The city of Ajmer is famous as a pilgrimage
site. It houses the Dargah, or tomb, of the popular 13th-century
Sufi Saint, Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Hasan Chisti. Millions of
pilgrims from all over the world throng Ajmer to attend the
death anniversary of this great saint every year. The city also
boasts of a number of monuments dating back to the Mughal era.
The city is also well known for its traditional handicrafts.
The most important tourist spot in Ajmer is the Dargah or tomb
of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. The Ana Sagar Lake and Daulat Bagh
Garden are other important sites in the city. Ajmer also boasts
of an imposing fort built by Akbar, which also houses the
Government Museum within it. The Nasiyan (Red) Jain Temple built
in the 19th century is also worth paying a visit to.
Dargah of Garib Nawaz Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti
The Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti lies in eternal rest at
this dargah (mausoleum) located at the foot of a barren hill in
Ajmer. Humayun constructed the shrine, and the Nizam of
Hyderabad built the carved silver Buland Darwaza (Gateway to the
Dargah). A silver railing surrounds the tomb of the saint. There
is a separate prayer room for women, which is said to have been
constructed by Shahjahan's daughter Chimni Begum. The dargah
also has within it the tomb of the saint's daughter - Bibi Hafiz
In the courtyard of the dargah are two immense cauldrons with a
capacity of 2,240 kilograms and 4,480 kilograms respectively.
During the Urs, kheer (a sweet porridge) and khichdi (a savoury
porridge) are cooked in these cauldrons and distributed among
the pilgrims. An interesting ritual related to the cauldrons is
the looting of the kheer. Inside the complex, there are also the
Akbar Masjid and the Shahjahan Masjid. It is said that Akbar
used to visit this dargah every year.