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ORG*:Rajasthan – Our first day Ajmer Sharif and Pushkar…..

April 16, 2009

I know I am getting late on my promise…here i go…

Since childhood I have fascination for some places, Rajasthan is one of those. It was amazing experience to explore historical structures, monuments, culture ,traditions and sand dunes.

As i mentioned earlier we were based at Jaipur : Pink City of Palaces… and then traveled around. We arrived in Jaipur on 28th March. Our first day started with trip to Ajmer and Pushkar.

Ajmer is an oasis wrapped in the green hills in the South west of Jaipur. The city was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century A.D. and continued to be a major center of the Chauhan power till 1193 A.D. Then Prithviraj Chauhan lost it to Mohammed Ghori, after which Ajmer became home to many dynasties. Today, Ajmer is a popular pilgrimage center for the Muslims as well as Hindus. Especially famous is the Dargah Sharif-tomb of the Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, which is equally revered both by the Hindus and the Muslims.

Ajmer Sharif

Ajmer Sharif

Every person you meet on your way to Dargah from your driver, guide to Shopwalas will advise you to take care of your belongings… and its true. photography is not allowed in the dargah so it is good to keep light.

Pushkar:

Pushkar is sacred and unique because of having the only Brahma temple in the world. It is 14 kms away from Ajmer.

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On regular days temple is closed from 1.30 pm to 3pm. We reached there @ sharp 1pm…n so we had to wait till 3…me n bhabi enjoyed a lot.Shopping…utilized our bonus time…boys were bored :). It was hard for them to keep us company… 🙂 🙂

Pushkar Lake is Picturesque. It is considered as very sacred spot for Hindus.

pushkar-3

Me and Suraj performed one puja @ the ghats of the lake. Punditji charged us heavily for the Puja. It is business for them and they are perfect in delivering the solution…efficient enough to complete the puja in 10 min!!! 😉

Nevertheless Thank You Punditji…

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Isn’t it beautiful???

We got to know one interesting tale …Punditji who performed Puja for us told us that there is subtle competition between Ajmer and Pushkar…to attract visitors!!!Few years ago someone added poison to the lake of Pushkar to sabotage its image while depleting the number of visitors. We did notice less crowd as compare to Ajmer.

In my opinion Pushkar was far more peaceful and soothing in terms of experience…

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2009 11:23 am

    Really nice of you, to spare your precious time in sharing your experience with all, i love exploring new places, and after reading this article, i am much more excited to visit this place at least once in my life time, the pictures are also good !

  2. April 16, 2009 11:31 am

    Thank you dear…

  3. April 20, 2009 3:05 am

    loved the write up
    went to Pushkar a couple of years ago, was blown away by the beauty. i like Rajasthan too … the location is incredible … i have shot there fairly frequently, and it looks really lovely on camera !

    • April 20, 2009 5:26 am

      Thanks Harini

      for your comment…
      and u said it…its beautiful place…just few days is not enough to explore these places.

      i must say i loved your blog too…spent entire day on your pages…they are crisp and catchy…!

      Archana

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