Sirohi Tours ( Mount Abu )
Mount Abu is rambling along a 1200 meters high plateau in south of Rajasthan, close to Gujarat border. A major pilgrim place and Rajasthan's single hill station, Mount Abu is situated in south-west corner of Rajasthan. More than the mythological importance, vegetation and weather, it’s the Jain temples which draw lakhs of tourists to Mount Abu. Dilwara temples in Mount Abu are the top Jain temples of India. No descriptions can actually do justice to Dilwara temples beauty. Gaumukh Temple, Toad's Rock, Achalgarh Fort, Trevor's Tank, Sunset Point are a few interesting areas that should be visited. For people who like Walking, the hill station has many enchanting walks.
The Major Attractions of Mount Abu
Dilwara Temples: These extraordinary Jain temples are the main attraction of Mount Abu and amongst the best examples include 2 temples wherein the art of carved marble reached unmatched heights. The older temple is “Vimal Vasahi”, constructed in 1031 and devoted to first tirthankar, Adinath. 'House of Elephants' stands in front of this temple, with elephant’s figures marching in the procession to temple’s entrance. The second 'Tejpal Temple' is devoted to Neminath, 22nd tirthankar, and it was built in the year 1230 by two brothers Vastupal and Tejpal. Its carving is so excellent that at some places, the marble is almost transparent.
Sunrise Palace: Located on one among the highest points of Mount Abu is summer palace of Maharaja of Bharatpur. It is now known as the Sunrise Palace, which offers an incredible panoramic view of the lush green Aravallis around it. This 80 years old Sunrise Palace has a legend appeal to it and it’s build like a classic British-style mansion. The palace has big spacious rooms that have been made tastefully and offers every possible comfort to the guests. If you are a honeymooner or looking for peaceful holiday, this palace is the best option.
Kesar Bhawan Palace: Built in 1868, it’s one among the oldest palaces in Mount Abu. It was used as guest house for the visiting dignitaries. For over 100 years now, numerous royal guests and Maharajas from west have been readily entertained in this palace. Every bedroom has its balcony, which offers a panoramic sight of the surrounding valleys and hills.
Jain Community: The best example of workmanship, as it’s seen in its pillars and carvings, this temple is devoted to Neminath – 22nd Jain tirthankara. Lots of encouragement and inspiration went into its construction. Built in 'Solanki' architecture style, the temple has a spectacular marble pendant hanging as a chandelier from central dome of porch.
Vimala Vashi Temple: Built by Vimala Shah in 1030, it’s the oldest temple. The temple is known to have a large work force of nearly 2700 men involved, and it took 14 years to complete. Built of white marble, the temple is an exceptional example of the Jain temple architecture.
Luna Vashi Temple: It was built by two rich brothers in 1232. Its carved embellishment is even richer, more delicate and denser. In a few places, it has very fine marble carving. The doorways of this temple are framed using plasters and ornate pediments; the columns are carved magnificently.
Nakki Lake: It’s virtually in Mount Abu’s heart and is a great attraction with the tourists. It is a pleasant leisurely walk around the lake – you can look for the bizarre rock formations. You can also find a dilapidated real boat-shaped snacks bar on this lake.
Sunset Point: Stunning sight of the sun setting when hills are covered fully in the golden blaze can be viewed easily from here.
Gaumukh Temple: A spring flowing through sculpted cow head offers this shrine its name - Gaumukh. The well-known 'yagna' of learned Vashishtha was performed at this temple. A marvelously sculpted temple of Arbuada- mighty serpent stands beside the stunning backdrop. Nearby is a superb marble picture of Nandi, celestial bull that is rescued by Arbuada. An icon of Vasishta is lined by figures of Krishna and Rama. Gomukh Temple contains icons of Lord Krishna and Lord Rama.
Achalgarh Fort: It was built by warrior Rana Kumbha, who had conquered this hill station from the Chauhan rulers. It is located 5 miles away from Mount Abu. There are many ancient temples nearby it. Of them, the most motivating is 15th century Lord Shiva temple.
Guru Shikar: Guru Shikhar peak, the highest top in Rajasthan, lies nearly 2 miles beyond the Achalgarh. It has a bird eye’s view of Mount Abu and surrounding areas. Temples situated in this region are the 'Chaumundi temple' and 'Mira temple'.