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Rajasthan Travel Guide

Mount Abu

High in the Aravali Hills, Mount Abu is Rajasthan's only hill station, and it attracts hordes of tourists from the neighboring state of Gujarat, who come to enjoy the town's cool climate and pretty lakes. As a result, you'll find a large number of restaurants here serving the famously sweet Gujarati thalis. It's also a great place to stop if you like taking long walks or are simply looking

to escape the heat during the unforgiving pre-monsoon months (April and May), although you may want to give it a miss if you're short on time.

Mount Abu is a major pilgrimage center for Jains, who come here for the famous Dilwara Temples, a group of five awe-inspiring carved temples that were built of marble between the 11th and 13th centuries. Each is dedicated to a different Thirthankar (enlightened ascetic). The 13th-century Luna Vasahi and the 11th-century Vimal Vasahi temples are of special note. The highlight of the Luna Vasahi is its ceilings, covered with interconnected marble carvings; the Vinak Vasahi, with its intricately carved white-marble columns and dome, is equally splendid.

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