Situated on the highest peak of the Aravalli Range, Mount Abu is the only hill station in the state of Rajasthan. Since it has pleasant weather throughout the year, there is never any dearth of tourists in this town.
So what do tourists come for in this vibrant town, which is like an oasis in an arid desert? Known for its old temples (Jain and Hindu), with several legendary tales surrounding each holy place, the visitors mainly come to Mount Abu to embrace their pious side.
Listed below are some of the famous religious landmarks of Mount Abu:
Dilwara Temple: Located in close proximity to the Cama Rajputana, the Dilwara Temple was constructed somewhere between in the 11th and 13th century A.D. This temple, one of the oldest Jain temples, is an ardent example of India’s architectural expertise and fine craftsmanship. The articulate details carved out of marbles proudly boast of the grandeur of artistic creativity. It is believed that the marbles used to construct the monumental pilgrim were transported on the backs of elephants all the way from Arasoori Hills. The temple area is divided into five parts and all the sections are dedicated to the five Jain Tirthankars:
Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple
Shri AdiNath Temple or Vimal Vasahi Temple
Shri ParshavNath Temple or Khartar Vasahi Temple
Shri Rishabdaoji Temple or Peethalhar Temple
Shri NemiNathJi Temple or Luna Vasahi Temple
Nakki Lake: Apart from being the only artificial lake in India at an altitude of 1220 meters above sea level, Nakki Lake is also famous because of its mythological tale. It is believed that thousands of years ago, Gods dug up this lake with their nails. With mountains and lush green landscapes surrounding the area, Nakki lake only adds to the pretty picture. It is also fondly referred as the “Heart of Mount Abu”.
Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary: In the year 1960 this area was officially declared a wildlife sanctuary. You will get to see various species of birds and animals in this 7 kilometers area spanning across a width of 300 meters. The area also offers splendid views of the town of Mount Abu for you to feast your eyes on.
Achleshwar Temple: This Hindu temple is most famous for Nandi (bull), which was created by using five metals – gold, silver, copper, zinc and brass. The marvel weighs a whopping four tons. In addition, it is also believed that the temple houses a naturally created Shivalinga – symbol for the worship of the Hindu deity Shiva.
The town of Mount Abu is home to many more temples and sight-seeing hotspots. Plan your holiday to this vivid destination to enjoy nature and spirituality in full glory.