Mount Abu

Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan. It is a quiet place, perfect for those who like a relaxing and laid back holiday destination. One can go for leisurely walks, enjoy horse riding or boating on the picturesque Nakki Lake. The sunset view from the plateau is breathtaking. Mount Abu is also a place of pilgrimage for followers of Jainism as the magnificent Dilwara Jain Temples are situated here. These marble temples are one of a kind in the world embellished with very finely detailed intricate carvings.
Mount Abu is a haven for Nature lovers too as this hill resort has many wildlife observing paths and viewpoints such as Trevors Tank, Devangan Valley, Salgaon Watch Tower, Tiger Path, Kodra Dam, Gaumukh and Cragis point. Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy trekking on the beautiful nature trails, rock climbing and rappelling. Mount Abu is well connected by road with the nearest railhead at Abu Road and nearest airport at Udaipur.
Best time to visit: February to June and then September to December
Languages spoken: Hindi, Marwari, English, Gujrati
Climate: Pleasant throughout the year
Places to visit: Dilwara Jain Temples, Nakki Lake, Trevors Tank, Devangan Valley, Salgaon Watch Tower, Tiger Path, Kodra Dam, Gaumukh, Cragis point
Activities: Boating, Trekking, Rock Climbing, Rappelling

ब्रह्माकुमारी  आश्रम  की यात्रा व आध्यात्मिक ज्ञान  के पल….!

ब्रह्माकुमारी आश्रम की यात्रा व आध्यात्मिक ज्ञान के पल….!

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अब मैं मध्य बर्थ पर था और पत्नी लोअर बर्थ पर. वह महिला जिससे बर्थ एक्सचेंज की थी वह ट्रेन चलते ही ऐसी निंद्रा में लीं हुई कि सवेरे चाय- नाश्ता की आवाजों के कोलाहल और चलकदमी से ही जागी. जैसी मुझे चिंता रहती है मिडिल या अपर बर्थ की ऐसी कोई दिक्कत तो नहीं हुई क्यूंकि एक बार सोने के लिए बेड पर जाने के बाद फिर तो मैं सवेरे ही उठता हूँ चाहे नींद न भी आये. बस बर्थ में शरीर को घुसाना और फिर स्वयं को समेटना– इन दो क्रियाओं के खतरों के कारण मैं लोअर बर्थ को बेहतर मानता हूं। यदि पत्नी के सहमति नहीं होती तो मैं उन महिला को उपकृत करने वाला नहीं थ. लगभग एक महीना पहले बुकिंग कराओ, लोअर सीट के लिए, और एक क्षण में एक आग्रह पर वह बर्थ आप किसी और को सौंप दें, यह तो कोई बात नहीं हुई. हालांकि पत्नी का सोचना इसके विपरीत है, चूँकि वह भी समय-समय पर अपनी यात्रा में लोअर बर्थ को हथियाने में निपुण है, तो उसके लॉजिक के अनुसार उस बर्थ पर किसी महिला को सोने देने में कुछ भी असहजता नहीं है. और यह कि लोअर बर्थ पर महिलाओं का पहला अधिकार नैसर्गिक रूप से बनता है (रेलवे के नियम चाहे जो कुछ हों).

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Road Journeys – Mount Abu: “An oasis in the Desert”

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Evening is extremely lively in Mt. Abu, unlike other hills, the Mall road here remains crowded till late in the evening, say upto 10 – 11 pm at least. One of the safest hill station, less colder due to lower altitude and superb law and order, I was always pleased to see the care free atmosphere there. Diwali being just passed, the decorative lightings of the shops and hotels were still shimmering, adding extra charm to the already charming place. The vibrant stalls, mostly laden with Gujrati & Rajasthani stuffs are bound to lure your better half. Rows of ice-cream shops, pastries, cookies and crushed ice-balls (Golas) in different flavor are the trade mark of Mt. Abu.

Activities around Nakki Lake are however, stalled at 8 pm for security reasons. The surrounding is expanding with growing popularity and increasing inflow since I have last visited the place in 1998 and again in 2008.

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Road trip to Rajasthan: Chittorgarh-Mount Abu-Haldighati-Udaipur (Part 2)

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Guru Shikhar is the highest point in Mount Abu and Rajasthan and is about 18 km from Mount Abu town. Mount Abu is on the border of Rajasthan and Gujarat and from Guru Shikhar one can view both Rajasthan and Gujarat. After the 18 km drive, there are steps to the top (something like Vaishno Devi) with shops on both the sides. There was a 360 degree view from the top and a small temple.

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Ride to Rajasthan (Pune to Mt Abu) – Abu to Vadodra (almost) return

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Sharath was riding at around 100 kmph and hit this Donkey head on …!!!!

We were wondering and thanking God that he didn’t fall off his bike and control it to stop it. It would have been a terrible accident, but in this he completely damaged the Fender of the bike. For non Bikers, Fender is the front portion you see in some bikes, pictorial representation will help !!! ☺

The fender was completely damaged and it was not possible to ride the bike with the damaged fender, it needs to be replaced or broken completely otherwise it was restricting the handle movement.
We were happy that Sharath got saved, and the donkey was alive ☺, but now we have a bigger problem in hand. We are in the middle of no-where with 1 man not feeling well, and 1 bike damaged.

While we were trying to break off the damaged fender so that that bike may be taken to the nearest mechanic, Ayush was getting bad to worse … he was completely dehydrated and fell flat on the Highway … 12:00 noon … around 38-40 degrees … no-one around and Ayush Lying on the road … the others breaking the fender so that the bike can to taken to the nearest mechanic … !!!

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Ride to Rajasthan (Pune to Mount Abu) – Mount Abu Sight seeing

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The Day came to an End at the Mount Abu market … there is something so unique about these markets on Small hill stations … the Pop Corn, the Ice Cream Cone, The Corn … yeah … we loved it. The finally came to a close with everyone shopping, that was also amazing fun … Someone from our group had just changed his facebook status from single to committed … and he had to buy something for his girlfriend … and OH MY GOD … Everyone was giving him suggestions … and it was real fun … Ayush had to buy some gifts for his wife, and me too … after 6 days and 2400 kms, if we reach without a gift .. we will be killed. So we finished our shopping around 9:00 pm and headed back to our hotel … we were all hungry and decided to get some food delivered at our resort … where we had to discuss the plan to go back, which was not same as it was while coming … !!!

We had lots and lots of Dinner … and started the discussion in the Cold Night @ mount Abu … !!! here is where the real fun starts …

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Exploring Udaipur City Palace

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आगे बढ़े तो छत से झांकने पर एक और प्रांगण दिखाई दिया। बताया गया कि यहां रवीना टंडन की शादी हुई थी। जरूर हुई होगी, हमें तो निमंत्रण मिला नहीं था शादी का, हमारी बला से! सच पूछो तो रवीना शादीशुदा है या कुंवारी है – हमें इसमें भी कोई रुचि नहीं है। हमारे लिये तो हमारी अपनी श्रीमती जी ही रवीना, ऐश्वर्या, माधुरी, सीता, सावित्री, गार्गी, विद्योत्तमा, तिलोत्तमा सब कुछ हैं। (यह लाइन मैने उनको पढ़वाने के लिये ही लिखी है!)

सिटी पैलेस को समझना हो तो आप कुछ कुछ यूं समझें कि ये एक लंबाई में बनाया हुआ महल-कम-दुर्ग-कम-होटल-कम-संग्रहालय है। अगर आप 49,999 रुपये तथा उस पर विलासिता कर यानि luxury tax और VAT दे सकते हैं तो आप फतेह प्रकाश पैलेस या शिव सागर पैलेस होटल में से किसी एक होटल में एक रात रुक भी सकते हैं। अगर आप सोनिया गांधी के दामाद हैं और रातोंरात अरबपति बन चुके हैं तो आप अपने बच्चों का विवाह भी इन HRH Heritage hotels में से किसी एक में आयोजित कर सकते हैं। पर अगर आप 30 रुपये में सिटी पैलेस म्यूज़ियम देखने आये हैं तो आप शानदार हवेलियां देखिये, कमरों में सजाये हुए पंखे, बिस्तरे, मूढ़े आदि देखिये, अद्‍भुत वास्तुकला देखिये, अंग्रेज़ पर्यटकों को निहारिये, 200 रुपये कैमरे के लिये देकर फोटो वगैरा खींचिये और संकरी गली से बाहर निकल लीजिये।

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