-- A Visit to Ajmer --

  By : Apurva Pathak [on Thu, 20-Jan-2011]    Destination : Ajmer
The city of Ajmer is one of the historic cities of India. It was called ‘Ajeyameri’ or ‘Ajaimaru’ that means unconquerable. The oldest hill fort in Asia, the Taragarh Fort is situated in Ajmer. However Ajmer is more famous as a religious place due to Dargah Sharif, the tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. It is an important religious place for the Muslims in India from the last five centuries. Thousands from every strata of the society throng the tomb daily to seek blessings from the Khwaja. The Dargah is situated in the centre of the Ajmer city. To make it to the Dargah you need to walk through narrow, crowded lanes of the market. People from all religions come to the Dargah with their offerings and chaddars atop their heads. The Dargah is known to have many gates, but the main gate was donated by the Nizam of Hyderabad. The Taragarh Fort lies on the Taragarh hill. There are nothing more than remains of the Fort and a Dargah on the hill, but zigzag roads make the ride interesting. Just on the way to Taragarh Fort lies the Prithviraj Chauhan Memorial. Ajmer has two beautiful manmade lakes – Anasagar and Foysagar. They play an important role in water provision to the city. The Foysagar Lake has a great view and was constructed by the British. Basically, Ajmer is more a religious destination but a visit to the famous Dargah is worth a try.
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