Mount Abu in the Sirohi District of Rajasthan is beautiful and one and only hill station in Rajasthan. It is one of the most popular retreats for vacationers and even honeymoon couples. With a distinctive blend of the flavours of Rajasthan, Mount Abu has some of the best places to visit like Dilwara Jain Temples, Nakki Lake, Achal Garh, Guru Shikhar, Adhar Devi, Sunset Point, Trevor’s crocodile Park, Wildlife Sanctuary and Gaumukh.
Dilwara Jain Temples are the Jain temples that were constructed between 11th to 13thcentury AD. Some consider its craftsmanship in marble to be superior to that of the Taj Mahal. The main temple complex consists of five different temples dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras. Dilwara temples may be visited 365 days a year from 12noon till 5pm. As per legends, Nakki Lake was created by the Devtas by digging up with their nails or, nakh. It is the only Indian artificial lake at such a high altitude of 3937ft approximately and one of the top sightseeing places here. It is considered sacred by the local tribes who perform rituals here. Situated at the heart of Mount Abu, it is the cynosure of attraction in the evening. You can enjoy boating or, just relaxing on its banks to unwind in peace. You can watch the sun going down from this place which lies to the south west of the Nakki Lake. The panorama triggers the spirits of festivity as you see the lush green plains thousands of feet below. The fort of Achal Garh was built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th Century. Within it lies the Achaleswar Mahadev Temple. Unlike in other temples, here the great toe of Lord Shiva is worshipped. The idol of Nandi is made of five metals such as gold, silver, copper, brass and zinc. This place is considered miraculous and is among the must see places. Guru Shikhar is located at an altitude of 5676 feet, this is the highest point in the state of Rajasthan. Here is the Temple of Dattatreya, an embodiment of Lord Vishnu. The footprints of Guru Dattatreya are preserved here on a rock. This spot must be included by your travel guide.
You need to climb 365 steps to reach Adhar Devi Temple within a rocky cleave. Goddess Durga is worshipped here. During Navratri, this temple gets flooded with devotees. The Gaumukh temple was the abode of Rishi Vashishtha. As per the folklores, the Rishi had performed a religious ceremony here that created the four major Rajput clans. This temple has a spring which emerges from a rock, shaped like a cow’s face. Rishi Ved Vyas had suggested Dharma Raj Yudhistir to spend one night at this Ashram. In turn Yudhistir could gain the blessings equivalent to donation of one thousand cows. If you wonder what are the things to do in Mount Abu, take a food break here or, buy memoirs from the stalls around. Trevor’s crocodile park was created by a British engineer, Trevor built a huge tank which is used for breeding crocodiles. This spot is ideal for picnic. It is the hub for watching nature’s creatures like the birds and the wild animals in their natural habitat. It stands out among the places to visit on a holiday. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, visit the wildlife sanctuary that is about seven kilometres long and three hundred metres wide. In 1960, the place was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary. It has thorny forests at the foothills and evergreen forests at higher altitudes. It houses 112 plant families, 820 species and 3 species of wild rose. The sanctuary ranks high among tourism places owing to its rare composition.