Far from the throngs of tourists at Mount Abu, the only hill station in Rajasthan, a flame has continuously flickered in a deep valley for nearly 1,200 years. Legend says the sacred fire is burning since the days of the Mahabharata and Ramayana. The place is called Gomukh, for the constant stream of water flowing through a marble-sculpted cow’s mouth. The 800 steps carved out into the valley in the Aravalli hills pass through a thick forest. The only sounds to be heard are from birds and animals as the area is part of a bear sanctuary, some of which even drink water from Gomukh.