It is both, the myth that surround the Nakki Lake and its natural beauty, that make it a great sightseeing and tourist hub in Mount Abu. The name of the lake Nakki comes from the Hindi word nakh which when translated into English means nails. The myth goes that the Gods had dug the earth using their nails and a stream of water burst forth here. Nakki Lake is surrounded by hills on all sides and attracts those who wish to be enveloped in natures lap. The atmosphere here is like that of a carnival with a number of stalls selling balloons, ice cream, juices and souvenirs around the lake. As a matter of fact, this place is great for a day out with the family.
Dilwara Jain Temples
One of the architectural wonders of the world, the Dilwara Jain Temples is sometimes considered architecturally superior than the Taj Mahal also. These temples are surrounded by lush green hills and look like nothing extra ordinary from the outside. As you enter the temples, you find human skills displayed at its best. The temples were built during the 11th to 13th century during which time there was no road transport to transport the marble blocks till this height. It is known that the task was done by elephants. The ornamental carvings in the walls, ceilings and pillars of the temple are marvelous. The creativity of artisans even so long ago can leave any one in awe. There are 5 main temples inside that are dedicated to a tirthankara each. These are the Sri Mahavir Swami Temple. Sri Adinath or Vimal Vashi Temple, Shri Parshvanath Temple, Shri Rishabhdaoji or Peethalhar Temple, Shri neminath Ji or Lunaashahi Temple.
Sunset Point Mount Abu
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.
Sunset Point Mount Abu
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
The hill station has to its highlights the Nakki Lake and its picturesque views. With a toad rock placed at a height to give an appearance of a Dinosaur’s head. Nearly a flight of over 12oo steps up, the highest point of Mount Abu, Toad Rock and its view. Magnificent is the word.
Dilwara Jain Temple
Known for its extraordinary intricate architecture Dilwara temple is the finest Jain Temple. It’s been also compared to Taj Mahal because of the marvellous design and structure. Dilwara Temple consists of five major temples devoted to five jain trithankaras (saints). The entry is free but the timings need to be kept in mind which is 12 pm – 3 pm also no matter how much you would want, photography is prohibited here so it will be better if you leave that outside rather than getting your camera and then fixing up a place to deposit that.
Guru Shikhar is a peak in the Arbuda Mountains of Rajasthan. It has a height of 1,722 meters which makes it the highest point of the Aravalli Range. It is 15 km from Mount Abu and a road from there leads almost to the top of the mountain winding through numerous valleys and a couple of small river tribunaries.The mountains name has a story of it own. It is named Guru - Shikhar or 'the peak of the guru' after Dattatreya, an incarnation of Vishnu, and a cave at the summit contains a temple dedicated to him, plus one dedicated his mother, Anasuya, wife of sage Atri nearby. A lot of newly weded couples visit this temple for blessings.Adjacent to the temple is the Mt Abu Observatory operated by the Physical Research Laboratory. This observatory hosts a 1.2m infrared telescope and also several Astronomy experiments and star gazing goes on there. That area is strictly private so no entry for civilians.
For a taste of all things European, Café Shikibo in Mount Abu is the place to be at. The café is considered to be the haunt and is visited by many locals and tourists too. The ambiance of the place is cozy and one will see quite a few people engrossed in a conversation here while sipping on cups of coffee and gorging on some lip-smacking delights. Some of the crowd favorites include their cappuccino, iced mocha coffee and a range of iced drinks. When it comes to snacks, their hash browns, grilled burgers, muffins, onion rings, and waffles are simply to die for.
Museum and Art Gallery
The museum was set up in the year 1962 and is a place of cultural activity in Mount Abu the only hill station in Western and Central India. The place is divided into two section where the first one houses exhibits of tribal huts and the lifestyle that these people lead. It showcases their musical instruments, pottery, cooking ware, weapons, ornaments worn by the women of these tribes like damani, guthma toda, kanski berla, barly, and gaga wala thoomar. It also displays the clothing worn by these tribes. The second section displays paintings that have been inspired by the lain images of Sirohi, the raga-raginins, shields and also has a small canon called Topdi.
Arbuda Devi Temple
One will find the Adhar Devi Temple to the North of Mount Abu and it is dedicated to the worship of the Goddess Durga. In order to reach this place, one has to climb a flight of 365 steep steps. The place is a pilgrimage site and the reason why it is named so is because the adhar of the Goddess Durga that fell here and was found to be hanging mid-air. The temple offers one lockers and storage facilities as well as washrooms for ladies and gents. One is allowed to carry their cameras to capture pictures and videos. The temple is beautiful and offers one a great view of the surroundings. One ill feel a sense of peace and calm overwhelm you when one visits this temple.
First place which we visited was Sunset Point which is not so far from the city, There you have to park your vehicle around 1 km before the location and from their you can walk or you can take 4 wheeler cart pushed by local villagers, Beautiful Scenic place it was, after spending some time there we moved towards our next destination and that is Nakki Lake.
Mount Abu Road
Exams got over, and some of us planned for ajmer. Just a proper, perfect, planned trip. Nothing exciting.But now we made it exciting, all of us within an hour met and left with just 2 pairs of clothes.Total dark asked for a lift from a truck driver, went to railway station, this is where I developed a craze for travelling.We were about to reach around 2am the next day, but how can we reach the destination so soon????We got down at some random station and found ourselfs in abu road.Had a good night stay, found cheap but the best hotel, amazing daal bhati churma(rajasthani special),cold night.Headed towards Mount Abu.Went with the local travels, the points are really worth seeing-Guru shikar-Dilwara jain temple-Shankar Math-Honeymoon point-Adhar devi-Peace park-Nakki lake.The sunset point is what you should not miss. To reach there you can walk up till there or else horse rides are available. The real peace you will find here once you will see the sun set. Its beauty is worth travelling n waiting for it.After heading down from Mount Abu, we decided finally to go to our destination.Got the train and left.But even this time we coudn't stay long in train and got down at the next stop sadri.The small village in marwad,rajasthan.There we actually lived there living. The simple to traditional,foodie,down to earth,and the prefect rajasthani's. Nothing to watch just talking to the localites and understanding them is the best part.
Rabbit farm Angoora Cooperative
Between Achaleshwar and Mount Abu we noticed a rabbit farm. This cooperative society bred Angoora rabbits for their fur. They seared the fur and wove scarves, shawls etc. We saw the farm and the array of handloom where workers were weaving subtle patterns using the super soft angoora wool. Tip: You can pick up their wonderful products and they give you discounts too.
Rajasthani block prints, renowned for its small decorative and delicate floral patterns, are printed on cotton and silk. Odhna is a store that carries such printed items – sarees, scarves clothes, yardage and linen. You could pick up table cloths / bed sheets from this store and amaze at how your home transforms!
Rajasthali Mount Abu
The government crafts store is a huge disappointment. The store was full of machine made stuff and pedestrian ware at bloated prices. The products did not carry Rajasthali labels. Further, given the richness of Rajasthali stores in Jaipur / Delhi / other states, we suspect that most of the goods here are spurious.
Hindu Temples at Mount Abu
Mount Abu is home to several beautiful temples, including the Achaleswar Mahadev Temple (1412) and the Kantinath Temple (1513). The Adhar Devi Temple, carved out of solid rock; the Shri Raghunathji Temple; and a shrine and temple to Dattatreya built atop the Guru Shikhar peak are the most revered place here.The Durga temple, Ambika Mata Temple lies in a cleft of rock in Jagat, just outside of Mount Abu.
If the prospect of trekking excites you then you must try Baileys Walk when you visit Mount Abu. The long trail begins at the Nakki Lake and one is directed forward by means of sign boards. The first task of the trek involves climbing some mountains and then a flight of 54 steps which lead to the temple of the Goddess Aghai. From there one has to carry on to a place called Kanerkund where the water is believed to remain clean round the year. It is with this thought in mind that many people come visiting the place. Some drink the water while others take it some home to cook with. The sunset here is beautiful and amidst the many rocks that one gets to see, Toad Rock is the most beautiful.
Gyan Sarovar Pond
Gyan Sarovar:Gyan Sarovar is a 25 acre campus of Brahma Kumaris, situated at Mount Abu. It is officially known as academy of the better world. Gyan Sarovar is an environment which enables individuals to dip into the ‘Lake of Knowledge’ and emerge highly transformed.Founded by the Brahma Kumaris in 1996, the Gyan Sarovar Academy for a Better World was inaugurated as part of the celebration of the University’s 60th anniversary. The Academy is an international campus – a place where men, women and children can reach their unique human potential and cultivate the values of our common humanity.
Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple Mount Abu
As soon as we parked our bike in the designated parking, we saw three life size statues of buffaloes on the bank of what appeared to be the remains of a huge pond. There is some mythological tale associated with these buffaloes guarding the nector in the pond. However we were mesmerized by their sheer artistry. They could be the pride of place in any modern art gallery of the world. We next moved to the temple. This was the same Dilwara style architecture albeit smaller. The main shrine had a beautifully carved dome. The sanctum sanctorum, instead of a Shiv murti (statue) or linga (phallus) had a small stone toe of the God. Outside were a huge Nandi and a smaller male statue, both of brightly polished brass. These statues were very enchanting and gleamed like gold in the sun. Tip: This is the only place in Mount Abu where parking charges apply. Further, they charge Rs. 10 for clicking the brass Nandi which is totally worth it.
Mulberry Tree Restaurant
We had spotted this restaurant in top ranked eateries of Mount Abu. We went there for a late Sunday breakfast. We had omelettes, tea and chicken sandwiches. The chicken sandwiches were fried in butter making them hard to consume. The remaining items were good. Tip: The place is overpriced and overrated
Om Shanti Bhawan - BrahmaKumaris Intl' Head Quarter
The next day our first destination plan was to go to Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary but in the end we decided against it we were off to Shanti Bhawan.If you are a Brahmakumari or a Brahmakumar you would definitely be visiting this prestigious place every year.A free guide accompanies you to give you a tour of the place if you visiting it for the first time.
Adhar Devi is a magnificent cave temple, a must visit if you have come to Mount Abu. But it is not for the elderly as you have to cover exactly 365 stairs same as the number of days in an year.It also has a market along the whole route to keep the visitors interested.Time elapsed- 1hr 30min