Prime sites in Mount
Temple: A natural spring flowing through a sculpted
cow's head gives the shrine its name. The famous 'yagna'
of Sage Vashishtha was performed here. A beautifully sculpted
hill temple of Arbuada - the mighty serpent, stands against
the beautiful backdrop. Nearby is the magnificent marble
image of Nandi, the celestial bull rescued by Arbuada.
Lake: A tiny lake, picturesquely set amid hills.
The lake is dotted with several islets approachable by a
boat. Of particular interest are strange rock formations
around the lake. Especially notable is the Toad Rock which
looks like a real toad about to jump into the lake. Others
are Nun Rock and Nandi Rock etc. Set in the heart of the
town, the lake gets its name from the legend that it was
scooped out by the gods with their finger nails or 'Nakh'.
It is the only artificial lake in India that is 1200mts.
above sea level.
Devi Temple: The temple is chiselled out of a huge
rock reached by a flight of 360 stairs. A favourite tourist
Spectacular sight of the setting sun when the hills
are covered in the golden glow can be viewed from here.
Also known as Anadra Point, it offers an enchanting
view of the verdant plains and valleys. The place looks
most beautiful during the dusk hours.
Delwara Jain Temples: These beautifully carved temples
built between 11th and 13th century
A.D. are sheer elegance in marble, dedicated to the Jain
Tirthankaras.The Vimal Vasahi temple is the oldest of these
dedicated to the first Tirthankaras. Built in 1031 A.D.
(by Vimal Shah - a merchant and representative of the then
Gujarat ruler), it is a superb example of temple architecture.
The central shrine has an image of Rishabhdev and large
courtyard with 52 small shrines, each housing a beautiful
statue of tirthankaras with 48 elegantly carved pillars
form the entrance to the courtyard. The Lun Vasahi Temple,
dedicated to the 22nd Tirthankaras - Neminath,
was built in 1231 A.D. by two brothers - Vastupal and Tejpal,
Ministers of Raja Vir Dhawal, a ruler of Gujarat - belonging
to the Porwal Jain community.With door casings. pillars,
architraves, and sculptures on porticos, the temple is a
fine specimen of craftsmanship.
Shri Raghunathji Temple: Situated near the 'Nakki
lake' is the temple dedicated to Shri Raghunathji with a
beautiful image of the deity that was placed here in 14th
century A.D. by Sri Ramanand - the famous Hindu Preacher.
Parks: Beautifully laid parks and gardens are
interspersed throughout the hilly paradise. Ashok Vatika,
Gandhi Park, Municipal Park, Shaitan Singh Park, and Terrace
Garden are some of the noteworthy gardens.
Museum and Art
Gallery: Located at the Raj Bhawan, it has a
collection of archaeological excavations dating back to
8th -12th century A.D. It also has
Jain bronze carvings, brassworks etc., for viewing.