• Mount Abu
  • History Of Mount Abu
  • Toutist Attraction of Mt Abu
  • Other Excursion
  • Getting To Mt Abu

About mount abu
Mount Abu situated at a average height of 1,219 mtr's above sea level is the oasis in the deserted land of Rajasthan and posses the honor of being the only hill-station in Rajasthan as well as north-west India, The world famous tourist destination is known for its Delwara Jain temples and natural beauty world over, situated amidst lush green forested hills on the highest peak in the Aravali range is also the summer capital for the Indian state of Rajasthan, home to lakes, waterfalls and green forests, the hill retreat, has a very cool and soothing climate thanks to its rich flora covering the entire hillside that includes coniferous trees and flowering shrubs. Mount Abu with its word-class tourist facilities with hotels ranging from budget class to three star and heritage provides a great holiday escape and honeymoon attraction. Every year more then three million national and international tourists visit mount abu enjoying its scenic beauty, rich flora & fauna as well as the marble art of delwara jain temples.

Mount Abu is declared closed area since 1965. Although, complete area of 328 sq. km. of Abu Hills is declared protected but officially 112.98 sq. km. is under unnotified sanctuary area (Anon., 2003). In shape, Mt. Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is long and narrow but the top spreads out into a picturesque plateau, which is about 19 km in length and 5-8 km in breadth. Once home to the meditating rishi and munis, the legend has it that Mount Abu is home to 33 crore Gods and Goddess. According to the legend the name Abu means son of Himalayas (or Ar-Booda, "the hill of wisdom"), deriving its name from Arbuada - the powerful serpent, which rescued Nandi the sacred bull of Lord Shiva. Mount Abu has been home, to many rishis and munis (sages and saints), including the famous Rishi Vashishtha, who is believed to have created four Agnikul Rajput clans, from a fire- pit, by performing a yagna or fire sacrifice, to protect the earth from the demons.

In historic times, Mount Abu was leased by the The East-India Company (British empire) from the Maharajah of Sirohi, Mount Abu was used as the headquarters for the resident of Rajputana until 1947, and as a sanatorium for troops.

Climate
Mount Abu's has a pleasent climate thanks to its rich dense green forest cover, In summers when typical temperature of desertious Rajasthan is around 44°C , Mount Abu's temperature is 31°C to 34°C. In winters the temperature ranges from 10°C to -8°C (in Night) , Mount Abu receives the highest amount of rainfall in Rajasthan, average Rainfall during monsoon is 70-180 cm, It is advised to visit Mount Abu during rainy season in August-September to enjoy the monsoon and nature at its best to enjoy waterfalls, lush green mountains and the romantic mist.

Tourist Attraction
Mount Abu is home to a number of tourist attractions from natural beauty to historical and architectural places, The Dilwara Jain templesare a complex of temples, carved of white marble, that were built between the 11th and 13th centuries AD.

The historical Achalgarh Fort, built in the 14th century by Rana Kumbha of Mewar. It encloses several beautiful Jain temples, including the Achaleswar Mahadev Temple (1412) and the Kantinath Temple (1513).

Heart of the city Nakki Lake, is another popular visitor attraction of Mount Abu. There is the Toad Rock on a hill near the lake. Raghunath Temple and Maharaja Jaipur Palace are also on hills near Nakki Lake.

The mountain is also home to several Hindu temples, including The Adhar Devi Temple, carved out of solid rock, The Shri Raghunathji Temple, and a shrine and temple to Dattatreya built atop theGuru Shikharpeak. The world headquarters of the Brahma Kumari order of lady renunciates is also located here, as is the World Spiritual University of the same denomination. There is also believed to be a footprint of Vishnu on top of Mount Abu. The Durga temple, Ambika Mata Temple lies in a cleft of rock in Jagat, just outside of Mount Abu.
 

History
The history of Mount Abu is wrapped up in mythology. According to one, Mount Abu derives its name from Mount Arbud when the youngest son of Himalaya, along with the assistance of a snake called Arbud flooded the gorge in the area with water to save Shiva's revered bull. On a more modern note, the history of Mount Abu indicates that it was once under the rule of the Chauhan dynasty and later served as summer retreat for the royalty.

The Arbuda Mountains region is said to be original abode of the famous Gurjaras.The association of the Gurjars with the mountain is noticed in many inscriptions and epigraphs including Tilakamanjari of Dhanpala.These Gurjars (Gujars or Gujjars) migrated from Arbuda mountain region and as early as sixth century A.D, they set up one or more principalities in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Almost all or a larger part of Rajasthan and Gujarat had been known as Gurjaratra for centuries prior to Mughal period.

The conquest of Mount Abu in 1311 by Rao Lumba of Deora-Chauhan dynasty brought to an end the reign of the Parmars and also marked the decline of Mount Abu. He shifted the capital city to Chandravati in the plains. After the destruction of Chandravati in 1405, Rao Shasmal made Sirohi his headquarters.Later it was leased by the British government from the then Maharaja of Sirohi for use as the headquarter of the resident to Rajputana.

Ambaji Temple
One of the most famous temples of northern India, Ambaji holds the crown of being one of the 51 Shaktipeeths, according to ancient scriptures the heart of the Goddess Ambaji fell on the earth here, It is also beleived that the mundan of Lord Krishna was performed at Ambaji.
The original seat of Ambaji mata is on gabbar hilltop nearby the main temple, millions of devotees visit Ambaji temple every year specially on Purnima days and during nine days of Navaratri.

Ambaji is 45 KM's from Mount Abu and is very well connected to Mount Abu and Palanpur via bus and private taxi services, Being a popular devotional place good Hotels and dharamshalas facilities for all budgest are easily avalible.
You can avail Gujarat State Transport Bus facility to add Ambaji as a transit point for your tour.

Dilwara Marble Temples - An Introduction
Dilwara Jain Temples is one of the finest Jain temple known world over for its extraordinary architecture and marvelous marble stone carvings, some experts also consider it architecturally superior to the Taj Mahal. It seems fairly basic temple from outside but every cloud has a silver lining, the temple interior showcases the extraordinary work of human craftsmanship at its best. These temples were built between 11th to 13th century AD, The beautiful lush green hills surrounding the temple gives a very pleasant feeling. The ornamental details of marble stone carvings is phenomenal and unmatched, The minutely carved ceilings and the pillars are just amazing. All this was done at a time when no transport or roads were available at a height of 1200+ Mtrs in Mount Abu, Huge blocks of marble stones were transported on elephant backs from the Arasoori Hills at Ambaji to this remote hilly region of Mount Abu. Dilwara temples is also a popular Jain pilgrimage attraction.

Dilwara Temple complex consist of five major sections or temples devoted to five jain trithankaras(saints).

1. Shri Mahaveer Swami Temple
This temple was constructed in 1582 and is devoted to Lord Mahaveer the 24th Tirthankara of Jain's, this temple is relatively small the temple's upper walls have pictures of the porch painted by craftsmen of sirohi in year 1764.

2. Shri AdiNath Temple or Vimal Vasahi Temple
This temple is build by Vimal Shah, Minister of Solanika ruler of Gujarat in 1031 A.D., this temple is the oldest of all and dedicated to Shri Adinath Ji - The first jain trithankar, the temple has an open courtyard surrounded by corridors all beautifully decorated with marble carved stones. Cells inside this temple are contain tiny images of Jain saints artistically carved on marble stone minutely. The internal dome is aesthetically decorated with design's of flowers and petals, the huge hall of the temple pillars decorated with the carving work of female figures playing musical instruments. The temple also have the "Guda Mandapa" - A simple hall decorated with the images of Shri Adi Nath.

3. Shri ParshavNath Temple or Khartar Vasahi Temple
This temple was built by Mandika clan between 1458-59 A.D., this temple has the tallest shrine along with four big Mandapa's amongst all dilwara temples. The carving on the pillars of this temple is yet another example of these jain temples architectural superiority.

4. Shri Rishabdaoji Temple or Peethalhar Temple
This temple is known as Pittalhari/Peethalhar temple because in this temple most of the statues are built using ‘Pittal' (Brass Metal). This temple was built by Bhima Shah, a minister from Gujarat dynasty, like other temples of Dilwara this temple is also having Gudu Mandapa and Navchowki.

5. Shri Nemi Nath Ji Temple or Luna Vasahi Temple
This temple was built in 1230 A.D. by two brothers known as Tejpal and Vastupal, they dedicated this temple to the 22nd saint of Jainism - Shri Nemi Nathji. This temple has one hall named Rag Mandapa which has three hundred and sixty (360) tiny idols of Jain trithankar all minutely crafted on marble proving once again why these jain marble temples of Dilwara are superior to Taj Mahal, Among all these white marble idols the idol of Shri Neminath Ji is made up of black marble.The pillars of this temple were built by Maharana Kumbha of Mewar.

The Dilwara Jain Temples are open from 12 P.M. to 3 P.M. for tourist's for free and No photography is allowed inside the temple complex.

Nakki Lake - The Heart Of Mount Abu
For that Perfect Romantic Evening

Nakki Lake the mythological lake with a very interesting story behind its creation is the heart of Mount Abu, the legend has it that this lake was dugg by Gods or Devtas using their nails or nakh that's why the name Nakki Lake - few sections of local tribes also consider Nakki Lake as a holy lake and worship it, Nakki lake is also the only Indian artificial lake situated at a height of 1200 Mtr's above sea level. Recently in 2006-2007 Nakki lake was granted a huge financial boost for its protection amongst eight other lakes in India.

Situated within walking distance from the main market and almost 80% of Hotel's and restaurent's of Mount Abu, Nakki lake posses the crown of being the heart of Mount Abu. The hub of evening activity and boating - Nakki Lake is the perfect place to spent your evening with your partner, friends and family.

The picture perfect location of the lake surrounded with mountains, gardens and rock formations also make it a very good location for photography. In the evening the setting sun makes the canvas.

Sunset Point
The Beautiful Setting Sun In The Aravali Ranges

Just RELAX! and watch the beautiful sun setting in the Aravali Hills

Achalgarh Fort - The Medieval Fort of Mount Abu
A Glimpse Into The Past

Achal Garh, sometimes spelt Achalgadh, is one of the many beautiful medieval monuments that can be found in the picturesque Mount Abu, located in the desert in the state of Rajasthan, India. It was commissioned by Rana Kumbha, the esteemed designer who was responsible for many huge fortresses in Southern Rajasthan. Achalgarh is just 8 Kilometers from the main Mount Abu town and is well connected by road.
The fortress AchalGarh is surrounded by massive battlement walls. It is situated at the top of a mountain peak and offers picturesque views all year round. AchalGarh is found at the top of a steep winding path, whereby the 15th century fortresses and the temples are enclosed within the fortified walls. These fortified walls provide scenic lookouts onto the countryside.

A 10 minute climb from AchalGarh brings you to the beautiful and historic Jain Temples. These temples are a must visit for more great views and the beautiful sculpture.

Another must visit temple can be found below the path. The Achleshwar temple is famous for containing a Nandi which is said to be made of 5 metals, fold, silver, copper, brass and zinc. The Nandi is made up of Panchadhattu and weighs more than 4 tonnes.It is believed that the Achleshwar temple was built in the 9th century and legend has it that it was built around a toe print of Lord Shiva. There is also a pit that is said to reach to the netherworld. Achleshwar also contains a natural Shivalinga. (A Shivalinga is phallus-shaped and fixed on a base, which is shaped like a yoni. The structure symbolises the supreme creative energy. It is usually made of stone but can also be of wood, metal, crystal, and soapstone.) There are also many other sculpted idols which are made of a crystal like stone. In natural light, this stone looks opaque, but if you place a candle behind the idols they take on a beautiful crystal-like sparkle, the stone is called the crystal stone or sfatik in hindi. nearby the temple, we find the scenic looking Mandakini Lake. This lake is surrounded by rocky hills, and rock walls covered with images of a Rajput king and buffaloes. These pictures are said to represent the legend that says the lake was filled with ghee and the watering hole of demons disguised as buffaloes. This was until they were shot by Raja Adi Pal.

Gurushikhar
Enjoy The Magnificent Panorama

Gurushikhar holds the honor of being not only the highest peak ofMount Abubut the whole of Aravali mountain range, Situated at a height of 1722 meters from the sea-level, Gurushikar provides a breathtaking panoramic view of Mount Abu town and green aravali range.
If you are traveling through the beautiful Mount Abu region in Rajasthan, you should ensure that you pay a visit to Guru Shikhar for postcard picture quality views of the town of Mount Abu and the Aravali Range, Guru Shikhar is also home to many beautiful and historic temples.
Coming to the peak of Guru Shikhar, you must make sure that you visit the temple of Guru Dattatreya. Many Hindus in the Western Indian regions believed that Dattatreya is a God. They believe that Dattatreya is an incarnation of the Divine Trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. The word Datta means "Given," Datta is called so because the divine trinity have "given" themselves in the form of a son to the sage couple Atri and Anasuya. He is the son of Atri, hence the name "Atreya." Nearby is an historic bell which was inscribed with 1488 V.S (1411AD.) Unfortunately the old bell has disintegrated and had to be replaced by a new one.

If you go to the peak just a little to the north-west of Guru Shikhar, you can visit the shrine dedicated to Ahilya, the mother of Dattatreya. Like those from the taller Guru Shikhar peak, the views are simply enchanting.To get to the peak of Guru Shikhar, you need to travel the approximately 7km longDelwaraAchalGarh road. It you are already traveling through the Mount Abu region, this is a very short trip to see the panoramic views offered of both the town and the lush green Aravali Range. A visit to Guru Shikhar also gives you the ability to enjoy a visit to the historic temples and shrines.

Adhar Devi
Temple Of Goddess Arbuda

Situated in a cave, The Adhar Devi Temple is one of the popular religious themed tourist destinations in the Mount Abu region. It is situated three kilometers north of the main town of Mount Abu. The Adhar Devi Temple is reached by climbing up 365 stairs carved into the mountain. The temple itself is located inside a rocky cleave and is reached by crawling through a small opening into the cave.
The Adhar Devi Temple is dedicated to the Goddess Durga. It got its name because the legend has it that "Adhar" of the Mataji (Goddess deity) fell here also it was believed that the image of the goddess could be found there hanging in mid air. As well as being a popular tourist destination, the Adhar Devi Temple is also a common destination for many religion pilgrimages The Adhar Devi temple receives most pilgrims during the 9 days of the holyNavratriseason.

The Adhar Devi temple contains many beautiful statues, and those that make the effort to climb the stairs are rewarded with many picturesque views of the surrounding mountains and forests. The climb up to the Adhar Devi temple can be a difficult one so it is recommended that you wear appropriate clothing and footwear. You should not be turned off by this walk as the scenic views surrounding the temple and the wondrous beauty inside make this climb worth the effort.

Trevor's Tank
Crocodile & Wildlife Sanctuary

Trevor's Tank is a picturesque location just 5 kilometers from the main town of Mount Abu, and one of the Mount Abu region's most popular tourist destinations. It is a nature lover's paradise that is named after the British engineer who built it.Trevor, the British engineer who built it, was dedicated to building a beautiful place for people to enjoy and watch nature. At Trevor's Tank you can see and enjoy the following.

The man made tank (referred to as Trevor's Tank after the British engineer who built it) that is used to breed crocodiles·A visit to Trevor's Tank offers picturesque scenery and a multitude of views. If you visit Trevor's tank, you should pack a picnic. It is a popular picnic destination for tourists and locals alike.Trevor's Tank contains many purpose built viewing stations that offer you the unique opportunity to watch the plentiful wildlife in their natural habitat. This is a very popular night time activity.

If you visit Trevor's Tank during the right season, and you are very quiet, you may be lucky enough to spot one of the wild black bears that inhabit the region.

Bird watcher's from throughout the world flock to Trevor's Tank because it is a dream location and there are a lot of bird species. If you spend long enough there you could spot pigeons, peacocks and partridges, amongst the rich hills and thick forest.

The Mount Abu region in Rajasthan offers a lot to see and do. There are a lot of man made beauties- consisting of temples and other tourist spots. However, the beautiful scenic views, the native flora and the native fauna offer a nature lover's paradise. If you are a person that appreciates natural beauty, then Trevor's Tank here at Mount Abu is the perfect place for you to visit on your holiday in Mount Abu. It is also advisable to go for a picnic or a adventure tour (with help of a local guide) and a full day outing at this beautiful location.

Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the oldest parts of the Mount Abu mountain ranges. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many sightseeing points offering fantastic views. Many people visit the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary just for the sightseeing and views, but most visit The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary for the animals and birds. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is about 7 kilometres long and only 300 metres wide. This means that while you take the long walk down The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary you won't miss much on either side.
The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is located in one of the regions oldest mountain ranges- The Aravali. The area was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1960. In addition to the sightseeing opportunities, the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular destination for eco-tourism. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary crosses a variety of mountain highs, from 300m to 1722m at Gurashikhar- the highest peak in the Aravali Ranges.

The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is full of floral beauty. There is an evergreen forest that meets the water and the valleys on the other side. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary houses around 112 plant families with 449 genera and 820 species. Many of these species are dicots and the rest are monocots. You can also find many orchids at the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. Don't forget the many roses and bamboo rich areas.

Location
The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Aravali Ranges- one of the Rajasthan Regions oldest mountain ranges. It was declared a sanctuary in 1960.

Topography
The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is long and thin- it is about 5-8km long and between 300-1722m wide.
It is made from igneous rocks which have formed large cavities in many areas due to the weathering effects of wind and water. This is common throughout the entire Mount Abu region.

Flora
The Mount Abu Region and the Aravali Ranges have a wide and rich floral diversity. The foothills of the mountain ranges contain xeromorphic subtropical thorn forests whilst the rivers and tributaries are boarded by subtropical evergreen forests, which also appear at higher levels.
These forests consist of 112 plant families with 449 genera and 820 species. Of these, 663 species are dicots while 157 species are monocots. Many of these species are very rare and threatened.

Fauna
The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary contains a wide and varied range of fauna for you to appreciate. There are over 250 species of bird- including the popular grey jungle fowl. The Mount Abu Wildlife sanctuary also houses leopard sloth bear, wild boar, sambar, chinkara and langur amongst others. Many of the animals in the sanctuary are extremely rare and threatened.It is believed that the lion and tiger once populated the region, but cats of this variety have not been in the season for a long time.

Gaumukh Temple
The Place Of The Ancient Sages & Saints

The Mount Abu region of Rajasthan contains many beautiful and popular tourist destinations. If you are visiting there you must visit the Gaumukh Temple. If you do take the opportunity to visit the Gaumukh Temple and its beautiful surrounds, you can enjoy walking excursions, picnics as well as viewing the beautiful temple and its statues. The Gaumukh Temple is also popular for religious pilgrimages and meditation.
The Gaumukh Temple was built in its location as a dedication to Saint Vashishth. It is believed that Saint Vashishth performed a yagna there that created the four major Rajput clans. There is also a tank that you should visit-the Agni Kund. The Agni Kund is believed to be the site of a sacrificial fire which Saint Vashishth used to perform the yagni from which the four clans were born.

The cow is considered a sacred animal by those who make religious pilgrimages to the Gaumukh Temple and nearby the temple you will find a spring that is believed to have emerged from the mouth of a rock that is shaped similar to a cows head. A large marble statue of a cow has been built on the site. The bull is representative of Nandi, who was Shiva's vehicle. There is a stream of water that flows from the mouth of the marble bull. Nearby you will find statues of Nandi, Saint Vashishth, Lord Ram and Lord Krishna.

If you are a visitor to the Mount Abu region and you wish to experience some of the local religious culture, you must visit the Gaumukh Temple. Once only popular for Ancient sages and saints to meditate at, the Gaumukh Temple is now a popular tourist destination. The Gaumukh Temple is located around 5 kilometers from the Hanuman Temple situated in a wild valley that is reached by climbing down over 700 steps. The area is covered with very think forest cover and visiting the place after dark & rainy season is not recommended without proper information and local guidance, you should plan for a full day trip to Gaumukh if you want to enjoy the beauty and nature of this place.

BRAHMA KUMARIS
Hill-stations are perfect for meditation and so does is Mount Abu, The town holds the honor of being the Head-quarters of world-renowned Brahma-Kumaris spiritual university, apart from traditional meditation you can learn Rajyoga and other spiritual courses offered here.

"Every Human being is divine and complete. Ignite the Light and allow it to spread to the Universe”.

In a world of declining standards, disintegrating values, and rapid unpredictable changes, the one institution that seeks to heal the individual and social trauma by offering the spiritual understanding of the self and the world, is Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya (PPBKIVV)

The Brahma Kumaris is a socio-spiritual and educational institution of international repute. It has over 8500 centres in 132 countries with membership over 8,00,000 worldwide.The Brahma Kumaris is a non-governmental organization affiliated to the Department of Public Information (DPI) in consultative status with the United Nations Economic & Social Council (ECOSOC) and UNICEF. The institution has received 7 Peace Messenger Awards for their significant contributions in the observance of the United Nation's International Year of Peace.

Aims and Objects
The Brahma Kumaris acknowledges the intrinsic goodness of all people. They teach a practical method of meditation that helps individuals understand their inner strengths and values. A worldwide family of individuals from all walks of life, they are committed to spiritual growth and personal transformation, believing them essential in creating a peaceful and just world. Acknowledging the challenges of rapid global change, they nurture the well-being of the entire human family by promoting spiritual understanding, leadership with integrity and elevated actions towards a better world.

The institution is working at all levels of society to bring about positive changes in the world. It offers educational programmes in moral and spiritual values aimed at building a greater awareness of the worth and dignity of a human being. The curriculum is based on the recognition of the intrinsic goodness and spirituality of every human being.
Rajyoga meditation enables a person to free oneself from mental tension, to attain high degree of mental concentration, and to develop positive personality and a life style based on wisdom. It also enables an individual to free from drugs and bad habits. The main approach is Inside - Out - Self Transformation will lead to world transformation.

History
Perhaps few organisations have stimulated as much change and discussion at the time of their inception, or have undergone such expansion in succeeding decades, as the Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya. Yet, throughout its growth and development, the institution has managed to maintain its original principles and adhere to its original purpose.

The Founder — Brahma Baba
When the Vishwa Vidyalaya came into being under the name "Om Mandali” it consisted of only a handful of men, women and children living in Hyderabad, Sindh (now part of Pakistan, but at that time part of colonial India). After a respected and wealthy member of their community, Dada Lekhraj Kripalani, experienced a series of divine visions and spiritual revelations by the Supreme Soul in 1936, these spiritual pioneers were inspired to transform their lives.

Dada Lekhraj's visions revealed a body of knowledge about the nature of the soul, of God and of time – concepts so simple in their expression but so profound in meaning that they awakened a powerful sense of recognition in those with whom the visions were shared.A year after Om Mandali's establishment, the organisation moved from Hyderabad to Karachi. For fourteen years, until two years after the partition of India and Pakistan, the founding group of nearly 400 individuals lived as a self–sufficient community devoting their time to intense spiritual study, meditation and self transformation.

In course time, Dada Lekhraj came to be known asPrajapita Brahmaand those were morally reborn or spiritually regenerated through oracles of God Shiva through Brahma, were known as Brahma Kumaris and Brahma Kumars and this educational institution came to be known as Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya.Brahma Baba left his body in 1969 at the age of 93. In the headquarters in Mt. Abu, the Tower of Peace stands as a tribute to the invincible spirit of an ordinary human being who achieved greatness by rising to the challenge of the deeper truths of life.


World Headquarters
In 1950, the institution moved to Mount Abu, a quiet place reputed for its ancient heritage and regarded as a sacred destination by many in search of spiritual rejuvenation and empowerment. Nestled high in the Aravali Mountains of Rajasthan, it provided an ideal location for reflection and contemplation. In the folklore of ancient texts, Abu is praised as a holy place and is associated with the names of sages and seers; thus there are many temples and hermitages to be found upon it.

Headquarters Campuses
However, a short walk takes you away from the maze of activity into the tranquil seclusion of this sacred destination whose atmosphere emanates a sense of enchantment; and to the worldwide headquarters of the Brahma Kumaris from whence the knowledge of the king of all yogas, Raja Yoga, is disseminated. The headquarters complex consists of three campuses – Madhuban(Pandav Bhawan & Om Shanti Bhawan), Gyan Sarovar and Shantivan – as well as a recreational park called Peace Park, World Renewal Spiritual Museum and the Global Hospital & Research Centre.

Gyan Sarovar - The Lake of Knowledge
Gyan Sarovar is officially known as ‘The Academy for a Better World'. The name Gyan Sarovar is reminiscent of ‘Mansarovar', about which a legend goes that anyone who dipped into the lake emerged in the form of a fairy or an angel. Gyan Sarovar is an environment which enables individuals to dip into the ‘Lake of Knowledge' and emerge highly transformed.
Founded by the Brahma Kumaris in 1996, the Gyan Sarovar Academy for a Better World was inaugurated as part of the celebration of the University's 60th anniversary. The Academy is an international campus – a place where men, women and children can reach their unique human potential and cultivate the values of our common humanity.

Gyan Sarovar Campus
Gyan Sarovar is a community development project that involved the construction of a complete village complex on 32 acres of land. On this land, which is located on Mt. Abu four kilometres from Madhuban, the Brahma Kumaris have created a retreat atmosphere without disturbing the natural topography and the original environment. The design integrates both urban and rural elements into a harmonious and holistic environment which lends itself to being eco–friendly and free from air and noise pollution.

Spiritual Art Gallery
There is a Spiritual Art Gallery that is built with the co-operation of people of the world. This exhibits various spiritual facets and is equipped with art, sound and modern technology. This place is furnished by Bks. The knowledge of soul and Supreme Soul has been explained with the help of modern audio-visual aids. The technology of science and silence is also included. The main attractions are audio-visual shows, laser shows, hologram and multi-media presentations. No visit to Gyan Sarovar is complete without seeing The Spiritual Art Gallery.The entry to the Gallery is free of any charges.

Harmony Hall, Baba's Oval-shaped room, Meditation room, Russian fountain are worth seeing. Baba's Hut is a point of attraction for visitors. There is a Training Centre that has 13 halls which can accommodate 150 people each. There is another noteworthy place, Spiritual Application Research Centre (SPARC). For the smooth administration of the Institution, it is divided into certain Wings for the welfare of the society such as Science and Engineering, Media, Sports, Education, Political, Religious, Administration, Cultural, Jurists, Security, Women, Social Service, Business and Industries, Youth, Medical, Transport and Rural. In these rooms, there is seating capacity for 75 to 150 people. There is a Shiva Bhola Nath Bhandara, Dining Hall in which 2000 people can dine simultaneously at 7 different counters.

There is a big auditorium in the Academy, which is known as Harmony Hall. 1800 people can sit in it. There is a translation facility in 17 languages simultaneously. The sound system is excellent. The Hall is equipped with heating and cooling facilities.There are 30,000 different kinds of trees and plants in this academy which make this place very charming.In 1996, the Academy was presented to Habitat II, the second UN Conference on Human Settlements held in Istanbul, Turkey. It was recognised as part of the Best Practise Initiative for Human Settlements.

Gyan Sarovar Programmes
Because the Brahma Kumaris see spirituality as the key to an ethical and moral renaissance and lasting social harmony, the programmes offered at Gyan Sarovar include subjects such as self–empowerment, self–management, positive thinking, meditation, practical spirituality and organisational leadership. These programmes, courses and retreats focus on achieving long–term and lasting changes in attitude, behaviour and lifestyles. They draw on the experience and insights gained, and the methods, techniques and skills developed, during the Brahma Kumaris' sixty–year history.

Madhuban - The Forest of Honey
Cradled by Mt. Abu's rugged splendour and lush vegetation, and nestled near the still waters of Nakki Lake, lies ‘Madhuban', the global headquarters of the Brahma Kumaris.Madhuban is a place where thousands of BK students from nearly 130 countries gather to deepen their meditation practice. Madhuban's clear and subtle atmosphere of spirituality inspires profound experiences. A practitioner of Raja Yoga meditation has no need to make radical changes in life–style or permanently leave home and family. However, a few weeks in Madhuban, away from worldly responsibilities, dramatically assists a student's spiritual growth. Lectures and workshops provide essential tools which enable students to explore and emerge the powers of spirituality innate within each human being.

The Madhuban Campus
Over the decades the Madhuban campus has evolved into an expansive, yet still homely, complex of dormitories, residential units, meditation venues and buildings that house dining facilities, administrative offices, a literature shop, a telephone exchange and a dispensary.

Om Shanti Bhawan (Universal Peace Hall)
Om Shanti Bhawan was constructed in 1983 in which the main assembly hall, Universal Peace Hall, is situated. It is a very attractive assembly hall and 5,000 people can sit in it. Besides this, there is facility of translation in 16 languages simultaneously. It has been declared as a public tourist place. More than 8,000 people come here to see it daily. Every year spiritual conferences are organized here on a large scale. Special facilities of Rajyoga Education for Indian as well as for foreign brothers and sisters are available here. So, seminars relating to values and spirituality are held here.

Pandav Bhawan
The spiritual students experience extreme peace as they enter Pandav Bhawan at Abu. They remember God on the premises spontaneously. It is believed that Pandavas accepted God Shiva as their charioteer after they had renounced all the mundane luxuries. In the same way, the dedicated and surrendered souls who dwell here accept God Shiva as their Supreme Father, Teacher, Satguru! The surrendered brothers and sisters live a very simple life style and experience deep meditation daily.

Tower of Peace
Brahma Baba left his mortal coil on 18th January, 1969 and the memorial named ‘Tower of Peace' was raised. This is a memorial that symbolizes sacrifice and tapasya of Pita Shri Brahma and eradicates the vices of the vicious people. The tower of peace, knowledge, might and purity inspire the people to lead pure and yogi life. It creates a feeling as if Brahma Baba is calling his children from the subtle world. The visitors regard it as a living temple. The B.Ks consider it asMaha Dham. God says, ‘If you want to be powerful, come to this place.'
World Renewal Spiritual Museum

The Spiritual Museum is situated in the heart of Mount Abu, near the historical Nakki Lake. It attracts tourists coming from India and abroad. There are fascinating large statues and translights which very effectively show that the era of vices and sorrows is to be over soon and replaced by Satyuga having purity, peace, bliss.This museum provides the knowledge of the whole world and the four yugas including the fifth short yuga of confluence - the Sangam yuga. The tableau of Golden Bharat fills our mind with ecstasy. It also provides the knowledge of karmic philosophy. In this museum, a laser show is shown free of cost which presents the perfect combination of science and spirituality. At the end of this show, the visitors experience the effect of Rajyoga through the laser beams for a few minutes.There is a Rajyoga room in this museum wherein visitors are given Rajyoga training. Godly knowledge and Rajyoga camps are organised here in the evening and morning.

Global Hospital & Research Centre
Western Rajasthan is one of the least privileged areas of India. Much of it is desert, water is in short supply and the illiteracy rate is high. The majority of the population has long been deprived of basic health measures. This situation began to change in 1990 with the establishment of the J. Watumull Memorial Global Hospital and Research Centre, a Brahma Kumaris initiative. Designed to provide high quality, modern, holistic healthcare services in a tranquil, rural environment, the hospital offers free or subsidised treatment and medicine to 100,000 people, of whom 54,000 are tribal residents inhabiting 855 primitive villages. The hospital is managed and run by a charitable trust established and supported by members of the Brahma Kumaris. To know more, please visit theGlobal Hospital and Research Centre.
The Global Hospital and Research Centre is a dream come true for the tribals and local people of Mount Abu. The GHRC was built with an aim to provide holistic health-care in this predominantly rural and poor area, by blending the best of western science and oriental remedies with the techniques of Rajyoga meditation. The unique aspect of GHRC is its beautiful surroundings, clean interiors and the serene, smiling faces of the hospital staff.

Day to day operations in GHRC are supervised by qualified personnel, most of whom are also practitioners of Rajyoga meditation. It has 15 clinics in the Out-Patient Department, 70 in-patient beds, fully equipped operating rooms, radiology and pathlab for diagnostic procedures and special clinics for homeopathy, magnetotherapy and nature cure. The hospital provides more than 80% of its services free of charge. Other salient features of GHRC are:

* Free consultation.
* Free treatment and free supply of medicines to those who are unable to pay, as well as to those who are dedicated to spiritual and religious orders.
* Providing free diagnosis, treatment and medicines in remote villages of Mount Abu under the Village Outreach Programme.
* Educating the local community about physical, mental and moral well-being.
* Providing ambulance services.
* Organising diagnostic and screening camps for the ophthalmology department and general medicine patients.
* Organising Coronary Artery Disease Regression Programmes at regular intervals by changing life style.
Peace Park

The Brahma Kumaris Peace Park is both lovely and serene, a natural environment where silence and recreation co–exist. The park offers a perfect recreational environment, with level playing fields, picnic areas, swings, and nature walks. Nestled between two famous peaks of the Aravali hills–the well known spiritual pilgrimage destinations of Guru Shikhar and Achal Garh—Peace Park is an oasis of natural beauty only 8 kms from the Madhuban campus.

Main Attractions of Peace Park

  • Learning more about Rajyoga Knowledge and Self.
  • Guide Lines for Inner Introspection, meditation and concentration with the Supreme Father.
  • Experiencing external beauty and silence with internal beauty peace and bliss.
  • Donating peaceful vibrations for world peace.
  • Audio visual shows and meditation huts
  • Children's Park
  • Shantivan - The Forest of Peace (Talhati, Abu Road)

At the base of Mount Abu, just before Abu Road begins its climb up Mount Abu, lays, to the left of the road, a magnificent complex, the third Brahma Kumaris campus, Shantivan. This sprawling collection of buildings was built in response to Institutions' ever–growing world–transforming activities in the area of spiritual education and training. It provides an excellent venue for holding large conferences, spiritual congregations and retreats, and features modern means of communication, transport, extensive kitchen and dining facilities, well–laid–out roads, electricity, and solar energy.

The Majestic Diamond Hall
The main attraction of Shantivan is its massive, awe–inspiringly Diamond Hall, built to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the University. Majestic in art, architecture and equipment, it has the distinction of being able to seat 20,000 people!
The Shantivan complex includes a main conference hall and six smaller halls. The seating capacity of the conference hall is twelve hundred and there is facility for simultaneous translation in sixteen languages. The smaller halls each accommodate three hundred and fifty people and are suitable for lectures, seminars, workshops, etc. There are also two halls for meditation and a spiritual museum on this campus.
A lotus-shaped‘Tapasya Dham'is built in Shantivan. It is a round-shaped building of which the upper part is shaped like the leaves of a lotus. The gentle fountains around this Dham soothe the mind. There is a small garden where Rajyogis meditate at a solitary place and thus are benefitted spiritually. In addition to this gigantic structure, Shantivan has the largest parabolic solar device in India, which provides steam heat for cooking; and, together with wind energy, provides electricity for computers, the telephone exchange and emergency emergency lighting systems.

Mount Abu is a well known hill-station in Rajasthan state of western India, located in Sirohi district, The mountain forms a distinct rocky plateau 22 km long by 9 km wide. Being a popular holiday destination the place is well connected to rest of the country.

Getting To Mount abu

By Rail
The nearest railway station is Abu Road Station that is located on the main line between Delhi and Mumbai. The station well connected to all major railheads in India via Delhi and Mumbai.

By Air
The nearest airport is Udaipur at a distance of 185 km, But Ahmedabad is having better connectivity and daily flights with other parts of the country and is just 221 KM from Mount Abu, from Ahmedabad or Udaipur.

By Road
Mount Abu is well connected by road with major cities of the country, nearest national highway no. 14 is just 24 kms.

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