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Achalgarh Fort and Temple

Achalgarh is a fort located northeast of Mount Abu, in Rajasthan, India. The fort was originally built by the Paramara dynasty and was renovated and named Achalgarh by Maharana Kumbha in 1452 CE. Currently, the fort is in a dilapidated condition. There are two major entrance gates to the fort, namely Hanumanpol and Champapol. Inside the fort, there are several historical and religious structures that have deep historical significance, including two ancient temples – one dedicated to Shiva and other to Vishnu, as well as a small shrine dedicated to Dattatreya.

Furthermore, ruins of palaces can be found at various sites around the fort which still retain glimpses of its rich past heritage. The Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple is situated just outside the fort, featuring an impressive brass Nandi as well as a place of worship to the toe of Shiva. Nearby an intriguing sight awaits; three stone buffaloes stand around a calming pond. Also located within the walls of the Fort are Jain temples said to have been constructed in 1513, creating a long-standing architectural influence that continues to be admired and appreciated today.

Bheru Tarak Dham

The Bheru Tarak Dham, located in the Nandgiri valley, is fascinating due to its representation of ancient Indian literature. This valley is home to many Ashramas of rishi munis and was the main source of supply for Mount Abu and various Rajputana states. It featured prominently when Colonel Tod, a British army officer and the first European to ever visit Mount Abu, made his momentous journey in 1823. Moreover, Anadara was another important municipality connected to this trail which housed circuit houses from all of Rajputana’s states. Established in 1868, it remains an integral part of this historic track even today.

The temple dedicated to Sahastra Fana of Parshavnath has a captivating structure, built of white marble and situated on an expansive and lush campus. Not only does the temple provide spiritual guidance, it also offers great convenience and comfort to its visitors by way of Dharmshala, BhojanShala, and all necessary pilgrim services. In addition to these impressive amenities, a bus operated from the temple transports visitors to Nakoda Tirth in Barmer district. All together, these outstanding features have made this temple one of the most sought after sacred sites in the region.


A city steeped in rich history and culture, Chandela was once the capital of Parmars in the 10th and 11th century. King Sindhuraj reigned over the Arbudmandal from Abu, controlling its entirety from this great hub of business, trade, and of course grandeur artistry. Traditions began centuries ago still thrive here today, giving a unique character to its tranquil atmosphere. 6 km away from Abu Road on Abu – Ahmedabad Highway lies what remains of this ancient city, yet it remains full of life and vigor. Every day sees its inhabitants working hard to restore the former glory ofparamar dynasty. Without question, the stories – whether they be ancient tales or contemporary myths – make Chandela a destination that anyone who loves adventure should visit at least once in their lifetime.

Chandravati was a great example in architecture, as described by Colonel Tod in his book ‘Travel in Western India’. Unfortunately, there is limited proof of its past glory, save for some pictures mentioned in the book. This is most likely due to the British Government laying down railways tracks; to fill the gaps and holes for the track, a huge amount of marble from the town was used without any caution for its artistic value. After the track was completed and railway service began, a large number of marble contractors from cities like Ahmedabad, Baroda and Surat took away much of what remained of it to use for building stunning temples.

Pavapuri Temple

The Pavapuri Tirtha Dham temple is a wonder of modern construction, built by the K.P.Sanghavi Charitable Trust of Sanghavi Poonam Chand Dhanaji Bafana’s family. The beautiful tirth dham is composed of two blocks: Sumati Jeevandaya Dhaam (also known as Gou-Shala) and Pavapuri Dhaam. The latter consists of the temple, a dining hall for devotees, lodging facilities, a garden, a lake and more – all sitting on a sprawling grounds measuring 150 bhiga! Inside the temple lies a majestic idol of Shree Shankheshwar Parshvanath – the 23rd Lord of Jaina’s – standing 69 inches tall. The development process has now been completed and visitors can visit and marvel at features such as the main pavilion and its ornamental Toran Gate which encapsulate the beauty of this wonderful place. Lovers of nature can appreciate the lush gardens that give an extra vibrancy to this already marvellous temple.

The trust provides an exemplary sanctuary for the cows at their Gaushala site. An impressive main idol, decorated with Asht Pratihariya and Panch Tirthi, sits atop a pedestal carved with elephants, Yakshas, and Goddesses. For a safe and hygienic environment for the more than 4500 cows being housed there, the trust offers three 45 RCC shelter houses and 54 tin shade cow shelters. To ensure these animals are taken care of properly, they have recruited a medical team and shepherds to oversee their well-being. In addition to providing food and necessary provisions for each cow, they also provide rich fodder so that their nutrition needs are met. With all these facilities in place, it is no wonder why this trust has been successful in providing comfort and security to so many deserving animals in need.

Sarneshwar Ji Temple

Sarneshwar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiv and situated on the western slope of Siranwa Hill, is an impressive example of Parmar Dynasty construction and is currently managed by Sirohi Devasthanam. It is known that a major renovation took place in the 16th century, when Queen Apurva Devi of Maharao Lakha had a Hanuman Idol established outside of the main gate. Later, in 1685 V.S., Maharaja Akheyraj gave the temple further decorations. Also within its complex lie impressive idols of Lord Vishnu and a plate with 108 Shiv Lingas. These features highlight the religious significance and beauty of Sarneshwar Temple, which is said to be Kuldev of Deora Clan of Chauhans from Sirohi district.

The temple fort is a majestic sight. Maintaining its regal presence, the two courtyards connected to the main temple are set with Burj and Chaukis encompassing it and three large elephants made of lime and bricks in gorgeous colors at its main gate. A mandakini Kund lies just outside the primary entrance, where many come to take a sacred bath on the holy days of Kartik Purnima, Chaitra Purnima and Vaisakh Purnima. Once a year in Bhadrapadh month (Vikram Samvat), Devuthni Ekadashi is celebrated by ardent devotees with vigor – followed by a fair held especially for rabbaries with strict entrance rules for all others. All these observing features give insight into the importance of this historic temple fort in our culture.

The Sarneshwar Temple also carries a powerful aura of honor and respect to the royal family. The cenotaphs of the previous rulers located within the beautiful settings of this temple offer an incredible view. These cenotaphs built in ancient times are still kept with utmost upkeep, depicting their grandeur. It is believed that those who visit these cenotaphs will be blessed with peace of mind, prosperity and good luck. The royal feeling and glory indulged in the premises makes it more captivating than many other temples.

Nakki Lake

Nakki Lake, renowned as the first man-made lake in India and located on Mount Abu is a must-visit spot. Take an unforgettable boat ride on the lake and be enthralled by the picturesque view of hills surrounding it. The tranquil atmosphere of Nakki Lake is further accentuated by the nearby Toad Rock which is another site for sightseeing. Moreover, the lake will tug at your heartstrings with its historical significance having been designated as the place where Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed. Make sure you make a stop at this iconic lake to experience India’s remarkable historical and cultural heritage.

Guru Shikhar

Guru Shikhar is a breathtaking sight to behold if you’re visiting Mount Abu. It is known as the highest point of the mountain range and offers some of the most picturesque scenes you have ever seen in your life. The trek leading up to it also adds an adventurous touch, being composed of 300 steps. At the summit awaits the temple of Guru Dattatreya, an incarnation of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. People make pilgrimage to this temple but even those who don’t come for spiritual reasons are constantly awed by the beauty of their surroundings, making Guru Shikhar a must-visit destination for anyone looking to explore Mount Abu.

Toad Rock View Point

The Toad Rock View Point, located near the Nakki Lake in Mount Abu, is one of the most frequented places due to its characteristic and bizarrely shaped rock. Referred to as a mascot for the hill station, this massive structure is an illustration of igneous rocks. With a shape that resembles that of a toad; it attracts many visitors who are curious about its unique feature. The surreal view from on top of this rock overlooks the Nakki Lake and its surroundings with lush green meadows and valleys. The climb up the rock is relatively easy making it all the more popular with visitors looking to take in the magnificence of nature. It is indeed one of the prime photo-ops spots as visitors try to capture this majestic setting within one photograph!

Perched atop a desert mountain, away from the hustle and bustle of town, peering out across the multi-colored landscape gives you a feeling that you are on another planet. That is the sensation that visitors to rocks like Uluru and Ayers Rock in Australia experience. Not only is the jagged rock formation aesthetically pleasing but discovering its spiritual significance and understanding its cultural history makes it even more special. Whether one is climbing to the top or standing at its base, it is hard to not be moved by its power and beauty. Indeed, checking out such an amazing rock formation certainly rivals traditional tourist attractions – an area so unique no one ever wants to leave!

Dilwara Jain Temple

The Dilwara Jain temples are a testament to architecture’s long-standing admiration of beauty and craftsmanship. Built between the 11th and 13th centuries, these five whit marble temples are located in the vicinity of Mount Abu and have captivated both locals and tourists alike with their intricate designs on doorways, ceilings with exquisitely detailed carvings. While all the temples at Dilwara hold their own charm, it is advisable to visit the whole complex for a complete cultural experience. Thus, Dilwara Jain temples are not just a must-visit place in Mount Abu but also an unforgettable experience that should be enjoyed by everyone visiting India.

Mount Abu Sanctuary

The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is the perfect place for nature enthusiasts who love to observe rare species and exotic wild animals in their natural habitat. Spanning a whopping 288 square kilometres of subtropical forest, this sanctuary is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including the Indian fox, pangolin, grey jungle fowl and striped hyena. Keeping watch over this wonderful array of creatures is the Indian leopard, which remains at the apex as the top predator in this region. To experience all of these wonders first-hand and come face-to-face with India’s majestic wildlife and environment, pay a visit to the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary.

Peace Park Mount Abu

The Peace Park in Mount Abu, located on the foothills of the iconic Guru Shikhar and Achalgarh in the Aravali range, offers visitors a unique opportunity to escape to a tranquil environment. It is a part of the Brahma Kumaris’ establishment, creating an ideal atmosphere for peaceful contemplation. The park is known for its variety of botanical displays, including a rock garden with Cactaceae and citrus corners, as well as colorful coleus, shrubs, hibiscus and stunningly beautiful rose gardens. Additionally, visitors can find areas within the park designed for silent meditation such as stone caves and huts. Whether seeking a moment of respite or something more spiritual, the Peace Park offers something to satisfy all needs.

Taking a guided tour of the Brahma Kumaris park is a unique way to learn about the various meditation concepts. It is an intriguing experience, as you are surrounded by nature and enjoy the peace of such a tranquil environment. The short video film also gives one an idea of what can be achieved through meditation, making this a perfect place for those looking for some spiritual solace in the lap of nature. Visiting here is guaranteed to be an enriching experience, where you truly come in tune with yourself and embrace the inner peace that comes from within.

Lal Mandir Mount Abu

The Lal Mandir, located on Delwara Road near the Delwara Jain Temple, is a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and popular among tourists for its peaceful ambiance. It has been painting red, adding vibrancy to its beautiful structure. The temple is considered one of the oldest and most holy places in Mount Abu and should be visited by every visitor who comes here. It is also known for being a Swayambhu ‘Shiva Temple’, as the Shiva idol inside the temple wears a ‘jenau’. A visit to this ancient religious temple is an integral part of a trip to Mount Abu, providing spiritual enrichment and tranquillity to the visitors.

Trevors Tank Mount Abu

Trevor’s Tank, a crocodile park located about 5 kilometres from Mount Abu, is quite the spectacular sight. This breeding spot for crocodiles is surrounded by lush green landscapes, making it a very popular spot for picnics and wildlife sightings. Birdwatchers and zoologists alike can find themselves in awe of the diverse wildlife this unique ecosystem offers – from crocodiles to black bears, its inhabitants will definitely leave you wanting more. The location at the hill station also makes Trevor’s Tank an ideal spot to visit anytime during the year. However, if you plan on visiting during monsoon season, we recommend you keep an eye out for weather updates – though due to mild temperatures all around the year, your explorations should not be interrupted too much.

Trevor’s Tank stands as a prime tourist destination to see bird and wildlife in the beautiful surroundings of Mount Abu, India. It is also a great spot for nature photographers and shutterbugs. The Tank lies beyond the scenic Nakki Lake and is surrounded by lush hills and rock formations, making it an ideal place from where one can contemplate the beauty of nature. There are several telescopes available for tourists, allowing them to spend their time getting up close with the wild life such as giant Asian openbill storks, egrets, pond herons, black kites and much more. Visitors to Trevor’s Tank are sure to be enthralled by the combination of stunning views and delightful wildlife experience!

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