Mount Abu: Introduction of Mount Abu, History of Mount Abu, Tourist Attractions in Mount Abu

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Introduction of Mount abu 

Mount Abu is the only hill retreat in Rajasthan which nestles at the height of 3500 feet on the highest peak of the Aravalis. It is the Rajasthan's most popular summer resort. At the heart of the town is Nakki Lake that according to legend, was gouged out by a divine finger nail. Around it's still expense are the hills, somewhat dry in summer and lush green in the rains. In summers the maximum temperature is about 33.8 degree Celsius and in winters it remains at zero degree Celsius. Sometimes it even drops below freezing point. So the best time to visit Mount Abu is from September to December.

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History of Mount Abu 

The history of Mount Abu is as diverse as the city itself. Earlier Mount Abu was 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 Maharaja of Sirohi to use it as the headquarters. 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. It also served as a sanatorium for the troops.

In the olden days Mount Abu was the home of various saints and sages. According to legends, all the gods and goddesses of the Hindu Mythology used to visit this holy mountain. It is also the place where the great saint Vashishth lived and performed a yagna for the purification of the ancient fighting caste, the Kshatriyas. From this mystical fire rose the mighty Rajputs who later dominated the history of Rajasthan.

The origin of Mount Abu goes back several centuries. Once Nandini, the cow belonging to the venerable sage Vashishtha, was trapped in a deep gorge and could not get herself free. When all efforts failed, the sage appealed to Lord Shiva for assistance. The Lord Shiva sent Saraswati, the divine stream, to help flood the gorge so that the cow could float up. Once his cow was free, Vashishtha approached the great Himalaya and asked him to fill the gorge permanently to avoid further mishaps. The youngest son of Himalaya, with the assistance of Arbud, the mighty snake filled the gorge. The place came to be called Mount Arbud and was later reduced to its present name - Mount Abu.

Tourist Attraction in Mount Abu 

Mount Abu is a hill station with various delightful spots. The Nakki lake is picturesquely lake set amidst hills and is believed to have been carved out by the gods with their nails. It is a popular spot for boating and the only artificial lake in India which is about 1200 meters above sea level. The surrounding hills have several areas of interest like the spectacular Sunset Point, Toad’s Rock, and the beautifully sculpted hill temple of Gaumukh and famous Dilwara Jain Temples. The Dilwara temples are a unique and outstanding example of Jain temple architecture. These temples were built between 11th and 13th century AD and are famous for their exquisite carvings in the marble.

How to reach Mount Abu

By Air:
Udaipur is the nearest airport.

By Rail:
A good network of trains connect Mount Abu with various cities of Rajasthan and India.

By Road:
Mount Abu is connected by road to various cities in Rajasthan and as well as to various other cities of India.


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