Gurushikhar – Dilwara Jain Temples – Achalgarh – Nakki Lake – Mount Abu Stay
The day started early at around 6.00am and we geared up to climb guru shikhar to catch the first rays of sun. With the help of GPS, we reached till the foot of the hill and from there we began to climb stairs to reach the top of guru shikhar. The weather was chilly and it dropped as we went higher. The view on the way was splendid and sun had started rising.
The multiple shades of red, orange and yellow at horizon left us in awe. We took many photos on the way.
When we reached at the top, we saw a huge bell and the white temple of guru shikhar.
There were hardly 3-4 people present there at that time besides us. And all the thoughts left me as I saw the sun rising gradually, all the while clicking photos of beautiful Mother Nature. This was by far the best sunrise that I have witnessed. As a result, my camera is filled with tons of pics of the same. (Thankfully it’s an digital one..)
It definitely was worth the climb of about 250 steps. We stayed there for about half hour or so till we had our fill of the wonderful sight. After descending, we had ginger tea from the shop near the parking lot. It was nice and refreshing. We returned back to guest house and headed for Delwara Jain temple after breakfast.
From outside it is just a plain jane but inside it is marvellous. The carving on the pillars and the roof leaves you speechless. The engravings are so minute and intricate that it keeps you wondering how can it be made 1000years ago when there were no machines to make things easier?
Every engraving on roof is different from other, no repeats. Truly it is a great piece of artwork!! After seeing all the 5 temples present in the campus, which took us about one and half hours to cover seeing and admiring the carvings, we decided to visit Achalgarh fort. There is hardly anything left of the fort, just one or ruins to suggest that there used to be a fort, but the temples of achaleshwar mahadev and aadeshwar jain are well persevered. Though it is bit of a climb for Jain temple, the artwork and idols are wonderful.
Then we stopped at the telescope point which is on the midway to Jain temple. The telescopes were of high precision and we could clearly see the gurushikhar temple from different angles. We also saw the air force communication centre. By the time we reached down, it was time for lunch. We had it in a small hotel near the mahadev temple. After that, we went to see achaleshwar mahadev temple.
It is very old and main attraction is the nandi statue made of panchdhatu.
Next we went to see the observatory, where we saw a telescope which captures gamma rays from space and helps the scientists to locate as well as visualize the nebulas, stars and other celestial body. It is only one of its kind in India. Then we returned back to our room and take rest for a while.
It provides a splendid view of the lake. Then we sat by the nakki lake to take in the beautiful lake. It was calm and peaceful and one can sit and look at lake for hours and not get tired of it.
Now it was time for some shopping!! There were various shops selling wide varieties of items ranging from jewellery to bags, to bandhej suits and sarees of rajasthan, to rajasthani jootis, to stoles, to khadi products and what not, all at reasonable price. I enjoyed shopping. Mount abu truly is haven for SHOPAHOLICS.
For dinner we went to arbuda restaurent which is famous for its gujrati thali. It was a delicious meal. Then we headed back to guest house and slept after a long day of fun and exploring.