Mount Abu-An Oasis amidst the Desert
The history of Mount Abu is as diverse as the city itself. It was once a part of the Chauhan kingdom of Rajasthan and served as a summer resort for the Rajput kings of the region. After that, it was leased by the British government from the then Maharaja of Sirohi for use as the headquarter of the resident to Rajputana/Rajasthan.
During the British rule in India, it was the favorite summer destination of the British, who came here to escape the dusty, dry heat of the plains particularly Rajasthan. It also served as a sanatorium for the troops. The small huts and cottages here tell stories of those times even today.
"Holy Mount Abu"
Mount Abu was the home of many saints and sages in the old days. Legend has it that all the 330 million gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon used to visit this holy mountain. It is also the place where the great saint Vashishth lived and performed a yagna (sacrificial worship on a fire pit) to create four Agnikula (four clans of fire) to protect the earth from demons. The yagna was supposed to have been performed near a natural spring, which emerged from a rock shaped like a cow's head.
"DILWARA JAIN TEMPLES"
Dilwara Temples, the celebrated and world famous Jain temples, are situated at Dilwara village about 2½ Km's from the beautiful city of Mt. Abu. The temples are carved in marble, the design and accuracy of workmanship is unbelievable. The temple dates back to 11th and 12th century A.D. Dilwara temples are a composite cluster of 5 temples.
It took 1500 artisans and 1200 laborers a time span of 14 years to build this brilliant piece of architecture. The whole shrine covers an area of 140 ft. long and 90 ft. broad. As we enter the temple we get a glimpse of the grandeur of sculptured marble, exquisite carvings of ceilings, domes, pillars and arches of the temple which is beyond anyone's expectations. It has a sanctum, a Gudha Mandap, Navchowki, Rang Mandap and a circumambulatory corridor having 57 cells. In each cell , image of one or the other Jain Tirthankar is installed. In front of every cell, double carved roofs are screened by double arcade of pillars. Cell numbers are marked and the name of the idol installed in it is also written.
The Dilwara Temples are models of design and beauty, reflecting a rich heritage of Jain temple architecture. Elegant relics of the past, these exquisite temple carvings stand as mute testimonials to the rich and elaborate style of architecture of a bygone era. Mount Abu is located approximately 120 miles away from Udaipur in southern Rajasthan. The town is well connected to most cities in Rajasthan and neighboring Gujarat by road and trains. Abu Road, the nearest railway station, is located around 17 miles from Mount Abu and the connects to various cities across India.
Abu Road Station...
JUNAGADH <<<<< ABU ROAD >>>>> MOUNT ABU
25th May (Friday) :
I was just less than an hour in Abu Road !
I had to reach here simply because I could take a bus connection to Mount Abu.
Virtual Tourist anyhow doesn't list a place called Mount Abu.
Too bad 'cos it's one of the most hilly places in India where the locals & the tourists love to go !
Me, I met the Jesus couple there !
In Mount Abu !
I arrived at Abu Road station at about 10 am.
Took the train, originally started in Junagadh, departed the previous night at 9.05 pm.
I was so tired in Junagadh as I had climb 10,000 steps to the top of Girnar Hill !
There's even a layover in Ahmadabd, that was 4 am (on Friday).
Departed again for Abu Road station at 5.45 am !
Nobody travels like I do !
So, it's like almost a 12 hours train journey from Junagadh to Abu Road.
I was still very much tired.
My legs actually.
I am always not a climber.
So, up Girnar Hill was a feat that I would never ever forget.
Anyway, reaching Abu Road station, just a small station.
I quickly dashed out from the station.
Tried to avoid the touts.
I asked a few people on how to catch a bus to Mount Abu.
Most of them said, look for Ambaji temple.
The bus stop should be next to it.
Found the temple, found the bus station.
Asked again, which bus went to Mount Abu.
Waited for about 5 minutes.
The bus came.
Everybody came running to that bus.
Like a moshpit !
Me, dragging my luggage, found my way in.
I should really add here.
That for me to manage to get on the bus was no easy feat !
Some kids were stepped on by me !
Some women had to take off their sarees as for me not to pull them.
Some men were punched hard by me !
I didn't do all these !
But to that effect !
So, I was on the bus.
Got a seat even.
Everybody was just calm, talking, laughing...
I thought, okay.
Until, somebody asked me, "Do you have a ticket ?"
I said what ticket ?
I could buy it on the bus, no ?
I had to get down on the bus, left my luggage behind.
Asked somebody to look after it for a few minutes.
I just wanted to buy the bus ticket.
Went to a counter.
Was told that I could only buy the ticket for the next bus to Mount Abu !
Went to my bus & asked the person to hand down my luggage through the window.
It's not a big luggage anyway.
No system at all !
I thought ticket could be purchased on the bus.
Not the case at this station...
Bought the bus ticket.
15 minutes later, the next bus came.
I got my ticket, so there's nothing could be wrong this time.
I thought after the crowded Jodhpur I need some relaxing days, so up to Mt. Abu, the only one Hill Station in Rajasthan.
Mostly visited by indian tourist during the honey-moon, you can reach this place by train till Abu Road and then by bus for 15 INR. There are two trains arriving from Jodhpour but I think the best choise is the one at 15 o'clock so you'll arrive in Mt. Abu at about 10 o´clock in the evening.
Hotel Lake View. Situated directly by the Nakki-Lake you'll have an excellent view from the roof, like you can see on the picture.
The rooms are ok but allthough off season you can't bargain very much. This guy really don't have a problem getting the rooms full with tourists.
Rooms with view on the lake 200-300 INR.
Met a lot of people who made a good experience with Shre Ganesh. You don't have a view on the lake but the owner and the whole family are very nice. Internet facilties on the roof.
Some funny trollies could bring you from one place to another, but seeing this guys pushig people I prefered to walk, also for the sightseeing.
"Adhar Devi Temple"
After a hard work of 360 stairs I reached this place (at least I hope it was). I wouldn´t say the temple is amazing but the view over the valley.
Think one of the Master Pieces of the Architecture!
This beutiful Jain Temple is 3 km away from Mt. Abu, entry free as at all the Jain temples but be nice and give a donation; photography strictly forbidden, what a pitty ! Found a guy who sells still pictures made 20 years ago for 10 INR.
"Delware Part 2"
Also not far from the city, the best point to see the sunset, but don't think you'll be alone: about 400 other tourists, mostly indians on honeymoon-trip will be with you, and also the business will be there: tschai, food and also the guys with the camera making pictures of you and your sweetheart in funny positions.