Mount Abu Hill Station
Rajasthan is famous as a historical tourist city. It is also visited for one of the most beautiful hill stations in western India, which is Mount Abu Hill Station. Mount Abu lies on the southern peak of the Aravalli Mountain ranges. It is under Sirohi district of Rajasthan. It is at an elevation of 4,003 ft. from sea level. It is a popular destination to find comfort in the heat of desert. Over three million tourists including domestic and national each year visit it.
Mount Abu is wide rocky plateau stretched 22 km in length and 9 km in width. It has beautiful lakes, waterfalls, rivers, and verdant forests because of which it is also called the 'Oasis of the Desert.' With all these attractions, it also has many Hindu and Jain temples offering tourists both leisure and religious tour. The highest peak in this town is Guru Shikhar at 5,650 ft.
Mount Abu hill station offers a showering effect from the scorching heat of the desert. The cool climate showers blessing on the desert area and its greeneries reflects the life in the desert. It is entirely covered with rich flora, coniferous trees and thick shrubs all that are fed by the lake and waterfalls. Tourists enjoy the curvaceous path that cuts through the undulating rocky terrain, and the powerful winds that lead to the hill station.
Mount Abu was called 'Arbudarnaya' in the ancient age. According to the old story, Arbuda, a serpent god once saved Nandi, the sacred bull from the chasm. To mark this heroic deed of the serpent god who descended on this hill from heaven and saved Nandi, the town was named to mark this brave and couregeous deed. Now the town is ready with many hotels and resorts for tourists' accommodation. It is very helpful in adding some spice of romance in your life that is why honeymooners prefer this hill station.
Places to see in Mount Abu
Nakki Lake has a story behind it according to which it was created by the gods who dug the lake using their nails of nakhs. Since the only tools used in digging the lake was nails, which in Hindi is called nakh, it was named as Nakki Lake. The local tribes consider this lake very sacred and offer prayer to her. The lake has earned a reputation of being the only artificial lake in India at the height of 1200 metres. It is a fine place to enjoy the view of the picturesque hill at the backdrop going on a boat ride. It is the most bustling place in the hill station as it is near to the market. The surrounding hills, gardens and the rock formations are all best to try your hand in photography. You can also do rock climbing here, if you have the experience.
Guru Shikhar is of mythological significance apart from being the height peak at an altitude of 5,676 ft. The peak is 15 km from Mount Abu. It offers a commanding view of the town and its surroundings. It was sanctified by Guru Dattatreya as is evident from the footprint here in a rock cave. In addition, there is also a footprint of Swami Ramanath in the cave. A temple is dedicated to Guru Dattareya's mother at this peak. A huge bell is erected here on a wooden frame. The inscription on the bell dates back to 1411. Standing at Guru Shikhar braving the high-velocity wind and enjoying the wide-ranging view of the charming hill station is very soul touching.
Toad Rock is a surprising and interesting rock formation created by the nature. It is a huge rock structure standing overlooking in the beautiful Nakki Lake in such a position as if ready to take a leap into the lake. One can climb on the top of the Toad Rock and look at the lake and the town. The rock is a perfect background to click a picture with.
To watch the sunset, one has to reach to a vantage point from where the majestic view can be achieved. The sunset point in Mount Abu is a perfect place to see the sun cooling down. The point is often crowded during the evening. The shops and food stalls lined up at the point thronged by tourists create a festival atmosphere. Besides enjoying the sunset, this point is also preferred to buy some small decorative objects that are affordable.
The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is best to enjoy greenery along with flora and fauna. It covers an area of 290 square kilometre, and was declared a sanctuary in 1960. It is to the northeast of the town and is one of the oldest regions of mountain ranges in Mount Abu. It protects several species of plant, and animals such as bears, panthers, foxes, and samba deer. The grey jungle fowls that are rare are seen here.
Adhar Devi Temple
Temples have always been part of tourism. Hence, it is necessary to visit temples whenever you are on a vacation. You will find a few temples here in Mount Abu as well. Thousands of tourists visit the Adhar Devi Temple in Mount Abu. It is an important holy shrine of Goddess Durga. It is one of the Shakti Peethas in India. Three hundred sixty five steep steps reach to the top of the temple. Lots of greenery and clean air will help you in climbing the steps. Upon reaching to the top, you will see a huge idol of goddess Durga. There is one more shrine to enter which one has to crawl inside and reach the main sanctum.
How to Reach Mount Abu
Though 210 km is not a less distance, but to reach Mount Air by flights, it can be called the nearest. The Dabok Aiport in Udaipur is exactly at this many distances, which is connected to Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur.
Train will drop you closer to Mount Abu with a ticket up to Abu Road Station, which is 22 km.
Many buses operated by the state government and private operators leave from the bus terminals of Jaipur, Udaipur, Delhi, Jaisalmer, and other cities.
Mount Abu hill station's cool climate, wealth of greenery, pleasing locations, and holy temple is right for all who want to want to go for a honeymoon, have some leisure time, and do a pilgrimage.
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