Ajmer was founded on barren hills in the 7th Century A.D by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan naming it Ajaymeru. The first fort was built at Taragarh here at Ajmer, which made the city a centre for power. The Afghans took over reins from Prithviraj Chauhan the last of the Chauhans. A turbulent set of three centuries followed thereafter. Emperor Akbar declared it a province in 1556 A.D. It became the headquarters for Mughal operations in Rajasthan. After the Mughal decline the Scindias of Gwalior gained power in Ajmer. The British influenced Ajmer in a different way. Top of the line Educational institutions like Mayo College and King George Military school came up to cater to the princely class. Till date Ajmer is home to many prestigious public schools. Today Ajmer is a favourite travel destination in Rajasthan. A holiday guide to Ajmer promises religious places and regal architecture. The mausoleum of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti is an important place of worship for Hindus and Muslims alike. His Dargah is said to bring peace of mind, restore health, relieve trouble and bring forth happiness to those bereft of happiness. It remains one of the major tourist attractions in Ajmer. Other sightseeing places in Ajmer are the Adhai-din-ka-Jhonpara, Taragarh fort, Akbari Fort and Museum, Maqbara Shaikh Husain and Anasagar Lake. Ajmer is also the base for Pushkar, which has one of its Brahma Temple.