MOUNT ABU - PATAN - LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH IN 4 DAYS

Hill Station | Historical & Heritage

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point:

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 4 Days

Ideal Start Time: 7 AM:9 AM:9 AM:9 AM

Total Places Visited: 13

DAYS

DAY 1 : TRAVEL TO MOUNT ABU & SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Ahmedabad to Mount Abu

Historical & Heritage | Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM - 12 PM for Jain Devotees & 12 PM - 5 PM for Tourists
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 3 km from Mount Abu Bus Station, Dilwara Temples are the group of five Jain temples situated at Dilwara in Rajasthan. These are among the best tourist places in Rajasthan and also one of the top places to visit in Mount Abu.

Dilwara Temples were built between the 11th and 13th centuries AD and are world-famous for their stunning use of marble. Archaeological evidence suggests that Mahavira himself visited the site, making it sacred to the Jains as a tirtha.

These are known for their extraordinary architecture and marvelous marble stone carvings. These temples have an opulent entranceway, the simplicity in architecture reflecting Jain values like honesty and frugality. The temples are in the midst of forested hills. These temples have been named as Vimal Vasahi, Luna Vasahi, Pittalhar, Khartar Vasahi and Mahavir Swami. Vimal Vasahi and .....

Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: Boating: 9.30 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 50 per person Pedal Boat & Rs. 100 per person for Shikara Boat

At a distance of 1 km from Mount Abu Bus Station, Nakki Lake is a lake situated at the heart of Mount Abu in Rajasthan. It is one of the top places to experience Mount Abu Tourism.

Nakki Lake is famous for its cool and calm atmosphere due to its ideal location in the backdrop of the Aravalli Mountains. It is the sole artificial lake in India, which is situated at a height of more than 1,200 m. This is the largest manmade lake, stretched over an area of around half a mile and is around quarter of a mile wide. The lake is beside a dam and is about 20-30 feet deep.

According to the legend, the lake has been carved out from nails by Gods for the protection against demon Bashkali. Another legend states that the local King put up the challenge of digging of the lake in one night and he will marry his daughter to that one. It is said that a local resident Rasia Balaam had fulfilled that condition, but the King refused his promise.

The lake is situated beside Sri Raghunathji .....

Overnight Stay in Mount Abu

DAY 2 : MOUNT ABU SIGHTSEEING

Resume Mount Abu Sightseeing

Adventure / Trekking | Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 2 Hours
Timings: 8 AM - 6.30 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 16 km from Mount Abu Bus Station, Guru Shikhar is a mountain peak in the Arbuda Mountains of Rajasthan. It is one of the top trekking places to visit in Mount Abu.

Guru Shikhar is the highest point of the Aravalli Range. It rises to an altitude of 1,722 m (5,650 feet). Guru Shikhar provides a breathtaking panoramic view of Mount Abu town and green Aravalli range. According to history, King Prithviraj Chauhan is believed to have travelled along this peak to meet his bride and consummate his marriage with her. The bride was the princess of Prahladanpur, now known as Palanpur.

The peak is named Guru Shikhar or 'the peak of the guru' after Dattatreya. The temple of Dattatreya is one of the main attractions at Guru Shikhar peak other than scenic views. Lord Dattatreya is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu who had taken birth to the sage couple Atri and Anasuya. The word 'Datta' .....

Park

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 8 AM - 7 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 8 km from Mount Abu Bus Station and 7 km from Guru Shikhar, Peace Park is a part of the Brahma Kumaris spiritual establishment situated on Guru Shikhar Road in Mount Abu. Managed efficiently by the Brahma Kumaris and Kumars, Peace Park is a major tourist attraction in Mount Abu.

The Brahma Kumaris Peace Park is both lovely and serene. The park is a perfect escapade from a hectic city life to find serenity. The park is nestled between two peaks of the Aravalli hills - Guru Shikhar and Achalgarh. The park is an oasis of natural beauty about 8 km from the Brahma Kumaris headquarters in Mount Abu.

Visitors will experience serenity and peace at this beautiful park. On entering the park grounds, visitors are greeted by a rock garden that hosts a wide variety of succulents. Inside the park, there is a citrus and an orchid corner as well as floral displays that include ornamental shrubs, coleus, geraniums, hibiscus, climbers and creepers and an exquisite rose garden.

The .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 5 AM - 8 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 1.8 km from Nakki Lake and 3 km from Mount Abu Bus Station, Adhar Devi Temple, also known as Arbuda Devi Temple is a Hindu temple situated on a hill in Mount Abu. It is one of the top places to visit in Maunt Abu.

Adhar Devi Temple is located among beautiful caves on the mountains of Aravalli hills. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple was named after the 'Adhar' of the Goddess Durga, which fell at the site and was found hanging in mid-air. The temple has full of exquisite idols and sculptures, which make it worth visiting.

This cave-temple is located inside a rocky cleave and can be reached through a flight of 365 stairs, which has been carved in the hill. The inner shrine is reached by crawling a narrow cave. The temple is visited by people in large number during the nine days of the famous festival 'Navratri. The scenic beauty amidst which the temple stands is quite breathtaking. The entire Mount Abu town is visible from the top.

Doodh .....

Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 9.30 AM - 5 PM, Closed on Fridays and other public holidays
Entry Fee: Rs. 10 for Indians & Rs. 50 for Foreigners

At a distance of 700 m from Mount Abu Bus Station, the Government Museum is a historical treasure trove situated in Mount Abu. This is the main museum and also one of the prime tourist places in Mount Abu.

The Government Museum & Art Gallery of Mount Abu was setup within the Raj Bhawan premises in 1962. The main purpose of this museum is to preserve the archaeological wealth of the region. The museum has a rich collection of arts and artifacts bearing to the tribal life of the region that dates back to the 6th century AD. The museum is also known as Archaeological Museum of Mount Abu. Apart from revealing the rich history of the place, these exhibits also reflect the rich culture and tradition of Mount Abu.

The museum is divided into two sections based on their exhibited items. The first section portrays a picture of a local tribal village with 3-dimentionsal huts, weapons and musical instruments put to display. Varieties of earrings and garments are also on display at this .....

Nature & Scenic

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 2 km from Nakki Lake and 2 km from Mount Abu Bus Station, Sunset Point is a popular view point lies to the southwest of the Nakki Lake behind the dense forest of the Aravalli Range in Mount Abu. This is one of the top Mount Abu tourist places.

Sunset Point is known for offering a beautiful view of the entire mountain valley along with the Nakki Lake. Due to its location, the temperature at this point is very low, which provides retreat during the summer season. In the evening, this place turns into a carnival zone with hundreds of tourists, food stalls and souvenir shops. Staircases have been built for tourists to sit and breathe in the pure air. The hill side is bordered with railing for safety purpose. From Sunset Point, tourists can also go to Bailey's Walk.

Jeeps are available on sharing basis from the town center to Sunset Point at a cost of Rs. 10 per person. It is a 15 minutes' drive to an approachable road, from where one has to walk his way up. This .....

Overnight Stay in Mount Abu

DAY 3 : TRAVEL TO PATAN & SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Mount Abu to Patan

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 8 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 40 for Indians & Rs. 600 for Foreigners

At a distance of 4 km from Patan Railway Station, Rani ki Vav is an intricately carved stepwell located in the fortified town of Patan. Situated on the banks of River Saraswati, it is one of the finest stepwells in India and among prime place to visit on a Gujarat trip.

Rani ki Vav was built by Rani Udayamati in the memory of her husband Bhimdev I (1022 - 1063 AD) of Solanki dynasty. The construction started around 1050 AD and was probably completed by Udayamati and Karandev I after the death of her husband. One can find the reference of Udayamati building the monument in the 'Prabandha Chintamani' composed by Merunga Suri in 1304 AD. The vav was later flooded by the nearby Saraswati River and silted over until the late 1980s, when it was excavated by the Archeological Survey of India, with the carvings found in pristine condition. Today, Rani Ki Vav is amongst the best stepwells in India, and one of the most famous legacies of .....

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 1 km from Rani ki Vav and 5 km from Patan Railway Station, Sahastralinga Talav is a medieval water tank located in Patan, Gujarat. Maintained by Archaeological Survey of India, it is one of the prominent places of heritage in Gujarat and among the top places to visit in Patan.

Sahasralinga Talav, meaning 'lake of a thousand lingams', was built in 1084 by Siddhraj Jaisinh over a lake originally known as Durlabh Sarovar, built by the King of Durlabhray. This tank is situated on the north-western part of Patan, on the banks of the Saraswati River. The water tank, which is now dry, is known to have been cursed by a woman named Jasma Oden, who refused to marry Siddhraj Jaisinh and committed Sati to protect her honor.

The Sahastralinga Talav is pentagonal in shape and marked by a series of mounds showing its shape. The talav is about 1 km broad and spans over an area of about 17 hectares. At its fullest, the talav would have contained about 4,206,500 cubic meters .....

Museum & Gallery

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 10 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 10 for Person

At a distance of 1 km from Rani ki Vav and 3 km from Patan Railway Station, Patan Patola Heritage is a small private museum located in Patan, Gujarat. Situated near Patan City Museum, it is one of its kinds in the world and among the best places to visit in Patan.

Run by the award-winning Salvi family, Patan Patola Heritage Museum came into existence in 2014. Over 3,000 sq. ft of space and three floors, it documents the history of the Patan Patola, a textile that combines techniques of tyeing, dyeing, and weaving. Worn by royals and aristocrats on auspicious occasions, and prized as a holy cloth even in South-east Asia, the Patola finds mention in the 14th century travel accounts of Ibn Batuta, who gifted Patolas to kings. These sarees were also mentioned in the 'Kalpsutra', a 2000-year-old Jain holy book.

This museum is an excellent place to see Patola silk weaving in action as it is the house-cum-studio-workshop of a family of master-weavers called the Salvis. The family .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 9.30 AM - 6.30 PM
Entry Fee: Free

At a distance of 2 km from Patan Railway Station, Panchasara Parshwanath Jain Derasar is a Jain Temple situated in Gungdipati Part of Patan city. It is one of the ancient Jain temples in Gujarat and among the top places to visit in Patan.

Panchasara Parshwanath Jain Derasar is one of the largest of more than 100 Jain temples in Patan. Dedicated to Shri Parshwanathji, it was built by King Vanraj Chavda around 746 CE. He brought the moolnayak idol from his native place Panchasara and hence called as Panchasara Parashwanath Bhagwan. Temple was destroyed by the Muslim invaders and again renovated in the course of time. The renovated Jinalaya of the past was made of wood and was rebuilt in stone during the 20th century. There are about 51 smaller temples surrounding the main temple.

Also known as the Jinalaya Vanraj Vihar, Panchasara Parshwanath Temple is adorned with sophisticated stone carvings and white marble floors that are characteristic of Jain architecture. The length of .....

Overnight Stay in Patan

DAY 4 : VISIT LITTLE RANN OF KUTCH & TRAVEL TO AHMEDABAD

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit:
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Entry Fee:

At a distance of 28 km from Mehsana, 35 km from Patan and 100 km from Ahmedabad, Modhera Sun Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located at Modhera village near Patan in Gujarat. Situated on the banks of River Pushpavati, it is one of the popular Sun Temples in India and among the must include places in Patan Tour Packages.

Dedicated to the Sun God, the Sun Temple in Modhera was built by King Bhimdev I of the Solanki dynasty in 1026 AD. This temple not only reflects the architectural abilities of the Solanki rulers it but also, speaks highly of the devotional zeal of the ruling dynasty at that time. As in the Sun Temple at Konark, this temple was also designed that the first rays of the Sun fall on the image of Lord Surya at the time equinoxes. The Temple was plundered by Mahmud Ghazni but still the architectural grandeur does not vanish. At present, no worship is offered here and the temple is a protected monument under Archaeological Survey of India. It was added to the list of UNESCO .....

Wildlife

Duration of visit: 2-3 Hours
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM, Closed during monsoon
Entry Fee: Rs. 250 for Indians & Rs. 1200 for Foreigners (25% extra n Weekends), & Rs. 2000 for Jeep

At a distance of 50 km from Surendranagar, 100 km from Ahmedabad, 238 km from Bhuj and 320 km from Great Rann of Kutch, Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary located in the Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat. Also known as the Wild Ass Wildlife Sanctuary, it is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Gujarat and among the best places to visit in Kutch.

Spread over an area of 4954 Sq. km, the wildlife sanctuary was established in 1972 and came under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. The Wild Ass Sanctuary of the Little Rann of Kutch is the only place on earth where the endangered Indian Wild Ass, known locally as the ghudkhar, still lives. One of the three surviving species of the Wild Ass in the world-the other two being found in Central Asia and in and around Tibet, the Khur is high on the list of endangered species. Known for its speed, the wild ass lives in herds led by stallions and survived by migrating between the grassy 'bets' through the season, in search of food. There .....

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