Best things to do in Sirohi and sightseeing in Sirohi
Sunset Point - Sirohi
Mount Abu in Rajasthan is a terrific tourist attractions and the Sunset at Sunset point is what you should definitely not miss. If you are a nature lover and keen to photograph the beauty of nature, then this is an ideal place. There is nothing extra ordinary here but the climate and the views make it a little more charming than many other hill stations. The best way to enjoy the sunset is while you take a boat ride in the Nakki Lake.
Just 3 Km from mount Abu, the place is thronged with tourists by the evening. The view is very pleasing and perfect for photography.
Slightly ahead of Nakki lake, a hill is thronged by tourists at dusk for viewing the sunset. The way up was a 20 minutes walk (via carts for the aged and infirm). While we could not see any special magic, sunset anywhere is a poignant and peaceful time. We soaked in as much of the pastel colours from the sky. During our trek to sunset point, we noticed Rabadi men and women, who were carting people up and down, sport chunky but beautifully crafted silver ornaments. We went about looking for these in the silver shops in Mount Abu. However nobody carried this variety as these are exclusively bought by the Rabadi people and is not popular among tourists. On the next day, we came across some unassuming silver shops in the local market. They got out their huge collection of the rustic but very stylish and contemporary crafts in the form of body adornments – pendants – bangles – anklets - amulets - in geometric shapes with random stones or deity embossments. We got some heavy silver bangles (kadhas) - one that was shaped like a ram head (the horn and the eyes clearly visible) and the other was a traditional abstract design with coloured stones. Tip: For craft lovers – this is a delight. Don’t waste your time looking for this in souvenir shops or Rajasthali
Best time to visit
Things to do
Boat- rides, photography
Guru Shikhar - Sirohi
This charming place is at an altitude of 1722 meters almost and is the highest point of Rajasthan. This place is around 12 kilometers away from Mount Abu and provides the visitors with a marvelous view of the mountain and the surrounding valleys and ranges too. This is where the temple of Guru Dattatreya is. Dattatreya is said to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and his footprints have been enshrined on a stone here. the footprints of Swami Ramnathji are also here. the huge wooden bell handing from a small tower is the one whose toll can be heard from a long distance. The temple of Dattatreyas mother is also nearby and worth a visit.
Guru Shikhar, a peak at an altitude of 5,676 feet (1722 meters), is the highest point in Rajasthan. It is located at a distance of 15 km from Mount Abu. It has a commanding view of Abu and its surroundings. There is also a temple here of Lord Dattatreya, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
We biked up to Guru Shikhar in the morning. This was about 17 kms from Mount Abu. It is an ancient temple of Dattatreya, a three headed incarnation of Lord Vishnu perched atop a peak of Aravali (at an elevation of about 3000 ft – “Shikhar” – “summit”). It appeared to be a very popular destination among pilgrims. This was a marble carved temple enshrining a very peaceful marble idol of Dattatreya. A flight of stairs up there was a smaller shrine in the cave which, as per the legend, had the footprint of Lord Vishnu. While the shrine was beautiful, we were more impressed by the road between Mount Abu and Guru Shikhar. For one, Aravalis are very different in character from Himalayas. They are way more rocky, the rocks form structures that look like pieces of sculpture. The foliage was more adapted to a dry weather. There was predominance of palm trees of various varieties. Occasionally, a rare bougainvillea would surprise. The hills almost look like settings from an Arab themed resort. The climb up to Guru Shikar from where we had parked was slightly strenuous not withstanding the well maintained steps. On both sides there hawkers selling fruit juices, buttermilk and cut fruits and berries. Though it’s the farthest tourist spot, Guru Shikhar is a must do because of the lovely route as well as the enchanting climb that led to "God". Tip: Do look out for the pencils with small Rajasthani puppets on their head.
Best time to visit
9:00 AM 3:00 PM
Things to do
Worship, sight- seeing
8:00 AM 6:30 PM