Mount Abu has the unique flavor of being the only hill station in desert of Rajasthan. It is located in the south-western corner of Rajasthan, close to Gujarat. Mount Abu is also a famous pilgrimage center. Abu is at an altitude of 1220 meters, and is the highest point on the Aravalli range. Mount Abu was once the summer resort of the Rajput royal families and later the British. It still bears the remnants of the royal patronage as is evidenced by the numerous recreation bungalows of the British. It is built around a Nakki lake and surrounded by hills and is the most popular summer resort. It’s cool climate, lovely lakes, and breathtaking beautiful Jain temples attracts tourists on a large scale.
Mount Abu with its world-class tourist facilities with hotels ranging from budget to three star and heritage provides a great holiday escape and honeymoon attraction.
There are many hotels located around Nakki Lake. Tourist can easily find various hotels and resorts at Mount Abu. Various five star & three star hotels located at Mount Abu are famous for their hospitality. Hotels in Mount Abu are spread in such a way that all the tourist attraction places and shopping places are nearby so that tourists can visit most of them easily. Most Hotels even provide transportation facility.
Tourist attractions in Mount Abu
Dilwara Temples : One of the finest examples of Jain art and architecture, these set of temples are beautiful stone carvings with intricate details. The complex consists of five major temples dedicated to five Jain tirthankaras. These exquisitely carved Jain temples were built between the 11th and the 13th century AD.
Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary: The sanctuary is known for its rich variety of flora and fauna and attracts wildlife enthusiasts on a large scale. Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is located in one of the oldest mountain ranges of India, the Aravali range. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1960. The tourist can spot panthers, bears, foxes, wild boars and migratory birds inside the park. Apart from rich wildlife species that can be found, the sanctuary is also rich in floral biodiversity with 112 varieties of plants.
Nakki Lake : Nakki Lake is located centrally, at a height of 1200 meters as a major attraction in Mount Abu. Water rides in Nakki Lake are memorable for life time. Nakki Lake is the very ancient sacred lake, according to Hindu Legend. It is called by this name because it was dug out from Nails (Nakh) of Hindu God. Sri Raghunathji Temple and Maharaja Jaipur Palace are located near the lake. The green hills near the lake, date-palms and Gandi Ghat garden enhance its beauty.
Achalgarh fort : The Achalgarh fort, built in the 14th century by Rana Kumbha of Mewar, stands nearby. It encloses several beautiful Jain temples, including the Achaleswar Mahadev Temple (1412) and the Kantinath Temple (1513).
Gaumukh Temple : Located at a distance of 4km south of Mount Abu, it is dedicated to Lord Rama. Gaumukh literally means ‘from the mouth of the cow’. The Gaumukh Temple in Mount Abu gets its name from a natural spring, which flows out of a sculpted cow head. The temple has been cut from a huge rock in the sacred spot where rishi Vashistha performed the great rite and offered sacrifices to Lord Vishnu in order to obtain his blessings.
Adhar Devi Temple : The Adhar Devi Temple is carved entirely out of a single, huge rock. It can be reached only after a tremendous climb of 360 steps.
Guru Shikhar : This is the highest peak on the Mount Abu which provides an excellent view of the whole town. Guru Shikar is the highest peak of the Aravali range, located at about 15 km northeast of Mount Abu. The cool climate and serene environments make the peak a much sought place for seclusion. This peak is the home to the temple of Dattatreya an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. There is a huge brass bell outside the shrine, which overlooks the lush greenery of Mount Abu. The cold sweeping breeze in adjunct with the panoramic view of the natural scenery full of charm and dense distant forests fill in the visitors a throbbing thrill.
Shri Raghunathji Temple: Situated near the ‘Nakki’ lake is the temple dedicated to Lord Raghunath (another name for Lord Rama), the temple holds an ancient idol, which was placed there by Shri Ramanand, the famous scholar and preacher in the 14th century A.D.
Sunset Point: Spectacular sight of the setting sun when the hills are covered in the golden glow can be viewed from here.
Honeymoon Point : Honeymoon Point Known as the Andra Point, which offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape. Take time out to visit Honeymoon Point at sunset when the ambiance is very romantic. The place looks most beautiful during the dusk hours.
Museum and Art Gallery : Located at the Raj Bhawan, it was a collection of archaeological excavations dating back to 8th-12th century A.D. It also has Jain bronze carvings, brassworks etc.
Air: Udaipur at 185 kms is the closest airport.
Rail: Abu Road is the closest railhead at 29 kms, connected to Delhi, Jaipur and Ahmedabad
Road: Mount Abu has a good network of roadways and is in close proximity to the NH 8 and 14. It is connected to Jaipur, Ahmedabad and other cities of Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Best time to visit Mount Abu
One can enjoy a great holiday here irrespective of the season. There is not any bad time to take a tour to this beautiful hill station. Best times to visit Mount Abu are between February and June or any time after the rains between September and December. Lightweight clothes are adequate for the summer months and a warm jacket , sweater or Shawl is required in winters (November-January).