Pictures of Ajmer & Pushkar taken on a trip to Rajasthan covering Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Jaipur, and Ajmer & Pushkar in November 2005. Other images can be found at http://photos.suchit.in/Travel/
The town of Ajmer is a sacred place for the Muslims as the famous mosque of Garib Nawaj Khwaja Mauinuddin Chisti is located in it. Its also very close to the city of Pushkar.
Urs Ajmer Sharif is held in the holy town of Ajmer in honour of the Sufi saint, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. Special prayers are offered at the mosque, and huge amounts of consecrated food offered from the large, steaming cauldrons that were a gift from Akbar. While quwwallis are sung at night, the celebrations unite people of all faiths, and the complete town is decorated with buntings, and wears the spirit of festivity.
Pushkar is a well-known and important Hindu pilgrim centre. It is just 10 km from Ajmer, Rajasthan. The Pushkar lake and the Brahma temple are the most important sites here. Pushkar is better known and popular for the annual mammoth cattle fair which is an amazing site.
The Pushkar lake is surrounded by hills on three sides and desert on the other side. The cave of Saint Agasthya was located on the snake mountain here. There is one belief that Kalidasa, the Indian counterpart of Shakespeare, had this place as his locale for his Sanskrit drama, Shakuntalam. According to a legend, the lake was formed when Lord Brahma dropped a lotus and wanted to perform a yagna. It has world's only temple of Lord Bramha (God of Creation).
Both Ajmer and Pushkar are located in the state of Rajasthan which is situated in the Western part of India. Sand dunes, wooded hills, and amazing lakes & palaces come together with men & women in colourful turbans & skirts making it an enchanting location to visit. With a history dating back 5,000 years, some of the major tourists destinations of India such as Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Pushkar, & Jaipur are located in this State.