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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What places can one explore around Mount Abu?

Benazir Khan DEC 10 2012
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While Mount Abu will give you enough destinations to lure you into planning a nice holiday, here are a few more reasons to take a longer break from work this time. The area around Mount Abu, say about 100-200 kms, is full of destinations you would love to explore.

  • Udaipur

About 165 kms from Mount Abu is the city of lakes - Udaipur. Decorated with enormous forts, luxurious palaces and reposeful lakes, it's a city you will fall in love with. Plus, there is so much to do here. You could spend a lazy afternoon either boating or walking along the Fateh Sagar Lake. It is studded with tiny islands that display a zoo, a lovely garden, a restaurant and an observatory – just what the curious traveller inside you seeks. But there is more to Udaipur than just the lakes. There are lovely palaces too! The City Palace for instance, is a lavish creation with intricate inlay and glass work. You could enjoy the entertainment programme in the evening as you wait for the sight of the palace overseeing the lake at night. It will certainly take your breath away!

Yet another breathtaking spot is the Maharana Pratap Memorial. The display of costumes and art will rewind history for you. The lavish Mewar paintings, modern art and fine glass work are some of the other highlights here.

Well, while you are at Udaipur there is also the Vintage and Classic Car Collection, City Palace Museum and Crystal Museum that you could take a look at.

  • Ranakpur

It takes about 2 hours to reach Ranakpur (from Mount Abu) to visit the magnificent Jain Temple. You could either hire a cab, opt for a bike or travel by bus. But there aren't any rickshaws available there for local tours.

The fantastic marble structure stands in full glory and splendour with carved pillars and domes adding to its grandeur. The temple displays 108 beautifully carved snakes. Spot a snakes' head and try tracing it back to its tail. It doesn't get tougher! The temple is adorned with beautiful sculptures and has intricate work on the outside as well. Dedicated to Adinath, the temple has four facets, symbolising Tirthankara's victory over the cosmos. Also visit the Sun Temple in the area.

Timings: 12 noon onwards

  • Kumbhalgarh

About 150-180 kilometres from Mount Abu is the birthplace of the mighty Maharana Pratap where stands the enormous Kumbhalgarh fortress. It has a 36 km long wall and houses 366 temples. No wonder Rana Kumbha took 15 years to build it! The age long fables and myths create a mysterious air around the place. The experience is rather enchanting!

But hold on to your excitement. There is a horse safari awaiting you at the Wildlife Sanctuary close by. And, if you are lucky, you could spot a wolf or sambar on your way.

While you are still in the area do visit the Vedi and Mammadev Temples as well.

Now that you have more than enough reasons to travel, go ahead pack your bags and get going!

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