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AJMER - The Land of Composite Cultures

Pushkar Lake - Ajmer Ajmer situated in the green oasis wrapped in the barren hills has been a witness to an interesting past. The city was founded by Raja Ajai Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century A.D. and continued to be a major center of the Chauhan power till 1193 A.D. when Prithviraj Chauhan lost it to Mohammed Ghauri. Since then, Ajmer became home to many dynasties, which came and left---leaving behind indelible marks of their culture and traditions on the citys history, converting it to an amalgam of various cultures and a blend of Hiduism and Islam.

Today, Ajmer is a popular pilgrimage center for the Hindus as well as Muslims. Especially famous is the Dargah Sharif- tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisthi, which is equally revered by the Hindus and Muslims.

Ajmer is also the base for visiting Pushkar (11 km), the abode of Lord Brahma, lying to its west with a temple and a picturesque lake- Sarovar. The Pushkar Lake is a sacred spot for Hindus. During the month of Kartik (Oct/Nov), devotees throng in large numbers here to take a dip in the sacred lake


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Ajmer DargahDARGAH
At the foot of a barren hill, is situated Indias most important pilgrimage centre for people from all faiths. It is the splendid tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, more popularly known as Khwaja Saheb or Khwaja Sharif. He came from Persia and made this place his abode from 1192 till he died in 1236 AD.  The shrine is next only to Mecca or Medina for the Muslims of South Asia.
Emperor Akbar used to make an annual pilgrimage to this shrine. The saint's tomb is of marble and dome is gold plated. The shrine comes alive with activity when millions of devotees throng the shrine during Urs fair. Urs is held on the seventh lunar month according to Islamic calendar and is variable according to the solar calendar. Sufis and believer converge from all over India and abroad, as it is believed that those visiting during Urs receive special blessings of the saint.
Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra - AjmerAdhai-din-ka-Jhonpra
This is a remarkable structure and masterpiece of Indo - Islamic architecture. It is situated just beyond the Dargah.  As legend goes, it was constructed in two-and-a-half days (Adhai-Din) and said to be originally a Sanskrit college, built within a temple. Mohammad Ghauri conquered Ajmer and converted the building into a mosque by adding a seven-arched wall in front of the pillared hall in just two-and-a-half days and hence the name. The distinct pillarsand arched Screen with its ruined minarets make it a splendid architectural masterpiece.

General Information

Altitude : 486 metres
Climate : Mean Max.       Mean Min.           Clothing
Summer : 38.10C              27.70C               Light Tropical
Winter : 23.30C              05.50C               Woolen
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