Ajmer , Rajasthan

Description

One of the many popular pilgrimages in Rajasthan, Ajmer is the most ancient and sacred to the three faiths: Islam, Jain and Hindu.

West of the city is Pushkar, with its holy lake, the Pushkar Sarovar, regarded as the most sacred lake in India.  In course of time, Pushkar also become a centre for camel and cattle fair. Held in November, this incredibly colourful event has become a major tourist attraction all around the world.

Ajmer is also a great centre of Muslim pilgrimage. The Darga Sharif built in honour of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti lies in the heart of the city. Considered second Mecca-Madina as an islamic shrine, and visited by people of all religions, the Mughal emperors Akabar, Jahangir,Shahjahan would visit here annually to offer their tribute.

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Taragarh Fort

Taragarh Fort, the fort guarding Ajmer, was the seat of the Chauhan  rulers. It is reputed to be one of the oldest hill forts in India and the world. It was built by King Ajaypal Chauhan on the summit of Taragarh Hill and overlooks Ajmer. 


Lake Foy Sagar

Lake Foy Sagar is situated in the outskirts of the city, it is a picturesque artificial lake that was created as a famine relief project in 1892. It offers panoramic views of the neighbouring Aravalli mountains as well as of the evening flights of nearby birds.


Dargah Sharif

Dargah Sharif of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti  is situated at the foot of the Taragarh hill, and consists of several white marble buildings arranged around two courtyards, including a massive gate donated by the  Nizam of Hyderabad and the Akbari Mosque, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah jahan. It contains the domed tomb of the saint.


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