Mount Abu is a hill station in desert area, Rajasthan. This is quite surprising, but this is possible because nature is god gifted, human cannot create nature. Mount Abu a hilly area in rugged area is also deemed god gift.It is situated in the Aravali Range in Sirohi district of Rajasthan state in western India near the border with Gujarat. It referred to as “an oasis in desert” as its heights are home to rivers, lakes, waterfalls and evergreen forests. The little pamphlet gushes that Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan, offers you to best of all possible worlds, with more scenic beauty, more architecture and archaeocology in the form of the famous Dilwara Caves, and a generous peppering of temple which shows that the place is exceptionally favored by the God.
The conquest of Mount Abu in 1311 CE by Rao Lumba of Deora- Chauhan dynasty brought to an end the reign of the Parmars and also marked the decline of Mount Abu. He shifted the capital city to chandravati in the plains, after the destruction of chandravati in 1405, Rao Shasmal made sirohi his head quarters. Later it was leased by the British government from the then Maharaja of Sirohi for use as the headquarter. The ancient name of Mount Abu is Arbudaanchal.
Mount Abu is very beautiful place, as the anticipation of the approaching destination heightens one doesn’t mind the shaking bus quite that much and as you turn the final curve into the city, greeted by large hoarding of different hotels, all promising better deals than the other, Rajasthan’s little jewel puts its best foot forward. There, the shops on both side of the road are glitteringly alive, as late as 10 p.m. on a winter night and the residents of Mount Abu mob you in welcome. This is, in fact the best time to visit if the cold does not bother you too much. All hotels are available at half rates and the best of rooms can be yours for a rate that suits your budget.
A summer visit requires careful planning and rooms should be booked at least two month in advance. Tourist buses show you around the places of interest twice a day and the bus guide provide a background, history and of course his own interpretation on everything you visit.
Here so many places to visit, which attract to tourists or visitors such as Dilwara Jain Temples, Nikki Lake, Abu’s highest peak and so many.Now we tell you about visitor’s place in brief, because when you know something about the place it may be create more excitement.
The Jain temple
Of the five – Vimal Vasahi, Lun Vasahi, Shri Risha Lhdeo, Shri Parshvanth and Shri Mahavir Swami. One estimate states that a sum of Rs. 1.2 billion was spent on Lun Vasahi itself. This temple was build by two Brothers- Vatupal and Tejpal, ministers in the court of Raja Varadnawarkar, a ruler of Gujarat. Outside the main doors of this temple, there are two statues called Devrani’s and Jethani’s goklas respectively, and are backed by stories of competitive jealousy of the two wives of these brothers. Another striking feature of the temple is the marble dome in the porch, which is made up of a cluster of half open lotuses, which appear to be almost transparent.
The Vimal Vasahi temple is older and is also known to be the first Jain temple and is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara, the temple constructed in pure marble with plain exteriors. Residents of the area will tell you that a visit to Abu cannot be complete without obtaining the blessings of Arbuda Devi, the goddess after whom Abu is said to have been named. Arbuda Devi is stationed some 200 steps above the road, in a series of caves on top of a mountain.
Guru Shikhar, a peak in the Arbuda Mountains of Rajasthan, is the highest point of the Aravali Range. It is 15 km from Mount Abu and a road there leads almost to the top of the mountain. There is certain serenity about the temple build atop this peak. The temple might just have stepped out of a fairy tale, with only a small portion in pink jutting out of an otherwise plain white chalk building. A costume photographer displays dresses and invites tourists to pose with temple as a backdrop.
Another temple worth visiting is the Brahmakhadd, a Shiva temple with a difference. Here the deity is not the traditional lingam but a pit into which Lord Shiva is said to have put his foot. Outside this temple there is a statue of Goddess Parvati, and a large statue of Nandi, which still bears marks of destruction, wrought by invading armies.
In the heart of the town, at one end of the Mall is Nakki Lake, which has an interesting history. It is said that it was drawn by the finger nails (nakk) of sage, Balam Rasia, in response to the demands of the stepmother of the girl he wished to marry. The girl, a princess, and a daughter of the then King of Abu, was also in love with the sage, but because of the evil stepmother the affair ended in tragedy, and has been immortalized in a temple of the Kunwari Kanya, alongside which stands a statue of her lover.There are rumors that you might run into a bear on your way up, but the climb is well worth the risk! And one can take courage from the fact that none of the travelers in the last few years have encountered the animal.
Places around Mount Abu
Like all other hill stations, Abu too, has its horse rides, honeymoon and sunset points. Sunset point here is definitely worthy a visit. An entire hill has been carved into several layers, top to bottom and as the sun begins to lower itself in the sky, and the entire hill is crowded with people covered in the golden glow of the setting sun.
How to Reach
Mount Abu is Rajasthan’s only hill station. It is 187 km from Ahmadabad in Gujarat
By Rail– there are direct trains to Abu Road Station (27 km away from Mount Abu) from Delhi, Jodhpur and Agra. A fast train takes four hours between Ahmadabad in Gujarat and Abu Road.
By Road– mount Abu is linked with Udaipur and Ahmadabad by road. We would provide you all India tourist permit vehicles for the local transportations and also for the intercity drives too.
Best time to visit Mount Abu
The best time to visit Mount Abu is either during the months of February- June or in between September to December. Though the some hill station in Rajasthan is a year round destination, these are periods when it is ideal to visit. March to June is the summer months in Mount Abu. Days are hot here but evenings are pleasant. July to October is the monsoon season. Though the city receives less amount of rainfall, the scenic beauty of the hill station is at its peak. November to February is the winter season. Winters are not that extreme, just perfect for sightseeing, outdoor activities and relaxation. The festivals are also a good time to visit as one.