Ajmer, with its legacy as a heritage city and future as a smart city is located in the heart of Rajasthan. The city is well connected with different means of transport. Jaipur International airport is the nearest airport which is situated at a distance of 132 km from Ajmer. The airport is well-connected to major metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad etc. Ajmer is an important railway station that connects this holy place to different places like Jaipur, Marwar, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Ujjain, Howrah and Bhopal. The city has advantage as it lies on the Golden Quadrilateral National Highway(NH) 8. RSRTC (Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation) and private buses are running luxurious range of bus services from Delhi, Jaipur and various other major cities to Ajmer.
Surrounded by the Aravalli Mountains, Ajmer, also known as Ajaymeru/Ajaimeur (meaning the Invincible Hill), was founded by Ajaipal Chauhan (who established the Chauhan Dynasty) in the seventh century. The city was also ruled by the legendary Prithviraj Chauhan, the last Hindu king of Delhi.
Ajmer, the city where the Dargah of the Great Sufi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti stands, is a sacred center of pilgrimage. Hallowed by the memories of the great seer, Ajmer has earned the epithet of "Madinatul Hind or the Madina of India".
Ajmer is a center of culture and education. It is famous for its rich Indo-Islamic, Royal Rajasthani, Indo-Saracenic and Jain styles of architecture. The city is home to the prestigious Mayo College, a school set up exclusively for Indian nobility, by the Britishers, has today metamorphosed into a self-sustainable smart campus, a home to 816 young boys from all walks of life. In addition, the city's built heritage includes Nasiyan (Red) Temple, Salemabad (Nimbark Peeth), Taragarh Fort, Adhai – Din Ka- Jhonpra (a religious structure), Ana Sagar (an artificial lake), the museum (Magazine, once the royal residence of Emperor Akbar) et al. Ajmer is also the base for visiting Pushkar (14 km), the abode of Lord Brahma, lying to its west with a temple and a picturesque lake.
Ajmer, the seat of sufi tradition, exudes the promise of a vibrant future built upon with its rich and glorious past.
Pushkar popular for its only existing 14th Century Brahma Temple and its mystical charm is set on Pushkar Lake, a sacred Hindu site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. This pilgrim town is situated on the edge on the desert and is separated from Ajmer by the Nag Parbat (the snake hill).
The seat of Sufi tradition, the Ajmer Dargah is a mecca of the East and one of the holistic Muslim shrines in the world. The entrance gates, which loom 70 ft over the congested bazaar, were built by the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1915. Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chisti, a Sufi saint from Persia made this place his abode from 1192 till he died in 1236 AD.
Mayo College is a boys-only independent boarding school in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India founded in 1875 by Richard Bourke, 6th Earl of Mayo who was also the Viceroy of India from 1869 to 1872. The school is one of the oldest public boarding schools of India. The present principal is Lt Gen (Retd) Surider Kulkarni, who has occupied the post since Jan. 2015 and is the 17th principal of the school.
The Taragarh Fort, Ajmer built in 1354 A.D. is one of the first ones to be set on a hilltop, and is famed for its architectural brilliance. The giant fort stands guarding the city. It gives a panoramic view of the city situated in Nagpahari of Aravalli ranges, this fort has immense archaeological and historical importance. The fort guarding Ajmer, was the seat of the Chauhan rulers and was originally believed to be built by Mughal ruler Akbar.