Our trip to Mt. Abu materialized on June 21, finally…
…by virtue of plain destiny!
Why am I saying this? It has an interesting story to boot. The tickets (hotel too) were booked for June 21, 2017, by Aravali Express in April 2017. The dates were chosen by taking into consideration the lean season in office (Read: No Maara Maari), daughter’s summer vacation and most importantly I like to travel in Summer Vacations & Christmas Vacations always.
But this year’s vacation came on a sticky wicket as Chief Minister’s Conclave was announced for June 21, bang on the day of my travel. Slightly disappointed about the date, I took it in stride but never mentioned to daughter and husband about the development. I made up my mind to call off the trip, still waited for some time. After lot of deliberations, series of meetings and pile of communication with CM office…
…in the meanwhile my colleagues Bhagyashree, Reena, Prabha, Monali, Jaya, Lekha, Veena prayed hard and fast that date gets changed and I embark on my trip. Fellow HODs Joseph, Satish Kumar, and Avadhoot Rane showed concern about my trip going kaput because of the program. CEO Sir was the only positive person in the entire episode who pacified me that trip will happen, don’t worry. This way my Mt. Abu trip nearly became an officially close to a National Issue with everyone checking every now and then about the dates. One fine morning, Satish Kumar broke the news, “Your trip is happening” as the date of CM’s Conclave had been shifted to July 5, 2017. I was relaxed that now the trip may happen, if not for any other reason.
Heartfelt thanks to all my colleagues for giving me this unique trip.
So journey by Aravali Express was quite pleasing with clean coaches, fine AC and courteous TC which reached on time too. I tweeted and thanked Suresh Prabhuji, Railway Minister for encouraging people to travel by train. It’s not for me as love traveling by Bhartiya Rail always!
Giving the busy time I was going through, I could not do desired research on Mt. Abu so everything turned out to be a pleasant surprise. On the second day of our stay in Hotel Royal Heritage, Abu Road, we hired a cab for Mount Abu which is some 30 Kms away on a hilly terrain. The road to the destination was across the hills, which I enjoyed very much and the weather was pleasant and cloudy which added to the beauty of Aravali Ranges which encapsulate the beautiful Mt. Abu. During the drive, I felt Abu was somewhat like Mussoorie but it turned out quite different. No wonder Abu is referred to as ‘an oasis in the desert’ as its heights are home to rivers, lakes, waterfalls and evergreen forests.
Our first port of disembarkation was famous Nakki Lake which is a big tourist draw among the tourists. Clouds were hovering over the entire lake and after some time it started drizzling which added to the beauty of the place. The lake is just fabulous where you can undertake boating and some adventure sports too. Situated in the Aravali range in Mount Abu, Nakki Lake is a paradise for nature lovers. The lake in itself is about half a mile in length and quarter of a mile in width. Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed in this Holy Lake on 12 February 1948 and Gandhi Ghat was constructed.
There is a park surrounding the lake where people sit, enjoy, do picnic and click pictures (read Selfies too). The view of the lake is quite amazing and you like being there forever. The lake has famed Toad Rock, located on a height which resembles a Toad ready to jump in the lake and I could see many tourists climbing to get the view of the beautiful hill city. It was like a package…while you visit Nakki Lake with many temples like Raghunath Temple and Maharaja Jaipur Palace on the hills surrounding it and ending your day being at beautiful sunset point which was beautifully captured in the movie Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak.
Your trip to Nakki Lake is not complete without shopping of some handicrafts in the market located down the lake and we loved our picks too from there!
For the uninitiated, Mount Abu is a popular hill station in the Aravalli Range in Sirohi district of Rajasthan state in western India, near the border with Gujarat. The mountain forms a distinct rocky plateau 22 km long by 9 km wide. The highest peak on the mountain is Guru Shikhar at 1,722 m (5,650 ft) above sea level. The nearest train station is Abu Road railway station: 28 km away.
Much appreciate our comfortable stay in hotel Royal Heritage and hospitality extended by Dr. Tosher and his team. One cent: Hotel should accept payment by Credit & Debit Cards too!
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