Mount Abu – An Oasis In The Desert
Every part of the body paining, still you got that tingly feeling to write about what you did in “Mount Abu”. Yup! there it is! I did relax, this time about 500 KM’s from Jaipur. Popularly known as “an oasis in the desert”, well it did quite lived up to that reputation. This time I did not wanted to take a luxurious trip as the finances are already and abundantly stalled by the tax deductions, however I wanted it to be a memorable one, without spending too much of money. Luckily I had company of my friend Sumit, who was indeed excited to go on this voyage. Over the past year a lot has changed in the way I put up articles and make them go live for my audience. Now with my Youtube channel in place I like experimenting with a lot of images and an abundance of videos. (Which are on my Youtube Channel) Read on because this time, it’s just not about pictures!
We got off to a quick start here, our bus was supposed to leave at 10:00 PM, which gave us ample amount of time to gulp few non alcoholic beverages post our office. (LOL-Do not get confused) I mean you really need them once you start working a sales job. Dinner was simply amazing! We going to Sindhi Camp and leave “Taxi Chicken” and eat some where else, not happening ever! So dinner was cheap, but was served with utmost precision and taste as per our taste buds.
You must be thinking, why I keep boasting about Taxi Chicken? Here it is!
Post our dinner we headed to board our bus. Now the problem with non RSRTC buses, the private one’s off course, is that their boarding point is not from the bus station. You get a mini bus that takes you a few kilometers from the main bus stand to the place where the cargo loading takes place. We got into this mini bus, sweating as a result of our delicious meal and headed to our bus point. Now a days buses have evolved to a point, that you do not have to sit and take tiresome journeys, rather they have the sleeping chambers for people to sleep while they travel. They also have a double sleeper seat for sleeping for two, In case some couples get any cute ideas! wink wink!
Something like this;
We slept like and woke up just a few kilometers from Mount Abu. It was just a matter of few minutes and we landed up in front of our hotel. It was still pretty early for check in and we did not wanted to surprise the hotel, so we decided to have a little tea to get off from our lethargic morning moment. Now this place “Mount Abu” is filled with a lot of tourists from Gujarat, considering the fact that they come from a dry state to a very wet state in terms of alcohol consumption, they literally go mad thinking about alcohol. If I were to put it statistically I would say that out of 100 people travelling to Mount Abu, 50 would be Gujju, (Gujarati’s) So the owners of establishments have molded the taste of food according to their visiting population. Same is the case with “tea”, I swear to god, If some diabetic comes to Mount Abu, and have tea, that is going to be the last tea of his life. Too F***ing sweet! That’s exactly what I uttered when I had the first sip.
Finding budget stay in India, with the induced concept of backpacking, I would say that this has now become a very cost efficient method of cutting down your cost from your entire travelling expense. We did not wanted to invest substantially on staying cost, as all you need to do is throw your luggage and spend the day roaming around the city. Just for sleeping in night it’s not advisable to spend a bomb. We went through GOIBIBO again, with the cost of room for two came as 380 INR. Pretty cheap huh! Post our check in, we got ready to explore Mount Abu. We took a taxi and the driver promised us to take at all the possible locations about Mount Abu. Especially Mount Abu Parvat!
The entrance to Mount Abu Parvat does not cost you a lot of money. We gave 40 bucks to get us in, for the better clarity of expense, look at the picture below.
Good part is that all the visiting spots are within a distance of 20-25 KMS within Mount Abu.
One of the most popular attractions in mount Abu, Nakki Lake is an ancient and sacred lake. According to Hindu mythology the lake was dug out by the Gods by simply using their nails to gain shelter from the Demon Bashkali, however many such mythological stories exist leading to the creation of this lake. Nevertheless, the place is a great spot for picnic with friends and family alike. Mount Abu is roughly a 25 KM’s drive, from Abu road, where we stayed. Our first stop was at Nakki Lake. You can roam around the lake, go for boating which is a very hyped up activity, or just sit near the lake and feed the fish.
Abu’s Market Road – Nakki Lake
Call it an attraction of money spending habit, you will get a chance to do it plenty in Mount Abu. Shopping is another attraction at Mount Abu. Mount Abu has market having variety of shops with variety of rajasthani and gujrati articles from handicrafts of different categories, textile, Jewellery articles, wooden, marble and metal, Rajasthani paintings, Leather articles and stone crafts etc. Carved in marble, sandalwood and sandstone can be bought from the shops around Nakki Lake. Kota saris, bangles and linen with Sanganeri prints, light weight Jaipury quilt are also available. For Rajasthani Handicrafts there is Rajasthali, Rajasthan Government Handicrafts Emporium and Khadi Bhandar, also there are metal, stone, wooden and clothing handicrafts shops like Fair Price Rajasthan Emporium, Piccadilly Plaza, Chacha Museum, Kashmir Cottage Emporium, M/S Bansilal Bhurmal (famous Jaipuri Quilts -light Weigth ).
Mount Abu boasts of a Treasure Trove in the form of all its shops and emporiums to make very sedate an incorrigible oniomanic Indeed, it is shoppers delight, both for bargaining and variety, with total assurance of quality.
The Somnath temple is located in Mount Abu, on the sight of Delwara road, near Sant Sarovar. (Small Pond) The main attraction of this temple are the statues and paintings on the ceiling. The Sant Sarovar pond just besides the temple is filled with fishes, people visiting this temple go indulge in feeding the fish with the dough just as Nakki Lake. This time we captured a video of this amazing ritual. Video is embedded on the page but you can watch all the videos on my Youtube channel. For my trip to Mount Abu.
Delwara Temples are one of the world most beautiful and sacred pilgrimage of Jains in the world. Located just 2.5 km from Mount Abu, Rajasthan, Delwara temples justifies the beauty of Mount Abu also as the only hill station of Rajasthan. Delwara temples are known to have excellent architecture and incredible work of marble carvings. Some experts even think that Delwara temples have better architecture than the Taj Mahal.
Although we never went inside as camera was not allowed inside, and I do not want to copy images from other sites and use it for reference in my blog. However you can read about it on Wikipedia.
Trevors Tank has been named after the British engineer who constructed it. The place is frequented by birdwatchers for spotting pigeons, peacocks and partridges. Entry was paid but the place is worth visiting. It’s the best place to visit in Abu if you are a nature lover. However do not be duped if someone tells you that you are going to find crocodiles in there, ain’t happening. They charge 200 INR for the car and 50 per head for the number of people.
Mount Abu gets its name as a short form of Arbuda Mountains. Mount Abu offers great adventure and nature related activities. Zipline, commando net, commando bridge, river crossing, various treks keep the campers busy throughout their stay at the camp.
I did go with a maniac this time and he did try the hardest of all, the “Zip Line”. Watch video here or visit my Youtube channel for all Mount Abu videos.
Guru Shikhar, a peak at an altitude of 5,676 feet (1722 meters), is the highest point in Rajasthan.It has a commanding view of Abu and its surroundings. This peak is the home to the temple of Dattatreya, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the peak is called Guru Shikhar after him as Guru Dattatreya had dignified this place and his footprints are sanctified here in a rock in a cave. Foot prints of swami Ramanath are also here who enshrined the statue in Raghnathji temple in Abu. Close to the shrine is a temple of Guru Dattatreya’s mother which is too worth- seeing.
The name refers to a fort and an ancient kingdom, which was originally built by the Paramara Dynasty rulers. The fort was reconstructed in 1452 by Maharana Kumbha the ruler of the Mewar kingdom and was renamed as “Achalgarh’ or the immovable. The fort however stands in ruins to this day, leaving behind many remnants which make this place a tourist attraction. The main entrances are characterized by two towers carved out of grey granite, which still stand as a memorial of this once pompous and majestic fort. The place is located at an amazing location and is famous for its ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva known as the Achaleshwar Mahadeva Temple. The temple is said to have a foot impression of Lord Shiva himself and also has a brass Nandi and 3 sculptures of buffalo’s near the pond. The fort walls and the amazing location give an amazing panoramic view of the surroundings.
Sunset Point located in South West of Nakki Lake provides you a scenic view of the setting sun. Hundreds of people swarm this area in the evening amidst a carnival atmosphere. Food stalls, souvenir shops abounds the area. The scenic hills, tranquil surrounding, and the pleasant climate makes it a favorite spot of the tourists. The Honeymoon Point located close by is another attraction of Mount Abu. Sunset Point is a good place to pick up trinkets and knick knacks. Carved marble statues, sandalwood idols, wooden toys and the likes can be seen all over the spot. Food stalls are a regular here.
Watch how the world shrinks and looks like from sunset point.
Post our adventure and sight seeing, we wanted to return to our hotel, as usual we were exhausted and wanted to rest. (Off course post some refreshments) We retreated back to our hotel capturing some evening clicks.
Although we were literally exhausted in the entire trip, but it was worth a while! Not just a trip that I always thought of to take, but an experience that is unforgettable. Mount Abu, being the only hill station in Rajasthan is frequented by tourists all year round. It is a wonderful retreat for the sun scorched inhabitants and tourists from other states. The lush green surroundings, the Rajasthani flavors and the immense amount of natural beauty will definitely leave a mark.
I will remember and cherish this trip my entire life, including the travel in train which I did after 10 years and that too straight in the 2nd class un-reserved compartment. (Cheers to general public)
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