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Things To Do In Mount Abu | Sightseeing Including Everything In Mount Abu

nakki lake
A view of Nakki Lake
Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan. This is one of the coldest places of Rajasthan. Here temperature is relatively very less than other parts of this state. It's a good place to spend holidays or a trip with friends. The magnificent landscapes, hills, temples and a beautiful lake attracts tourists to this hill station.

It comes in the southern region of Rajasthan. This is a town which is about 30 km far from Abu road which is the nearest station to this place. Udaipur is the nearest station to Abu road. This town is highly influenced by Gujarati culture as its located near to Gujarat. along with Rajasthani tourists, it also attracts tourists from Gujarat and other nearby places.

mount abu city view
Mount Abu city view
There are many places and things to do in this town. To visit places you can pick up a bus or taxi, or hire a cab. Although bikes for rent are easily available to explore the town. The most popular places to visit in Mount Abu are
  1. Nakki Lake
  2. GuruShikhar Peak Point
  3. Sunset point
  4. Lovers Point
  5. Delvada Jain Temple
  6. Adhar Devi Temple(Arbuda Devi)
  7. Toad Rock
  8. Hanuman Temple
  9. Om Shanti Bhavan
  10. Shankar Math Shivling Temple
  11. AchalGarh 
As its a hill station, most markets and tourist places are crowded by couples. Especially in evening time markets have a rush as its the time when tourists hang around. Some antiques like keychains and some other usual products are available in the market. Woolen clothes and some other accessories like woolen hat, cap and Scarfs are useful and can be bought from local vendors.


1. Nakki Lake : 


Nakki lake is a natural lake which is close to town. This is one of the most beautiful lakes of Rajasthan. Its water is green which makes it alluring. This lake is considered a holy lake in the Hindu religion. This is a saying that this lake was made as god dug by nail and some say it was dug out by a demon. There is a temple at the shore of this lake which is Bharat Mata temple.

There is a garden which is pleasing to spend some time. Boating facility is also available here which may be good for those who don't want to sit in the garden. Some fountains in the middle of this lake seem good. This is the first place where a tourist come as its close to the city and a good place too. There are some restaurants and hotels near this lake where Rajasthani food, as well as Gujarati dishes, can be good options.  


2. Gurushikhar Peak Point : 



This is the peak point of Mount Abu. It is the highest peak of Rajasthan which is about 1722 meter from ground level, that's why this is "GuruShikhar" which means The highest(guru) of all peaks. The view from the top is amazing. After heading up a lot of steps you reach a temple which is Gurushikhar temple.


There are too many stairs and is tiring to reach this point, But after it, the views from this peak pull out all the tiredness. There some shops on sideways of stairs and near temple. One temple is in a cave and another one is at the top of this peak.
personal tip- As its a peak so it will be better to keep the cell phone in the pocket and focus on stairs. Safety is needful visiting such places.

3. Sunset Point :

This is another beautiful place in Mount Abu which is worth visiting. This is near to the town and is close to the nakki lake. There is a wildlife zoo along with this point. The best time to visit this is evening obviously to have sight of the sunset. 
The view of the sun with the orange sky is pleasing and breathtaking. Landscapes all around this sunset make it much more alluring. This view is only visible for half an hour in the evening.

4. Lovers Point : 




Lovers point is a location on a hill which comes on the way to Gurushikhar peak. It gives mindblowing views of landscapes and a lake. Sceneries with lake make it much interesting and is literally a point of attraction for tourists and mostly couples. The pattern of mountains is a bit unique in itself. Its a perfect location for taking some stunning pictures and selfy.


 It is named so as some lovers and couples can be seen here in this place. Horses are available here if you want to take a picture sitting on a horse. They also have some colorful costumes to take pictures.

5. Delvada Jain Temple : 

This is a well known holy temple of Jain religion. Its most popular place among Jainism. It was made by some rulers and those who were attracted by this religion. Some of them were Rulers and others were those who had faith in Jainism. When it comes to its design and architecture, its one of the best places in terms of its design and structure. This is made of White marble(Sangmarmar). The stone is cut in a very accurate and fine way that it looks excellent.

There are some eye-catching designs on the ceiling which is made with white marble. The guide gives details of all these designs. A statue of Mahavir is another attraction of this temple which is made of gold(actually gold polish). This one is very costly in terms of money and No doubt its value more than its price, It's priceless. It's free to visit this temple and priests of this temple work as a guide which is free of cost. Devotees can donate money for charity and temple fund.

(No Pictures are allowed inside or outside the temple)

6. Adhar Devi Temple(Arbuda Devi) : 




This is another temple in the town, which is located on a hill. It takes about 20-25 minutes to reach the temple by stairs. After reaching on the top of this temple, there is some stunning view of nature and mountains. While going up the stairs, along with those views, there are some monkeys on the way, so it's better to keep safe. It's great to feed them some fruits or eatables.



 After reaching on top, There is a cave to go inside the temple. This is a very narrow cave so you have to Keep your head down to reach over to end. As its a narrow cave so it takes some time to be in a queue and keeping your head safe up to having sight of the goddess.

7. Toad Rock : 


This is a Structure of rock in the shape of Toad(frog). After heading up by stairs which take about 15 minutes, it comes a rock which is stunning. Views of the city are nice from this place. This is just close to Nakki lake. Variety of rocks is one of the best things of Mount Abu.
Personal tip - On the way to reach on this rock, you have to climb up-stairs through some wild area which may have bears, so it's better to know about a place by a local guide or someone who knows about this area.

8. Hanuman temple : 

This is a temple of Lord Hanuman which is also located on a hill which is about 6000 feet above ground level. Horse ride is also available to reach the temple as it may be tiring to reach through stairs.

9. Om Shanti Bhavan : 

This is a Peace hall of Brahmekumari which is a spiritual university for meditation and peace. Its branches are located worldwide. It provides courses like yoga, meditation and organizes seminars for stress-free living. It also works as an NGO. Its headquarter is located here in Mount Abu. It gives the opportunity to women, as most of the top positions are given to women to represent equality and respect to women.

10. Shankar Math Shivling Temple : 


This is a temple of lord shiv with shivling, which is known as Shankar math. The surrounding atmosphere has plants and flowers which gives it a natural view. It is located near to the city. No photography is allowed inside the temple, so better to follow rules. 


11. Achalgarh Fort and Temple : 


On a hill, there is a fort which is known as Achalgarh fort. Fort was constructed by Parmar rulers.  It was being renovated and named Achalgarh by Maharana Kumbha. This is a hill fort along with a pond inside. There is a temple outside of the fort, called Achaleshwar Mahadev temple, where the toe of Lord Shiva is worshipped by devotees.

To know more about this place, visit- Trip to mount abu 

Hotels are a bit expensive here as its a hillside. Booking can be done online or offline both. But booking online is not good for this place as hotels are much expensive online than offline. Even some booking agents come to you and take you to the hotel so its so easy to find a hotel. 

Visiting Smriti Van Bhilwara

Smriti van is a garden in Bhilwara city of Rajasthan. This is around 5 km. far from the city. It's a large garden which is a good place for nature lovers. It's good for morning and evening walk for localities.

smriti van gate
Entry gate of the garden

As its far from the city, that's why it's a peaceful and calm place which is not so far from the city. Its one round is more than 1.5 km. , which is really tiring to complete a round of garden.
timings- its open from 5 am to 9 am in morning and
               5.30 pm to 6.30 pm in the evening.

smriti van garden view
An evening view of the garden

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There are many flowers and trees which gives a natural feel and a silence make it much better. Its near to harni Mahadev temple and a temple on a hill called Chamunda Mata temple. Its a nice place for picnic spot among locals. Kids and fitness enthusiasts come here for walking, running, and exercises. There is a playground near to this garden where kids and sportspersons play badminton and other games.

flowers in smriti van
Flowers at garden

A lake is in between this garden which has many ducks and some other birds. These ducks magnify the beauty of this garden, as there is no other garden like this in the city. Chirpings of birds and ducks give good vibes.

smriti van garden lake
Ducks at a lake in the garden
The track is really good as it's not made of tiles or stones, it's natural soil track which doesn't affect your knees. Running in such track is ideal. In the morning time, juice of some vegetables and fruits is available which may give you energy.

track in garden
Tracks in the garden

Blossom of flowers and moving leaves of trees are most attractive things. This is one of the best places to visit in Bhilwara.
also, see - Places to visit in Bhilwara

views at garden in bhilwara
A view at garden

Pushkar Fair And Festival

Pushkar is known as a holy place for those who have faith in God. Pushkar is a town in Ajmer district of Rajasthan which is about 15 kilometers from Ajmer city. Its popular for Brahma temple and holy lake. This lake is known as Pushkar Sarovar.

goniks pushkar lake view
Flames of faith in pushkar lake

People from various parts of India come here to pray god Brahma and also for the holy bath in months of 'Kartik' especially. This is a crater lake which is a Natural lake. There are many Ghats all around this lake. There are around 52 Ghats from them Gau ghat, and Brahma ghat are popular. Peoples come and ask Brahmin pandit's to pray for them to Lord Brahma. Kartik month is considered to be ideal for ladies and girls to pray to god and visit this lake.

pushkar lake view
Aerial view of pushkar lake

There are temples at these ghats and separate gates. The sound of bells in temples enchants the atmosphere all around this lake. This place is among one of the most popular spiritual travelers in Rajasthan. No photography is allowed at any of the ghats.

sunset at savitri temple
Sunset at pushkar

After this, it comes Brahma temple which is close to this lake. This temple is the most popular temple of Lord Brahma. The crowd at this temple is at peak mostly, but in months of Kartik(November-December)  crowd is more than I expected.

This town is highly commercialized because most of the foreign and Indian tourists come here. You can find rooms, bike and locals also sell herbal products like Gulkand(made of rose petals), green tea and many other antiques which are really attractive and not costly. Products are of good quality.
If you like to buy some clothes from the local market then it may be a nice place as many colorful clothes like printed t-shirts and pants are available at extremely low prices. If you can bargain then it may reduce your cost. Some shopkeepers don't allow bargaining.

market in pushkar
Local Market

Make Sure to
- take care of pickpocketers, and hiring fake guides offering tour packages without cross-checking. Some shopkeepers may ask extremely high prices, then move to next shop accordingly.
Also, see- Pushkar fair

Attractions in Pushkar:

  1. Puskar Lake
  2. Brahma Temple
  3. Pushkar Fair
  4. Camel Safari
  5. Savitri Temple
  6. Local Market
  7. Kids Zone(amusement)
Pushkar fair is literally a cattle fair which includes mostly Camels, horses and some other too. This fair is organized in the month of November-December. It was from 15-23rd of November in 2018. Animals can be bought by anyone in this fair. This fair is organized in sand-dunes of Pushkar which is near to the lake. This fair is organized by locals and sellers.

lassi in pushkar market
Lassi made of curd
No tickets are required for anything including the lake or any temples. 
Another blog - Savitri temple Pushkar


amusement for kids in pushkar
Amusement for kids
In this fair kids amusement is also available, but safety is a must. Stalls of food and beverages are available which gives some energy. Camel rides and buggy rides are good experiences for those who want some more than those markets and lake. It may cost about 300-400 for a ride which takes about an hour. campfire stays are also good options to experience the desert area in the night which includes all meals and sightseeing including camel safari but it costs a bit high, i.e. around 2500 rs for a day.

camel in pushkar fair
Camel in pushkar fair
Savitri temple is another place in this town which is at a height of about 800 feet from the ground. there are many steps if you choose to go on foot, but a ropeway ride is also available by paying 110 rupees and waiting for an hour everytime(up-down). We chose to go by stairs which is much better than any ropeway I think. It takes about 20-25 minutes to go to this temple at the peak.

savitri temple view
A view from savitri temple
This town is beautiful and very nice to visit. The peoples, places, food, and temples are must visit for those who want to get some peace and calm. Will definitely go by ropeway next time.
Other related blogs - Camel ride in Pushkar
                                     Brahma temple 

Mandore temples and Garden

Mandore is a town which comes in jodhpur district of Rajasthan. This town was a ruling place of Jodhpur and its nearby places which is called "marwar region" of Rajasthan.


Jodhpur is a city of historical places and there are many things to do in the city like visiting crowded markets and trying some street foods which have typical marwari spicy taste.There are many memorials of royal families and temples in this town.

It is around 8-10 kms away from the city which is well connected with local transportation. I decided to reach here by a city bus. The bus was not in good condition as usual. There is no entry ticket to visit this place. It has a garden and some memorials of royal rulers and their families. Its is a large garden.


Near to entry gate there were some musicians who were playing musical instruments which is called "RawanHattha". When i asked the player about this instrument then he told me that its made of a coconut shell. Strings are fixed to this shell (i think three strings).
Cleanliness at this place is very good and visitors take care of this by using garbage bins.

Attractions : 


  • Memorials of rulers
  • Garden
  • Temple outside garden
  • Lotus ponds

Its a really hot place as it was summer when i visited. It will be great if visit this city in winter if possible. This is definitely a nice place for selfie lovers too.


Lotus ponds are very cheerful to see and spend some time here in the garden. Though there is also a garden for kids near these temples. This garden has amusement park for kids which maybe attractive and entertaining if going there with kids.

Design and architecture inside these memorials is attractive and magnificent. It seems like they worked really hard to make such beautiful designs. The most surprising thing here is that there are not just one or two memorials , their are many with some unique and ravishing designs.



After visiting this garden and those memorials, there is another temple which is "Bheru ji temple" and also a amusement park for kids which i also had visited (i am not a kid by the way). Both are B-rolls of this place if you have enough time. It took around 3 hours to see all the things here in mandore as possible.


Food in Jodhpur - Jodhpuri Food


This is afterall a good place to visit to know about history and enjoy some time in this garden. I you are intrested to know more about this city , simply checkout other blog posts below.
Places to visit in Jodhpur - Best Places in Jodhpur
Know more about city -  Colors of Jodhpur

14 Best Places To Visit In Bhilwara

Bhilwara is a nice city to visit. This is also known as Textile city. It comes in southern area of Rajasthan.

a view of bhilwara city
Bhilwara City View


There are some places to visit in this city. It has rich history and heritage. some places are near to city and others are a bit far to the city. We will discuss about all the places to visit in this city.

  • Harni Mahadev Temple


This is the best place as it is near to the city. Its around 3-4 km. from city center which is not far.
There are two temples, one is on a hill and another on its back side.

harni mahadev temple
Temple at hill
On hill, there is a "Chamunda Mata" temple. From this place, You can feel city from the top if visiting this place. Buildings and house's can be seen from this place. This maybe relaxing to spend an evening or a morning here.

This is lord shiva temple, so every year on "Mahashivratri" (celebrated in lunar month) , a fair is also organised. All devotees of lord shiva comes here. Mostly On mondays , peoples comes here and pours milk to 'shivlinga'.

  • Smriti Van

duck at smriti van bhilwara
Ducks at a lake in smriti van, bhilwara

This is a garden, which is near to the bhilwara city. This is a bio diversity forest. This is one of the largest garden of Rajasthan. It can be a good picnic spot to enjoy an evening with family.

Attractions : 


Lake in front of this garden is really very nice. If you like birds then you can see some unique species of birds and cranes. This lake is in shape of a heart.

Timings :


Morning- early morning to 10

Evening- 4 pm. to 10 pm.



No tickets are needed.

It gives a natural feel and has many trees in the garden. Some different kind of flowers are also found near to entrance of the gate.

  • Meja Dam

This is a Dam built on "Kothari river" which connects some other river like mej, and some other small rivers. It supplies most of the water supplies to the city. 

Sometimes its not allowed to go near to this, if waterlevel is high. Though you can feel and swim near to shore at this dam, and spend time near this.
There is also a garden which is a good picnic spot. 

Attractions : 
  • Sometimes birds like kingfisher and some other can be found near this
  • Garden for picnic 

  • Badnore Fort

This is a fort , located near to bhilwara city which comes in Badnore town of bhilwara. This is a heritage place. You will see some natural views too there in the town. This is not much far from city. Its Just     km. from city center.

As its a historical place, which can give some knowledge about history and ancient culture. Forts are the best places to know about history as this is the only heritage which gives a lot of knowledge rather than any other can.

It will take about an hour to reach at this place. And nearly 1 hour to visit this. 

  • Battis Khambhon Ki Chhatri, Mandal

This is an epitaph with details. There are 32 Pillars with an epitaph so its called "battis khambhon ki chhatri" . As you go around, there are some pillars weighting for you. 

This town is also known for a culture form of dance, which is called "Nahar Nritya" (nahar dance) which represents some uniqueness and creativity with a different form of dance. 

  • Charbhuja Nath Temple, Kotri

charbhuja nath temple, kotri in bhilwara
charbhuja nath temple, kotri
This is a temple , which is a bit far from the city. It is around 35 km. from the city which takes 45 minutes to reach. This is now renovated beautifully. This is no doubt a nice place , if you like temples. Temples shows spirituality and there are many peoples there who attracts you to have some faith in god.

charbhuja nath temple, bhilwara
Charbhuja nath temple, kotri in bhilwara
Its an "Charbhuja Nath" temple, which is an avatar of lord vishnu. Those enchants of devotees. That devotional atmosphere fills you with tons of positive energy. 

  • Menal Waterfall

After temples and Parks, its time for a natural waterfall. this is a waterfall, which is also a far place from the city. You need atleast 2-3 hours to visit this place. 

This waterfall is surrounded with heart-touching landscapes and beautiful mountains which catches eyes of everyone. This is although a nice place for picnic spot too. 
personal tip- always be safe and don't be crazy for selfies, it may cost you.

Other than waterfall, there are temples, which were built in reign of Great ruler Prithvi Raj Chouhan near 12th century. The temples are loaded with much details, though some are not in fine condition and were fragmented (spoiled) by muslim invaders.

  • Jogniya Mata Temple

This is another temple in bhilwara which is far from city around 50-60 km. It will take around 1 hour to reach hear. This is located on a hill surrounded with magnificent landscapes which can please anybody who visit this. After glimpse of godess, it comes time for nature. 

Down the hill, there is also an other temple.It can be amazing to visit this place if its rainy season. Green sceneries around the temple can make day more beautiful. 
(this is not in bhilwara city but suggested as its near to city, in chittorgarh district)

How to reach : 

You can pick up a bus or taxi from bhilwara city, to this place directly. 

  • Triveni


triveni sangam, bhilwara
Parrots on the way to triveni

Triveni is a sangam(meeting point) of three rivers, i.e. it is a point where rivers like, menali, bedach and banas meets. This is a religious place, where enchants of bells can inspire spirituality in anyone who goes there. 

triveni sangam in bhilwara rajasthan
Triveni Sangam
If someone wants to bath on the ghats of this sangam, they can. But i won't prefer anyone to do so, because water is not good. there is no filtration or cleanliness. Though if you are already much spiritual and don't care about this cleanliness, it can be a nice experience to dive in this holy river. 

  • Ganesh Temple

        Ganesh temple is famous in bhilwara. Every year "ganesh chaturthi" is celebrated in this temples as it is one of oldest temples of the city. Temple trust also organise a fair every year at this temple. With sounds of bells it gives a lot of positivity and can influence any of the devotee's. 

colorful lightings and fair may attract anyone. Though it is too crowd during this fair, but it hinders by spirituality in god. 

  • Bijoliya Temple's

Bijoliya is around 95 km. from bhilwara city. As is located on mp border and near to kota city too(70 km.).  Bijoliya town has Lord shiva temple known as Mandakini temple and Pasharvanath temple's. 

These temples shows unique beautiful architecture. 
Bijoliya temple's are known for its historical and architectural aspects. It is a lord shiva temple, also known as Hajareshvra Mahadev or Sahastralinga as there are small  temlpes of lord shiva. 

There is also a holy kund near temple which gives a sublime feelings. 

  • Ram Dwara, Shahpura

Shahpura is a town which is located about 55 km from bhilwara city. This city is known for a festival "fooldol festival" which belongs to Ramsnehi Sampradaya(sects). 
                
                  Fooldol means doorway to lord ram. Some communities have faith in this festival as it shows some religious spirituality. Ramdwara is famous among ramsnehi sect. 

  • Mandalgarh Fort

This is another place in bhilwara to visit. It is a fort which is now not in good condition as its too old heritage. It had a importance in history as it was ruled under Mewar rulers but futher attacked by mughals and muslim invaders. 

This is located 55 km from bhilwara city. This is one of the best historical places in this city. It gives many heart-touching views of the town with greeneries. 

  • Sawai Bhoj Temple, Asind

This is a temple in 'asind' town of bhilwara located 65 km from bhilwara city. Gurjar commuity have faith in this temple. They worship 'devnarayan' as an avatar of lord vishnu.  This temple also have an epic which is to be read with an musical instrument called "jantar". 

If this is useful information and helped you know more about this city, make sure to let me know by comment below and share this blog post with friends. 

3 Days in Indore

Indore is one of the cleanest and nice city of India. It comes in Madhya pradesh state of India. As this state is in almost middle of the country so its called "Madhya Pradesh". This state is famous for its art and culture.

Visiting Indore may also be good for food lovers who can have some tasty and spicy street foods. I visited some tourist places in indore in these two days. If you have less time then you can atleast visit places nearby to city.

Day 1

my first day in indore was very lazy. I tried poha this day. It was very spicy unlike other places i had ever tried. it was served with spicy pulses. if you want some spicy then it is the best thing. I spent my whole day at our stay. There is a market and streets famous for street food ,mostly spicy.


Day 2

This day i visited a palace and a zoo in indore which was a bit far from our stay. The Palce was Lal Bagh Palace which is a museum with antiques and was a residential palace of royal families of earlier period.

Lal Bagh Palace view

Another view of the palace

After this we headed to a zoo in indore city which was almost near to the palace. I found that this zoo is different from other one's i have visited because it gives much space to birds and animals which is very essential for them. It gives them a natural atmosphere, which is very nice.

White peacock

Elephant at the zoo

Red Parrot

There were many animals and some beautiful birds too. If you love birds and animals then this may be a nice place to visit in the city. The best thing i like here is white color peacock whose voice attracted me towards them.

Day 3

This day i came back to my hometown in evening. It was really very nice to be there. There are many places you can visit in the city but its all about time you can spend.

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