It is fascinating to imagine a lush green land encircled by rough terrains. This fascination is Mount Abu, Rajasthan.
If the scorching sun and the barren land have tired you, escape to the pleasant hill station of North West India, Mount Abu.
The land of celestial creation
Mount Abu is famous for its spectacular Jain shrines, the Dilwara Temples. These marble temples are intricately decorated with majestic gateways. The stone carved sculpture of marching elephants and of Adinath amidst pillars are examples of the artistic efficacy. The Vimal Vasahi, dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara, Adinath and Luna Vasahi Temple, dedicated to the 22nd Tirthankara are the largest of the group.
The Nakki Lake is another holy spot of Mount Abu. It is believed that the Gods dug this lake with their nails. The breathtaking scenic beauty of the spot makes it is an ideal picnic spot and is also loved by trekkers.
Nakki Lake is of immense historical significance as the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were immersed in the sacred waters. The Gandhi Monument is also located here.
Practice yoga at the laps of nature
The soothing atmosphere of Mount Abu has transformed this hill station into a health resort. Tourists can learn and practice yoga and meditate at the Universal Peace Hall.
Dive deep into Indian philosophy with an introductory lesson on the philosophy of the Brahma Kumaris. There is also a Brahma Kumaris Museum at the city where you can check out the various study materials and relics associated with this branch of philosophy.
Divinity gains a different edge at the surreal atmosphere of the Abu Road. There are numerous Hindu temples located here which are known for the wonderful architectural efficacy. Enjoy some cherishing moments of solitude here, relishing sweet dishes of rabri.
Exploring the wildlife of the Aravallis
Nestled between the Aravalli mountain range, there is a deep and dense subtropical forestland, declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1980s. This sanctuary is the natural habitat of the leopards and you can also find witnesses of the fact that tigers and lions reigned here in the past.
The grazing herds of sambar, the sly hynena, wolves and jackals, the lazy bears and the joyful mongoose enrich the fauna of this forest.
The grey jungle fowls and 250 species of birds make the environment melodious.
The epitome of courage, Achalgarh
Achalgarh is a famous fort of Rajasthan Travel. The granite towers and the numerous remnants surrounding the ruins of the fort exhibit the majesty of the Rajput monarchs. The Achaleshwar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated near this fort. It is considered to be a lively temple as footprints of Lord Shiva are believed to be found here. The deity of Lord Shiva along with brass idols of his ‘bahana,’ Nandi enhances the attraction of the shrine.
The surreal climate of Guru Shikhar
Guru Shikhar, considered to be the abode of God by the locals due to the presence of the Guru Dattatreya, the temple of the trio of Hindu mythology, Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, is the highest peak of the Aravalli Range.
Colourful souvenirs of Mount Abu
With beautifully designed leather shoes, colorful bangles, exquisite jewelry and boutique designed dress; Mount Abu is a shopper’s paradise.
There are several eat outs at Mount Abu which serve exquisite delicacies of Rajasthan, like daal batti churma and spicy meat curry, popularly known as laal maas. Rejuvenate yourself at the enchanting atmosphere of Mount Abu, relishing these authentic platters.
A trip to Mount Abu is a unique journey, far from the maddening crowd of the other attractions in Rajasthan.
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