Ajmer city lies at a distance of 135 kilometers from the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur. It was founded by Ajaipal Chauhan in 1100 AD. It was Raja Ajaipal Chauhan who gave the city its name “Ajaimeru” meaning “The Invincible Hill”. Raja Ajaipal Chauhan also built Taragarh Fort close to the city which is considered to be the first fort located on a hill in India.
The city of Ajmer remained a very important stronghold of the Chauhans till 1193 when Prithviraj Chauhan, the last Hindu ruler was defeated by the Afghan ruler, Mohammad Ghori. With the defeat of Prithviraj Chauhan, Ajmer was offered vulnerable to various gory battles and invasions. Finally, Ajmer became an important part of the Mughal Empire when the Mughal Emperor Akbar granted Ajmer the status of being a province in the year 1556. Akbar also used Ajmer as the headquarters of his campaign in the state of Rajasthan.
Ajmer, the ancient holy city for Ajmer Sharif Dargah, a famous shrine of Muslim situated on the Taragarh mountain of Aravali mountain range. An old Jain temple is also famous among visitors.