Mount Abu Travel Guide
MOUNT ABU was discovered as a retreat from the urban bustle by the British. Its salubrious climate, flora and fauna as well as the exotic culture of the nearby tribals made it an ideal outdoor spot. The interesting contrast of British style bungalows, the holiday lodges of the royals (Thikhana) attest to the fact. Among the flourishing surrounding ranges is the highest point of the Aravalli -the ‘Gurushikhar’ with a vast sanctuary that sheltering animals like langur, wild boars, Sambar, leopards along with a number of flowering trees.
Long before the advent of the adventurist, however MOUNT ABU was the meditational retreat as evidenced in its numerous temples. Be mesmerized by the Dilwara temple as its intricate carvings on the marble leaves you spell bound. Seek the blessings of Arbuda Devi who Devi lends her name to the hill resort of Mount Abu. Be amazed by rocks that appear like a Toad Nun, Nandi or a Camel. Besides, there is a full complement of horse rides, honeymoon and the sunset points.
Place To Visit in Mount Abu
Mount Abu was an important Vaishnava and Shaivite pilgrim center up to the 11th century. Today, it is recognized the world over for its magnificent Jain temples. Half hidden by mango groves, the famed Dilwara temples are wondrously carved in marble .These enshrine various Jain tirthankaras- or saints and exhibit filigree and marble carvings that rival Papier Mache. . Built between the 11th and 13th century, each figure is lifelike and each line etched in stone seems likely to jump to life. Vimal Vasahi is dedicated to Adinath, the first of the Jain tirthankaras. The central shrine contains an image of Rishabhdev in a large courtyard with 52 small shrines, each housing a beautiful statue of Tirthankaras with 48 delicately carved pillars.
A natural spring that flows as if through a sculpted cow’s head, gives the shrine its name. It was supposedly Guru Vashistha’s Ashram and was carved out of a rock. Nearby, is the marble with the image of Nandi.
The popular spot for boating is set picturesquely among hills and is 1200 mtrs above sea level. As India’s only artificial lake, it is believed to have been carved out by the Gods with their nails.
Overhanging the Nakki Lake, it appears like a gigantic (Stone) toad about to leap into the water.
Unique shopping in Mount Abu
Nakki Maal (Nakki Lake Market) is famous for shopping where all the renowned Rajasthani arts and crafts like – Jewellery, fabrics, wooden articles, gem stones, metal crafts, leather ware etc are available. The Rajasthan Emporium on the Raj Bhawan Road has excellent options for gift items and souvenirs.
How to Reach Mount Abu
The only hill resort of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is easily accessible with regular trains that link Mount Abu with other places like Ahmedabad, Delhi, Jodhpur and Agra. The excellent road network links Mount Abu with Udaipur and Ahmedabad through bus service.
Do’s and Don’t’s
- Before staying in a paying guest accommodation, always check about its authorization by the Department of Tourism.
- Always keep your hotel room locked when there or when out for sight seeing, shopping.
- Always insist on a bill for purchases made
- Purchase from reputed or recognized shops.
- Free rides can culminate in trouble at hotel suggested by the driver.
- Don’t leave your valuables, luggage with the driver.