Located at the heart of Mount Abu, Nakki Lake is the first manmade lake in India. 11,000 meters deep and about a quarter of a mile wide, a trip to Mount Abu is considered incomplete without visiting Nakki Lake. A number of legends surround the origin of the lake, including one that states that Nakki Lake is said to be a sacred lake for the proud Garacia Tribe; but the fact is undeniable that a visit to this place brings you close to the beauty of nature and serenity. As you take a boat ride over the tranquil waters, you can gaze at the mesmerizing hills, the interestingly shaped rocks, and the lush greenery that surrounds the lake
Guru Shikhar is one of the peaks of the Aravalis, which has the honor of not only being the highest point in Mount Abu, but in the entire Aravali Range. Standing at 1722 meters above sea level, Guru Shikhar is a must visit destination in Mount Abu for the amazing panoramic views it offers of Mount Abu and the surrounding Aravalis, and also for spiritual reasons. Right before you reach the peak, you will find a temple dedicated to Dattatreya, who is believed to be the son that was given to the sage Atri and his wife Anasuya by the holy trinity, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.
TOAD ROCK VIEW POINT
Known for being surrounded by a number of strangely shaped rocks, Nakki Lake offers numerous photo ops to visitors. One of the most popular destinations near Nakki Lake however, has to be the Toad Rock View Point. Located on the main trekking trail near the Lake, the Toad Rock has often been referred to as the mascot of Mount Abu. The massive rock structure is an excellent illustration of igneous rocks found in amazing shapes and is shaped, as the name suggests, like a toad.
DILWARA JAIN TEMPLE
The Dilawara Jain Temple in Mount Abu is considered to be one of the most beautiful Jain pilgrimage sites in the entire world. While it looks like a basic temple from the outside, when you enter, you can marvel at the extraordinary architecture and the marvelous stone carvings that grace the temple. The interiors of the temple truly showcase craftsmanship at its best. Built between the 11 th and the 13 th centuries AD, the temples display intricately carved ceilings and pillars that won’t fail to inspire you. Surrounded by lush green hills, the ambiance of serenity and peace at the Dilwara Temples is unparalleled. The temple is divided into 5 sections, namely: 1. Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple: Constructed in 1582, this temple is devoted to Lord Mahaveer, the 24th Tirthankara of Jain's. 2. Shri AdiNath Temple/Vimal Vasahi Temple: Built by Vimal Shah, the Minister of the Solanika ruler of Gujarat in 1031 A.D., this is the oldest temple of all, and is dedicated to Shri Adinath Ji, the first Jain Trithankara. 3. Shri ParshavNath Temple/Khartar Vasahi Temple: Built by the Mandika clan in between 1458-59 A.D., this temple features a tall pinnacle along with four big Mandapas. 4. Shri Rishabdaoji Temple/Peethalhar Temple: Most of the statues here are built using ‘Pittal’ (Brass), and has been built by Bhima Shah, a minister from the Gujarat dynasty. 4. Shri Nemi Nath Ji Temple/Luna Vasahi Temple: Built in 1230 A.D. by two brothers, Tejpal and Vastupal, this temple is dedicated to the 22nd Tirthankara of Jainism - Shri Nemi Nathji. Open every day from 12.00 pm to 5.00 pm, the temple is open to all, and is quite an exquisite sight to behold when in Mount Abu.
MOUNT ABU SANCTUARY
There is hardly any dearth of wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan, and among them is this gem named the Mount Abu Sanctuary. Located across the oldest hill range in the country, the Aravalis, the sanctuary covers a huge area, and is home to a rich variety of wildlife. From the flora, fauna, and the avian species that can be seen here to the breathtaking views and sceneries offered, as well as the eco-tourism opportunities, the sanctuary is definitely a favorite among the many visitors to Mount Abu. The vegetation starts from being sub-tropical thorn forests at the foothill region, and varies up to sub-tropical evergreen forests at higher altitudes.
PEACE PARK MOUNT ABU
Nestled in between two famous Aravali peaks, the Guru Shikhar and Achalgarh, the Peace Park in Mount Abu is a part of the Brahma Kumaris’ establishment. With an ambiance that creates the perfect blend of serenity and tranquillity, the park offers a beautiful backdrop for silence and peaceful recreation. At the Peace Park, one can visit the rock garden that houses a wide variety of Cactaceae, the orchard, citrus corner, and view the numerous floral displays that include coleus, shrubs, hibiscus, creepers and climbers, and an exquisitely beautiful rose garden.
LAL MANDIR MOUNT ABU
Located on Delwara Road, near the Delwara Jain Temple, is this small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple offers a very peaceful ambiance and is considered as one of the most ancient holy places located in Mount Abu. A small and beautiful temple, the Lal Mandir gets its name from the fact that all the walls of the temple have been painted red. The temple is also quite well-known for being a Swayambhu ‘ Shiva Temple, so named because the idol placed inside the temple can be seen wearing a ‘jenau’.
TREVORS TANK MOUNT ABU
Trevor’s tank, a crocodile park, is a manmade crocodile breeding spot which is located at a distance of about 5 kilometres from Mount Abu. The spot offers amazing scenic beauty and a great spot for crocodile, bird, and other wildlife (like the black bear) sightings. The lush green surroundings make it quite a popular picnic spots that is always worth a visit. Trevor’s Tank is a small but pristine ecosystem for crocodiles, and creates a unique blend between manmade creations and the natural environment.