Mount Abu, also known as Aravalli parvat, is one of the only hill stations (1200 mt for sea level) in south Rajasthan near Gujarat border. It offers an oasis to the state with its green forests, hills and beautiful lakes! Considered one of the most popular honeymoon destination a few years ago (now overpowered by Goa, Kerala and Phuket :D), the beautiful hill station still offers enchanting landscapes and peaceful environment. As the crowd is now rushing to other places, it could be the best time to visit Mount Abu and help some local tourism industry 🙂
Highlights of our 2 days in Mount Abu were:
Dilwara Jain temples: Famous for their sculptures and brilliant marble work. One of the world’s most beautiful pilgrimage spot. Sorry guys, photos not allowed inside. Totally worth a visit 🙂
Scenic beauty: Mount Abu is undoubtedly very beautiful. Mountains and amazing viewpoints have been my weakness anyways! Just look at the enchanting sunset we witnessed on road.
Nakki lake: Beautiful lake. We were still in awe from out Udaipur lake experience, so we did not try it! 😀
Ambaji temple in Gujarat: Yes! You read it right. Gujarat. As I told you, Mount Abu is very close to Gujarat-Rajasthan border. So you can hop away to Gujarat if you want. We did! We went to Ambaji temple which is situated about 20 km from Abu road.
Ambaji gabbar temple, Gujarat: Mythologically, it is one of the 51 places where one of the pieces of Sati’s heart fell. This temple is at the height of 1600 m on Gabbar hill. I tis about 5 km from the Ambaji temple mentioned above. You can hire an auto-rikshaw or tuktuk or jeep on sharing basis. They leave you at the cable car place. The panorama is nice and totally worth the cable car ride 😀
By the way, have you checked my post about list of most scenic views from the top yet?
- As I already mentioned here, do not forget to bring your student ids if you have any (I don’t remember correctly now but I think we got student discounts for cable car)!
- Females get a 25 percent reduced price ticket while boarding Rajasthan roadways buses.
- Hotels in Mount Abu could be a bit expensive. So, if you are on budget holiday, consider taking accommodation in Abu road (about 30 minutes by bus to Mount Abu and the journey is scenic!)
From mighty mountains to beautiful lakes, Rajasthan is a complete package. From royal forts and palaces to mythology origins, we loved it all! We could not go to Jaisalmer due to time constraints but I have it in my list (my never-ending I want-to-go-everywhere list).
And this ends out family trip (lots and lots of temples :D) in Rajasthan and we went back home to freezing Faridabad for new year celebration (and yes, I totally slept at 11pm on 31st December. Getting old? 😀 :D)!
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