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Rajasthan - Mount Abu - The Hill Station
Mount Abu is a prominent tourists’ spot now in India. Throng of tourists every year travel all the way to Mount Abu to watch the surrounding nature from a different perspective. It is also the only hill station of Rajasthan.
It’s a good idea to start your trip from Chandravati, about 5 km away from Abu Road. The place was popularly known as the capital of Parmer dynasty. The famous monuments of the place are in ruins now but tourists who visit the place would be able to experience bits and pieces of 13th century.
Mount Abu, located at an altitude of 1219 meters, on the soaring Aravalli hills, enjoys a shadowy shade of towering trees. Covering 22*5 square km of straggling terrain, Mount Abu, is a popular hill station both for its salubrious climate and enthralling natural backdrop.
The temperature of the hillock stays around 28.3 degrees to 33.3 degrees Celsius in summers. City dwellers love the climate of winters as the temperature in winters normally moves around 11.6 degrees to 23.3 degrees Celsius. The average rainfall of the city varies from 153 cm to 177 cm during July- September.
This is a place for bird watchers as well. Wandering birds increase the color of the nature around. They fly energetically from one branch to the other and sing in concert.
The medieval architectural majesty and radiance, illustrated on the walls of various sacred temples are pulling huge crowds to this heavenly destination. The splendor of the hill station can be compared with any other hillock around. Previously a number of emperors used to visit Mount Abu, the only hill station of Rajasthan, on numerous occasions. The only summer resort of the state of Rajasthan is located at the border of Rajasthan and Gujarat.
All the temples in the temple complex called Dilwara were built artistically using white marbles. The fascinating grandeur of Dilwara temple, positioned in the safe shelter of mango grove, is located at a distance of 4 km towards the north- eastern side of the city of Mount Abu. The required stones to build this temple were brought all the way from Ambaji, about 23 km towards the southern tip of the Mount Abu. Temples called, Adinath, Neminath, Mahavir, Rishab Nath and Parsvanath, are located on the holy premise of the Dilwara.
Buses and share taxis are going to Dilwara from the city bus stand, situated at the south- eastern side of the Polo ground. The entry is restricted to the temple lovers who purchase a ticket spending 20 rupees. You are not allowed to get into the temple premise with leather items and camera. Visitors are not permitted to smoke either. You have to leave your shoes outside the temples.
Vimala Vashi (140*90) was erected by the Vimal Shah, the president of the king Vim Singh. 1500 architects and 1200 laborers worked day in and day out for 14 long years to complete the construction of the temple spending 18 million and 53 lakhs. The Jain Tirthankar Adinath is residing on the holy throne of the temple. It is opined that the architects and laborers of Vimala Vashi had received expensive silvers as their labor charge. Solanki architectural grandeur makes this temple a prime destination. The series of elephant idols on the premise prove the artistic excellence of the architects of that period. The architectural splendor, astounding sculptures and carvings of the temple pull huge crowds regularly. A number of fruits and animals are engraved on the octagonal dome. 48 pillars of the marvelous balcony, 52 bays along with deities, carvings on the marbles and the art forms on the ceiling would appease your soul and spirit. The excavation had revealed an idol of Parsvanath beneath the divine Champak tree. An idol of Amba Devi had been built at the back end of hall at the south- western side of the hall.
Two merchant brothers namely Vastupal and Tejpal had spent 12 million and 53 lakhs to build Luna Vashi in 1231. The architectural extravagance and stylishness of the Luna Vashi are remarkable and stunning. Architectural pillars, carvings on the stones, dancing postures on the ceiling, lotus, door, Gin tales and stately procession are the real treats to the eyes. Every stone of the temple showcases the skills of the adroit artists. It seems that the lotus has been directly taken from the water and engraved on the wall. The 22nd Jain Tirthankar, Neminath, is residing in the holy temple. The carvings of Deorani and Jethani, placed at both the sides of the entrance, are notable and impressive. The grand attraction, however, of the Luna Vashi temple is Ranga Mandapam. 16 idols of Vidya Devi, 72 idols of Tirthankars and the idols of 360 Jain saints are there around the temple as well. The Luna Vashi was destroyed by the Mughal force in 1311 and again reshaped later on in 1321.
The idol of the Tirthankar, Rishabh Deb, was built at the opposite side of the Vimala Vashi in 1468. The weight of the gigantic idol was 4 ½ tons. The idol was built using five metals.
The four faced idol is residing in the three storied Parsvanath temple, built by grey sandstones. The Hindu God Ganesh is placed at the right hand side of the Parsvanath temple. Another sanctified temple of Mahaveer Swami was built long back in 1582. The temple is not very big. The architectural works and carvings of the temple also are not completed. Rishab, Parsvanath and Mahaveer all of these temples are very simple. Architectural styles of these temples are not laudable at all.
The exterior of Dilwara are not very appealing but the interior designing of Dilwara would encourage you to visit the temples again and again. The history of Dilwara dates back to the ancient era. It was built even before the construction of the grand Taj Mahal.
Nature lovers would have a nice time visiting the nearby wildlife sanctuary.
Covering a straggling area of 328 square km, the wildlife sanctuary, is located at a distance of 2½ km away from the city. The sanctuary offers a safe shelter to innumerable leopards, Chinkaras, Boars, peacocks and more than 250 species of animated birds.
Guru Shikhar, the highest peak of the Aravali hill, is situated at a distance of 15 km towards the north- eastern side of the city of Mount Abu. The temple of Brahma- Vishnu- Maheshwar is there atop the hill. The beautiful ambiance would definitely fascinate the batch of holiday makers and nature lovers. Climb up the peak of the temple through 300 stair ways to watch the hallowed temple of the saint, Atri and the foot impression of Guru Datta Treya. If you are unable to take a walk to the elevated land, then you would be able to get a hauler for you. Enjoy the natural locale around while taking a walk to the temple. Engrossed tourists can watch the panoramic view around through a binocular.
On the top of the Aravali hill, built in 9th century, Achalgarh fort which is really very difficult to access, is located at a distance of 11 km from the Mount Abu. Achalgarh was the capital of Chauhan dynasty. The beguiling fort is in ruins now. Catch a glimpse of Achaleshwar temple (erected in 813) downside from the fort premise. The deity, Shiva, is residing on the holy throne of the hallowed temple. The idols of Ganesh and Parvati are engraved on the wall of the temple as well. The idol of the deity Nandy was built using brass. Ten incarnations of Vishnu are there inside the temple as well. The holy water of the nearby stony well directly flows into the ground.
The temple of Chamunda Devi, shrine of Man Singh, Mandakini Kund (well), three devils, idols of Adi pal playing with bow and sparrow are the allurements of the adjoining territory. All of these idols were built artistically using marbles. Huge number of Jain pilgrimage throng to the adjoining Jain temple, built in 1513. The idol of this temple was built combining 14 metals. Four faced idol of this Tirthankar has a weight of 572 quintals. Interested tourists can avail a bus or a hire a car from the city to Chamunda Devi temple.
The city dwellers of Mount Abu are getting water from the Kadra dam. The Hindu pilgrimage, the temple of Adhara Devi, can be accessed on the way to the dam. The pretty temple was carved out of pebbles. Climb up the temple through 360 stair ways. The slender access way of the temple is not for the weak hearted devotees. You have to walk on your knees while entering into the holy temple. The deity of the temple is Durga, also known as Adhara or Arbuda Devi. A batch of historians opines that the name of the city had been derived from the divine name of Arbuda Devi. Watching the bird’s eye view of the city from the temple premise would be a charming experience for the pilgrims. It’s not a bad idea to hire a carrier if you are unable to take a walk to the hill top to witness the divine power of the temple. Watch the Dudh Bawari downside.
Gaumukh, located at a distance of 16 km from Mount Abu, can be accessed crossing the dam. Climb up the Gomukh crossing 1000 stair ways. A water stream of a river comes out of the face of a cow (Marbles). The carrier of Shiva, Nandi, was built with marbles. Agni Kund or the divine place of the saint Vashisht is also there in the close proximity.
Cross the Gaumukh to hit the Ashram of the saint Vashisht and holy Hanuman temple. Many other places, names of which are associated with numerous mythological tales can be seen if you hire a car for an entire day from Mount Abu.
The Sunset point is a prime destination for the nature lovers who love to watch the colorful nature during sunset. Take a walk for 3 km towards the south- western side of the city to the Sunset point. The splendor of sunset would definitely mesmerize you. Watch the deep ravine downside. It would help you to realize the height of the soaring Aravali hill.
Another spot which offers a pleasing sight around is the Honeymoon Point, located atop the Aravali hill. Enjoy the vista of Sunset from the Honeymoon point. Due to the existence of a divine Ganesh temple, the place is also popularly known as the Ganesh Point in the vicinity. You can enjoy a horse ride while going to the Honeymoon point. Camels are also carrying innumerable holiday makers to the Honeymoon point.
If you are willing to sit on the banks of the Lake alone then the best place to fulfill your desire is Nakki Lake. It is an artificial Lake which is delimited all around by towering hills. Tiny islands are nestled in the water of the Lake. Stand on the banks of the Lake to catch a glimpse of these small islands. The sight is really pleasant.
Toad rock is placed right beside the Lake. The toad shaped rock would definitely surprise you. Nun rock, Nandi rock and camel’s rock in the propinquity are really pretty as well. Hire a boat to move from one side of the Lake to the other. If you are adventurous then riding on a horse to watch the sights around the Lake is not at all a bad idea. The bones of Mahatma Gandhi were immersed in this Lake. Since then the neighboring Park of the Lake is known as Gandhi Batika.
The temple of Raghunath Ji had been built in the Gandhi Park during 14th century. The deity of this divine temple was established on the holy throne by Ramanand Swami. You can see the impression of the foot of Ramanad Swami here as well.
If you want to spend some time in the middle of quietness then there is no better place in the proximity than Madhuban. Practice meditation here in the huge meditation hall which can accommodate 3500 people at a time.
The Om peace Park of Brahmakumari World Spiritual University is located at the roadside. If you are engrossed with the absorbing natural setting around, then you can always capture few images of the beautiful Lake from the summer resort of the emperor of Jaipur.
The nearby museum has a poor collection but it’s not a bad idea to visit the museum to watch the archeological assortments of 8-12 centuries along with various Jain architectural evidences. The Art Gallery is not at all appealing as only 12 pictures are put on display. The museum is closed on holidays and on every Friday.
Tourists should not miss the opportunity to watch the splendor of the Rajasthan Emporium.
How to reach: Abu road is well connected to Ahmadabad, Jodhpur, Agra, Delhi, Delhi, Ajmer and Jaipur by railway networks. it can be accessed by bus from Ajmer, Chittor, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Palanpur, Surat, Udaipur and Vadodara as well.
Where to stay: Hotel Mount Hill Resort, Gorbandh Hotel, Gujarati Bhawan, Hotel Karnavati, Hotel Aravali, Hotel Maharani, Hotel Sunrise Palace, Hotel Shikar, Hotel Sheraton, Hotel Madhuban, Hotel Veena and Hotel Kanak.
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