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Located approximately 135 kilometers to the west of Jaipur; the state capital of Rajasthan, Ajmer happens to be the 5th largest city of the state and also the administrative headquarters of the Ajmer District. Girdled by the majestic Aravalli Mountain Ranges and secluded from the desert by the colossal walls of the Nagpathar Range, Ajmer; formerly spelt as ‘Ajmere’ is positioned almost right in the center of the Rajasthan State. The city has registered its name on the nation front both in the fields of tourism as well as pilgrimage for its miraculous and mystic ‘Dargah Shrine’ of the great Sufi Saint; Garib Nawaz ‘Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’. A vital pilgrim destination equally venerated both by the Hindus and the Muslims, Ajmer is an impressive reminiscent of yesteryears.
This sacred city bejeweled with blessed shrines, imposing palaces, splendid lakes, Mughal and colonial edifices, mazes of narrow lanes, bustling markets and enchanting fairs allures its visitors to no extent. Established in 7th century AD (according to some records, 12th century AD) by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan, Ajmer receives its name from a Sanskrit word ‘Ajaimeru’ which means ‘the invincible hill’. Ajmer, the incredible synthesis of Hindu and Sufi traditions and culture is now aggrandized as the thriving hub of Rajasthani heritage, culture and education. Moreover, Ajmer is also hailed as the gateway to the consecrated city Pushkar, a leading Hindu pilgrim destination distinguished as the domicile of the only Brahma Temple in the whole world. Ajmer, the divine abode of the wish fulfilling Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti beckons more than a million visitors from all casts, creeds and religions from all over the India as well as abroad every year.