Abu - Rajasthan
Mount Abu, in Rajasthan, is both a
hill resort and a pilgrimage site. This mountain lies at the
southern extremity of the Aravalli Range. Surrounded by forests,
rich in flora and fauna, the town appears as an oasis. The drive
uphill along Abu Road, overlooks an arid region, strewn by huge
rocks with smooth surfaces, and weird shapes, fashioned by high
velocity winds. The altitude of this plateau (1220 m), and the
abundant vegetation have blessed Abu with a pleasant climate.
Abu, according to legend, stands for the son of Himalaya. Many
sages and seers had their retreats on Mt. Abu, the most famous
of them being, sage Vashistha. Mt Abu was dedicated to Lord
Shiva, before it became a Jain pilgrim centre. The greatest
attraction of Abu are the grand Dilwara temples.
What to See
Dilwara Jain Temples: These temples,
built between the 11th and 13th centuries, are famous for their
rich, intricate marble carvings. Vimal Vasahi is the oldest
of these Jain temples. Built in 1031 A.D., in the village of
Dilwara by Vimal Shah, it is a perfect example of Gurjar-Pratitar
temple architecture, comprising of a central shrine, a room
with a transept, a large colonnaded area, and an ambulatory
lined by 52 small shrines, each housing a statue.
Adhar Devi Temple: A beautiful temple chiselled out of
a huge rock, it is formed by a natural cleft.
Nakki Lake: Beyond the Raghunath
temple, is the placid Nakki lake, studded with little islets.
Nowhere else in India, except in the Himalayas, does a lake
exist 1200 m above sea level. This lake, as legend has it, was
dug out by the gods with their nails.
Gaumukh Temple: A little brook
flowing from the mouth of a marble cow, gives the shrine its
name. Nearby is a marble image of Nandi, the bull.
Sunset Point: This place offers
an enchanting view of the crimson colours of dusk, kissing the
lush plains on the horizon.
Honeymoon Point: Honeymoon Point
provides a pleasant view of the verdant valley and plains. It
looks especially beautiful, at sunset.
Trevor's Tank: Trevor's Tank is
a bird-watcher's paradise. The thickly wooded hills around it
are teeming with pheasants, peacocks and partridges.
How to Get There
By Air: Udaipur (185 km) is the
nearest airport. Taxis and buses are available to reach Mount
By Rail: Abu Road (29 km) is the
nearest railhead linked with Ahmedabad, Delhi, Jaipur and Jodhpur.
By Road: Abu is well connected
with Udaipur (185 km), Ahmedabad (221 km) and Jodhpur (326 km).