It is dedicated to Khwaja Muin-ud-din Chishti, a sufi saint who came all the way from Persia in 1192 and remained in Ajmer until 1236 when he breathed his last here. It was during the time of the Mughals, who added to the buildings here, that his tomb gained popularity and prominence.
While Humayun complete the construction work for the shrine, the Nizam of Hyderabad added gate to it. Akbar was a regular to the Dargah who used to visit the dargah every year to pay homage to the great saint. As you need to cover your head inside the shrine, make sure you carry a scarf or cap along. Even if you forget to carry one, you needn’t to worry at all as there are plenty for sale at the bazaar on the way to the dargah.
Nizam Gate, the first gate, was built in 1915. On the right of it lies the Akbari Masjid, constructed by Akbar in 1571. Also known as Moiniua Usmania Darul-Uloom, it is now an Arabic and Persian School for religious education. There’s a second gate which was erected by Shah Jahan. The gate is often referred to as the Nakkarkhana as there are two large nakkharas (drums) positioned above it. Buland Darwaza, the third gate was built in the 16th century. This 28m high gate leads to the dargah courtyard. The visiting hours are between 5am and 9pm during winter and between 4am and 9pm during summer.