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 Jama.
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.