Mount Abu, also referred to as Abu par vat can be rightly termed as the oasis in the desert land, Rajasthan. The much adored and sought after hill station located in Aravali range of the state is simply beautiful. One needs to travel to the Sirohi District to enjoy the beauty of the only hill station of Rajasthan. The place holds special significance in the Hindu mythology as it is known to be the spot where Sage Vashistha, the great sage retired.
Presently, Mount Abu serves as a popular tourist destination. It is indeed, a hill station enjoying the distinctive amalgamation of flavors of Rajasthan.
Listed below are some of the most interesting places to visit in Mount Abu:
When in Mount Abu, you just can’t miss being here. Celebrated for their architectural splendour and picturesque stone carvings, the temples are dedicated to Jain Tirthankars. Tourists need to travel about 2.5 km from Mount Abu to reach these temples constructed way back in the 11th and 13th centuries AD. The pristine beauty of Dilwara Temples lies in their construction. Made from white marble of Ansori hills (Ambaji), these temples are a very important pilgrimage site for Jain.
Dilwara Temples were constructed by Gujarat Solanki ministers. The five shrines are dedicated to:
• Lord Adinath
• Lord Rishabhdev
• Lord NemiNathji
• Lord Mahavir Swami
• Lord Parshvanath
Each temple here boasts of magnanimous entrance way with painstakingly carved ceilings, beautiful doorways and artistic pillars. The grand architectural style of the place epitomizes Jain values. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rishabhdev exquisitely circumscribed by a walled courtyard. Many small shrines across the large courtyard comprises of an image of the Tirthankars. Pillars are carved meticulously and offer support to the mandap.
Tourists can look forward to comfortable accommodation near the temple complex. Many luxury and budget hotels are available here. The restaurants and eateries here serve authentic Gujarati and Rajasthanithalis. You may also enjoy Punjabi and Chinese cuisine. Pure Jain thalis are also worth trying.
February to June is the best time to visit Dilwara Temples.
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Also known as Trevor’s crocodile park, this is a man made crocodile breeding spot. It is situated 5 kilometers from mount Abu. Those who have visited this amazing site have described it as utterly relaxing. The serene environment of Trevor’s Tank combined with lush green surroundings totally defies the sole purpose of its creation. The place makes for an amazing picnic spot for family. Home to diverse fauna including black bear and crocodiles, Traver’s Tank is a paradise for birdwatchers. If you are a shutterbug, this place is definitely for you. India’s own Rivendell, Trevor’s Tank is a must visit tourist places in Mount Abu for all.
This is a unique and different town in Mount Abu. Located near Banas River, Abu road is a must visit for tour lovers. It is precisely a railway station situated in a picturesque setting. The weather is generally pleasant. The best time to visit this place is between November and December. Home to several different temples significant to Hindu mythology, Abu Road is appreciated widely for its amazing display as an Indian architectural masterpiece. Tourists can enjoy a stroll at the market places around. Unlike the malls of urban regions in India, the markets have preserved the aesthetics of the Indian bazaars. Once here, you need to try out the mouth watering ‘Rabri’, a popular local sweet dish.
Wildlife Sanctuary Mount Abu
This is certainly a must visit place in Mount Abu. Whether you are an animal lover or not, this place deserves a visit. The forest is conveniently situated amidst Aravalli mountain range. In the year 1980, it was declared as a wildlife sanctuary covering an expanse of around 288 sqkilometers. A sub tropical forest housing a wealth of varied flora and fauna species, one can clearly feel traces of past dwellings of the wild animals such as lion and the tiger. Presently, Leopard, the prime feline predator is found here. Nature lovers can explore the beauty here. Some of the rare species found in the sanctuary include common langur, sambhar, wild boar, pangolin, bear, common mongoose, wolf, jungle cat, hyena, Indian fox, jackal, porcupine, Indian hare, and hedgehog. Experts have mentioned that these forests hold around 250 species of birds. The grey jungle fowl is quite popular among all.
This is one of the most famous attractions in mount Abu. The ancient lake is considered sacred. As per the Hindu mythology, the lake was dug out by the Gods using their nails. It served as a shelter to Gods from the Demon Bashkali. Many other mythological stories are associated with the lake. Presently, this exquisite spot serves as a nice picnic destination for youngsters and families alike. People visit here for a number of trekking spots. Children can enjoy relaxing boating trips. Nakki Lake is the spot where Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed. The ritual lead to the construction of Gandhi Ghat, a popular monument situated here. There are many hotels, eating joints, and restaurants near the lake. Tourists can enjoy lip smacking food her at affordable prices. The fountains of lake enhance its natural beauty.
This is the highest point in mount Abu. Guru Shikhar also forms the highest point in the Aravalli mountain range. Known to provide a panoramic view of the entire region, locals and tourists visit this place for its renowned Guru Dattatreya temple. The Guru is known to be an incarnation of the Hindu Deities ‘Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva’ in one.
Mount Abu is a beautiful place to visit in Rajasthan. It is impressive and quite appealing that it enjoys the status of being the only hill station of the ‘dry’ state. The above listed popular and beautiful spots will make your tour a memorable affair in all terms. Bon Voyage!