I love traveling to places with a lovely weather as the sights and sceneries provide more pleasure if the atmosphere is friendly. Mt. Abu is one of the best tourist destinations that I have ever visited in my lifetime. I chose the monsoon time to visit the location as the fog falls from the sky making the environment impressive.
Mt. Abu is the only hill station of Rajasthan situated on the highest Aravalli hills at the southwestern end. As the place is sited close to the Gujarat border, it is close to my hometown, Vadodara. I usually go to visit the location whenever I want a break from the hullaballoo of the city life. The atmosphere is serene and beautiful in rainy season. When it rains in the afternoon, you can take a walk in the evening to appreciate the beauty of nature.
I suggest you stay in a cottage in Mt. Abu or search for the best hotels situated at a distance from the city among the forests. You can enjoy the trip to the brim if you are a nature lover. Although you will find the sights at a distance, you can hire a taxi for the whole day to reach the places.
How to reach?
If you are living at a short distance from the site, you can take your car with driver to reach Mt. Abu. Otherwise, book a luxury bus or reserve seats in train up to Abu road then take the bus to reach your destination.
Best Places to visit in Mt. Abu
Mt. Abu is the favorite destination for honeymooners and is ideal for families also. The beautiful surroundings are compatible with lovers, and incredible sightseeing attracts everyone to visit the place time and again.
• Dilwara temples, Mt. Abu
These ancient temples are exemplary of the best architectural construction of 11th to 13th century AD. The temple has a grand architecture carved with marble stone. It is surrounded by greenery all around and is situated at a remote place from the city. It is famous for Jain temples devoted to five main Jain saints- Shri Adinath, Shri Parshavnath, Shri Neminath Ji, Shri Rishabdaoji and Shri Mahaveer Swami.
We went on a family trip and spent the first two days appreciating the beauty of nature. On the third day, we went to visit the sights. The Dilwara temples are the excellent example of marvelous work of marble in ancient times. A great work of art and sculpture especially for those who wish to explore Indian history to admire human effort in creating exclusive architectures.
• Nakki Lake
A popular activity in Mt Abu, Rajasthan is boating in Nakki Lake, one of the best tourist destinations of the hilly area. As the sun is about to set, we began our journey by walking to reach the lake. I must tell you I enjoyed walking as the weather was favorable enough to tread and the trip becomes unforgettable as I revel in the lovely nature.
This is another beautiful view of nature depicting scenic magnificence pleasing the aesthetic senses. The clean waters of the lake with images of lush green trees and colorful boats exhibit a brilliant appearance soothing the eyes and heart. We all tried boating when suddenly showers began to add to our exhilaration.
After boating, we went to Raghunath temple situated on the hill near the lake. There is no entry fee to Nakki Lake, but boating is not free. The lake is open during daytime till evening for tourists. As the sunset point is close to the lake, we plan to visit the creek about one and a half hour before sunset.
• Sunset point in Mt Abu
The sunset point is yet another landmark to watch the nature’s beauty at its peak. We reached the place just before the sun is about to hide behind the hills.
A massive ball of fire, round and red, might be tired was about to rest. The sky turned orange by the rays of the setting sun. The photographers present there were trying to capture the moments in their imported cameras.
The place was crowded as it is popular among tourists. The dense forests area on the other side of the hill is banned due to the presence of wild animals.
• Gaumukh Temple
Gaumukh means the ‘mouth of the cow.’ Although the temple is located in the dense forest, and it is risky to visit in the rainy season, but we went when the sky is clear during the daytime. The site is a popular tourist destination for devotees and culture lovers.
The temple has idols of Lord Rama, Lord Krishna and Rishi Vashisht besides the bull statue which is a symbol of Lord Shiva. The God is known to ride the bull. We climbed 700 stairs to reach the main temple.
It is said that Saraswati Ganga flows through the mouth of the cow. The floor is slippery, and you need to be careful while walking to the shrine.
• Brahma Kumaris
As said earlier, Mt Abu is a perfect choice for those seeking peace and not only the atmosphere but also the hermitages adding to the amity. Brahma Kumaris offer many spiritual courses apart from meditation in Mt. Abu. You can also stay at their ashrams to watch the live sessions.
We sojourned at a hotel only 10 minutes away from the Brahma Kumaris monastery. We walked to visit the place painted in white- a color symbolizing peace.
It was made in a vast area with universal peace hall for spiritual lectures with sitting arrangements and greenery all around for oxygenated atmosphere. We attended some lectures in the room and moved around the place.
A lot more to describe but I conclude herby saying that Mt. Abu is the must visit place for everyone to live in the lap of nature for few days. I love this place and used to travel off and on. The other places of interest are Achalgarh fort, Gurushikhar and Honeymoon point in Mt. Abu. Browse through the places before planning the trip so that you can visit all the sites in the available time.
Precautions– Take special care while walking through honeymoon point and visiting temples situated among dense forests. Do not try to cross the hill at the sunset point as wild animals might be present at the site.
Plan an Mt. Abu tour and feel the heaven!