My Journey Experience And Places I Have Visited In Mount Abu
It was for a family wedding that we visited Udaipur last November. As usual these big fat Indian weddings last a few days, and in this case the main functions were to be celebrated over a period of 3 days. So our family of 4 decided to book our tickets to Udaipur for a full 7 days, from 7th November to 13th November, so that we can take in a little bit of the city and some nearby places.
The wedding was a grand affair and went off without any hitch. During those 3 days of festivities, we managed to check out quite a bit of Udaipur city during the early part of the day and we also took a vote as to which place in Rajasthan would be interesting to visit after the wedding. Mount Abu won hands down as we were told that the hill station was splendid during winters. After discussion with our relatives who knew much more about Rajasthan than us, we decided to travel to Mount Abu by bus. Booking tickets was a breeze as my son was well versed with the online booking platform of AbhiBus and so on the second day itself, he booked our bus tickets online at www.abhibus.com.
With the wedding formalities over and all our goodbyes done, we boarded the AC mini-bus to Mount Abu by 8.45 am on the 10th of November. The ride to our destination was very peaceful and hassle-free. The beautiful landscape along the National Highway was worth the bus journey. After intermittent napping and taking in the quaint and interesting sights along the way, we finally reached Mount Abu. But hey! That was in some record time. We hardly took three and a half hours! Guess that may have been because of the limited seating in a mini-bus, thankfully.
Once in Abu, we headed straight to our hotel for an early lunch and some rest before we hit the hot spots in town. Before I get on to giving a few details of the various attractions we visited, I must say it was an enjoyable 3 day stay at this hill station. The hotel stay was comfortable and met with all our needs. The weather at this time of the year was simply awesome, owing to the fact that it is located at a height of 4003 ft and definitely rejuvenated us city folks. The view of the sun setting below the mountains was a mesmerizing and unforgettable image.
Here are a few pointers to some of the interesting tourist attractions in Mount Abu. One must try and visit these amongst others:
Dilwara Jain Temples :
This mountainous city is home to many temples and the Dilwara Jain temples from these are definitely worth visiting. Nestled amidst the evergreen Aravalli Hills, these five Jain temples look quite imposing from the outside, but once inside, one can’t help gasping in awe at the impressive and stunning designs and artwork carved on the walls, pillars, roofs and archways. Besides serving as a holy abode for the Hindus, these temples are also an architectural marvel.
Timings: 6 am to 6 pm (for Jains); 12 pm to 6 pm (for non-Jains)
Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary :
Spanning almost 290 km area of the mountain, this wildlife sanctuary was a real delight! The lush green cover comprises of evergreen forests and abundant floral beauty. One can observe the interesting wildlife of Rajasthan in their natural habitat from close quarters and experience some thrilling moments. The sanctuary, being one of the oldest parts of the Mount Abu mountain ranges, is the start of many scenic views with spectacular landscapes.
Timings: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
Guru Shikhar Peak :
While at the wildlife sanctuary, we decided to spend some time checking out the Guru Shikhar Peak which is the highest peak of the Aravalli Range, at a height of approximately 1722 metres above sea level. The road leading to this point was lined with several shops, tea stalls and food which was reasonably priced and very delicious. The top of the hill provides a breathtaking view of the Aravalli ranges and the whole township. The weather was misty and it felt like we were walking through clouds, as though in a dream. The peak also has an Observatory with a 1.2 m infrared telescope and a cave temple of Guru Dattatreya dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It was fun ringing the age old bell, inscribed with ‘1411 AD’, at the top of the peak. The loud and long chimes were thrilling and announced our presence on the peak.
Timings: 8:00 am to 6:30 pm
Nakki Lake :
A marvelous attraction of Mount Abu, Nakki Lake or Nakki Jheel as well known, was the first man-made lake in India, located in the centre of this hill station. With a depth of about 11000 metres and a width of a quarter of a mile, this water body takes on amazing shades during different parts of the day and creates a scintillating picture. The natural scenic beauty surrounding the lake on account of the lush greenery, mountains and quaintly shaped rocks creates wonderful visuals for nature lovers like us and some amazing opportunities for nature photography. And of course, the icing on the cake was the peaceful, leisurely boat ride in the lake with the cool wind brushing our cheeks.
Timings: 9.30 am to 6 pm
Although we took in a few more sights of this hill station, the above attractions definitely created some amazing, wonderful memories for us and made the trip unforgettable.
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