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Special Places to Stay in Mount Abu
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Palace Hotel ($$)
A delightful former summer palace of the Maharaja of Bikaner. Set on vast garden lands with its own private lake, the palace has 33 large and airy rooms with high ceilings, almost all furnished with original period furniture.
Things to see and do in Mount Abu
This marble cluster of temples has some of the finest carvings in the country and is on par with the Ranakpur temples, predating them by a couple of centuries. For Jains, the temples here are second holiest after the ones at Palitana.
The most significant of these temples are the Vimala Vasahi Temple and the Luna Vasahi Temple. The Vimala Vasahi temple has a simple entrance which belies the wealth of the rich carvings inside. The pillars supporting the domed roof carry exquisite carvings, each with its own unique design. The dome has intricate corbelling narrowing towards the apex. The carvings include flowers, leaves and figures of celestial bodies. The carvings in pure white marble are as fine and delicate as paper cuttings!
The Nakki Lake at the centre of town offers boating facilities. In places, the banks of the lake have thick wooded forests. From the lake you can also observe the strange rock, called Toad's rock, because of its distinct resemblance to the amphibian.
Mount Abu also offers delightful walks among its many hilly trails. A longish hike takes you to Trevor Tank, a game sanctuary where you may see small wildlife coming to drink water.