An Oasis In The Desert !!!
Mount Abu is the highest peak in the Aravalli Range of Rajasthan, nestling
in the south of Sirohi district in Rajasthan. The giant mountain forms a
rocky elevation of 22 km long by 9 km wide. The nearest city to Mount Abu
is Udaipur, which is lying 185 km far.
Mount Abu is renowned as the "oasis in the desert" as its
tallness are abode to shallow rivers, blue lakes, gurgling waterfalls and
green vegetation. The antiquity of Mount Abu is as diverse as its soothing
city. Its a vague haze, as no body knows that, when this alluring
destination came into existence. But according to myth, Mount Abu is as old
as the Himalaya. It was named after Arbuda, a mighty serpent, who saved Lord
Shiva's revered bull, Nandi, from plunging into an abyss. Whereas the
legends relates that the Mount Abu, the four fire clans, the Chauhans,
Solankis, Pramaras and Pratiharas, were created by a fire pit by Brahmin
priests. This captivating temptation served many kingdom as an important
post as a summer resort. After which, it was leased by the British
bureaucrats from the then Maharaja of Sirohi for use, as the headquarter of
the resident to Rajputana. Mount Abu is popular spot for newlyweds and
nature lovers. One can feel the air packed atmosphere on its streets and the
famous places of attractions.
Summer Retreat of British Empire
Do You Know
According to legend Mount Abu was scooped out by a
fingernail of the God and said to be as old as Himalayas and named after
Arbuda, a mighty serpent who saved the life of Nandi Bull, the scared bull
of Lord Shiva.
During the British rule in India, it once again rewarded as the favorite
leisure destination of the British, who came here to escape the dusty, dry
heat of the desert. Mount Abu is noted as the only hill station in solid
gold of Rajasthan, its a popular summer temptation for millions of tourists
to escape heat and dust of Rajasthan. The Sierras of Mount Abu allows a cool
climate due to its rich flora vegetation, covering the entire hill station
with coniferous trees and flowering shrubs. The road leading to Mount Abu is
a curved one characterized by arid region dotted with huge rocks in weird
shapes and sizes with high velocity winds that holds the freshness of this
beautiful city. Apart from its history and time, Mount Abu has a number of
noteworthy temples, which has placed this bewitching hill station as a very
important pilgrimage centre for Jains and Hindus. One can soothe his weary
eyes with the superb carvings and architectural wonders, after witnessing
the temples of Mount Abu, which are amongst the best in Rajasthan.
Do you know, Sage Vasishta performed a sacrificial
fire, where now Gaumukh Temple is located, that gave birth to four powerful
Rajput rulers - Chuahans, Sisodia, Kachwahas and Rathores.
Mount Abu is known for its precipitous rocks, serene lakes, picturesque
locations and lovely climate. The three day Summer Festival features
ballads, Gair, Ghoomar and Daph folk dances, which enchant the spectators
with their grace and variety. This Festival is a window to the tribal life
and varied cultures that floats in the soil of Rajasthan. The festival
begins with the singing of a ballad, which is followed by folk dances, where
you can see colourful Rajasthani dresses wore by women and men, which sets
the mood of visitors for their outstanding performances. This pomp and show
festivals include other events like the boat races, which are organized on
Getting There !!!
Airways : Udaipur "Maharana Pratap Airport" is the nearest
airport to Mount Abu. Tourists can easily opt for various road transport
facilities available at the airport for reaching Mount Abu. A number of
domestic and international airlines connect Udaipur with the major cities of
Rajasthan and India
Mount Abu Railway Station is located at Abu
Road, which is 20 km away and nearly takes two hours drive from Mount Abu.
The rail treks are well connected to major cities like Ahemadabad, Jaipur,
Jodhpur and Mumbai by number of trains. It is a major stoppage for several
long distance trains of the Western and Northern Railways. Gujarat Jain
Circuit train connects Mount Abu, Bhavnagar and Mehsana.
Mount Abu is well connected by roads and is
slightly close to the National Highway No 8 and 14, which connects Udaipur,
Jodhpur, Jaipur, Delhi and other major cities of India. Some of the major
distance from Mount Abu are Udaipur is 185 km, Ahemadabad is 214 km, Agra is
737 km and Delhi is 768 km, Mumbai - 835 km, Delhi 768 km.
Local Transport :
The most convenient mode of
transportation inside the mountain valley are royal tongas, horse safaris,
bicycles, auto-rickshaws and local city buses. One can easily choice
transport of his own choice, which is simply available throughout the
valley. Even the Tourist buses are organized here for sightseeing.
Mount Abu Attraction
The Dilwara Temple - Prime Attraction
The Dilwara Temple of Mount Abu is a stunning example of ancient divine. It
is one of the popular pilgrimage spot for Jains.
This holiest shrine of Jainism is amongst the finest illustration of Jain
architecture in India. It is a cluster of temple, which include two main
shrines, superbly curved in a white Marble, which was built around 11th to
13th century A.D.
Amongst which, the most oldest temple is Vimal Vasahi, constructed around
1031 A.D dedicated to the first Tirthankar "Adinath".
The intricacy and delicacy of the marble carving
is so fine in Dilwara Temples that, in places, the marble becomes almost
transparent. The lotus flower hangs from the center of the dome is an
incredible piece of master-work, it is amazing to believe that this huge
lace-like filigree started as a solid block of marble.
start exploring the religious grounds, you will first see a long courtyard
around which 52 identical cells are located, each with Buddha cross legged
image and 48 beautifully carved pillars form the entrance to the courtyard.
Whereas, other shrine belong to Lun Vasahi Temple, dedicated to the 22nd
Tirthankara "Neminath", which was constructed by two brothers "Vastupal"
and "Tejpal" around 1231 A.D. The most notable feature of this
temple is its intricacy and delicacy of marble carving. Whereas the carving
on the stones and marbles of the temple are regularly stored and maintained
by employing several stone carvers.
Adhar Devi Temple
Other attraction include Adhar Devi Temple, which is located 3 km in the
north of town. This ancient Durga temple is chiselled out of a huge rock,
which is reached by a flight of 365 stairs. It is one of the most believed
holiest grounds for tourists and pilgrims across India. The temple allows
panoramic views over the old mountain valley of Mount Abu.
Another most interesting sight to visit in Mount Abu is Nakki Lake. This
mesmerizing lake is located in the heart of the valley and according to
legends, the moral philosophy says that it was scooped by god by only using
his nail. Some of Hindu patrons believe that its a holy lake, hence most of
the pilgrims pay a holy dip into the water. This splendid lake is surrounded
by rugged hills, green gardens and solid rocks. Tourist visiting this lake
also pay homage to the religious grounds of Raghunath Temple, that stands
beside the Lake. Number of palaces and lavish mansions are build around the
lake, which were once used by the royal families as a summer palace. Beside
lake there are scores of comforts like the bustling small shops, coffee day,
bars, tea shops, balloon vendors, ice cream palours and lot more to quench.
One can also take the charm of horse safaris around the lake, which is
available since from the morning to late evening.
Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University and Museum
There are 4500 branches of Brahma Kumaris
Spiritual University and Museum in about 70 countries around the world and
followers come to Mt. Abu to attend courses at the spiritual university.
university's stated aim is the establishment of universal peace through the
impartation of spiritual knowledge and training of easy raja yoga
meditation. To attend one of these residential courses, contact your local
branch and arrange things in advance. There is no charge- the organization
is entirely supported by donations, as is the accommodation.
Around Mount Abu !!!
Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary: - 8 km.
One of the most enthralling attraction in the heart of mountains is This
heart throbbing sanctuary is 290 sq km long and is home to many animals and
colour feathered birds. The tourist can spot panthers, bears, foxes, wild
boars and migratory birds inside the park. Another fascinating attraction
inside Sanctuary is Trevor's Tank, which was named after the British
engineer who constructed it, Trevor's Tank allows delightful views to
Guru Shikhar: - 15 km
Beside this, a tourist must visit Guru Shikhar, it is one of the highest
peak in the Sirohi District, stretched out to be 1722 m high. At the top you
can see Atri Rishi Temple, from where a bird eye view of the mountain valley
can be seen.
Another attraction is Achalgarh: - 11 km,
Another attraction is Achalgarh in the north of Mount Abu is a cluster of
temples, Amongst which Achaleswar Mahadev Temple is noteworthy, build around
1412 A.D and the Kantinath Jain Temple, build around 1513 A.D. This alluring
complex was build around 14 century by great warrior Rana Kumbha of Mewar.
Beside this, a tourist must visit Gaumukh Temple. According to legends, Sage
Vasishta performed "Yagna" here, from which four Rajput clans were
born. Here one can also see marble cow, figure of Nandi " Shiva Vehicle"
and Agni Kund. These are some of the thrilling experience you are going see
before your eyes, once you are in the mountain valley of "Mount Abu".