Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan, it is much more than just a summer retreat as it is historically perceived as. The Mountains and the Valleys, make it a breathtaking site in all weathers. The exquisite Dilwara Jain Temples, dating back 11th- 13th centuries, The Ranghunathji Temple, the Gaumukh temple, The Brahma kumaris centre make it a popular pilgrimage centre, where people converge for good vibes and beautiful symphony of life…
It is impossible to capture the exquisite beauty and grandeur of its sites in few simple lines or paragraphs as each of the monument has a history rich enough to write a book about and majority has plenty of books and poems written about them. But to give you a glimpse of Mount Abu and it rich land, here is the must visit list of the hugely popular sightseeing scenic spots…
These temples built by Chalukya between the 11th and 13th centuries AD are the world famous pieces of temple architecture. The five legendary marble temples of Dilwara are a sacred pilgrimage place of the Jains. Considered to be among the most beautiful Jain pilgrimage sites in the world, the marble temples have an opulent entranceway yet the simplicity in architecture reflects the Jain values like honesty and frugality. The temples are in the midst of a range of forested hills and are an ample testimony to the faith of timeless devotion.
The Raghunathji temple at Mount Abu is Dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple boasts of breathtakingly splendid architecture. Located in close proximity to the Nakki Lake, the Shri Raghunathji Temple is one of the most visited temples in Mount Abu and a huge tourist attraction.for Hindu devotees, especially Vaishnavs.
The Gaumukh temple is built by cutting it out from a huge rock. The beautiful temple is also one of the most visited temples in Mount Abu.. Besides the religious importance of the temple, it is the beauty of the temple that mainly attracts tourists other than devotees. Features like the statue of Nandi in front of the temple also bear a great importance for the Shaivaites. There is also a statue of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna in the temple site. These features add a lot more to the beauty and appeal of the temple. The beautiful location of the temple is also used by a number of tourists as a picnic spot.
It is an important tourist attraction of Mount Abu and a very ancient sacred Lake, according to the Hindu legend. It is called by this name because it was dug out from Nails (Nakh). One story is of dug by Gods to live in, for protection against the Bashkali rakshash (a wicked demon). While other is of Rasiya Balam (a sculpture of Dilwara Jain temple) , who dug the lake, who was given promise by the king, of his daughter's hand in marriage . But later king's wife refused and he couldn't marry the king's daughter. Temple of Rasiya Balam and Kunwari Kanya (king's daughter)'s is located behind the Dilwara Jain temple.
There is the Toad Rock on a hill near the lake. Toad rock is so called as it looks like a toad about to jump into the lake, from the side of the rock facing the lake.. By the side of the lake there is a path leading to Sunset Point. Raghunathji Temple and Maharaja Jaipur Palace are also on hills near the Lake.
Boating in the lake and horse rides around the lake are available. Mahatma Gandhi's ashes were immersed in this Holy Lake on 12th February, 1948 and Gandhi Ghat was constructed.
Positioned on the north east of Nakki Lake in a serene spot, it is also recognized as the Anadara Point named after a village called Anadara nearby.. It is beautifully located at the altitude of 4000 feet above sea level and presents the tantalizing vista of the setting sun and the desert scenery below. Proximity to a beautiful rock having the figure of a man and woman is held accountable for this romantic reputation of the Honeymoon point. It is a wonderful place to be at and also offers shopping of charms and bric-a-brac. You can also purchase imprinted statues made of marbles, sandalwood idols, regular food stalls selling lip smacking food items and wooden toys found all over the spot. It is indeed an ideal place for the newly wed spouses who come here in search for peace, solitude and romance. For them the best time to discover the place would be the spring season.
A large number of tourists visit the Sunset Point during the evening. During this time of the day, the place boasts a carnival like ambiance. You will find a number of food stalls and souvenir shops that make it a bustling place. You will enjoy every moment of your visit to the particular as the tranquil surrounding, scenic hills and pleasant climate will make it a thoroughly enjoyable experience for the tourists. You will get the opportunity to pick up a number of trinkets and knick knacks. Various features of the Sunset point like the wooden toys, sandalwood idols and the carved marble statues have always been a great attraction for the tourists. You can avail the pony rides here and enjoy the rhythm of their thumping hooves and chill in the wind.
This scenic peak is located at an altitude of about 1,722 meters above sea level in Mount Abu. The adventurous trek can take the tourist to the top of the peak. One can get eye catching panoramic view of surrounding sylvan region. The cool climate and serene environments make the peak a much sought place for seclusion.
An ancient temple dedicated to Guru Dattatreya, the incarnation of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. There are some other temples as well in the vicinity including the Mira temple, a shiva temple and a Chamundi temple.
Arbuda said to be the patron of the town, formed the mountain in order to save the sacred cow, Nandi from drowning in an abyss The black painted marble idol riding a tiger is claimed to be about 5,000 years old. It is also belived that the image of the goddess was originally hanging in mid air, hence it came to be called as Adhar Devi Temple Adhar Devi Temple also known as the temple of goddess Arbuda has an interesting story behind it. Supposedly the "adhar" of the goddess fell here and hence it has been named so. It is said that the image of the goddess Durga can be found hanging here in mid air. This temple is a favorite spot of Hindu pilgrims and one can see it swarming with devotees especially during the Navratri period.
It is a great place to get a detailed view of the art and culture of Rajasthan. The museum mainly has attractions like delicately carved out statues of Nartakis (Dancer) or Devdas, splendid sculptures of the ancient Chandravati Township. The image of the Chakrabahu Shiva is also a great attraction for tourists. To make it more tourist friendly, Archaeological Museum has two sections. The first section possesses items like weapons, ladies ornaments and musical instruments. The variety of ladies' ornaments include 'gaga wala thoomar', 'damani', 'guthma toda', 'barly' etc. The section also displays a wide variety of earrings as well. he second section of the Mount Abu Archeological Museum mainly has a series of miniature paintings. These paintings are mainly based on the variety of themes. The section also boasts a number of beautiful carvings on local wood.
Besides these monumental monuments, Mount Abu is interspersed with beautifully laid parks and gardens throughout the hill- paradise. Ashok Vatika, Gandhi park, Municipal Park, Shaitan Singh Park and Terrace Garden are some of the beautiful gardens.
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