India has always carried thousands of years of rich cultural and natural heritage, 86 national parks, 448 wildlife reserves, more than 2.4 million temples, mosques and churches, majestic forts and palaces, the Great Himalayas, vast coastline and many attractions including, one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal. Step into a world of splendid colors, wide-open spaces and exotic cultural treasures. We want to invite you to a dream vacation in India.
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Mount Abu was once the summer resort of the Rajput royal families and later the British. It still bears the remnants of the royal patronage as is evidenced by the numerous recreation bungalows of the British and the hunting palaces of the Rajputs.The lush green trees and the colorful birds and animals make Abu one of the most beautiful hill stations in India and the only one in Rajasthan. Abu is at an altitude of 1220 meters, and is the highest point on the Aravalli range.
The most famous of these temples is the Dilwara Temple, built between the 11th and 13th centuries. The Dilwara temples have a rugged exterior with richly ornamented marble interiors. The marble images of the 24 Jain Tirthankaras, or teachers, lie inside richly engraved marble canopies.
Another famous temple is the Gaumukh Temple, dedicated to sage Vasishtha, has been named after a carved image of a cow. The carved marble form of Nandi, Vasishtha's wish fulfilling cow, is situated close to the Gaumukh Temple.
Among the natural attractions in Mount Abu, Gurushikhar Peak is fascinating. Rising 1800 meters above sea level, it is the highest point in Mount Abu. It offers a panoramic view of the place with the ubiquitous Mount Abu.
Mount Abu has the highest artificial lake in India, the picturesque Nakki Lake. The beautiful hills surrounding it make it a popular picnic spot offering boating facilities.
Toad Rock, a gigantic formation shaped like a toad, which towers over the shores of Nakki Lake is quite amusing. If you are interested in the flora and fauna of Mount Abu, you should visit the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary which houses animals like langurs, sambar deer, chital deer and wild boar. The moderate climate is also conducive to the growth of some 500 species of plants.