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Mount Abu

Place : Sirohi District, Rajasthan
Altitude : 6511 feet above sea level.
Temperature : Max Temperature in Summer: 32°C ; Min Temperature: 27°C
Max Temperature in Winter : 21°C ; Min Temperature: 10°C
Significance : The hill station houses the famous Dilwara Temples
Best Season : In Winter and January to March.
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Luna Vasahi (Shri Nemi Nathji temple) : Dedicated to the 22nd Tirthankara, Shri Nemi Nathji, it is is situated a little above the Vimal Shah Temple. Built in 1230 AD by two brothers, Vastupal and Tejpal, ministers of a local ruler, the temple constructed in memory of their late brother Luna. It's architecture is similar to Vimal Shah Temple. 

The main hall of the temple, Rang mandap, features a central dome from which hangs a big ornamental pendent with elaborate carvings. Inside the temple, there are 72 figures of Tirthankars in sitting posture and just below this are 360 small figures of Jain monks, arranged in circular group. The temple has 39 cells, each of which contains one or more images. The elephant cell or hathishala features 10 beautiful marble elephants, is the centre attraction. Another attraction of this temple is Kirthi Stambha - a big black stone pillar that stands on the left side of the temple.

Pithalhar (Shri Rishabh Devji temple)
Also known as Shri Rishabh Deoji temple, the temple was built by Bhima Shah, a minister of Sultan Begada of Ahmedabad. The temple has a metal statue of the Rishab Dev Adinath. The main metal used in this statue is Pital (brass), so the name was given Pittalhar. The temple consist of a Garbhagriha, Gudh mandap and Navchowki. 

Khartar Vasahi (Shri Parshav Nathji temple)
Dedicated to Lord Parshavnath 23rd Jain Tirthankar lord Parshva, it is the tallest of all the shrines at Dilwara. The temple was built by Mandlik and his family in 1458-59 AD. It is a three storied building, and on all the four faces of the sanctum on the ground floor are four big mandaps. The outer walls of the sanctum comprises of beautiful sculptures comparable to the ones in Khajuraho and Konarak.

Mahaveer Swami Temple
It is a small temple built in 1582 AD. Dedicated to the 24th Jain Tirthankara Lord Mahaveer, it houses pictures on the upper walls of the porch.  

Gaumukh Temple
It is a popular pilgrimage and meditation center in Mount Abu. Located around 5 kilometers from the Hanuman Temple, it can be reached by climbing down over 700 steps. It is said that the temple was built on the spot where saint Vashishth performed the great fire sacrifice. It is also known as Vashistha Ashram. The temple also houses statues of Nandi, saint Vashishth, Lord Ram, and Lord Krishna. The famous holy river Saraswati flows from the mouth of a marble cow, hence the name of temple as Gaumukh Temple. The water is considered as very sacred among Hindus. Since, the place is located amidst in think forest, visiting the place in late evening and rainy season is not recommended without proper information and local guidance. Few metres from here are, the Jamadaghni Ashram, Vyas Ashram and Nagtirth Ashram.

Adhar Devi Temple
It is 3 km from the town. It is a 15th century temple dedicated to the serpent goddess Arbuada. The temple is carved out of a rock and can be approached by a flight of 220 steep steps. One can get the good views over Mt. Abu from up here.

Honeymoon Point
Also known as Andra Point, Honeymoon point give superb views across the lush green valley and plains. Surrounded by thick vegetation, it can be reached by a pleasant walk from the bus stand. On account of its charming and romantic atmosphere, this area is very popular among honeymooners and they  spend their time at Honeymoon Point for sunset view. One can find many artistically curved marble statues at this place.

Sunset Point
Like honeymoon point, this area is also give superb views. Situated approximately 1.5 km southwest of Nakki Lake, it is also popular among honeymooners which offers romantic vista of Sunset. There are also many stalls in this Point which sell foods and the souvenir items. One can see hawkers selling sweets, fired groundnuts, pop corns, chat items etc.  There are horses for hire near to this point.

Bramha Kumaris Spiritual University and Museum
Run by Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization, it is an institution with a difference. Run mostly by women, this is located in the backdrop of picturesque scenic hilly regions and dense greenish forests. Founded in 1936 by a religious leader named Brahma Baba in Hyderabad,  the university is aimed at encouraging and facilitating the qualities of humanism, tolerance and never-ending enthusiasm for spreading the knowledge of truth in every sphere of life. The university also houses a museum which promotes the spiritual life. Opens from 8 am to 8 pm.

Contact Address: 
Brahma Kumaris,
Shantivan Complex, Post box No-1, Abu Road (Raj.)-  307510
Phone: 09251643310

Museum and Art Gallery
Established in 1962, it is located at the Raj Bhavan Rod. The museum exhibits weapons, musical instruments, ornaments, local textiles, paintings, shields, a small canon, carvings on local wood, stone sculptures which date back to 8th to 12 the centuries etc. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 4.30 PM. Closed on Fridays. Entry is free. 

Trevorís Tank
Named after the British engineer who constructed it, Trevorís Tank is 50 m beyond the Dilwara Jain temples. It is a small nature reserve based around Trevor's Tank. It has a watch tower, which can be accessed by a flight of rocky stairs. One can see many species of birds like pigeons, peacocks and partridges also.

It is a village, situated 8 kms from Mount Abu. The village is famous for Achalgarh fort and the temple situated inside the fort. The fort was built in 14th century AD by Rana Kumbha. It was originally built as a watch tower to keep an eye on the enemies and the surrounding places. The fort has some beautiful Jain temples enclosed within. The famous among them are, the 15th century Achaleswar Mahadev Temple and 16th century Kantinath temple.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Achaleshwar Mahadeo temple is believed to have Shiva's foot print. The temple houses a beautiful brass Nandi and also three large stone buffalos pierced with arrows. The Kantinath Jain temple has gold plated images which are worth a see.

Nearby is the pleasant Mandakini Lake, enclosed by rocky hills, with images of a Rajput king and buffaloes.

Guru Shikhar
It is 15 km from Mt Abu. The highest point in Rajasthan situated 1721 meters above the sea level, it is the best place to admire the beauty of Mount Abu. There is a road almost to the top. 

At the top is the Aarti Rishi Temple, complete with a priest and good views all around. Below the temple is a cafe selling soft drinks and snacks. A small Shaivite shrine and the Guru Dattatreya temple are worth a visit. To get to this Vishnu temple one need to climb 300 steps or hire a palanquin. Near to the Guru Dattatreya temple, there was an old bell with inscription of 1468 V.S. (1411 A.D.) which has been replaced by a new one.

The Ahilya Devi temple is located on its north west has been dedicated to Ahilya, the mother of Dattatreya. Mira Temple and Chamundi Temple also located on the mountain.

Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
Situated 8 km from the town, the sanctuary spreads over an area of 288 Situated at north eastern side of Mount Abu, the sanctuary houses more that 250 species of animals includes leopard, chinkara, sloth bear, wild boar, langurs, numerous eye-catching bird setc. Trevor’s Tank and the highest peak Guru Shikhar are forms a part of this Wild life sanctuary.

The sanctuary is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm . Eentry fee: Indians Rs. 10, foreigners Rs. 80. Jeep/ car fee: Rs 65/-.