Mount Abu : Mount Abu is a famous tourist destination, which serves as a getaway from the heat of Rajasthan. It is actually the only hill station in the midst of desert. Apart from picturesque views, the hill station has some of the most renowned temples, and a wildlife sanctuary as well. Mount Abu houses some of the famous Jain temples, such as the Dilwara temples.
|#Dilwara Jain Temple
The feature that makes it a must visit is the amazing and brilliant use of marble in the architecture. The ornamental carvings and the flawless stone laying technique make it one among the most beautiful pilgrimage spots in the world. The temple complex consists of 5 temples which are unique to the Jain culture in India namely Vimal Vasahi, dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankara, Adinath; Luna Vasahi, dedicated to the 22nd Jain Tirthankara, Neminatha; Pithalhar, dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankar, Rishabha; Parshvanath, dedicated to the 23rd Jain Tirthankara, Parshva and Mahavir Swami, dedicated to the last Jain Tirthankara, Mahavira. The lotus like engravings on the ceilings and the different scenes from the Jain and Hindu mythology represented through carved marble sculptures are sure to leave you awestruck.
The highest point in mount abu and forms the highest point in the Aravalli mountain range. The place is perfect to get a panoramic view of the whole region and is famous for its temple of Guru Dattatreya an incarnation of the Hindu Deities ‘Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva’ in one. While many wouldn’t find much in this place apart from the various temples and the amazing views, it was quiet natural to me to take out my trusty paperback and get lost in the enticing plot amidst the enchanting surroundings.
|#Adhar Devi (Arbuda Devi) Temple
The Adhar Devi Temple is one of the popular religious themed tourist destinations in the Mount Abu region. It is situated three kilometers north of the main town of Mount Abu. The Adhar Devi Temple can be reached by climbing up 365 stairs carved into the mountain. The temple itself is located inside a rocky cleave and is reached by crawling through a small opening into the cave. The Adhar Devi Temple is dedicated to the Goddess Durga. It got its name because the legend has it that “Adhar” of the Mataji (Goddess deity) fell here, also it was believed that the image of the goddess could be found there hanging in mid air. As well as being a popular tourist destination, the Adhar Devi Temple is also a common destination for many religion pilgrimages.The Adhar Devi temple receives most pilgrims during the 9 days of the holy Navratri season.
|#Brahma Kumari Ashram
Brahma Kumaris is a worldwide spiritual movement dedicated to personal transformation and world renewal. Founded in India in 1937, Brahma Kumaris has spread to over 110 countries on all continents and has had an extensive impact in many sectors as an international NGO. However, their real commitment is to helping individuals transform their perspective of the world from material to spiritual. It supports the cultivation of a deep collective consciousness of peace and of the individual dignity of each soul.The spiritual headquarters of Brahma Kumaris is in Mount Abu, India. At a national level, activities are generally coordinated by local people in alignment with the spiritual principles of Brahma Kumaris, working in accordance with the laws of the land.
Nakki Lake is famous for its cool and calm atmosphere due to its ideal location in the backdrop of the Aravalli Mountains. It is the sole artificial lake in India, which is situated at a height of more than 1,200 m. Legend states that it has been carved out of rocks by Gods with the use of their nails. It is also a suitable location for enjoying boating and rock climbing, while on a trip to Mount Abu.
When in Mount Abu, you cannot miss going here. Go for a long romantic walk up to the Sunset Point for some amazing views of the sunset. If walking is not your cup of tea, you can also opt for pony rides that are readily available here.This is one stop where you can let your camera do all the talking Such are the views offered at these points that visitors often crowd this area during evenings.
The historic fort of Achalgarh, built by Rana Kumbha, is similar to all the other magnificent rajput forts and palaces dotted all over Rajasthan. Set atop a high mountain peak, this fort offers panoramic views of the surrounding picturesque scenery. The fort is located close to the main city and is just a few minutes’ walk away from the magnificent Jain Temple. Humungous fortified walls surround the fort.