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Set amidst the lush greens and rugged hills, Mt. Abu is a pleasent retreat in the barren desertscape of Rajasthan. It is the only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is more than just a summer retreat. Situated at the southern tip of the Aravali range the hill retreat owes its cool climate to its rich flora covering the entire hillside that includes 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 high velocity winds.Its stunning array of exquisite Dilwara Jain Temples, dating back 11th- 13th centuries, make it a popular pilgrimage centre.
- LOCATION: Situated in South-West Rajasthan on Gujrat Border. (490 kms from Jaipur)
- BY ROAD: Good network of bus services connect Mount Abu to major cities of Rajasthan and India
- BY TRAIN: Abu Road is the closest railhead linked with Ahmedabad, Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur
- BY AIR: Nearest airport is Udaipur, 185 kms.
- BEST TIME TO VISIT : October to March
- LANGUAGES SPOKEN : Rajasthani, Hindi
- MAJOR ATTRACTIONS : Nakki Lake, Dilwara temple, Adhar Devi Temple.
PLACES TO VISIT
These breathtaking beautifully carved Jain temples, situated two miles north of Mount Abu, date back to the 11th and 13th centuries.· They are amongst the finest temples, so intricately and delicately wrought that they look as though they have been carved out of ivory,rather than marble. · They are an absolute must-see for any traveller in Rajasthan.
The word Nakki means finger nails, reflecting the belief that the lake was clawed out of the earth by the fingernails of the gods. It is a pretty lake surrounded by wooden hills being the focal point of the entire town. Boating is a popular pastime, south west of the lake being the Sunset Point with its lovely view of the surrounding hills. From here you can see the sunset spectacularly between two sunset peaks.
Adhar Devi Temple
Just 3 kms outside the town, this entire temple has been cut out from a single rock. The temple has a flight of some 200 steps and the place offers a scene of sublime beauty.
A natural spring flowing through a sculpted cow’s head gives the shrine its name. The famous ‘yagna’ of sage Vashishtha was performed here. A beautifully sculpted hill temple of Arbuada-the mighty serpent stands against the beautiful backdrop. Nearby is the magnificent marble image of Nandi, the celestial bull rescued by Arbuada.