Mount Abu: The Only Hill Station In The Desert State Of India
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The cool breeze brushing across my face was an indication that we were soon approaching our destination. And this transition was not only a treat for the tactile senses, but also for the visual senses, as I witness a backdrop of rocky cliffs interspersed with colorful bouts of bougainvillea in all imaginable hues of the rainbow. It’s hard to take your eyes off the window, I wonder. So when we finally reached Mount Abu and checked into our hotel room, my heart was itching to go out and explore. Accompanied by good walking shoes and a hungry tummy, we set forward to explore what this place has to offer.
With plenty of time at hand and plentiful of new roads to be discovered, we decided to walk our way upto Nakki lake and Sunset Point (which we later realise is not the ‘main’ one!). And being a hard-core foodie, here comes my favourite part-the route is studded with all sorts of shops and ‘thelas’ selling everything right from Chana Zor Garam to sinfully delicious Rabdi (Ah!). Stocking up on our energy levels with these delectable treats is a requisite, as what awaits us is hours of nonstop walking, coupled with soaking in the cool air of Mount Abu and taking in the scenery that looks straight out of a fairy tale. All geared up, we tread upon these new roads, frequently lose our way, ask for directions, whine at the seemingly never-ending distance yet happily take in the breathtaking views, and ultimately reach the spot. Only after coming back to the hotel room do we realise that we have been walking continuously for almost five hours! Time for some replenishment!
At Mount Abu, you have fancy dining options and various thalis on offer, such as Rajasthani Thali, Gujarati Thali, etc. which are slightly pricey. But if you are like me and prefer hearty meals for fewer bucks, I would suggest the Abu Bhojanalya, a modest dhaba that serves filling thalis for just 80 bucks! The tamatar sev, a tangy preparation of tomatoes and a namkeen called Sev is a must-have for all the spice lovers. And continuing our walking expedition, we go out looking for some meetha paan to end our meal!
Mount Abu has something to appeal to the unique traveller in you. With a plethora of awe-inspiring landscapes and scenic roads it is pure bliss for nature enthusiasts and family vacationers alike. If an adrenaline rush is what you need, you could go trekking or hiking here. For all the foodies out there who crave for local treats, you could go food-hunting just like I did. And if you are a divinity seeker, you can visit the various temples here-like the Dilwara Jain Temple, Adhar Devi Temple, and Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple. Perhaps a moment of solitude drowned in the varying colours of the sunset at Sunset Point is what your heart longs for. There is something for everyone here!
This is one trip that will remain close to my heart, for it has shown me the true essence of travel. Travel is not about checking off things from a list, but about letting ourselves meander through strange nooks and paths, and in the process absorbing new experiences that come our way. Travel, in short, is all about losing and finding yourself, all over again!
-Written By Vinita Srinivasan
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