Beauty is the only thing that time cannot harm. What is beautiful is a joy for all seasons and a possession for all eternity. This has been asserted by Oscar Wilde. It is for man to think of all the beauty around him and be happy. True happiness can be obtained by closely observing and living in the lap of nature. Mount Abu is a part of Sirohi district of Rajasthan is the place where one can find beauty of nature.
Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan, bordering with the Aravali Hills in Gujarat. It is a rocky plateau, 22 km long and 9 km wide. Besides being associated with a number of Hindu mythological stories, Mount Abu attracts visitors from far and near for its store of wildlife species, carved temples, mysterious caves and trekking land. Stone tells the story of scratching a lake out with fingernails and four clans of fire yielded from yagna.
Nature has been most benevolent in offering its best that would satiate every kind of visual appetite of human beings. The highest peak of Mount Abu is Guru Shikhar that is located at an altitude of 1,722 meters above sea level. An adventurous tourist could trek up to this highest point and experience the thrill and excitement of accomplishing something really adventurous. Nikki Lake is an artificial lake at an altitude of 1200 meters.
Mount Abu is abundant in places of historical and cultural interest. Achalgarh, an imposing village near Rajmachi attracts tourists for the Achalgarh fort and the Achaleswar Mahadeo located inside the fort. This was built during the 14th century by Rana Kumbha of Mewar dynasty. The mammoth rock structure Toad Rock stands hanging over the calm and cool Nakki Lake and provide impressive views to the visitors.
It is believed that all the 300 million gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon has made this place most sacred by setting their feet on Mt Abu which is named after a holy serpent. A holy darshan of the desired deity provides solace to mind and inspiration for a revitalized life. One can reach to the northern side of Mt Abu and worship goddess Durga enshrined in the Adhar Devi temple. For that, one has to climb up 365 steps, symbolizing the days in a year.
Five legendary Jain temples, named as Dilwara temples exhibit the marvelous artistic work with the carving on the white marbles. Other temples are Goumukh Temple, Vimla Vashi Temple, Luna Vashi Temple, and Shri Raghunathji Temple. Those having interest in parks and gardens will be amused to visit Ashok Vatiks, Gandhi Park and Terrace Garden.
Mount Abu is a perfect destination for honeymooners who find it calm, cool, comfortable and congenial. Because of its compatible environment, Mt Abu attracts more than 3 million visitors; domestic and foreign, every year.
Desert is considered to be the most uncomfortable and unsuitable place for visitors. Rajasthan is geographically associated with deserts. But Mount Abu is its ‘Oasis’ which, with the bounty of nature has been haven for honeymooners and other visitors.