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Written by Swathi on July 4, 2020 Share on

Taragarh Fort in Rajasthan: A must-visit place to witness Ajmer’s pride

A land full of history and mouthwatering cuisine, Rajasthan stands tall in the country of India. The grandeur of the Rajasthani forts will keep you captivated throughout your visit with a rich history of the Rajput Kings. You will agree when I say that Rajasthan is undoubtedly the most colourful state in India. Cities of Rajasthan are named after different colours which you will discover when you explore them. No matter how many Heritage walks or guided tours you go for, Rajasthan will leave you craving for more. It will definitely make you plan a vacation to Rajasthan again to soak into the complete beauty of the “Land of Maharajas.”

One of the major places to visit in Rajasthan is the city of Ajmer. Apart from being home to the Ajmer Sharif Dargah, the Forts of Ajmer are sure to leave you amazed. You can expect the best insights into the culture of Rajasthani people when you visit the Ajmer Sharif Dargah and sink into the music of the soulful Sufi singers. You should also pay a visit to the marvellous forts of Ajmer which by all means project opulence. A must visit Fort in Ajmer is the Taragarh Fort. We have compiled a detailed account of what to expect if you visit Taragarh Fort in Ajmer.

View of Taragarh Fort
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History of Taragarh Fort

The majestic Taragarh Fort was built in Ajmer during the rule of the Chauhan Kings. The history of this fort dates back to the 1300s and the marvels of its architecture will leave you mesmerized. It is located on a hillside and although it was constructed by the Chauhans, it was also used as an important military base during the reign of the Mughal Empire. When the British came to power, the fort was converted into a sanatorium. Although you might find most part of the fort in ruins today, you will still find yourself in appreciation of the architecture.

Architecture of Taragarh Fort

There are three grand gateways that bind the Taragarh Fort namely Phuta Darwaza, Lakshmi Pol, and Gagudi Ki Phatak. Unfortunately they are in ruins today. You will also find a crisscross section of tunnels located within the fort which go through the hillside. These tunnels were used as a hideout to escape from the attacks of enemies. Considering that the fort is located on top of a hill, you can climb up the fort to get panoramic views of the city of Ajmer. The stunning architecture of the Taragarh Fort will aid you to click great pictures for keepsake.

What to expect?

If you are a history buff, the Taragarh Fort will not disappoint you. The tall and imposing structure that it depicts will leave all archaeologists in awe of the fort. Taragarh Fort is one of the best Hillforts in the whole of Asia making it a must-visit tourist attraction in Ajmer. The intricacy with which the erstwhile artisans have worked on the carvings is beyond imagination. There are other marvellous structures located within the fort as well like the Rani Mahal and the Dargah of Hazrat Miran Syed Hussain. You should definitely add a slot for a visit to these places within Taragarh Fort in your Rajasthan itinerary.

View from Taragarh Fort
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Rani Mahal is a well-known tourist attraction in Ajmer from where you will witness the stunning sunset of the Taragarh Fort. This will be a picture-perfect experience especially if you are on your honeymoon. Make sure you also show some love to the Dargah of Hazrat Miran Syed Hussain, who is credited with having saved the honour of the fort from enemy attacks. A wholesome package to experience the jaw-dropping culture of Rajasthan don’t you think?

Places to visit close to Taragarh Fort

Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpra

This is one of the oldest surviving mosques in India. You will be surprised to know that this structure was built within a span of two and a half days as the name literally suggests. You can also find clear evidences of the same in various historic accounts. Alluring designs and intricate carvings grace this mosque making it a popular tourist attraction in Ajmer.

Ajmer Sharif Dargah

Ajmer Sharif Dargah is undoubtedly one of the most famous dargahs in India. If you like listening to the songs sung by the Sufi saints at Dargahs, this is your go-to place. You will find many tourists from across the globe visiting this place to experience the best of Rajasthani culture.

Qawalli singers at Ajmer Sharif Dargah
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Entry fee and timings

Taragarh Fort is open from 8 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on all days of the week. You will have to pay an entry fee of just INR 25 to visit the fort. The amount you pay and the experience you will be in for will be more than worth it. Given that you will get to witness a couple of other attractions within the Taragarh Fort itself, it will definitely be a wholesome experience for you. So do not miss out on visiting this fort and add it as part of your main list of places to visit in Ajmer.

Learning about the history of the Chauhan dynasty, soaking into the soulful and spiritual music of the Dargah and witnessing a beautiful sunset from within the walls of the fort. Doesn’t it sound like it is straight out of a picture book? You can experience the same and much more when you plan a visit to Ajmer in Rajasthan.

Jain temple in Ajmer
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The list of things to do in Ajmer is endless and you will not be able to complete all of them in just one vacation. But to help you with the best options among the lot, you can reach out to Pickyourtrail to build a customised itinerary for your Rajasthan vacation. If you would like to know more details from one of our experts, you can drop a WhatsApp enquiry right here. Until then, get ready to start planning your dream vacation!

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