Mount Abu,IN
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Why Travel Mount Abu?

Best time to visit - Feb to June and September to December. About 220 kms from Ahmedabad, the only hill station of Rajasthan, its cool atmosphere and lush green surroundings make it a major tourist spot within the state. Watered by the tranquil Nakki Lake and at an elevation of 4000 feet, Rajasthan’s only hill station is quite different from the rest of the state. Offering an immaculate reprieve from the burning warmth of the desert, Mount Abu is thronged by voyagers consistently. A camel festival in January sees decorated camels walking down the streets of Mount Abu, past the plethora of Temples and religiously important sites. There are various lakes and viewpoints such as the Honeymoon Point, Sunset Point, etc. ourists enjoy calm and relaxed boating in the Nakki lake, and a view of the sunset from the Sunset point. The highest peak of the Aravali Range also lies in Mt. Abu, surrounded by dense green forests. Dilwara temple has an amazing architecture and is quite important for Jain pilgrims as well. Mount Abu can be visited throughout the year.he ancient Arbuda Devi Temple and Shri Raghunathji Temple which was carved out of a solid rock are also on the must visit list here. Guru Shikhar peak is the highest point over there and on top of it is Dattatreya, a shrine and a temple. Also, there are many Jain temples over there known as Dilwara Temples that are carved out of white marble. The temples are believed to be built in between 11th and 13th century. Out of all the Jain temples, the oldest is Vimal Vasahi temple which was built in 1021 AD in dedication to the first Jain Tirthankaras. Also, the place is the headquarters to Brahma Kumaris. A very well - known Shiva temple is also there known as Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple.

The ancient Arbuda Devi Temple and Shri Raghunathji Temple which was carved out of a solid rock are also on the must visit list here. Guru Shikhar peak is the highest point over there and on top of it is Dattatreya, a shrine and a temple. Also, there are many Jain temples over there known as Dilwara Temples that are carved out of white marble. The temples are believed to be built in between 11th and 13th century. Out of all the Jain temples, the oldest is Vimal Vasahi temple which was built in 1021 AD in dedication to the first Jain Tirthankaras. Also, the place is the headquarters to Brahma Kumaris. A very well - known Shiva temple is also there known as Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple.

The exceptionally intricate architecture of the Dilwara temples are of course the main attraction here, and you can easily spend hours wondering how these temples were built over 2 centuries, almost a 1000 years back. The temples were specifically made so that they are plain from the outside to avoid attraction of plunderers, and have withstood the test of time extremely well. If architecture is not your thing, then .

Mount Abu also attracts a lot of Jain pilgrims because of Jain temples.

Not advisable to visit Mount Abu during winter season around Diwali the place gets very expensive. Also, it gets very crowded during the time from mid - May to mid - June and other peak seasons. Also, there's not much to do in the town except for a few sightseeing points


This popular and simple hill station has a cuisine of the same nature. Being a popular Jain pilgrim site, there are a large number of pure-veg restaurants, and you should expect little in the way of non-vegetarian food. There are a number of restaurants serving everything from local Rajasthani food to Punjabi and Chinese cuisines. You would find most of these restaurants clustered around the city center. We would recommend you go with the local food flavors and skip the chinese/punjabi options, if possible.

An Ideal Itinerary ;

Day 1: As you reach Mount Abu, try some delicious local food on your way from the railway station to the main city. Then after you check in, just start the day with going to the sightseeing tour. If you have your own car then just ask for directions or you can hire a taxi that is specially meant for sightseeing tours. The tour usually includes the beautiful points and local temples of Mount Abu.
Day 2: After having a good breakfast, you can visit Guru Shikhar and all the beautiful, historic temples over there including the Dilwara Temple. This will take the most of the day, as there are many temples over there. In the evening you can take a walk in the local market and walk up to sunset point to enjoy the sunset.
Day 3: After a hearty breakfast and if you have another day, then you can go to the Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoy some natural surroundings. In the evening, you can visit the Achalgarh Fort or a boat ride in Lake Nakki.
Day 4: While going back, you should definitely checkout the Mount Abu road. The scenic beauty is mesmerising.

 

Few Places of Interest :

Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
Mount Abu is a beautiful hill station endowed with variety of flora and fauna in the land of deserts. The mystifying and beautiful city is a scared pilgrimage spot besides being a summer gateway.

Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, rich in Flora and Fauna, is a must visit spot. This wildlife sanctuary covers about 290 sq. km in the hilly terrain of Mt Abu. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna and is a paradise for animal and bird watchers. Presence of (last recorded in 1872) and Tiger (last reported in 1970) is a history now, but leopards are still abundant here. Other animals found here are sloth bear, sambhar, jungle cat, small Indian civet, wolf, hyena, jackal, Indian fox, common langur, wild boar, pangolin, common mongoose, Indian hare, porcupine and hedgehog. There are among 250 species of birds which are found here including the rare grey jungle fowl.


Dilwara Temples Architecture
The Dilwara Temples is considered as the most beautiful Jain pilgrimage sites in the world for the spectacular use of marble in its making. Standing amidst the forested hills, a high wall surrounds the temple complex. It looks very simple from the outside. With intricately carved designs on pillars, ceilings, entryways and panels, the sumptuous temple radiates the Jain values like honesty and simplicity.

The architecture is inspired by the Nagara style and is a collection of ancient manuscripts. The Dilwara Temples consist of five temples of the same size, and all of them are single-storied. There are total 48 pillars in all the temples which have beautiful figures of females in different dancing postures. The main attraction of the temple is 'Ranga Mandapa' which is a dome-shaped ceiling. It has a chandelier like structure in the middle of the roof, and sixteen idols of Vidyadevi, goddess of knowledge, made of stone surrounds it. The other designs of carvings include lotuses, gods and abstract patterns.

The Five Marvels Of Dilwara Temples

The opulent Dilwara Temple consists of five temples built over the centuries. They are-

1. Vimal Vasahi Temple- Dedicated to Lord Adinath, the first Jain Tirthankar Lord, Vimal Vasahi Temple is the most famous and oldest amongst all the temples. It was built by Vimal Shah, the Solanki Maharaja of Gujarat in 1021. It has richly carved ceilings, roofs, doors and mandaps. The immaculate patterns of petals, flowers, lotuses, murals and scenes from mythology are simply awe-inspiring. Erected in an open courtyard, the temple is surrounded by a corridor which has smaller idols of the Tirthankaras. Gudh Mandap is the main hall, where the idol of Lord Adinath resides. It is believed that 1,500 masons and 1,200 labourers took 14 years to build the temple and it costs Rs 185.3 million.

2. Luna Vasahi Temple- Built in 1230, Luna Vasahi Temple is dedicated to Lord Neminath, the 22nd Jain Tirthankara Lord. The second prominent temple, it was built in 1230 by two Porwad brothers namely Vastupal and Tejpal, both ministers of Virdhaval, in the memory of their brother Luna. The Rang Mandap is the central hall which has 72 figures of Tirthankaras in a circular band and 360 figures of Jain monks. It also has a Hathishala which houses 10 marble elephants and a giant black stone pillar called Kirthi Stambh. A Navchowki has nine delicately designed ceilings.

3. Pittalhar Temple- The third temple was built by Bhima Seth and is dedicated to Lord Rishabdeo, the first Jain Tirthankara Lord. A huge statue of Lord Adinath made of five metals and brass is installed in the temple. This temple also has Garbhagraha, Gudh Mandap and a Navchowki.

4. Parshwanatha Temple- A three-storeyed building and the tallest of all the temples, it was built by Mandlik as a dedication to Lord Parshavanath, the 23rd Jain Tirthankar Lord in 1459. The temple has four main halls, and the walls have remarkable carvings on grey sandstone.

5. Mahavir Swami Temple- Dedicated to Lord Mahavir, the 24th Jain Tirthankara Lord, this temple is comparatively smaller but, it will fascinate you equally. Built in 1582, it boasts of several paintings from the artists of Sirohi.

 

Nakki Lake
Situated in the Aravalli ranges in Mount Abu, Nakki Lake, locally known as the Nakki Jheel is a paradise for nature lovers. Flanked by amazing natural wonders, this lake is truly a gem of Mount Abu. It is the first man-made lake in India with a depth of around 11,000 metres and a width of a quarter of a mile. Located in the centre of the hill station, the fascinating lake is surrounded by lush greenery, mountains and strangely shaped rocks. As you sail through the serene waters of Nakki Lake, it is exciting to see the life of Mount Abu unfolding in front of you. The blowing winds and the soothing temperature of Mount Abu will add to the pleasure of boating and is sure to win your heart.

Mahatma Gandhi's ashes were immersed on 12 February 1948 and Gandhi Ghat was constructed nearby. It is a perfect destination for nature lovers and photography fiends.

There is the famous Toad Rock on a hill. It looks like a toad about to jump in the lake. By the side of the lake, there is a path leading to Sunset Point. Raghunath Temple and Maharaja Jaipur Palace are also located on the hills near the Lake. Finally, a trip to the lake is incomplete without the peaceful boat ride. A perfect getaway to nature's lap, the Nakki Lake will add some memorable moments to cherish all through.


Achalgarh Village
Achalgarh village is a picturesque village in Mount Abu which is famous for the Achalgarh fort and Achleshwar temple. The fortress Achalgarh is situated at the top of a mountain peak.

A 10 minute climb from Achalgarh brings you to the beautiful and historic Jain Temples which are famous for scenic location and beautiful sculpture. The Achleshwar temple is famous for containing a Nandi which is said to be made of 5 metals, fold, silver, copper, brass and zinc.


Guru Shikhar
Guru Shikhar is known as the highest peak of the Aravali Range and lies at a distance of 15 km from Mount Abu. It is situated at the height of 1722 m above the sea level. One is likely to get a phenomenal view of nature from here. Guru Shikhar is home to many temples such as the temple of Guru Dattatreya. The travelers are also likely to get a beautiful bird view of the Aravalli range from the peak of Guru Shikhar. The peak is dedicated to Guru Dattatreya, and thereby the name Guru Shikhar was derived.

As soon as one climbs the first 35 steps, they are likely to find stalls of hot tea and food being served. The food served is tasty and tastes all the more delicious after the tedious hill climbing that one undergoes. One can buy packed packets of chips or water bottles from the shops present here. One can also find beautiful local art here at affordable prices. Once the tourists reach the peak, they try to ring the bell with the words 1411 AD inscribed on it. The sound of the bell is very loud and can be heard over a long distance.


Trevors Tank
5km from the town, Trevors Tank is a perfect spot for nature lovers. It was actually designed by an engineer named Trevor who used it to breed crocs. It is now a popular picnic spot for both locals and tourists.

The view is spectacular and the place gives you an insight into nature's bounty. Trevors Tank is a birdwatchers' paradise!

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