Mount Abu is the perfect way to escape the scorching Indian summers. This hill station is located on Aravalli Range near the Gujarat border at an elevation of 4000 ft above sea level. Mount Abu is well known for its several temples dedicated to the Hindu gods. Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple is one of the oldest Shiva temples in India. Another well-known place of worship is the Dilwara Jain Temple. It is built purely from marble. One can admire intricate carvings in the marble walls and ceilings. Guru Dattareya temple is built on the highest peak of the Aravallis – the Guru Shikhar. This point also has wondrous views of the landscape below.
As the name suggests Thrill Zone Adventure Park is just the place for adventure seekers. It has activities like hiking, trekking, rock climbing, ziplining and boating. The mountainside makes for a great campsite location too. For a relaxing evening head to the Sunset Point which has also been featured in many Bollywood movies. Other places of interest are Nakki lake and Toad rock. A trip to Mount Abu is incomplete without a visit to Khandi Bhandhar and Piccadilly Plaza which are lively markets selling locally made crafts out of metal, wood and stone.
Dilwara Jain Temples: Built between the 11th and 13th century the Dilwara temples boasts of the brilliant use of marble in the architecture. Regarded as an ignored wonder of the world, it has 2 km hymns etched in the marble. The fine carvings add to the beauty and splendour of the structure.
Guru Shikhar: Located at the height of 1722 metres, it’s the highest peak of Aravalli mountains. It’s the perfect place for attainment of peace.
Achal Garh: This beautiful 15th century fort must also be visited. It’s a place full of calmness and emits spiritual vibes.
Mount Abu is blessed with unparalleled natural beauty. A crater lake known as Nakki lake sitting between the hills make a perfect place for clicking photographs and reconnecting with nature. Tourists can enjoy boat rides here, and shop from the nearby market. Those embroiled in mental tension or pressure can visit the Peace Park to meditate and to find solace. Sunset Point can provide a picturesque photos with the setting sun in the backdrop to the tourists. The Honeymoon Point found close by is another fascination and a tourist place in Mount Abu.
The food in this quaint hill-station is almost the same as it is in the rest of Rajasthan. The famous vegetarian food include Dal Baati Choorma, Gatte ki Khichdi, Pyaz ki Kachori, Baajre ki Roti, and sweet dishes like Ghewar, Malpua, and Moong Dal Halwa. The menu includes some non-vegetarian items too like Laal Maas, which literally means red mutton, and Mohan Maas, it is closely related to Laal Maas, and is stuffed with dry fruits and is cooked in a generous serving of milk and cream.
Surrounded by mountains and greenery Nakki Lake extends the joy of boating to the mesmerised tourists. Nature lovers and daredevils can undertake nature walks and trek to Guru Shikhar-The highest peak of Aravalli, or enjoy and explore the scenery whilst alight the horses. One can also hike to Bailey’s Walk. The beautiful hill station is a perfect place for setting up camps, and enjoying the night around the bonfire and sleeping under the stars. Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is another place loved by nature lovers. Those interested in Crocodile and Bird watching can head to Trevors Tank.
The area surrounding the Nakki lake is lined with shops containing Rajasthani and Gujarati textiles and handicrafts. One should not leave the place without taking back some souvenirs and gifts for the loved ones back home.