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Famous the world over for its Dargah Sharif, Ajmer is a wonderful city of Rajasthan. Surrounded by mountains on all sides, Ajmer city was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 17th century AD. Many rulers ruled over Ajmer in the past and left behind their deep impressions on the city. Today Ajmer symbolizes unity in diversity, as it is an important pilgrimage centre of both Hindus and Muslims. Ajmer city is also the base for visiting Pushkar, the holy city famous for holy Lake Pushkar and the only Brahma temple in the world.
It is the most famous attraction of Ajmer. Situated at the foot of Taragarh hill, Dargah Sharif is the tomb of the Muslim saint, Moinuddin Chishti who selflessly worked for humanity. The Dargah consists of several white marble buildings including a huge gate donated by the Nizam of Hyderabad, a mosque donated by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and the Akbari Masjid. It is believed that devotees who pray earnestly at the Dargah, never go back empty handed. No prayer of devotees coming to the Dargah with faith goes unanswered. Even the Emperor Akbar came to the Dargah to offer prayers for a son and it was indeed answered. The Indo-Islamic architecture of the Dargah is notable. Urs is an important fair celebrated at the Dargah every year, and many devotees come from far and wide to participate in the fair. The fair commemorates the death anniversary of the saint.
It was a beautiful Jain temple, which was built in 1153. Later in 1193 it was converted into a mosque by Qutubuddin Aibak. It is located at the foot of Taragarh hill. Except for the mosque, the rest of the structure is in ruins. There are forty columns in Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra and each of them have a different style. As the name suggests, Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra was built in just two-and-half days.
Taragarh Fort is considered to be the first hill fort of Asia. Now almost in ruins, the fort was once the seat of the Chauhan rulers and a site of military activity during the Mughal rule. Located on a hill, the fort offers amazing view of its surroundings.
Offering picturesque views, Anasagar is a beautiful lake bordered by hills and was constructed by King Anaji (1135-1150 AD). Located near this lake is the beautiful Daulat Bagh Garden.
Once the royal palace of emperor Akbar, the Government Museum houses a rich collection of Mughal and Rajput armoury. Other attractions of the museum are the 8th century miniature paintings, ancient rock-inscriptions and stone sculptors.
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