Taragarh Fort - Ajmer
Once only for princes, the Mayo college now allowes admission to more general public. The Higher and Secondary school was established by Lord Mayo, a viceroy of India, in the year 1875. Even today, the British influence looms large over the college with its wall proudly showcasing portraits of former English headmasters and Lords. They were members of schools governing council too. The architecture of the college building along with its well maintained gardens also add charm to this place.
The artificial lake was constructed on river Luni at the behest of the 12th century ruler Anaji Chauhana. The lake, which becomes waterless every summer, has Daulat Bagh and Khobra Behroon on its bank. From the temple, the views of gardens is extremely pleasant.
Stories are abound as to how the name of the mosque came into being. According to few, the mosque was constructed within two and half days and thus its name. However, there are others who believe its name derived from the festival that lasted for two and a half days. Whatever be the story behind the name, the fact is that the mosque was originally built as a Sanskrit college and functioned so till the time Mohammad Ghori converted it into a mosque. He added seven arched walls covered with Islamic calligraphy in front of the pillared hall. The mosque, despite its bit dilapidated condition, attracts visitors because of its fine architecture.
A Jain temple hugely dissimilar to any other temple of Rajasthan. The temple has a double storeyed hall with wooden Jain mythological figures adorning it. Gold, silver and precious stone adds to the glittering charm of the temple. It is open for visit between 8.30 in the morning to 4.30 in the evening. An nominal entry charge is levied.
This palace, constructed in 16th century, is today a government Museum. Items on display include old weapons, miniature paintings, ancient rock inscriptions and stone sculpture. The museum is open for visit between 10 - 4.30 daily except Friday.
Also known as the Star Fort, Taragarh Fort is situated atop a hill. It was built by the founder of Ajmer, Ajaipal Chauhan in 12th century and offers exemplary view of the town below. The fort's history also speaks about the military activities during Mughal period and health services during Britishers. It can be reached by covering three km and a steep one and half hour climb on the hill.