One of the most popular hillstations in India is the Mount Abu, the highest peak of the Aravalli range located 1,772 metres above sea level amidst the lush greenery. It makes a great annual retreat for families and friends looking to cool off in the summer. Mount Abu is a great mix of forests, waterfalls and lakes. The splendid views from the hilltop will surely leave you mesmerized. Here are a few best places you could visit while you’re in Mount Abu.
Dilwara temple is the most sacred and beautiful pilgrimage of the Jains in the world. It is situated just 2.5 Kms from Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan. Dilwara temple is known for its meticulous architecture and exquisite marble carvings. It was built between the 11th and 13th Century AD by Chalukya Dynasty. The ceilings, pillars and doorways have intricate designs on them which goes to show the architectural superiority of the temple. The temple is a group of 5 other temples each devoted to five Jain trithankaras.
Temple timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
The Nakki lake of Mount Abu is the largest manmade lake in India at the height of 11,000 metres. It also goes by the name ‘Love Lake’ as it personifies the concept of romance. This lake is scared for the Garacia tribe of Rajasthan as they gather around during the Shukla Paksha festival in April and consecrate their nail in the lake. That’s how the lake got its name from. There are boating facilities available near the lake in Mount Abu. It’s the main attraction and one of the must do things there. If you’re a person who likes to sit by the beach and watch the waves, here are the top beach destinations for some vitamin sea.
Boat timings: 09:30 am – 06:00 pm
Located south-west of Nakki lake is this scintillating sunset point. This is one of the most popular viewpoints in Mount Abu and the best place to visit in Rajasthan. This viewpoint attracts a lot of people from around the world at the time of sunset. Get mesmerized by the orange-coloured sunset from behind the Aravalli ranges. This place is a treat for your eyes as you enjoy the picturesque view of the lush green valleys and the villages dotting the area. You can buy some souvenirs from nearby shops. Get your hands on small trinkets, sandalwood idols, wooden toys among other things.
Apart from the magnificent forts of Sariska in Rajasthan, Achal Garh fort of Mount Abu is no lesser than a masterpiece. It was built under the reign of Paramara dynasty. It is situated just 11kms north of Mount Abu. It is one of the most visited forts in Mount Abu built by the famous Rajput ruler, Rana Kumbha. It houses many historic relics and sculptures. You can pay your homage to the Nandi which is made of five metals and is believed to weigh around 5 tonnes. The fort houses 500-year-old Jain temples known for their exquisite rhinestone art.
This temple located at a height of 1772 metres above sea level and at a distance of 15 Kms from Mount Abu. A mesmerising view from this hilltop is to die for. The Guru Dattatreya temple has immense religious significance as it believed that the deity is an incarnation of Lord Hindu, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu. A huge bell is suspended from the main entrance of the temple which has an inscription of 1411 AD. One way to reach this temple is by taking the Guru Shikhar road after Oriya road.
This temple is just 3Kms north of the main town of Mount Abu. This temple is devoted to the Lord Durga. It received a lot of pilgrimage tourists during the 9 holy days of Navratri. In order to reach the top, one has to climb 365 stairs and crawl through a small hole into the cave to see the deity. The picturesque and scenic view surrounding the temple makes this whole climb worth it.
This manmade crocodile breeding spot is situated 5Kms from Mount Abu. The best time to visit this sanctuary is during the mild winters of November and December. It makes a great picnic spot where you can enjoy the lush greenery around with your friends and family. This park houses various crocodiles resting along the rocky shores of this park. The birdwatchers and photographers can get plenty of amazing shots. If there’s one place that you shouldn’t miss visiting in Mount Abu- then it’s definitely Trevor’s crocodile park. Kids would certainly enjoy watching these crocodiles and learn a thing or two about them. Here’s why traveling is best education for kids.
One of the best places to visit in Rajasthan is the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary situated on one of the oldest mountain ranges of Rajasthan. According to the history, Asiatic lions and Bengal tigers were spotted in this Sanctuary decades ago but the common animals now found there are mongoose, leopard, sloth bear, wild boar and hedgehog. More than 250 species of birds can be seen here out of which the most prominent ones are jungle owl and Avadavat.
This is temple one of the most sacred spots for the Hindus in Mount Abu. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the hill after a climb of 700 stairs. The temple is devoted to Nandi, the divine bull of Lord Shiva and hence this temple is especially popular among the Shiva devotees. It’s certainly one of the best places to visit in Rajasthan.
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