Mount Abu Travel Guide
 


Attractions in Mount Abu

Dilwara Temples, Mount Abu

Dilwara Temples - These intricately carved temples, built between 11th and 13th century A.D., are pure elegance in marble, dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras. The Vimal Vasahi temple is the oldest of these dedicated to the first Tirthankara. Built in 1031 A.D. (by Vimal Shah—a merchant and representative of then Gujarat ruler), it is a superb example of temple architecture. The central shrine has an image of Rishabhdev and a large courtyard with 52 small shrines, each housing a beautiful statue of Tirthankaras with 48 elegantly carved pillars form the entrance to the courtyard. The Lun Vasahi Temple, dedicated to the

22nd Tirthankaras-Neminath, was built in 1231 A.D. by two brothers-Vastupal and Tejpal, Ministers of Raja Vir Dhawal, a ruler of Gujarat-belonging to the Porwal Jain community. With door casings, pillars, architraves,and sculptures on porticos, the temple is a fine specimen of craftsmanship.

Adhar Devi Temple - The temple is carved out of a huge rock reached by a night of 360 stairs. The Adhar Devi temple is situated at a distance of 3 km to the north of the city. The temple is built on a rock cleave and you will have to bend down under the rock to enter the temple. There are 365 steps that take one to the rock on which the temple is built. This temple dedicated to Goddess Durga is regarded as one of the important pilgrimage sites of Mount Abu. This is also a good site to get a panoramic view of the valley.


Nakki Lake
- Nakki Lake is almost in the heart of Mt Abu and is a big tourist attraction. The lake adopts its name from the legend that it was scooped out by a god, using only his nails or, nakh. It’s a pleasant stroll around the lake – look out for the strange rock formations. The 14th century Raghunath temple stands beside the lake.

Quick Getaways near Mount Abu

Achalgarh - The Shiva Temple of Achaleshwar Mahandeva, in Achalgarh, boasts a number of interesting features, including what is said to be a toe of Shiva, as well as a brass Nandi (Shiva's vehicle, a bull) and, where the Siva Lingum would normally be, there is a deep hole that is believed to extend all the way down to the underworld. Just outside the temple three stone buffaloes stand around a tank, while the figure of a King shoots at them with his bows and arrows. A legend states that the tank was once filled with ghee, but demons, in the form of buffalos  came  down  and polluted the ghee until the king shot them.
Quick Getaways near Mount Abu
A path leading up to the hillside to a group of colorful Jain temples provides a fine view over the plains.

Guru Shikhar - Guru Shikhar is the highest point on the mount & commands a bird’s eye-view of Abu and the surroundings areas. Temples located in this area are the Mira Temple, Chamundi Temple & small Shaivite shrine on the "Shikhar".


Events in Mount Abu


Summer Festival: The Summer Festival is held every year in the month of Aashadh (June). The steep rocks, tranquil lakes, picturesque locations and the pleasant climate of Mount Abu make it a perfect spot for the festival.

The three-day festival is a feast of folk and classical music and a window of the tribal life and culture of Rajasthan. The festival begins with the singing of a ballad, which is followed by Gair, Ghoomar, and Dhap folk dances, which will charm you. Sporting events such as the boat race on the Nakki Lake add diversity to the festival.

The Sham-e-Qawwali is a much-awaited musical extravaganza; as renowned Qawwals from all over the country can be heard regaling the audience. The grand finale of the festival is display of dazzling fireworks, which adds to the tourist's delight.


Getting There & Away to Mount Abu

Flights to Mount Abu
Udaipur is the nearest airport to Mount Abu. Daily flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur are available to Udaipur.
Trains to Mount Abu
Abu Road is the nearest railway station and is about 22 kms from Mount Abu. It is well connected to Ahemdabad, Jaipur, Mumbai and Jodhpur.
Car and Bus service to Mount Abu
Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe buses from Jaipur and Abu Road to Mount Abu. It is also connected by road to Delhi, Udaipur, Ajmer, Bundi and Udaipur.
Mount Abu Holiday Packages

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