Saturday, January 8, 2011

Mount Abu Hill Station


Mount Abu is known for being the only hill station in the state of Rajasthan and is famous for the Divine Dilwara Temples and abundant natural beauty.

Mount Abu served as the summer escapade for the Chauhan dynasty of Rajasthan. Later on during the British rule, it served as the headquarters of the Rajputana resident.  The British escaped from the intense desert heat of Rajasthan by staying here.

Legend says that this holy mountain was the abode of thousands of saints and sages and was visited by more than 330 million gods and goddesses. Another legend says that in its place was a deep gorge in which the holy cow Nandini of saint Vashisth was trapped and Saraswati was sent by Lord Shiva to flood the gorge so that Nandini could float up. Later the youngest son of Himalaya, the king of mountains, filled the gorge permanently with the help of Arbud, a mighty snake and thus created Mount Abu.

[caption id="attachment_981" align="alignright" width="232" caption="Doorway: Jain temple: Dilwara, Mount Abu, Rajasthan"]Dilwara temples doorway in Mount Abu[/caption]

How to reach

By road
Mount Abu is well connected by road to the cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Ajmer, and Udaipur. Several luxury and general buses ply at regular intervals. The roads are good and bus journeys are usually comfortable.

By rail
The Abu Road railway Station is the major railhead closest to Mount Abu and is situated at a distance of around 22 kms.

By air
The airport in Udaipur is the closest to Mount Abu. Regular flights from major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Jaipur connect Udaipur.

Places to see
Gaumukh Temple
is situated down the Abu Road and contains a marble Nandi the bull and Agni Kund, a tank. Dilwara Jain Temples, very popular temples and the most favorite tourist haunt presents an exquisite example of marble carving built in 1231. Adhar Devi Temple is carved out of a single piece of rock and has as many as 365 steps. Shri Raghunathi Temple is situated near the Nakki Lake was established by Swami Ramanand way back in the 14th century A.D. The Shiva Temple of Achaleshwar Mahandeva in Achalgarh is famous for the toe of Shiva, a brass Nandi, and a hole in place of Shivalinga that is believed to connect it with the underworld. Several gardens and parks in and around the city, such as Ashok Vatika, Gandhi Park, Brahma Kumaris Peace Park, Municipal Park, Shaitan Singh Park, and Terrace Garden are blessed with immense natural beauty and undisturbed serenity. Museum and Art Gallery exhibits the tribal decoration, miniature paintings, weapons, various musical instruments, ornaments, and sculptures. Trevor’s Tank is a favorite perching ground for birds of all types and is a primary attraction for bird watchers. Guru Shikhar is the highest point of Rajasthan where there is a small temple named Atri Rishi.

Mount Abu is a shopper’s paradise and offers all kinds of things starting from Rajasthani and Gujrati articles from handicrafts, garments, ornaments, carvings made of wood, marble or even metal, paintings, sandalwood and sandstone. Rajasthani Kota sarees and light-weight quilts are special buys.

Places to stay
Cama Rajputana Club Resort, Connaught House, Bikaner Palace, Kesar Bhawan Palace are heritage hotels in Mount Abu.

Best time to visit
Mount Abu can be visited just any time of the year.

Mount Abu has a pleasant climate almost throughout the year. Temperature in the summer season ranges from 23 and 34 degrees Celsius and in winters the temperatures can down up to 11 degrees Celsius. It receives a moderate rainfall in the rainy season.

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