Nature has many things to offer to mankind. Whatever nature gives to mankind is of very high caliber and has nothing that can equal the same. As humans, whenever we feel let down or in need of solace, nature comes in handy immediately. Nature is at its best mostly in areas where human intervention is at the lowest. Such places look like real heaven and offer us more solace than we really expect. One main aspect of nature that offers such serene solace is the mountain ranges. Mount Abu, the mountains in the beautiful state of Rajasthan is one such mountain that takes us to a different world altogether through its serene atmosphere and noiseless environment.
Let us have a look at 10 interesting facts about Mount Abu:
#10. The Aravalli ranges which surround the Sirohi District in the beautiful state of Rajasthan house Mount Abu. Mount Abu is situated amidst the borders of Rajasthan and Gujarat and is basically a rocky plateau. This rocky plateau formation is 22 kilometers in length and 9 kilometers in width. Guru Shikhar which is the highest peak in Mount Abu is 5650 feet above the sea level which are approximately 1722 meters. Guru Shikhar has many dense forests, lakes, rivers and waterfalls and so is considered as the oasis in the desert.
#9. Mount Abu acts as the main tourist attraction with rich green forest that provides the shade to the otherwise dry hot Rajasthan. The many places of interest include a variety of tourism spots which are a combination of religious places and adventure sports. In order to protect the rich nature spread across the region, Eco tourism is a concept that is becoming more and more popular during the recent days. The summer and winter Festivals celebrated here are highly colorful and attract lakhs and lakhs of tourists every year to the state. The Dharmasalas and hotels found in Mount Abu provide comfortable staying opportunities for the tourists who visit the mountain throughout the year.
#8. Having been the place of stay for the Rajput kings, particularly during the summer season, Mount Abu was under the control of the Chauhan kingdom. Mount Abu is located in such a strategic location that it could win over in many wars of the olden days for this reason. The local warriors who knew the geography of Mount Abu safeguarded themselves from the attack of external kings by climbing the mountain range during the time of the attack.
#7. The many tourist attractions in and around Mount Abu offer mesmerizing unforgettable experiences for the tourists who come from across the world. Some of the tourist attractions that visitors never miss to visit during their trip to Mount Abu are The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, The Achalgarh Fort and the Nakki Lake
#6. Many different origins of people reside in Mount Abu and it has been their abode for many centuries now. Two such sects of people who own the land of Mount Abu are The Gurjars and the Rajputs. The Gurjars are the earliest occupants of Mount Abu and there are volumes of the epicgraphic proof for the same. The ancient inscriptions and the one of the oldest books ‘Thilakamanjari of Dhanpala’ are clear proof for the fact that Mount Abu has been the abode for Gurjars for many centuries. In fact, Gujarat is said to have got its name from the Gurjaras since both Rajasthan and Gujarat were known more as the land of Gurjaras before the Mughal invaded India.
#5. Rajputs too have their origin associated with Mount Abu. It is said that the first man of the Rajput arose from the Agni kunda that was raised by Sage Vashistha who sought the Gods’ blessings for defending the righteousness of the earth
#4. Mount Abu is a lot associated with Hindu mythology and has many historical references attached to the same. Mount Abu was considered as the forest with magical powers and was referred to as forest of Arbhudha with a close association to Sages Vishwamitra and Vashistha.
#3. Mount Abu is closely associated with Hinduism. Mount Abu houses hundreds of temples, small and big in size some among them being The Arbuda Devi Temple, which is also referred to as Adhar Devi Temple, The Dattatreya Temple on the top of the Guru Shikhar peak, Shri Raghunath ji Temple, the Dilwara Jain Temples built between the 11th to 13th centuries with the best quality white marbles, The Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple, Shiva Temple, The Durga Temple and The Ambika Mata Temple among the many other temples.
#2. The headquarter of the spiritual faith community Brahma Kumaris present in Mount Abu attracts approximately 2.5 million followers every year.
#1. Mount Abu is a perfect place to be visited between the middles of April to middle of June which is the summer time when temperature is maximum of 36 degrees Celsius. The temperature ranges between 16 degrees Celsius to 22 degrees Celsius during the winter times, making it a pleasant period to visit the beautiful mountain. Sometimes the temperature even drops to -2 degrees Celsius to -3 degrees Celsius during winters.