India itself is known for its unity in diversity. But if you want to get its true essence, come to Ajmer. It has a great historical as well as religious significance as it is a holy seat for both Hindus and Muslims. Established in 1100 AD by Chauhan ruler Ajaipal Chauhan, you can listen to the history whispering in every nook and corner of this historical city. Tucked at the foothill of Aravali mountain range, this city is blessed with Mother Nature. And there is one saint who is revered by the whole city irrespective of caste, creed and sect. Read on to know about the must see places of Ajmer.

Khawaja Garibnawaz Dargah

– Khawaja Garibnawaz Dargah

Khawaja Garibnawaz Dargah-Darga Ajmer is the tomb of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti who is respected and worshipped by one and all. Without any discrimination, people from the whole nation come here and pay their respect to this great seer. Though this is the tomb of a Muslim seer, seeing it’s popularity you will feel that it is no longer a Muslim religious place rather a secular one. This tomb has earned India the title of Madinatul Hind or India’s Madina. There is an annual festival named Ur held every year which is attended by lakhs of tourists. The architecture of the dargah reminds of Mughal era.

– Pushkar

Pushkar– If the dargah is centrally located; the city of Pushkar is about 14 km away from the town in North West direction. Pushkar means lake and the city was formed around this lake during the 4th century AD at the height of 1,670 ft. According to Hindu mythology, Brahma has performed yajna in the soil of Pushkar on a Kartik Purnima (full moon night in the month of Kartik), thus there is the temple dedicated to him. This is also the only Brahma Temple in the whole country.

Nasiyan Temple

– Nasiyan Temple, Ajmer

Nasiyan Temple – Nasiyan Temple or the Red Temple is a holy place for Digambar Jain sect. It is a two story hall next to the main temple. It houses a series of gold plated wooden figurines belonging to Jain legends. With embellishments of precious and semiprecious stones, silver and gold work and glass mosaic all over this hall, it is a treat to eyes and popular among tourists of all communities.

Adhai Din ka Jhonpda– Though a proof of vandalism by Muslim conqueror, Adhai Din ka Jhonpda is also a beautiful representation of Indo-Islamic architecture. There used to be a Sanskrit college where it stands today, but Muhammad Ghori demolished it in 1198 and erected a mosque in just two and a half days (adhai din in Hindi) and thus got this name. Though it has lost its old glory, yet the pillars and limestone arches testify that it had seen good days.

Taragarh Fort– 

– Taragarh Fort

Taragarh Fort – You will not get a city in Rajasthan without a fort. Ajmer too is guarded by huge fort of Taragarh. The fort has six gates along with the dargah of its governor Miran Saheb who died in an encounter. To get the panoramic view of the city and the Aravali range, visit this fort.

These are only a few of the Ajmer attractions. There are many more. Come and explore this little India within India exuberant with vivacious colors, fragrances and tastes.