Mount Abu is a surprising mountain retreat in the deserts of Rajasthan. Located at an altitude of 1220 meters, this hill station gives a refreshing break from the summer blaze. Mount Abu was earlier known as ‘Arbudaranya’, after the Serpent God named Arbuda. The place is bestowed with diverse flora and calming ambience that attracts tourists from India and abroad alike. On driving through the deserts of Rajasthan, as you reach Mount Abu, you can witness the beauty of sands giving away to cool breeze, lovely trees and verdant mountains. Mount Abu is undoubtedly a destination that you can never get enough of.
Location : State/District
Mount Abu is located in the Sirohi district of the state of Rajasthan, in India. The latitude of Mount Abu is 24.5925° N whereas the longitude is 72.7083° E.
Mount Abu is stunning hill station sitting on a plateau amidst the deserts of Rajasthan. The place is also packed with medieval and ancient sites, thereby making it a heritage site.
Family Holiday, Honeymoon Destination, Historical Monuments
Mount Abu has something for every tourist of this place. It is a perfect destination for holidaying with family and also a superb place for honeymooners. Mount Abu is also the most important pilgrimage site for Jain followers. The presence of historical monuments and building makes this place a must-visit destination for history seekers and archaeologists. Mount Abu is the perfect weekend retreat for the people of Rajasthan to get away from the scorching heat of the sun. Mount Abu is also a chosen adventure destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
Mount Abu has a pleasant and cool climate in all season making it a year round holiday destination. Even during the summer months from April to June the climate remains moderate. The days remain pleasant while the nights are cool. Monsoon season in Mount Abu is marked with moderate rainfall that enhances the beauty of the lush green surroundings. The winter’s season starts from November till February and is moderately cold. Mount Abu can be visiting any time of the year, however the most ideal months are from February to June and September to December. This time is ideal for both sightseeing and outdoor activities.
Travelling to Mount Abu is hassle free for Indian citizens. On the contrary foreigners willing to travel to Mount Abu require visa permission from the government of India. They must also organize their travel documents and also carry their valid passport along with them.
Places to Visit
The Dilwara Jain Temples is the most prime tourist spot of Mount Abu and the chief Jain pilgrimage spot. The temple was constructed between the 11th – 13th centuries and has five different temples, each of which is unique in the Jain culture. The Dilwara Jain Temple is an outstanding example of superb architectural design and concept of those times. The unblemished stone laying techniques and ornamental carvings, make it a must visit place.
Nakki Lake is another popular tourist attraction of Mount Abu and one of the ancient lakes of the region. The lake is considered to be sacred and has several mythological stories linked to it. The Nakki Lake is a very good picnic spot with family and friends alike.
The Wildlife Sanctuary in Mount Abu attracts animal lovers from all corners of the country. The sub-tropical forest was declared as a sanctuary in the year 1980 and is spread over an area of 288 sq kilometres. This sanctuary is home to different species of wildlife like tigers, leopard, jungle cat, hyena, wild boar and pangolin to name a few. The forest also has about 250 species of birds and diversified flora and fauna.
Guru Shikhar is the highest point of Mount Abu located in Aravalli Range. The place offers a picturesque view of the surrounding region and is well known for the Guru Dattatreya temple. He was believed to be one-in-all incarnation of the three Hindu Gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh.
Trevor’s Tank also known as Trevor’s Crocodile Park is a man-made breeding spot of crocodiles that is located at just 5 kms from Mount Abu. The place is bordered with lush green surroundings and the atmosphere is very relaxing and serene. Trevor’s Tank is also an ideal picnic spot and a favourite destination for tourists.
Apart from sightseeing, Mount Abu offers various outdoor activities like rock climbing, trekking, rappelling, Nature’s walk and bird watching. The place also has numerous wildlife observing paths like Devangan Valley, Tiger Path, Trevor’s Tank, Gaumukh, Salgaon Watch Tower and Kodra Dam to name a few.
The Ambaji Mata Temple present in Ambajithat, Gujarat is a close destination from Mount Abu, located at a distance of 45 kms. This temple is considered to be very sacred and devotees flock to this place every year to offer prayers to Goddess Ambaji.
Achalgarh Fort is one of the ancient forts build by the rulers of Paramara Dynasty and located at just 11 kms from Mount Abu. The fort presently is in ruins today, leaving behind few remnants that make it a good tourist spot. The entrance to the Achalgarh Fort is characterized by two remarkable towers made from grey granite rock. There is a famous Achaleshwar Mahadeva Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, close to the fort that is important religious destination for Hindus.
Food & Accommodation
The restaurants of Mount Abu offer the best and authentic traditional Rajasthani food. The conventional Daal-Baati-Churma is the most favourite delicacy and the taste takes you to a memorable gastronomic journey. Besides the local cuisines, the restaurants also serve Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes. Some of the beat eating joints of Mount Abu are Cafe Cincini, Daawat Restaurant, King’s Food and Arbuda Restaurant. If you love North Indian food, the Sher-E-Punjab restaurant is a must try place that offers delicious north Indian delicacies.
Mount Abu has all range of accommodation options right from luxury to deluxe and budgeted hotels. For luxurious travellers there is Cama Rajputana Club Resorts, Connought House, Palanpur Palace Hotel, Aryana Village Hill Resort, Hotel Hilltone and Hotel Chacha Inn. These hotels give the best facilities to their guests and their rooms are priced between INR 4000-7000 per night. For budget-friendly tourists there are countless accommodation options like Saraswati Hotel, Hotel Vinayak, Hotel Mount Winds, Hotel Sunset Inn, Hotel Smarat International, Hotel Banjara and Hotel Chanakya. These hotels give basic service and there room rents per night vary between INR 1000-2500.