Ajmer

# Location: South West of Jaipur (150 Kms)
Highlights: Pushkar, Dargah, Jain Temples
Area: 9.8 sq km
Population: 700,000
Altitude: 413 mts
Languages: Hindi, English, Rajasthani
Best Time to Visit: October to March
STD Code: 0145
Climate:
Summer: 45ºC (max) 25ºC (min)
Winter : 18ºC (max) 04ºC (min)

Ajmer is a very beautiful city, surrounded by the spectacular Aravalli Mountains.Originally called Ajaimeur or the invincible hill, founded by Ajai Pal Chauhan in the 7th century, Ajmer was a centre of Chauhan power till 1193 A.D. Even during the Muslim conquests, Ajmer did not loose its charm and importance. It was only when Prithvi Raj Chauhan lost to Muhammed Gohri that Ajmer passed on to multiple hands of feudal lords, Marwar rulers and finally the Mughals. Eventually, Ajmer was conquered by the Marathas, who subsequently lost it to the British and it became one of the only parts of Rajasthan controlled directly by the East Indian Co.

The chief objects of interest are Pushkar , and the Dargah tomb of the most revered Muslim sufi saint Muinuddin Chishti known as Gharib Nawaz, or Benefactor of the Poor.

# Pushkar is a town in the state of Rajasthan in India near Ajmer, about 23 Kilometers away, and is an important tourist destination. Pushkar is famous for Pushkar Lake and the 14th century Hindu temple to Brahma, God as the Creator of all creation. This is the only temple of Brahma in the world. Pushkar is also famous for its annual Camel Fair.

Dargah Khwaja Sahib:
Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti - probably the most important Muslim shrine in the Indian sub-continent with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims flocking here especially during the Urs celebrations. During the celebrations, the devotees food is cooked in two enormous degs (cauldrons), one of them nearly 10 feet in diameter, and then follows the ritual of "looting the degs". After emptying them at lightning speed, attendants jump inside the steaming hot interiors to scrape out the dregs - all in just 3-4 minutes flat!

#Taragarh Fort:
A steep one and a half hour climb beyond the Adhai-din-ka-jhopra leads to the ruins of the Taragarh Fort, perched on a hill.One can have an excellent view of the city from here. The fort was the site of the military activity during the Mughal period, later used as a sanatorium by the British.

Mayo College:
One of the India’s best public schools, located in the south-east of the Ana Sagar, has now been converted to the Circuit House. The lake and the cenotaph and the shrine of the Hindu reformer Swami Dayanand, founder of the Arya Samaj movement in India, can be viewed from here.

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