THE NAKKI LAKE
The love-lake of the virgin & Sage Balam Rasia. It is believed that the Gods formed the lake by digging it with their finger nails nakki hence the name Nakki Lake. It is a popular spot for Boating. On the way to the market from sunset point is the Nakki Lake. This artificial lake at the heart of the city and surrounded by hills has a few islets emerging from water. The lake is focul point of tourists. Tourists can enjoy boating here.
The mascot of Mount Abu, that is how lovingly the Toad Rock could be pithily portrayed! Perched over a hill, directly overlooking the love lake Nakki, it is one of the most frequented point in the itinerary of all visitors, more so of those from overseas. Apart from being an exciting climb for the mountaineers, it is an appetizing site for those who seek to picnic with a difference. It is a toad shaped rock stands over hanging in the south of the Nakki Lake. Nun Rock, near the tennis court of Rajputana Club is another attractive rock seems like a valid nun. The adjoining park is called Gandhi Park, other parks are Ashok Vatika, Municipal Park, Shaitan Singh Park and Terrace Garden.
Sunset Point located in South West of Nakki Lake provides you a scenic view of the setting sun. Hundreds of people swarm this area in the evening amidst a carnival atmosphere. Food stalls, souvenir shops abounds the area. The scenic hills, tranquil surrounding, and the pleasant climate makes it a favorite spot of the tourists. The Honeymoon Point located close by is another attraction of Mount Abu. Sunset Point is a good place to pick up trinkets and knick knacks. Carved marble statues, sandalwood idols, wooden toys and the likes can be seen all over the spot. Food stalls are a regular here.
These are the prime attraction on Mount Abu and are situated at a distance of about 4 km. The temples here built between the 11TH & 13TH centuries are farmous for their rich intricate carvings in white marble. Dilwara Comprises of the 5 temples of Adinath/Neminath/Mahavira/Rishavdev and Parshwnath. Marvels in white marble known for their rich intricate carvings. The three – dimensional art is at its best. One may not be able to believe even that these are the work of human hands. this is the wonder of the world.
A ruined fort about 10 km from Mount Abu was built in later 9th centuary. Along the way are number of ruined temples. AchalGarh is found at the top of a steep winding path, whereby the 15th century fortresses and the temples are enclosed within the fortified walls. These fortified walls provide scenic lookouts onto the countryside. A 10 minute climb from AchalGarh brings you to the beautiful and historic Jain Temples. These temples are a must visit for more great views and the beautiful sculpture.
Gaumukh Bhavani Temple
Situated on the Arasur hill near Mount Abu, Ambaji is one of the most Important places of pilgrimage in Gujarat because of the famous temple of goddess Ambaji, also known as Amba Bhavani or Arasuri. It is the principal shrine of the goddess in Gujarat its actual origins are still unknown. The fact that this temple does not have an idol is indicative of it antiquity, since the worship of images of deities became popular much later.
Guru Shikhar, a peak at an altitude of 5,676 feet (1722 meters), is the highest point in Rajasthan. It is located at a distance of 15 km from Mount Abu. It has a commanding view of Abu and its surroundings. This peak is the home to the temple of Dattatreya, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the peak is called Guru Shikhar after him as Guru Dattatreya had dignified this place and his footprints are sanctified here in a rock in a cave. Foot prints of swami Ramanath are also here who enshrined the statue in Raghnathji temple in Abu. Close to the shrine is a temple of Guru Dattatreya’s mother which is too worth- seeing.