried fruits are cooked for distribution to the public as tabarruk. The circumference at the edge of the larger cauldron (known as Choti Deg) is 10-1/4 feet. It cooks 70 mounds of rice, while the smaller Deg takes 28 mounds. One of them was presented by Emperor Akbar in 1567 and the other by Jehangir in 1631.
Immediately following the Nizam gate is the Shahjahani gate erected by Emperor Shahjahan. Before the construction of the Nizam Gate this used to be the main gate. Above the gate the Kalma Sharif is inscribed in a beautiful style. The doors are made of fine timber covered with silver-plated metal. In the building above the gate there are two huge beating drums.