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Mount Abu

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Mount Abu is a hill station in a 1200 metre high plateau in the south of Rajasthan. The main attractions of Mount Abu are the three Dilwara Jain Temples about 5 km from the town. The oldest temple dates from 1031. Mount Abu is a famous hill station in Rajasthan and is also a pilgrimage because of the temples.

Tourist Attractions in Mount Abu

Dilwara Jain Temples: These temples, built between the 11th and 13th centuries, are famous for their rich, intricate marble carvings. Vimal Vasahi is the oldest of these Jain temples. Built in 1031 A.D., in the village of Dilwara by Vimal Shah, it is a perfect example of Gurjar-Pratitar temple architecture, comprising of a central shrine, a room with a transept, a large colonnaded area, and an ambulatory lined by 52 small shrines, each housing a statue.

Adhar Devi Temple: A beautiful temple chiselled out of a huge rock, it is formed by a natural cleft.

Nakki Lake: Beyond the Raghunath temple, is the placid Nakki lake, studded with little islets. Nowhere else in India, except in the Himalayas, does a lake exist 1200 m above sea level. This lake, as legend has it, was dug out by the gods with their nails.

Gaumukh Temple: A little brook flowing from the mouth of a marble cow, gives the shrine its name. Nearby is a marble image of Nandi, the bull.

Sunset Point: This place offers an enchanting view of the crimson colours of dusk, kissing the lush plains on the horizon.

Honeymoon Point: Honeymoon Point provides a pleasant view of the verdant valley and plains. It looks especially beautiful, at sunset.

Trevor’s Tank: Trevor’s Tank is a bird-watcher’s paradise. The thickly wooded hills around it are teeming with pheasants, peacocks and partridges.

Achalgarh: An impressive fort with some beautiful jain temples enclosed within. Among the noteworthy temples are Achaleswar Mahadev Temple (1412 A.D.) and Kantinath Jain Temple (1513A.D.) . The latter has gold plated image. Mandakini Kund and a sculpture of Parmar Dharavarsh are situated close to the Achaleswar Mahadev Temple. The Fort was built in the 14th century A.D. by Rana Kumbha and is approachable by a motorable road.

Guru Shikhar: The highest peak on the mount (1722 mts. Above the sea level) allows a bird’s eye view of the sylvan surroundings of Mt. Abu. A small Shaivite shrine and a temple of Dattatreya standing on the shikhar are worth a visit.

Climate of Mount Abu

The climate of Mount Abu is quite cool. During the summers (April to June) the temperature touches maximum level of 33°C and a minimum of 23°C. This hill station has cold winters during November to February with maximum temperature of 29°C and a minimum of about 12°C.

Camel festival during January conducted down the hills are very attractive. Holi (February-March) and Diwali (October) are important religious festivals celebrated with gaiety and show. New Year celebrations despite chilly winter nights are highly attractive in Mount Abu.

How to Reach Mount Abu

By Road: Mount Abu is well connected by buses, some buses take you directly to the Mount Abu & some terminate at Abu Road. There are daily express & deluxe buses to Jaipur, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Jaisalmer & Delhi. Best way to get there is to pick a luxury cab from Udaipur.

By Train: Abu Road is on the broad-gauge line between Mumbai & Delhi, so here are so many express trains from AbuRoad station. The Ahmedabad Mail departs from Abu Road at 1:05 PM & reaches Ahmedabad at 5:25 PM, the same train leaves to Jaipur at 2:20 PM & arrives at 11:25 & Delhi at 5:20 AM. The Tawi Express departs for Jodhpur at 3:25 PM & take five hours.

By Air: Nearest airport is Dabok Airport, Udaipur i.e. 210 kms.

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