The only hill station of Rajasthan, its cool atmosphere and lush green surroundings make it a major tourist spot within the state. The most important attraction, however, are undoubtedly the Dilwara temples, which is one of the most stunning piece of architecture in the country. If you are a history or architecture buff, this is one of the places you should absolutely not miss out in India.
The exceptionally intricate architecture of the Dilwara temples are ofcourse 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 there are various lakes and viewpoints such as the Honeymoon Point, Sunset Point, etc. Tourists 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.. Mt Abu will offer you all you can demand from a popular and typical destination of a romantic and simpler nature.
Many budget hotels with a good, clean, homely environment can be found. But be sure to confirm availability before reaching.
INR 2,450 - 6,800
The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu acts as a relaxing point for people of both Rajasthan and Gujarat. Dilwara temple has an amazing architecture and is quite important for Jain pilgrims as well. Mount Abu can be visited throughout the year.
If you 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.
The place is a hill station situated between beautiful evergreen mountains and has views to die for. The place is meant for honeymoon couples and families from Gujarat and Rajasthan. The place can be visited by anyone but as it is quite affordable. Mount Abu also attracts a lot of Jain pilgrims because of Jain temples.
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.
Mount Abu is a true holiday destination if you are seeking a little family time and also visit the great Hindu and Jain temples. 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.
Mount Abu Forest Sanctuary is the forest between the Aravalli Mountain Range. It was officially declared in 1980 and has 288 square kilometres covered. The sanctuary has an abundance of flora and fauna. The forest is tropical and the prime predator over here is Leopard. There are many rare species found here which includes sambhar, wild boar, bear, pangolin, wolf, hyena, porcupine, hedgehog and many others. The sanctuary is also home to nearly 1250 species of birds amongst which Grey Jungle Fowl is the unique one. Another beautiful tourist attraction is the ancient sacred Lake Nakki. The place has many stories revolving it. Some say it was dug out by the Gods to take shelter from Demon Bashkali. Many other stories revolve around this lake. The place offers various trek for adventure seekers and also an amazing boat ride. The restaurants and eateries around the lake are a great place to eat local food at very cheap prices.
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.
- Summers are cool and pleasant. Take along your best summer clothes. Be better prepared during winters with extra sweaters and windsheeters. Carry umbrellas and appropriate clothing during monsoons.
By Pallavi Siddhanta
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