I am pretty sure you did enjoy reading about Jaisalmer and today we are on a long drive to Wintery City of Rajasthan, Mt Abu. As you can see the traveling stats below, better get started early and as usual carry lot of water.
- Distance from Jaisalmer- 572 kms
- Time taken- 10 hrs.
- Time spend- 2 days.
- 2 Night stay.
We reached, Mount Abu around 9 at night. The first thing you should do is find a good place to stay. Though there are many hotels and lodges available but It became quite difficult for us because of the weekend and holidays as lot of people from Gujrat come down. Also the cost of these hotels and lodges are little costly as compared to other places we have been.
Mt Abu Directions
Rajasthan Trip Travel Index
About Mount Abu
Mount Abu is a pleasant retreat and green oasis in the land of Rajasthan. It is only hill station in the desert of Rajasthan, 1220 meters above sea level, 22 km long and the highest peak in the Rajasthan.
Apart from reaching by car you can also reach Mt. Abu by Rail (station is located at Abu Road) and nearest Airport at Udaipur which is km away.
Mount Abu is better known for its world famous Dilwara Jain temple. The healthy atmosphere, beautiful scenery, and the collection of arts attract thousand of tourists to visit mount Abu every year. Mount Abu is a perfect romantic destination for honeymoon couples. Like some other hill stations of India, Mount Abu has its own lake, which is the centre of activity.
Next day, early in the morning after having our breakfast. There is a good restraunt in the city, Arbuda. Food is good here and you can have breakfast lunch and dinner, all here. Candle light dinner is also available here. We started at 10 A.M and first came here to have breakfast.
Also it’s a good option to hire a guide here, who will take you along to all the points of interest and will make it easier for you. In case you don’t want to hire a guide, you still can see all the points, thanks to the awesome directions that are available throughout Mt.Abu.
What you can see at Mt Abu :
- Dilwara Jain temple
- Honeymoon point
- Nakkhi lake
- Shankar math
- Adhar devi
- Gaumukh temple and three buffaloes
- Sun set point
- Toad road
Dilwara temple :
Reaching this temple will hardly take 30 minutes make sure you leave your belongings like leather, mobiles in the car as you are not allowed to take it into the temple. In case you cannot then you will have to deposit into lockers at the entrance of the temple.
Dilwara temple is 3 kms from mount Abu. These temples belong to the 11th century and the perfect example of Jain architecture in India. As a matter of fact the designs and interiors done inside the temples are so precious that no camera is allowed inside.
The interior of the dome is intricately carved out into eleven concentric and projecting rings giving it a pendent form. The temple comprises 5 small temples in the complex. The five legendary marble temples of Dilwara are a sacred pilgrimage place of the Jains. Infact the design on the roof facing outside was made like Mosques to avoide any Muslim Invasion.
Now if you are wondering from where so much marble came, There is a marble mine little off the temple which can be seen from the honeymoon point.
Marble Mine at Mt Abu
After paying visit to Dilwara temple, Now it’s time to get some food. After having lunch, we went for other point of attractions.
Honey moon point :
Mt. Abu is a perfect place for Honey moon couples and HoneyMoon Point is not to be missed. It is on the north west of the Nakhi lake and an attractive point for the visitor as there are two stones in the shape of a man and women who are holding each other closely .Gujratis believe that they are kaka and kaki.
Kaka Kaki At Honeymoon Point
Nakki lake :
Nakki lake is a popular attraction and it lies in the heart of the town. It is the perfect place to spend your evenings with your family enjoying boating and the natural surroundings as it is surrounded by the chain of green trees and high hills.
This lake was dug out by a sage named Balaram Rasiya with his ‘nails’; from that day this is known as Nakki ( nails) Lake. It is also a holy place for Hindus and has a religious importance.
Shankar Math :
It is situated near the main market. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has one of the biggest Shivling ( in terms of circumfurance ) along with Nandi. Since we were not allowed to take pictures, here is one taken from outside.
On the high hills at 4220 feet’s, this temple is dedicated to goddess Durga, Reached to temple about 360 step. The entrance of temple is narrow and one can seek entry in a sitting posture.
Adhar Devi Temple
Gaumukh and Three buffaloes-
It is about 12 kms from the city and is natural fresh water flowing from a cow head shape cave. There is also a marble figure of Nandi. Quite close to the temple, here are the idols of three demons in the form of buffaloes who stole away ghee from the tank. Brave King Adipal killed all the three by a single arrow.
Cursed Demons in form of stone
Golden Nandi at Gomukh Temple
In the evening, we walked through the leafy narrow lanes surrounded by the trees from both sides.
Sunset Point :
Mount Abu is famous for its natural beauty and the green surroundings. When the sun in the evening goes down to the horizon, that particular time is beyond imagination and provides such a pleasant atmosphere, which we can never forget. Sunset point is a perfect example of that only.
Shweta and Anant at Sunset Point
To get to the sunset point you can hire this small car which is pushed by 2 persons from behind. It costs you 20 RS and sun set point is only a km away. You can go for a horse ride.
Toad Rock :
Over hanging the south of Nakkhi Lake is the famous Toad Rock. Its shape resembles a giant toad over looking the lake. From here the beautiful and fine views of the whole valleys look very fine.
Mt Abu is also famous for Tracking. You can find schools and colleges near by organizing camps here.
Tracking at Mount Abu
All these points will take around 6 to 8 hours if you cover each one of them. We skippd few and went for shopping. Since we will stay around for 2 days here, fell free to relax and enjoy the weather and places here.
Some trips remain a unforgettable memory forever and my visit to Mount Abu was one such journey. I am very fond of travelling and have been across the country.