Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Mount Abu : A Medical Tourism Hub of India

Mount Abu, Tourists Paradise
Mount Abu is a jewel in the desert land of Rajshthan, India. It's an affordable hill station, a holy place, Non conventional energy & Astronomical research centre and a historical place visited by many foreign tourists.

Mount Abu is located on the border of Rajasthan and Gujarat, in Sirohi district of Rajasthan. It is just 190 kms from Udaipur by road. Mount Abu being a hill station can be visited at any time but it is advisable to visit Mount Abu after or during monsoon season that is from July to October. During this season one can see the lush green covered Aravali Mountain Ranges. All over the mountains greenery will be spread like a carpet. Mount Abu can be seen in winter also but the temperature will be very low during winter. It is said that during winter if you wake up early in the morning you can see the freezing drops of dew on the tress and cars.
Mount Abu During Rainy Weather
Mount Abu is a wildly popular summer escape, especially for Rajasthani and Gujarati families who flock here to enjoy the cool temperatures of this 3,937-foot-high (1,200-meter) town. Apart from its natural beauty, Mount Abu also has several Jain temples with some of the most amazingly intricate carvings.The ancient name of Mount Abu is "Arbudaanchal". 

Attractions 

Dilwara Temple Art Work
Dilwara Temples A must-see. Among the temples, the most stunning include the 11th-century Vimal Vasahi and the 13th-century Luna Vasahi; each of these temples took workers about 15 years to complete. Photography is prohibited.

Nakki Lake-Mount Abu
Nakki Lake A beautiful lake surrounded by hills on all sides. It is said that various gods dig the earth with their nails (nakh in Hindi) and that's how it derive its name. One can enjoy boating in the lake. Charges are normal - Rs. 75 for half an hour for 2 seater paddle boat and Rs. 150 for half an hour for 4 seater paddle boat. 
Sunset Point-Mount Abu
Honeymoon Point-Mount Abu

Tourists Enjoying Sunset at Mount Abu
Sunset Point At sunset point the view is mesmerising. 
Universal Peace Hall - Mount Abu
Brahma Kumari's Universal Peace Hall And University The Universal Peace Hall, a 3,000 seat auditorium, has regularly hosted international conferences since 1983. Dining facilities can cater meals for up to 4,000. Here where free tours are available, including an introduction to the philosophy of the Brahma Kumaris.
Guru Shikar-Highest Peak of Aravali Hills-Abu
Guru Shikhar At 1722 meters above sea level, this is the highest peak of the Aravali range and has temple, observatory and air force station radar on top.
Achalgarh Temple
Achalgarh Temple Entrance
Achalgarh A short distance away, a fort built in the 14th century by Rana Kumbha of Mewar. Also houses Jain temples, Achaleswar Mahadev Temple (1412AD) and the Kantinath Temple (1513AD. If you are an adventure lover then this place will provide you a good spot for hiking. instead of taking usual routes hike for the temple and you will love it. 
Adhar Devi Temple Entrance-Mount Abu
Adhar Devi Temple-Mount Abu
Adhar Devi Temple 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 kilometres 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.

Gyan Sarovar-Mount Abu
Gyan Sarovar Exibhition
Gyan Sarovar -Top View
Gyan Sarovar It is a community development project that involved the construction of a complete village complex on 25 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 campus includes.

  • Universal Harmony Hall, an auditorium with a seating capacity of 1,600 people with simultaneous translation equipment for 16 languages;
  • An International Spiritual Art Gallery, housing sculptures, morals, audio-visual and laser displays, and other artwork from around the world
  • An International Centre for Higher Learning comprising 13 seminar and training rooms
  • Spiritual Application & Research Centre (SPARC);
  • Accommodation for up to 1,500 people
  • Kitchen and dining facilities capable of serving 1,200 people at a time.
  • The recycled water of 3 man-made lakes which irrigate the 15,000 trees planted to provide fruits and vegetables and maintain the rural retreat atmosphere.
  • Solar water heater for cooking; the telephone exchange, computer and emergency lighting systems are powered by  solar and wind energy.
  • There is also a unique waste treatment plant capable of treating 200,000 litres of washing, kitchen and bathroom waste water a day, of which nearly 80% is available for re-use. 
Global Hospital & Research Centre- Famous Medical Tourism Hub of India
Global Hospital and Research Centre "Is this a hospital?"­ is the first thought that enters the mind of many of the visitors. The design of hospital is unique to save energy by utilising daylight through huge windows. It's clean, beautiful and world class. Medical tourism is a growing sector in India. Price advantage is, of course, a major selling point. It is like "First World treatment' at Third World prices". Global Hospital, Mount Abu is one of the hub of medical tourism in India.

The cost differential across the board is huge: only a tenth and sometimes even a sixteenth of the cost in the West. Knee surgery (on both knees) costs around 350,000 rupees ($7,700) in India; in Britain this costs £10,000 ($16,950), more than twice as much. Dental, eye and cosmetic surgeries in Western countries cost three to four times as much as in India.

Built to take advantage of a beautiful, clean and quiet mountain top setting, this 102-bed hospital is a heaven of peace in an area where there is an acute shortage of health care.Its work is based on the philosophy that lasting solutions to health problems require healing of mind, body and spirit.

Most patients receive the hospital’s services free of charge. While a good percentage of staff works here voluntarily. Free guided tours are available for all visitors during day time. A must see attraction in mount abu.

Gaumukh Temple-Mount Abu
Gaumukh Gaumukh is situated at a distance of about six kilometres from the Bus stand at Mount Abu.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.
Trevors Tank, Mount Abu-Wild Life
Trevors Tank Trevor’s Tank is a picturesque location just 5 kilometres 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. 

Peace Park -Mount Abu
Peace Park The Brahma Kumaris Peace Park is both lovely and serene and offers a perfect recreation retreat, with playing fields, picnic areas, swings, and nature walks.The Peace Park is nestled between two famous peaks of the Aravall hills - the well known spiritual pilgrimage destinations of Guru Shikhar and Achal Garh  found only 8 kms from the Brahma Kumaris Headquarters in Mount Abu.

A short video presentation is available for visitors, which highlights concepts of interest within the teachings of Rajyoga. After the video, visitors are invited to experience the practical effects of Rajyoga Meditation in a choice of venues the open air grass hut, the stone cave, the bamboo meditation hut or if they choose they may simply find a quiet place in the naturally peaceful atmosphere of the park's gardens.

Archaeological Museum The museum is a famous tourist attraction. It remains open from 10:00 am and 4:30 pm and remains closed on Fridays. It features exquisitely carved out statues of Nartakis and the spectacular sculptures of the old Chandravati Township.

How to Get There
Buses from various Rajasthani towns make the trip to Mount Abu, but make sure you get one of the buses that go all the way up, as many stop at the base of the mountain (Abu Road) and require a change of bus. Share-jeeps frequently make the 17-mile (27-kilometer) ascent from Abu Road. There are train services (from Abu Road) including to/from Delhi, Jaipur, and Jodhpur. 

How to Get Around
You can get around by foot or take a share-jeep for longer trips. Mount Abu does not have any auto rickshaws. Local buses travel to nearby attractions.

Mount Abu is surely unmissable, yet very affordable !

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