Ajmer City Guide:

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Ajmer : The strategic position of this city has led to its long and turbulent history. Ajmer is connected to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mount Abu, Jodhpur and Ahmedabad by main highways and holds strategic aceen to Gujarat and Malwa (M.P.). It was a key centre of Chauhan power along with the twin capital of Delhi, but after Prithviraj Chauhan was defeated by Sultan Mohammed Ghori (1193), it has to pass through a chequered and violent history. Ajmer is a true amalgam of rich Hindu and Islamic heritage. The sacred lake of Pushkar believed by Hindus to be a old as creation as the temple of Brahma has been a place of pilgrimage from time memorial.

Major Attraction :

Dargah-AjmerThe Dargah : In the heart of the city is the tomb of Saint Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti, popularly known as Dargah Sharif, it has been since long a pilgrimage and spiritual center where followers of almost every creed and faith, muslims and non-Muslims, come throughout the year, especially on the occasion of the annual "Urs" celebrated from the 1st to 6th day of Islamic month of Rajab. The shrine of Khwaja Min-ud-din Chishti is considered, today, a second Mecca/Medina for the Muslims of South Asia. The enormous gate of the mausoleum leading to the open court was built by Sultan Altamash (12th century). In the court are two gigantic iron cauldrons donated by the Mughal emperors. On the right is Akbar' Mosque, a simple structure of dignified proportions, made of white marble. On top of the inner gate huge drums are kept in the Naubat Ghar or drum house. The inner gate was donated by a Nawab of Hyderabad. Several tombs are located in the inner enclosure.

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