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Myth, History, and culture have been closely connected with this hill station. 'Abu' literally means the 'son of the Himalayas'. The legend behind this hill station is that a huge yagna (sacrificial invocations) was conducted by Sage Vashishta, who created four Agnikuls Rajput clans (Chauhans, Parmars, Pratihars and Solankis) out of the sacred flames to protect the earth from demons. Mount Abu has an extensive history. Earlier, it was ruled by Chauhan Dynasty. Thereafter, it was leased by the British Government from the Maharaja of Sirohi and used as the Summer Retreat of the agent to the Governor General of Rajputana.
Besides a tourist place, Mount Abu is famous as a pilgrim centre especially for Jains and a place for adventure sports. The hill station has a wide variety of flora and fauna also.
Among the exotic flora found in Mount Abu are herbal medicines, flowering trees, Orchids, species of wild roses, Ferns, Climbers, Shrubs, etc. Sloth bear, Panther, Sambhar, Jungle cat, Wolf, Hyena, Wild boar, Grey jungle fowl, Porcupine and Myriad birds (150 species) etc are some fauna founds in Mount Abu.
It is also famous for Lothian Golf Club, one of the oldest golf clubs in the world.
Mount Abu is an excellent trekking base. Adventure and eco tourism is best known here with multiple treks, nature camps, rock climbing and nature trails. One can explore the Tiger Path, Craig’s Path, Sunset Point, Arna-Chhipaberi, Gaumukh-Bagheri, etc.
Tourist Attraction in Mount Abu
The place is an excellent place for photography. One can see old heritage bungalows, mountains, gardens, various types of vegetations and flowers, small temples etc. For many visitors, a pleasant walk around on the walkways surrounding Nakki Lake is mind-blowing. Boating in Nakki Lake is one of the major attractions here. While exploring the lake on paddle boats, one can admire the beauty of the picturesque surrounding. One can hire boats from the jetty by Gandhi Park. There are rowboats, motor boats and some swan shaped boats for delightful joyrides. Boating usually starts at 9 am goes till late evening. Another attraction in this lake is a Jet fountain, situated in the center of the Lake and coloured water gushes out from it. There are rock formations around the lake, which is an attraction for rock climbing. Toad Rocks (as it looks like a toad), Camel rocks, Nandi rocks are famous among them. There is a big Bharat Mata temple at the edge of this lake installed under covered canopy with four roaring lions in front and a colored fountain. This statue can be visible from every point and corner of Lake.
At this lake, the mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi were immersed and since then the adjoining garden is called as Gandhi Vatika. It is a small garden with beautiful lawns, flower beds and fountains. The 14th century Raghunathji Temple founded by Guru Ramanada is in this garden. Here one can see his foot prints. By the side of the lake there is a path leading to Sunset Point.
Dilwara Jain Temples
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