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Mount Abu Tour

The one and the only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is more than just a summer retreat. Its stunning display of exquisite Dilwara Jain Temples, dating back to the 11th century make it a popular pilgrimage centre. It was once a part of the Chauhan kingdom of Rajasthan and served as a summer resort for the Rajput kings of the region.
Sunset  Point, Mount Abu
Legends say that all the 330 million gods and goddesses of the Hindu's used to visit this holy mountain. It is also the place where the great saint Vashishth lived and performed a yagna or sacrificial worship on a fire pit to create four Agnikula (four clans of fire) to protect the earth from demons. This place is also held in reverence by Jains since Jain scriptures records that Lord Mahavira, the 24th Jain Tirthankar also visited Mount Abu and blessed the city.


Location
Mount Abu is situated in southwest end of Rajasthan at a distance of 326 km from Jodhpur, 185 km Udaipur and 221 km.Ahmedabad.

Climate
In summer temperature hovers between 33.8° C to a minimum of 23.3 °C while in the winters 20.3° C is the maximum temperature which can drop to 0 °C. Rainy season starts from July to mid Sept, and is very humid .The best time to visit the place is from Feb to June.
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Major Attractions of Mount Abu
The Gaumukh Temple - The Gaumukh Temple gets its name from the small stream which flows out of the mouth of a marble cow. There is also a marble figure of the bull Nandi, Shiva's vehicle. Agni Kund, placed there is said to be the site of the sacrificial fire, made by sage Vashistha, from which four of the great Rajput clans were born. An image of Vashishtha is also seen flanked by the figures of Rama and Krishna. To reach the temple one has to take a path with 750 steps down to the valley without wearing shoes and chappels.

Delwara Jain Temple - The Temple complex includes two temples with exquisite marble carvings namely the Vimal Vasahi after the first tirthanka, Jain Teacher, Adinath. The central shrine contains an image of Adinath, while around the courtyard are 57 identical cells, each with a Budhdha like cross-legged image. Forty eight elegantly carved pillars are seen from the entrance to the courtyard. Delwara Jain Temple, Mount Abu

The second one the Tejpal Temple is dedicated to Neminath, the 22nd tirthankar, and was built in1231 by the brothers Tejpal and Vastupal. The lotus flower that hangs from the center of the dome is an incredible piece of work

Achalgarh - Achalgarh, situated eleven kilometers north of Mount Abu has a beautiful Shiva temple which has many interesting features including the toe of Shiva and a group of colorful Jain Temples. Three stone buffaloes stand around a tank with a figure of a King shooting at them with his bows and arrows. History points that the tank was once filled with ghee, but demons, in the form of buffalos came down and polluted the ghee until the king finished them off.. A path leads up to the hillside to a group of colourful Jain temples, all of which have fine views over the plains.

Sunset Points - Several points around the edge of the plateau offer spectacular views across the plains. Sunset Point, 1.5 km from the tourist office of Mount Abu, is the most popular point to view the natural surroundings. Peoples stroll out here every evening to catch the glimpse of the setting sun. It is a one kilometer walk from the road to the viewpoint.

Honeymoon Point, 2.5 kms northwest on Ganesh Road offers an enchanting view of the verdant plains and valleys. The place looks most beautiful during the evening hours. The route to Honeymoon Point goes past the Nakki Lake.
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Nearby Attractions
Guru Shikhar - At a distance of just 15 minutes is situated Guru Shikhar, the highest peak on the Mount Abu. At a height of 1722 mts above the sea level it allows a bird's eye view of the idyllic surroundings of Mt. Abu. A small shrine and a temple of Dattatreya standing on the Shikhar are worth visiting.


Rajasthani Handicraft, Mount Abu Shopping
In Mount Abu there is a mini market for Rajasthani handicrafts. Marble, sandalwood and sandstone can be bought from the shops around Nakki Lake. Kota saris, bangles and linen with Sanganeri prints are also available. For Rajasthani handicrafts there is also Rajasthali, Rajasthan Government Handicrafts Emporium and Khadi Bhandar.


Accommodations
Mount Abu offers all kind of stay to its visitors from 3 stars like the Hilton Hotel to heritage and deluxe which include the Cama Rajputana Resort, Hotel Connaught House, Palampur Palace, Bikaner House Palace Hotel. These hotels have amenities like standard, deluxe and suites with air conditioned facilities.


How to Reach
By Air - Udaipur is the nearest airport. Daily flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur are available to Udaipur.
By Rail - Abu Road is the nearest railway station and is about 22 kms from Mount Abu. It is well connected by Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mumbai and Jodhpur.
By Road - Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe buses from Jaipur and Abu Road to Mount Abu. It is also connected by road to Delhi, Udaipur, Ajmer, Bundi and Udaipur


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