The only hill station in the state of Rajasthan is truly an oasis in the desert with beautiful sights and scenes. The rivers, lakes, waterfalls and evergreen forests are a refreshing change in the state from the warm and dry desert in other parts. Here are 10 must-do things while in the beautiful hill station of Mount Abu.
1. Take a jeep ride from Abu road station
While there are multiple ways of getting from Abu Road which is the nearest railway station. The best way is to board a bus which is operated by the Rajasthan State Transport Corporation (RSTC) which ply at regular intervals. The ride by rickshaws is too over crammed. The jeep ride is beautiful as one gets a splendid view of the valley below as the ghats are climbed.
2. Shop in the local market
The market in Mount Abu has everything that makes a perfect hill station location place to buy. The bazaar is bustling with a lot of activity with sellers selling varied wares. There are crochet tops and table cloths, leather chappals, puppets, shawls, etc.
3. Get your name painted on wood
At a number of the points in Mount Abu, there are people who paint your name on wooden key chains or boards. These are perfect as a souvenir and make for ideal nameplates outside one’s home. The work is really creative and an innovative addition.
4. Watch the sunset
The view of the setting sun is splendid from Mount Abu’s sunset point. The sun going down into the clouds in the valley is a heavenly sight to behold. There is a lot of crowds that gather so it is advised to go early to get a good seat to watch this splendid scene which was also featured in a number of Bollywood films. There are cars pushed by locals also called babu gaadis which take one to the points.
5. Sit by Nakki Lake
The pretty lake is a splendid spot to just sit by and enjoy the view. There is Toad Rock on the hill nearby which overlooks the lake. There is boating available but the price is too high, for those who are interested in the 30-minute ride is a fun activity with a beautiful view of the almighty Aravalli ranges that are all around.
6. Go on the Abu Darshan tour
The most economic and best way to see the hill station of Mount Abu is by taking the RSTC bus which goes around to all the tourist spots in the area. The tour can be booked from the Mount Abu bus stand a day prior. The day-long tour is very informative and well-timed.
7. See the splendid Dilwara temples
The stunning marble temples are a must-visit when in Mount Abu. The sad part is that photography is not allowed and the tour through the temple complex is hurried because of the crowds who come there. The temples are sacred pilgrimage place of the Jains and a work of art which reminds one of the beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra.
8. View the plains from Guru Shikhar
The highest point in Mount Abu is Guru Shikhar and the view from atop is divine. The highest point of the Aravalli Range, this one rises to an elevation of 1,722 metres (5,650 ft). The view is beautiful with the cool air blowing which makes one feel literally on top of the world.
9. Pose for selfies at Honeymoon Point
The second highest point of Mount Abu is Honeymoon Point which is just before Guru Shikar. The place is perfect for family photographs which make excellent display pictures. The scenery below adds to the charm with the mountains in the background and the clouds above.
10. Discover your spiritual side
There are a number of temples besides Dilwara like Shankar Math, Arbuda Devi Temple and the Brahmakumari headquarters which allow one to explore their inner peace. These are religious places which help one to experience calm.
There is street food to eat with Maggi and egg stalls which offer tea as well that go splendidly with the weather of the Rajasthani hill station. Many things can be done here, but be sure to do the ones mentioned above.
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