It is one of the oldest cities in India. Located to the northwest of Ajmer 15 KM from ajmerand 145 KM from jaipur, the tranquil city of Pushkar is a favoured destination for thousands of tourists and devotees flocking to Rajasthan. Situated at a height of 510 metres, Pushkar is surrounded by hillocks on three sides. According to legends, Lord Brahma, believed to be the creator of the Universe dropped a lotus to the ground leading
to the immediate creation of a lake. He then decided to name the place after the flower, and thus the name, Pushkar. The city of Pushkar is home to the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the whole world. Hindus consider a journey to Pushkar to be the ultimate pilgrimage that must be undertaken to attain salvation.
Places to Visit in Pushkar
PUSHKAR LAKE – According to Hindu scriptures, the sacred Pushkar Lake is described as ‘Tirtha Raj’, the king of all pilgrimage sites. No pilgrimage is considered to be complete without a dip in in the holy Pushkar Lake.
BRAHMA TEMPLE – Nestled in the picturesque Pushkar valley beyond the Nangaparvat and Anasagar Lake, the Brahma temple holds a special place in the hearts of Indians. It is the only temple in the world dedicated to Lord Brahma. Built with marble and decorated with silver coins, this temple can be identified by its red spire and the image of a swan (considered sacred to Lord Brahma). The chaturmukhi (four faced) idol of Lord Brahma is housed in the inner sanctum.
CAMEL SAFARIS – There is no better way to explore the vastly enchanting desert of Rajasthan. Pushkar Camel Safari not only offers desert travels but also keeps tourists entertained with various outdoor activities. The safari has options to suit the needs of the visitors. Safari tours commence with villages across desert and end at sunset by
the beautiful sand dunes.
The city of Ajmer gets its name from ‘Ajay Meru’. Roughly translated, it means” invincible hills’. Nestled in the Aravallis south west 132 KM from Jaipur, Ajmer was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th century AD. Till the late 12th century AD, Ajmer was the epicentre of the Chauhan dynasty.Ajmer is home to the famous Dargah Sharif, which houses the Tomb of Garib Nawaz, also known as Moinuddin Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of Sufism. Ajmer is also known for Mayo College, one of the country’s first schools that was a stepping stone for British style of education. It is also a sacred city for Hindus and Muslims alike and is renowned for being a centre of history and culture and beauty.
Places to visit in Ajmer
AJMER SHARIF DARGAH – This is a Sufi shrine which encloses the ‘maqbara’ (grave) of Garib Nawaz, the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti. Built in the 13th century, the shrine is popular among people of all faiths who flock here to have their prayers answered. The shrine has three gates – the main gate or the Nizam gate, the Shah Jahan gate erected by the Mughal Emperor and the Buland Darwaza. Another big draw at this holy shrine is the sacred and scrumptious food that is served to devotees. Cooked in giant cauldrons known as ‘degs’, devotees gather in throngs to be blessed by this prasad.
ADHAI DIN KA JHONPRA – Adhai Din Ka Jhonpra was originally built to function as a Sanskrit college but was later converted into a mosque by Sultan Ghori in 1198 AD. An impressive blend of Indo-Islamic architecture, the structure was further beautified by Sultan Iltutmish in 1213 AD. Legend has it that the mosque is known as Adhai
din ka Jhonpra (literally meaning, The Hut of Two and a Half Days) because of a two and half day fair held here during Urs in the 18th century.
ANASAGAR LAKE – Ana Sagar Lake is a scenic artificial lake, commissioned and built by Arno Raj Chauhan, son of Ajay Pal Chauhan, between 1135 and 1150 AD. Arnoraj was also known as Anaji, which gives the lake its name. Many years later, Mughal
Emperor Jahangir added his touch to the lake by laying out the Daulat Bagh Gardens near the lake.
SONIJI KI NASIYAN – Soniji ki Nasiyan, also known as the Ajmer Jain Temple, is a wonderful example of ornate architecture, and is dedicated to Rishabh or Adinath. Its entrance is made of red stone and the marble staircase inside is engraved with images of the holy Tirthankars omniscient teachers of Jain faith who taught righteousness.
NARELI JAIN TEMPLE – The Nareli Jain Temple in Ajmer, also known as the Shri Gyanodaya Tirth Kshetra, is situated on the outskirts of Ajmer on the national highway to Jaipur. This modern edifice is celebrated for being a perfect blend of traditional
and contemporary architectural styles. It consists of 24 miniature temples in its vicinity. Known as Jainalay, they represent the Jain Tirthankaras.