About: Angora Rabbit Farm, Oriya

While journey towards Achaleshwar Mahadev temple we saw the display board of Angora Rabbit Farm on the left-hand side. We decided to visit on the way back and had meeting with Jitendra Saxena – the owner of Angora Rabbit Farm (cooperative society). Upon the query he enhanced over knowledge about rabbits and its fur products.

Angora Rabbit is a German breed brought from Germany to Himachal Pradesh. Himachal Pradesh is having the very first unit and in 2007 the unit was started at Oriya, Rajasthan. There is more unit in Uttarakhand.

Angora Rabbit Farm was started with five German Angora Rabbits purchased from Himachal Padesh. Currently, Angor Rabbit Farm is having 175 rabbits, and they all are for fur purpose not for meat.

Rabbits can survive up-to 35 degree temperature. If more temperature they may start bleeding from the nose. German breeds can survive in minus degree also.

The age of rabbit is maximum of seven years. Every alternate month they can go for breeding and maximum baby rabbits produced by a rabbit is 11 at least I have seen – said Jitendra.

The birth cycle of rabbits are of maximum 40 days.

They eat green grass and ready-made food is available.

Every three-months fur is clipped and thread is made and is used at hand-loom. Each Rabbit during one clipping provide 250-300 gm of fur. After removing waste it is upto 225-250 gm. As the process of making thread is costly fur is packed into bags and sent to Himachal Pradesh in Govt. unit and after process thread is sent back in half or one kg spindle. And then it is used with handloom for products.

We made shawls, stoles and muffler. A plain shawl can be made in four hours. Three plain shawls can be made in a day. Plain shawl cost Rs. 2400/-. Design shawl is of Rs. 7000-8000.

Natural color of fur is white but organic die is also used to color fur.

If you compare the wool, it is 7-8 times more warmer than the normal wool.

There is one black and grey rabbit which we are thinking for black fiber which is not available anywhere. It is an Australian breed and we mix it with German Angora breed to make natural black fur.

We sell products here or at exhibition organized by NABARD. Though there is now a days power-loom but demand is still of Hand-loom. We have currently 7-8 employees and time to time training session goes on.

Fantastic information shared. Thanks to Jitendra ji. Thanks a lot. Knowledge enhanced about rabbits and its fur products.

Trekking, Mountaineering Institute, Meditation Centre in Mount Abu

Though there are many places of interest at Mount Abu but other than that Trekking, Mountaineering, and Meditation I found also existing within the hill-town and nearby location.

Harvinder Singh (Harry) is one such person who organize trekking. Once you reach M. K. Circle and walk towards Nakki Lake (approx. 50 meters) you will find his shop on the left hand side. Either he himself will join you for trekking or will arrange someone for you. And charges I find economical.

I did two treks. One was Trevors Tank trek close to Dilwara temple about 1 hour 30 minutes trek passing through Trevors Tank > Abu View Point (122 steps) > Valley View Point (63 steps) > Crocodile Point > Wild Watch Hut > Valley of Death Point > Mini Nakki Lake and finally ending at Chimney.

Second one was Lakh Chaurasi > Sone Singh Cave > Upper Kodra Dam and finally Gaumukh road. Approx. One hour 30 minutes trek.

If you want to know which was the best trek I have to say both were the best. Reaching Upper Kodra Dam is tiresome a little but once you reach the very first glimpse of Kodra dam and clouds touching silent water – amazing to watch.

And how much I paid?

I was the only one with the trekking guide. I paid Rs. 300 for each trek.

Other than trekking once while passing through Arya Samaj Road, nearby Nakki Lake I saw rock climbers. I inquire and knowledge was enhanced by one of the present instructor. They are from Swami Vivekanand Institute Of Mountaineering, Gaumukh Road, close to Gujarat Bhawan where one can take admission to join various mountaineering courses.

Adventure Camp, Gaumukh Road – During the trek of Upper Kodra Dam while ending and coming towards hotel I saw another display board talking about conducting various activities such as rock climbing, repelling, horse riding, night trekking, boating and more…

And Meditation at Spiritual Research Institute (Sambodhi Upavan), Gaumukh Road, Mount Abu. I met Mr. Surane. I was told about various upcoming meditation courses. Currently all seats full but yes, for October one can write to enroll. The institute location is excellent – very peaceful.

In short will say: Mount Abu is not only a hill area with cool green environment within Rajasthan but also location for trekking, mountaineering, meditation. One should visit once. The journey continues…

Time Table of Buses from Mount Abu

Bus Service from Mount Abu to Udaipur? – I inquire and finally made the journey.

R.S.R.T.C. bus started from Mount Abu at 1:00 pm , reached Udaipur bus depot at 5:15 evening hours.

Four hours fifteen minutes comfortable journey. Road condition – excellent and the journey is picturesque. The first time knowledge was enhanced about senior citizen ticket concession (proof of age required). Excellent.

I paid total Rs. 248 for two people.

Other than Udaipur there are buses for Ahmedabad, Banswara, Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota.

Mount Abu Sightseeing via RSRTC Bus

One day during the visit to Mount Abu bus depot I saw a display board at the inquiry/ticket counter talking about Mount Abu sightseeing via 2×2 luxury bus – charges Rs. 85/- per person. And while coming out of bus depot nearby availability of jeeps for sightseeing – charges Rs. 150/- per person.

If you know driving a two-wheeler you should hire a scooter/motorcycle for the tour – another good option. There are many scooter/motorbike rental providers at Mount Abu. The rate for a day starting 9 morning till 8 night is between Rs. 250 – 300. All you have to do is to submit your identity card such as Passport/Pan Card/Voting ID and the scooter/motorcycle is yours for the tour. Petrol you have to fill as per your requirement. If you are staying for more than one night at Mount Abu and wish to keep the vehicle you can. There are no night charges. In-short 24 hours rent is between Rs. 250-300. I paid Rs. 250.

If I compare all transport modes available at Mount Abu or known as per knowledge including rented two-wheelers I find R.S.R.T.C run buses are the cheapest transport for Mount Abu sightseeing.

As per the display board, they start 9:30 morning hours and end the tour at Sunset.

And not to forget at Mount Abu there are roads where private/hired vehicles are not allowed except two-wheelers. It is possible one is tired of walking or old age and sightseeing is far and the wish is to visit. What to do?

Do not worry. Baba Gaadi is the local Mount Abu transport option driven by local men. The vehicle is made of iron to transport people from one place to another. Four people can sit comfortably (mattress) inside the same. It is excellent especially for old people and kids. I remember during Mount Abu tour mother was tired of walking and the only option available at the location was Baba Gaadi. I paid Rs. 20 per person (after the bargain) for approx. half km distance. Baba Gaadi is mostly used by people for Sunset point or Honeymoon point visits. The gaadi is available mostly nearby the town area.

One of The Best Restaurants and Canteen in Mount Abu

Afternoon time I along with my mother passing by Ambedkar Circle, Mount Abu, and a look at the restaurant – Arbuda where there are no seats empty and many waiting outside for their turn to have lunch. We too were hungry. The curiosity to visit as per the rush. We too stand in the queue. As we were two only we were invited to have a seat much earlier. Rajma, Bundi Raita, and Butter Roti – requested from the Menu. Quick service and the food tasty. I remember the owner of the restaurant visited and had talks with my mother about the quality of the food and service. Good – she said.

Arbuda restaurant is as equal as any big town/city restaurant serving Rajasthani/Gujarati/Punjabi/South Indian/Chinese/Continental and many more dishes. Even for breakfast, it is one of the best restaurants. Once we had Banana Honey Porridge and another morning we had Cheese Garlic Toast.

Night hours and the rush as it is at Arbuda. Any other restaurant? – A thought.

Let us try Gujarati khana (food). Hotel Gujarat is opposite Girls School and has a restaurant below. Again queue. Few minutes wait and availability of seats. We order Kadhi Khichidi. Service quick. Food tasty.

Morning hours and a visit to Shree Swaminarayan mandir. After prayers, while walking downstairs we saw a canteen run by a family. A visit and request for Aalu Paratha and Dahi (curd). Homemade food almost. The best food I had at Mount Abu – in short. The best maybe because I love homemade food and economical as well. But the only problem canteen is a little far from Nakki Lake or Bus Depot. I wish I was staying at Shree Swaminarayan temple. They have an accommodation facility. Next time maybe.

Update

This time during the visit to Mount Abu I most of the time preferred the canteen food at Shree Swaminarayan temple. Aalu Paratha, Chas for breakfast, Unlimited Thali for Lunch or Dinner what to say fantastic. Even for train journey, I requested the canteen owner to pack dinner.

Cost of Aaloo Paratha – Rs. 30, Chas – Rs. 15, Tea – Rs. 15, Thali – Rs. 80. Economical for sure.

Timings: 7:00 am – 10:00 pm

Not to forget another great restaurant situated at Seth Shri Raghunath Das Parihar Inn. During our stay, we had Palak Paneer and Aaloo Chola with Butter Tandori Roti for lunch, Cheese and Vegetable Cutlets as evening snacks. The journey continues…

Taxi Fare from Abu Road Railway Station to Mount Abu

Abu Road Railway Station to Mount Abu via Indica Non-AC taxi I paid Rs. 350.

The distance between Abu Road Railway Station to Mount Abu is 28 km and one hour approx. travel time.

Update

Recently 2014 during visit to Mount Abu I again hire taxi service. This time the taxi driver requested for Rs. 400/- for non-ac Indica but upon bargain he was ready for Rs. 350/-.

There are more cheaper options to reach Mount Abu from Abu road and one is sharing jeep service Rs. 30/- per passenger. Another option is bus service. Bus stand is approx. 200 meters away from Abu Road railway station. Taxi and sharing jeep are available outside station.

Note: Mount Abu is the highest Aravalli Range and one has to drive upwards more than 4,000 feet.