Ajmer is one among the main and oldest cities within the Indian state of Rajasthan and therefore the centre of the eponymous Ajmer District. It is situated at the centre of Rajasthan, and is home to the Ajmer Sharif shrine.
The city was established as “Ajayameru” (Translated as ‘Invincible Hills’) by a Chahamana ruler, either Ajayaraja I or Ajayaraja II, who served as their capital until the 12th century CE.
Ajmer is surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains. In 1869 municipality was established in the city of Ajmer.
Ajmer has been selected together of the heritage cities for the HRIDAY – Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana and is also part of Smart City Mission schemes of state of India.
Pushkar is situated a few kilometers from Ajmer, is an important tourist as well as pilgrimage destination and a satellite town of Ajmer city. It is famous for Pushkar Lake and therefore the 14th century Brahma Temple at Pushkar, dedicated to Brahmā and is only temple of Brahma in the whole world, consistent with the Padma Purāņa, Pushkar is pilgrimage site for Lord Brahmā.
Manibandh or Chamunda Mata Mandir is a temple among the 108 Shakti Peeth at Gayatri hills near Pushkar, just 11 km from Ajmer. People call this temple as Chamunda Mata Temple.
Taragarh Fort: It is regarded as the oldest hill fort in India. It stands, with precipitous surroundings, 855 ft. above sea-level, and between 1,300 and 1,400 ft. above the valley at its base; and it’s enclosed by a wall some 20 feet thick and as many high, built of gigantic blocks of stone, cut and squared and are about two miles (3 km) in circumference. This hill fort guards Ajmer, was the seat of the Chauhan rulers. It was built by King Ajaypal Chauhan on the summit of Taragarh Hill. The battlements line the highest of Capitol Hill . When it came under British Raj, the fort was dismantled on the orders of Lord William Bentinck in 1832 and was changed into a sanatorium for British troops stationed at the garrison town of Nasirabad. Within it stands the shrine of a Muhammadan saint, Saiyid Husain, also known as the Ganj Shahldan. In the older city, lying within the valley beneath the Taragarh hill is now abandoned, the Nur-chashma, a garden-house employed by the Mughals, still remains, a water-lift commenced by Maldeo Rathor, to boost water to the Taragarh citadel.
Ajmer Sharif Dargah: It is a holy place of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti which is located at the foot of the Taragarh hill, and includes several white marble buildings arranged around two courtyards, consisting a huge gate donated by the Nizam of Hyderabad, and therefore the Akbari Mosque, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and containing the domed tomb. Akbar and his queen wanted to come here by foot per annum on pilgrimage from Agra in observance of a vow when he wanted a son. The large pillars also known as “Kose (‘Mile’) Minars” (Kos Minar), erected at intervals of about two miles (3 km) along the whole way between Agra and Ajmer mark the places where the royal pilgrims halted a day , they’re also seen today, one such is near private bus substitute Ajmer City. About 125,000 pilgrims come to the site every day. The Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti is celebrated every year on the 6th and 7th of Rajab.
Tomb of Khwaja Husain Ajmeri: Khwaja Husain Ajmeri also famously known as Shaikh Husain Ajmeri, he was Grandson of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty of Ajmer from the line of Khwaja Fakhruddin’s son Khwaja Husamuddin Jigar Sokhta, he was SajjadaNasheen & Mutwalli of Ajmer Dargah before & the time of Emperor Akbar & Emperor Jahangir, his tomb situated near Sola Khamba (Tomb of Khwaja Alauddin another grandson of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishty of Ajmer), Behind Shahjahani Mosque Dargar Sharif Ajmer.