nakki lake
A view of Nakki Lake

Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan. This is one of the coldest places of Rajasthan. Here temperature is relatively very less than other parts of this state. It’s a good place to spend holidays or a trip with friends. The magnificent landscapes, hills, temples and a beautiful lake attracts tourists to this hill station.

It comes in the southern region of Rajasthan. This is a town which is about 30 km far from Abu road which is the nearest station to this place. Udaipur is the nearest station to Abu road. This town is highly influenced by Gujarati culture as its located near to Gujarat. along with Rajasthani tourists, it also attracts tourists from Gujarat and other nearby places.

mount abu city view
Mount Abu city view

There are many places and things to do in this town. To visit places you can pick up a bus or taxi, or hire a cab. Although bikes for rent are easily available to explore the town. The most popular places to visit in Mount Abu are

  1. Nakki Lake
  2. GuruShikhar Peak Point
  3. Sunset point
  4. Lovers Point
  5. Delvada Jain Temple
  6. Adhar Devi Temple(Arbuda Devi)
  7. Toad Rock
  8. Hanuman Temple
  9. Om Shanti Bhavan
  10. Shankar Math Shivling Temple
  11. AchalGarh 
As its a hill station, most markets and tourist places are crowded by couples. Especially in evening time markets have a rush as its the time when tourists hang around. Some antiques like keychains and some other usual products are available in the market. Woolen clothes and some other accessories like woolen hat, cap and Scarfs are useful and can be bought from local vendors.

1. Nakki Lake : 

Nakki lake is a natural lake which is close to town. This is one of the most beautiful lakes of Rajasthan. Its water is green which makes it alluring. This lake is considered a holy lake in the Hindu religion. This is a saying that this lake was made as god dug by nail and some say it was dug out by a demon. There is a temple at the shore of this lake which is Bharat Mata temple.

There is a garden which is pleasing to spend some time. Boating facility is also available here which may be good for those who don’t want to sit in the garden. Some fountains in the middle of this lake seem good. This is the first place where a tourist come as its close to the city and a good place too. There are some restaurants and hotels near this lake where Rajasthani food, as well as Gujarati dishes, can be good options.  

2. Gurushikhar Peak Point : 

This is the peak point of Mount Abu. It is the highest peak of Rajasthan which is about 1722 meter from ground level, that’s why this is “GuruShikhar” which means The highest(guru) of all peaks. The view from the top is amazing. After heading up a lot of steps you reach a temple which is Gurushikhar temple.

There are too many stairs and is tiring to reach this point, But after it, the views from this peak pull out all the tiredness. There some shops on sideways of stairs and near temple. One temple is in a cave and another one is at the top of this peak.
personal tip- As its a peak so it will be better to keep the cell phone in the pocket and focus on stairs. Safety is needful visiting such places.

3. Sunset Point :

This is another beautiful place in Mount Abu which is worth visiting. This is near to the town and is close to the nakki lake. There is a wildlife zoo along with this point. The best time to visit this is evening obviously to have sight of the sunset. 
The view of the sun with the orange sky is pleasing and breathtaking. Landscapes all around this sunset make it much more alluring. This view is only visible for half an hour in the evening.

4. Lovers Point : 

Lovers point is a location on a hill which comes on the way to Gurushikhar peak. It gives mindblowing views of landscapes and a lake. Sceneries with lake make it much interesting and is literally a point of attraction for tourists and mostly couples. The pattern of mountains is a bit unique in itself. Its a perfect location for taking some stunning pictures and selfy.

 It is named so as some lovers and couples can be seen here in this place. Horses are available here if you want to take a picture sitting on a horse. They also have some colorful costumes to take pictures.

5. Delvada Jain Temple : 

This is a well known holy temple of Jain religion. Its most popular place among Jainism. It was made by some rulers and those who were attracted by this religion. Some of them were Rulers and others were those who had faith in Jainism. When it comes to its design and architecture, its one of the best places in terms of its design and structure. This is made of White marble(Sangmarmar). The stone is cut in a very accurate and fine way that it looks excellent.

There are some eye-catching designs on the ceiling which is made with white marble. The guide gives details of all these designs. A statue of Mahavir is another attraction of this temple which is made of gold(actually gold polish). This one is very costly in terms of money and No doubt its value more than its price, It’s priceless. It’s free to visit this temple and priests of this temple work as a guide which is free of cost. Devotees can donate money for charity and temple fund.

(No Pictures are allowed inside or outside the temple)

6. Adhar Devi Temple(Arbuda Devi) : 

This is another temple in the town, which is located on a hill. It takes about 20-25 minutes to reach the temple by stairs. After reaching on the top of this temple, there is some stunning view of nature and mountains. While going up the stairs, along with those views, there are some monkeys on the way, so it’s better to keep safe. It’s great to feed them some fruits or eatables.

 After reaching on top, There is a cave to go inside the temple. This is a very narrow cave so you have to Keep your head down to reach over to end. As its a narrow cave so it takes some time to be in a queue and keeping your head safe up to having sight of the goddess.

7. Toad Rock : 

This is a Structure of rock in the shape of Toad(frog). After heading up by stairs which take about 15 minutes, it comes a rock which is stunning. Views of the city are nice from this place. This is just close to Nakki lake. Variety of rocks is one of the best things of Mount Abu.
Personal tip – On the way to reach on this rock, you have to climb up-stairs through some wild area which may have bears, so it’s better to know about a place by a local guide or someone who knows about this area.

8. Hanuman temple : 

This is a temple of Lord Hanuman which is also located on a hill which is about 6000 feet above ground level. Horse ride is also available to reach the temple as it may be tiring to reach through stairs.

9. Om Shanti Bhavan : 

This is a Peace hall of Brahmekumari which is a spiritual university for meditation and peace. Its branches are located worldwide. It provides courses like yoga, meditation and organizes seminars for stress-free living. It also works as an NGO. Its headquarter is located here in Mount Abu. It gives the opportunity to women, as most of the top positions are given to women to represent equality and respect for women.

10. Shankar Math Shivling Temple : 

This is a temple of lord shiv with shivling, which is known as Shankar math. The surrounding atmosphere has plants and flowers which gives it a natural view. It is located near to the city. No photography is allowed inside the temple, so better to follow rules. 

11. Achalgarh Fort and Temple : 

On a hill, there is a fort which is known as Achalgarh fort. Fort was constructed by Parmar rulers.  It was being renovated and named Achalgarh by Maharana Kumbha. This is a hill fort along with a pond inside. There is a temple outside of the fort, called Achaleshwar Mahadev temple, where the toe of Lord Shiva is worshipped by devotees.

To know more about this place, visit- Trip to Mount Abu 

Hotels are a bit expensive here as its a hillside. Booking can be done online or offline both. But booking online is not good for this place as hotels are much expensive online than offline. Even some booking agents come to you and take you to the hotel so its so easy to find a hotel. Booking before arrival is a good option.

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A blog By Niks Joshi

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