This is a sacred secular town of Rajasthan. Ajmer located inside Aravali hills was founded by Ajaipal Chauhan in 7th century and became the center of Chauhan Rajputs. After the defeat of Prithviraj Chauhan at the hands of Mohammad Gauri in 1993, Chauhan's lost control of this town. Akbar annexed this town to Mughal empire in 1556. British had constructed many educational institutions in this town.
Ajmer (also known as Ajaymeru) is a trade centre for manufactured goods including wool textiles, hosiery, shoes, soap, and pharmaceuticals. Nearby is the town of Kishangarh which has one of the largest markets for marble and marble products. Ajmer is well connected with the national highway and is only 135 km (84 mi) from the Sawai Mansingh International Airport at Jaipur which has daily flights to Delhi, Bombay, Chennai, Indore, Pune, etc.
Babu Lalís sweet/chai shop in the Marwar bus stand is a good place to hang out Ė it's where the buses to and from the villages stop, and is a great place to see people in very traditional costume - or to just sit with a delicious cup of chai and watch the world go by!
Some of the main places of interest in the area are the Dargah (tomb of the most revered Muslim sufi Saint Mu≠_inuddin Chisti (known as Gharib Nawaz, or 'Benefactor of the Poor'); Taragarh Fort (claimed to be the first hill fort of Asia) The Adhai Din ka Jhonpra a (a Jain temple constructed in 1153), The Magazine (the city's Museum and once the residence of Prince Salim, son of the Emperor Akbar); Mayo College (established in 1875 by Lord Mayo, Viceroy of India), and The Anasagar Lake (an historic lake constructed by Maharaja Anaji).
Ajmer town is famous for its dargah which was the final resting place for the great sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti popularly known as Garib Nawaz or the protector of the poor. It is believed that Khwaja is the descendent of Prophet Mohammed.
People from all religions visit this Dargha. For blessings and to seek heirs for his throne Mughal Emperor Akbar walked to this dargah from Agra.
The death anniversary of the Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti celebrated every year for six days and it is the most important event of Ajmer. It is held during Islamic month of Rajab from 1st to 6th day. Millions of devotes from all religions and regions gather here during this time.
Cameras are allowed inside the dargah. Parking is a big problem near this crowded place and one has to walk nearly one KM to reach the dargah. Rickshaws are available for this short journey. Usually chaders and flowers are offered inside the dargah. There are many shops selling dresses and other items around this holy place. Within one hour a quick visit can be completed. Cover your head with a kerchief or traditional Muslim cap before entering the Dargah.
Ajmer to Jaipur Distance is 132 KM
Ajmer to Udaipur distance is 288 KM
Ajmer to Delhi distance is 404 KM
Ajmer to Pushkar distance is 11 KM
Ajmer to Jodhpur distance is 340 KM