Mount Abu, Rajasthan’s only hill station is one of the few places that provide Rajasthanis and Gujaratis a respite from the cruel summer!
With its many lakes and greens, it is a sight for sore eyes in the heat! In fact, a substantial portion of Mount Abu is a wild life sanctuary, promising you a true nature experience!
Here are a few of the hotspots you must visit when you’re there:
Dilwara Jain Temples: Located about 2 and a half kilometers from Mount Abu, the Dilwara Temples are one of the most important iconic Jain monuments in the country. They are known for their precise and beautiful use of marble. These temples are an important pilgrimage in the Jain community, as not only can one marvel at the opulent architecture and beautiful statues, but also pray here. Puja facilities are provided, which include bathing facilities, mandatory for puja. Water here is heated using solar power.
The town of Mount Abu: Beautiful Hindu temples here include Adhar Devi Temple (also known as Arbuda Devi Temple), which is carved from rock, and a Dattatreya temple, made on top of Guru Shikhar peak. Ambika Mata Temple (a temple to Goddess Durga) is located right outside the Mount Abu town. Mount Abu town is also the spiritual headquarters of the Brahma Kumaris, and sees over 2 million visitors from this spiritual movement.
Near the Mount Abu town is Welcome Heritage Connaught House, located within walking distance of the town of Mount Abu. Connaught House was once the former official summer residence of the Marwar state Chief Minister. The hotel is a beautiful English cottage, and is known for its serenity.
Nakki Lake: Nakki Lake is steeped in Hindu mythology – it is believed that the lake was dug by Gods with their nails (or nakh), giving it this name. It is also worshiped by locals. Nakki Lake is within walking distance of the local market, and also most of the hotels and restaurants. In the evening, the area comes alive with boating and picnics. Mountains and rock formations provide the perfect scenic backdrop to the lake.
Near the lake is Toad Rock, known as the mascot of Mount Abu. The rock gets its name from its shape – it looks like a toad poised to jump into the lake. The rock can be climbed, and you can walk down the rock using steps leading down to the lake.