Mount Abu is the only hill station in the deserts of Rajasthan and is located at a height of 1220 meters above the sea level. The hill station according to myths was known as ‘Arbudaranya’ and is believed to get its name from the name of a serpent god, Arbuda. Mount Abu is a place of interest for archaeologists as it has many ancient and medieval sites that attract these history seekers. It lies at the top of a granite peak on the magnificent Aravalli ranges and is covered with lush green forests.
The majestic ambiance and the diverse flora attract a lot of tourists to this beautiful hill station. Temples and ancient buildings of this place are the best examples of the rich tradition and culture of the state of Rajasthan. These buildings have carvings and paintings that are glorious in every sense of the imagination and tourists just don’t seem to get enough of them. It is one of the most important Jain pilgrimages in the whole country with the Dilwara Jain temple as the highlight of Mount Abu tourism.
Places to visit in Mount Abu
Nakki Lake, Mount Abu:The Nakki Lake is located at an altitude of 1200 meters. The Lake offers a serene environment to the people who like to relax in peace. According to local legends, the lake is believed to be made by digging with bare hands and nails hence Nakki. The rock carvings around the lake offer the visitors an added point of interest. People can enjoy boating in the lake and experience the tranquil locations that surround it.
Toad Rock, Mount Abu:Toad Rock is situated to the south of Nakki Lake in Mount Abu and comprises of a huge rock that looks like a toad about to jump into the water. This rock structure provides a great view of the lake and the surrounding greenery.
Wildlife Sanctuary, Mount Abu:The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the north eastern part of the hill station. This sanctuary was established in the year 1960 and is spread over an area of 290 square kilometers and is full of lush green forests. The Guru Shikhar peak, highest peak of the Aravalli ranges come under the area of this sanctuary. Various species of wild animals and birds find their homes inside this wildlife sanctuary and offers nature lovers a vivid views. Animals like bears, foxes, wild boar, panthers and sambar deer can be found roaming inside.
Gaumukh Temple - Located at a distance of 4km south of Mount Abu, it is dedicated to Lord Rama is centered on a natural spring flowing out from the mouth of a marble cow and hence gives the shrine its name. One can reach the temple by covering 750 steps.
Adhar Devi Temple: The temple is chiselled out of a huge rock reached by a flight of 360 stairs. A favourite tourist spot.
Sunset Point: Spectacular sight of the setting sun when the hills are covered in the golden glow can be viewed from here.
Honeymoon Point: Also known as Andra Point, it offers an enchanting view of the verdant plains and valleys. The place looks most beautiful during the dusk hours.
Gardens and Parks: Beautifully laid parks and gardens are interspersed throughout the hilly paradise. Ashok Vatika,Gandhi park, Municipal Park,Shaitan Singh Park and Terrace Garden are some of the noteworthy gardens.
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. for viewing.
Government Museum - Located on the complex of Raj Bhawan, the museum was established in 1962. It has good collection of art and artifacts and historic objects associated with this region.
Dilwara Temples, Mount Abu:Dilwara Temples: A cluster of five magnificently constructed temples, offering a peep into the Jain culture and relgion, makes the Dilwara Temples a must see in Mount Abu. The foundation of these temples date back to the 11th century AD. Built with splendid white marble, these temples prove to be of high architectural and religious significance. The Vimal Vashi temple which was constructed by Vimal Shah, is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankaras. The temples boast of Mewar architecture and attracts visitors with its majestic artistry.
How to reach Mount Abu
By Road :: Mount Abu is well connected by buses, some buses take you directly to the Mount Abu & some terminate at Abu Road. There are daily express & deluxe buses to Jaipur, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, Jaisalmer & Delhi. Best way to get there is to pick a luxury cab from Udaipur.
By Rail :: Abu Road is on the broad-gauge line between Mumbai & Delhi, so here are so many express trains from Abu Road station. The Ahmedabad Mail departs from Abu Road at 1:05 PM & reaches Ahmedabad at 5:25 PM, the same train leaves to Jaipur at 2:20 PM & arrives at 11:25 & Delhi at 5:20 AM.
The Tawi Express departs for Jodhpur at 3:25 PM & take five hours.
By Air :: Nearest airport is Dabok Airport, Udaipur i.e. 210 kms.