Truly a sight for sore eyes, “Mount Abu” is Rajasthan’s only hill station. Located at an elevation of 1220 meters above sea level, Mount Abu lies nestled between the peaks of the Aravalli Range. With its cooling winds, scenic vistas and a touch of vintage grandeur, Mount Abu is a refreshing oasis in the middle of the desert heat.
Best Time to Visit Mount Abu
Due to its elevated height, Mount Abu is blessed with good weather throughout the year. While summers may get a bit too sunny, a soothing breeze flows through Mount Abu. Winters are characterized by low temperatures and pleasant weather. This is perhaps the ideal time to visit Mount Abu. Monsoon showers make for lush landscapes and also give a brief respite from the heat.
Places to Visit in Mount Abu
- Dilwara Temple: Best known for the Jain temples of Dilwara, Mount Abu is sure to take your breath away. Built between 11th and 13th Centuries, Dilwara temples are a set of intricately carved marble temples located 2.5 kilometers from Mount Abu. The complex consists of five temples dedicated to jain tirthankars Adinath, Neminath, Rishabha, Parshvanath and Mahavira. Mount Abu’s Luna Vasahi temple, dedicated to Neminath and Vimal Vasahi Temple dedicated to Rishaba are popular tourist destinations. Depicting the values and beliefs of Jainism, these temples display the unbelievable skill and craftsmanship of marble carving, making it a popular tourist magnet.
Hindu mythology suggests, Nakki Lake in Mount Abu was dug out by Gods to protect them from demon Bashkali using only their nails. No matter what the cause of creation, Nakki Lake is a lovely spot for picnics with family and friends. With several hotels, restaurants and eateries dotted along the lake, you can spend a leisurely evening at Nakki Lake. Sample some of the local cuisine at any of the food stalls located around the lake. You can also rent small boats for a short ride on the lake’s calm waters.
The highest point of Mount Abu, Guru Shikhar offers panoramic views of the entire city and is truly a sight to behold. Perched atop this peak is the temple, Guru Dattatreya which boasts of the incarnation of Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva in one. This serene point will help you forget all your problems and be one with nature. With the temple bells ringing in the distance and the sight of the formidable mountains before you, you will find true peace of mind at Guru Shikhar.
Honeymoon and Sunset Point:
If you are on your honeymoon or are looking for a romantic getaway with your partner, honeymoon point is just for you. Offering gorgeous views of the city below and endless skies ahead, honeymoon point is sure to create a special place in your heart. Take a short trek up to Sunset Point and enjoy the colours of the warm Indian sun. Alternatively, you can also take a pony ride to Sunset Point.
Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary:
Wildlife enthusiasts can sample the pleasures of Mount Abu’s sprawling wildlife sanctuary. You can try your luck at spotting Abu’s star attraction, Leopard. The sanctuary is also home to various animals such as Sambhar, wild boar, bear, wolf, hyena, jackal and jungle cat. Surrounded by lush flora and fauna, Abu’s sub tropical forests house over 250 species of birds. Make sure you take your camera with you so you can capture some beautiful shots.
Another important tourist spot, Achalgarh is an ancient kingdom ruled by Paramara Dynasty. The Achalgarh Fort was reconstructed in 1452 by Maharana Kumbha and renamed Achalgarh meaning immovable. While most part of the fort lies in ruins, the main entrance, carved out of grey granite reflect the grandeur and opulence of the bygone era. The famous temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, Achaleshwar Mahadeva temple is situated near the Achalgarh fort itself. Legend has it that a footprint of Lord Shiva himself is etched into the surface of this temple, thus making it a popular religious spot.
Take in the wonderful sights of Trevor tank which is used to breed crocodiles. Built by the British engineer Trevor, this tank is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience.
Gaumukh Temple Dedicated to Saint Vashishith, the Gaumukh temple worships sacred cows. It is considered to be the birthplace of the Rajput clan and will fill you with a sense of serenity.
Adhar Devi Temple:
A flight of 365 steps takes you to the holy temple of Adhar Devi. Dedicated to Goddess Durga, Adhar Devi Temple is a popular religious spot in Mount Abu.
Situated close to the Adhar Devi Temple, Doodh Baori is a sacred well containing milky water. It is widely believed that the water holds heavenly powers and you must visit this well on your way to Mount Abu.
How to Reach Mount Abu
- By train: The train is probably the easiest way to reach Mount Abu. Abu Road is the nearest station to the main city which is located only 28 km from the city.
- By Air: The nearest airport is Udaipur, if you are traveling by air. However, you will have to book a taxi to reach Mount Abu from the airport.
- By Road: Well connected to major cities, Mount Abu is easily accessible by road. A short 163km from Udaipur, Mount Abu is the perfect option for a road trip. An overnight drive, Delhi is located 739km from Mount Abu. Jaipur is located less than 500kms from Mount Abu and is a 7 hour drive.
Food and Shopping in Mount Abu
When in Rajasthan, expect nothing less than royalty. With a plethora of options to choose from, you will never go hungry in Mount Abu. A delightful mix of traditional and modern delicacies, be sure to sample the treats offered by Nakki Lake’s food stalls. You can also try the local eateries that provide authentic Rajasthani dishes. Jaipur Palace is a popular restaurant offering North Indian and Rajasthani food. Widely regarded as one of the best views of Mount Abu, Jaipur Palace is a treat to the senses. Arbuda Restaurant is another crowd favorite which is why the place is always buzzing. Offering a selection of fresh fruit juices, North Indian dishes and Rajasthani delicacies, no trip to Mount Abu can be complete without a meal at Arbuda. Add a touch of ethnicity to your home by shopping at the local stalls for traditional handicrafts, gift items and home goods.
Mount Abu’s simple and uncomplicated lifestyle is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of city life. It is no wonder that this fresh and vibrant hill station attracts a flux of tourists every year.