Among many hill stations in India Mount Abu holds a special place as it is situated in the state of Rajasthan Western India. “Just like a snow flake amidst of vast desert sands”. Located in the Aravali range ( oldest known mountain range in India ) of Sirohi district. It is often referred as “ Shimla of Rajasthan” “ Oasis of the desert” as it forms the major source of Abrudaanchal
Dating back to many centuries in the ancient history this region has been regarded as Arbudaranya ( forest of Adbhuda ) and the present name Abu is derived from it.
Highest peak on the mountain is Guru Shikar at 1722m (5650 ft) above sea level. Guru shikar name refers to peak of guru named after Dattatreya, who is considered to be an incarnation of Vishnu and also a cave temple being consigned to him.
Places of Interest nearby Mount Abu
Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary – This sanctuary is located in the heart of Aravalis with unique geographical features providing home for a variety of Flora and Fauna. Many threatened and critically endangered species are present over here. It’s a bird watcher’s paradise having more than 250 species of birds.
Animals to look out for :- Grey Jungle Fowl, Indian leopard ( Apex predator ), Green Avadat.
- No entrance fee
- Visiting time is 9.00 AM – 6.00 PM
- Visit the Trevor’s tank, a man made wonder that harbours a various species of crocodiles in it’s waters.
- Mount Abu the name itself suggests that it provides a wonderful opportunity for trekking lovers and offers a picturesque landscapes and scenic beauties.
- Don’t feed animals as it may contain harmful substances to them.
- Don’t disturb their natural habitat, keep surroundings clean.
- Usage of plastic is prohibited.
Location :- 2 1/2 kilometers from Mount Abu.
Constructed by :- Vimal shah and designed by Vastapul-Tejpal
History :- Built between 11th and 13 the centuries carved out of marbles making them most attractive Jain pilgrimage centres of the world.
Dilwara temples is a group of 5 temples each having it’s own identity. Each of them were named after village in which they are situated.
- Vimal Vasahi, dedicated to 1st Jain Tirthankara, Rishaba.
- Luna Vasahi, dedicated to 22nd Jain Tirthankara, Neminatha.
- Pitalhar, dedicated to 1st Jain Tirthankara, Rishaba.
- Parshvanath, dedicated to 23rd Jain Tirthankara, Parshvanath.
- Mahavir Swami, dedicated to last Tirthankara, Mahavir.
Opening time :- 12.00 PM
Closing time :- 5.00 PM
No entrance fee
No photography allowed
Location :- It is situated at about 11km from Mount Abu.
Constructed by :- Parmara Dynasty
Renovated and reconstructed by :- Maharana kumbha in 1452
One can witness only the remanants of fort now along side Achaleshwar Mahadev temple just outside fort and there are three stone buffaloes standing in a pond. It is believed that those three were shot killed by a single arrow according to local mythology.
The lake is located in the hill station, Aravalis. This lake has an ancient history embedded with in it. It’s a major tourist attraction in Rajasthan . There is a rock on the hill look alike a toad jumping into the lake hence named as Toad rock. Nakki lake is the place where the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were immersed on 12th February, 1948. You can also visit Shri Raghunath Temple and Maharaja Jaipur palace near to it.
Boating in Nakki lake is must do things in Mount Abu where you can enjoy the real beauty of the hill station and calmness of lake.
Boating timings :- 9.30 AM – 6.00 PM
Mount Abu is also the home of the faith community Brahma kumaris, where it has it’s spiritual head quarters which extended it’s accountability to 110 countries and attracts 2.5 million visitors anually, supposed to spread out that spiritual movement.
Sunset point in Mount Abu
The one thing that not to be missed in this hill station is sunset point. The path besides the Nakki lake will lead to one of the most beautiful hill top sight, where one can witness the setting of sun calmly in the clear skies of Mount Abu turning all the sky into the tinge of and orange and red shades. The rising of sun can also be witnessed early in the morning, as the wings of raising sun giving us all the cool breeze and his light providing a sense of warmth. It’s a pure Bliss to watch that. Amazing site it is!!
Doodh Baori is a sacred well of milk colored water where locals believe that it has sacred powers, it is located near Adhar Devi temple. From here one can have the panoramic view of the mountain ranges.
Besides all this some more attractions like Raghunath mandir and Maharaja Jaipur palace are worth visiting.
Best time to visit
To avoid the scorching heat waves during summer it is best to visit during winters. Not only winter but all round the year one can visit Mount Abu. But if you are planning to entire Rajasthan during summer it is not suggestible as the temperatures here may rise significantly. If only Mount Abu then kick start your journey without a second thought.