The Taragarh fort is a giant structure that stands guarding the city of Ajmer. The fort, providing a panoramic view of the city, can be entered by six gates. The fort also has Miran Saheb ki Dargah who was the governor of the fort and laid down his life in an encounter. Situated in Nagpahari of the Aravalli mountain ranges, this fort has immense archaeological and historical importance.
The Adhai-din-ka-jhonpra is an outstanding example of Indo-Islamic architecture. Legend has it that the fort was constructed in two and a half days, thus acquiring the name. It is a relic of an old mosque consisting of a quadrangle with a front screen wall of seven pointed arches. The distinct pillars and arched screen with its ruined minarets make it a splendid architectural masterpiece.
The Ana Sagar is an artificial lake named after Anaji Chauhan. The construction of the Lake was helped in a major way by the local populace. The catchments were built with their help. The Baradari pavilions here were built by Shah Jahan to facilitate his long stays in Ajmer. The Baradari and the parks adjoined to it are a much-visited picnic spot of the city.
Akbar's fort was built in the year 1570 AD by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. The fort was used as the residence of the Emperor during his visits to Ajmer. It is a massive square building with lofty octagonal bastions at each corner. In the middle of the fort there is a beautiful audience chamber and a magnificent gateway towards the west facing the town. It was in this very fort that Sir Thomas Roe, the accredited ambassador of King James I of England, presented himself in Jahangir's court on 10th January 1615 AD, and delivered his first official credentials. The fort is protected by the State Govt. under the provisions of the Rajasthan Monuments, Archaeological sites and Antiquity act.1561.
The Government Museumis situated inside Akbar's fort in Ajmer. It was established in Oct. 1908 under the initiative of Lord Curzon and Sir John Marshall, the then Director General of Archaeology in India. The aim of the museum is to focus on the cultural heritage of the region through its exhibits. The museum primarily consists of sculptures, inscriptions, a pre-historic section, miniature paintings, arms and armour and objects of art and crafts.
Thus mentioned are the various places of leisure tourism located in the district of Ajmer.
(Last Updated on : 12-04-2013)
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