Attari to Ajmer – A Proposal That Will Bring Pakistani Pilgrims to the Ajmer Dargah


To commemorate the death anniversary of the famous saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti, the 808th Urs Festival which is held for 9 days will take place between 24th February and 5th March 2020. The 13th-century Sufi saint’s Dargah located in Ajmer is one of the most visited shrines in India. It draws a large number of believers from not only across the border but also from all over the world every year. Several Pakistani presidents, ministers, and other officials have visited the Dargah to pay their respects to the saint.

Although there has always been a palpable tension between India and Pakistan, India has reportedly decided to propose a train service that will allow Pakistani pilgrims to go to Ajmer, Rajasthan from Attari – Indian Border, Punjab. Travellers will be expected to carry valid documents like passports and visas, and further also follow rules and regulations that are put into place.

However, a couple of months ago, India and Pakistan put their egos aside and together were able to open a land corridor that allows the Sikh pilgrims to visit the Katarpur Sahib Gurudwara. From all over India and the world, pilgrims travel to visit the holy site where Guru Nanak Dev (the 1st Sikh Guru) spent 18 years of his life until his death in Kartarpur. 

India - Pakistan Relations

The train that connects India with Pakistan
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The relations between India and Pakistan have always been rocky and they further weakened when India decided to revoke Kashmir’s special status in August 2019. Pakistan retaliated by stopping the functioning of the Samjhauta Express Train, which connected Lahore and Delhi. Furthermore, they even stopped the Thar Express Train that provided a link between Khokhrapar in Pakistan and Munabao in Rajasthan, India.

There has been no response to the proposal from Pakistan’s side yet but, if this were to happen there would be a possibility of working towards mending the relationship between both the countries.

This post was published by Malvika Kumar

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