Mount Abu is a beautiful place, the famous and only hill station of Rajasthan. It is located in the southern part of the beautiful Aravali ranages. The main highlights includes the breathtaking view of the pituresque moutains, the age old temples, rocks and caves, the beautiful lake, boat ride, the thick lush green forests. And the luxury hotels and a number of activities make it a perfect holiday destination.
HOW TO REACH
By Air: –
Udaipur is the nearest airport i.e. 185kms from Mount Abu. It is well connected to the major ciites like Jaipur, Delhi, Mumbai with frequesnt flights. Another option is the Ahmedabad Airport in Gujarat i.e. 190kms from Mounta Abu.
Mounta Abu is wel connected to the major cities like Delhi, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad and Agra. A fast train takes four hours between Ahmedabad in Gujarat and Abu Road.
Regular buses connect Abu Road to Mount Abu. The journey takes about an hour. Taxis and jeeps are also available to take you to Mount Abu. Direct buses also connect Mount Abu with Udaipur and Ahmedabad.
WHAT TO SEE
Dilwara Temple :-
Made out of carved marble these temples are dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras or saints. Believed to have been constructed between the 11th and 13th century A.D., these temples are one of the main tourist destinations in Mount Abu. The main temple is known as the Vimal Vasahi, it is the oldest and is dedicated to the first Tirthankara. It was built by Vimal Shah who was a promiment merchant and had strong political connections with the ruler of Gujarat. The Vimal Vasahi temple has a large image of the main deity Rishabhdev and 52 other small shrines dedicated to different Tirthankaras.
The Lake is picturesquely set amidst hills and is believed to have been carved out by the Gods with their nails. it is popularly spot for boating and the only artificial lake in India that is 1200 mts. above sea level. the surrounding hills have several area of interest.
Adhar Devi Temple:-
Another splendid example of temple architecture, the Adhar Devi Temple is carved entirely out of a single, huge rock. It can be reached only after a tremendous climb of 360 steps.
Sunset Point located in South West of Nakki Lake provides you a scenic view of the setting sun. Hundreds of people swarm this area in the evening amidst a carnival atmosphere. Food stalls, souvenir shops abounds the area. The scenic hills, tranquil surrounding, and the pleasant climate makes it a favorite spot of the tourists.
Guru Shikhar, a peak at an altitude of 5,676 feet (1722 meters), is the highest point in Rajasthan. It is located at a distance of 15 km from Mount Abu. It has a commanding view of Abu and its surroundings. This peak is the home to the temple of Dattatreya, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the peak is called Guru Shikhar after him as Guru Dattatreya had dignified this place and his footprints are sanctified here in a rock in a cave. Foot prints of swami Ramanath are also here who enshrined the statue in Raghnathji temple in Abu. Close to the shrine is a temple of Guru Dattatreya’s mother which is too worth- seeing.
Built in the 14th century A.D. by Rana Kumbha, Achalgarh is a majestic fort with some very old Jain temples within its precinct. The two main temples are Achaleswar Mahadev Temple built in 1412 A.D. and the Kantinath Jain Temple built in 1513 A.D.
Shri Raghunath Ji Temple:-
Dedicated to Lord Raghunath (another name for Lord Rama), the temple holds an ancient idol, which was placed there by Shri Ramanand, the famous scholar and preacher in the 14th century A.D.
Raj bhawan Museum:-
Though not very large, the museum has a good collection of artifacts dating back from the 8th to 12th centuries.
Named after the British engineer who built it, Trevor’s Tank is surrounded by dense woods. It is a bird watcher’s paradise with a multitude of peacocks and other exotic birds found in its vicinity.
Mount Abu has market having variety of shops with variety of rajasthani and gujrati articles from handicrafts of different categories, textile, Jewellery articles, wooden, marble and metal, Rajasthani paintings, Leather articles and stone crafts etc. Carved in marble, sandalwood and sandstone can be bought from the shops around Nakki Lake. Kota saris, bangles and linen with Sanganeri prints, light weight Jaipury quilt are also available. For Rajasthani Handicrafts there is Rajasthali, Rajasthan Government Handicrafts Emporium and Khadi Bhandar, also there are metal, stone, wooden and clothing handicrafts shops like Fair Price Rajasthan Emporium, Piccadilly Plaza, Chacha Museum, Kashmir Cottage Emporium, M/S Bansilal Bhurmal (famous Jaipuri Quilts -light Weigth ).
There are so many good restaurnts which serves Rajasthani cuisines and dishes from other parts of India.