It is the place where two cultures meet. With temples
and mosques close to each other, the harmonious blend
of Hinduism and Islam gives this town a unique character.
Undeniably, Ajmer is a true amalgam of rich Hindu
and Islamic heritage. The sacred lake of Pushkar
is believed by Hindus to be as old as creation, as
the temple of Brahma has been a place of pilgrimage
from time immemorial.
Today, Ajmer is a popular pilgrimage center for the
Hindus as well as Muslims. The great Sufi saint Khwaja
Moinuddin Chisti of Persia was buried here, and his
Dargah is equally sacred to the followers of Islam
and Hinduism alike. The Emperor Akbar made an annual
visit to the shrine of the saint, sometimes on foot,
as an ordinary pilgrim would.
Ajmer is also the base for visiting Pushkar (11 km.),
the abode of Lord Brahma, lying to its west with a
temple and a picturesque lake. The Pushkar lake is
a sacred spot for Hindus. During the month of Kartik
(Oct./Nov.), devotes throng in large numbers here
to take a dip in the sacred lake.
Ajmer is a charming place to visit during winter.
Busy with life, its galis (lanes) tempt you
to take off on small journeys and expeditions. Do
try out the numerous shops and stalls for crafts on
display, you never know which one might offer you
a better bargain. It is easy to lose yourself in such
surroundings, feeling as though you were in some early
19th century Indian town.