Located near the Sirohi District, Mount Abu is the only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan. It lies in the Aravalli mountain range at an approximate elevation of around 1,220 meters above sea level, with its highest point being ‘Guru Shikhar’ which is at a height of 1,722 meters above sea level. Being the only hill station in Rajasthan, it has been a popular retreat for the residents as a place away from the scorching desert heat. The place also has a significant place in the Hindu mythology as it is mentioned as the place where the Sage Vashistha retired. Today, the place is a great tourist destination, a hill station with the distinctive blend of the flavors of Rajasthan. It totally deserves a visit. Here is a list of 10 interesting places to visit in Mount Abu.
Mount Abu (About this sound pronunciation (help·info)) is a popular hill station in the Aravalli Range in Sirohi district of Rajasthan state in western India, near the border with Gujarat. The mountain forms a distinct rocky plateau 22 km long by 9 km wide. The highest peak on the mountain is Guru Shikhar at 1,722 m (5,650 ft) above sea level. It is referred to as ‘an oasis in the desert’ as its heights are home to rivers, lakes, waterfalls and evergreen forests. The nearest train station is Abu Road railway station: 28 km away.
Dilwara Jain Temple
Dilwara Jain Temples is one of the finest Jain temple known world over for its extraordinary architecture and marvelous marble stone carvings, some experts also consider it architecturally superior to the Taj Mahal. It seems fairly basic temple from outside but every cloud has a silver lining, the temple interior showcases the extraordinary work of human craftsmanship at its best. These temples were built between 11th to 13th century AD, The beautiful lush green hills surrounding the temple gives a very pleasant feeling. The ornamental details of marble stone carvings is phenomenal and unmatched, The minutely carved ceilings and the pillars are just amazing. All this was done at a time when no transport or roads were available at a height of 1200+ Mtrs in Mount Abu, Huge blocks of marble stones were transported on elephant backs from the Arasoori Hills at Ambaji to this remote hilly region of Mount Abu. Dilwara temples is also a popular Jain pilgrimage attraction.
Guru Shikhar is known as the highest peak of the Aravali Range and lies at a distance of 15 km from Mount Abu. It is situated at the height of 1722 m above the sea level. One is likely to get a phenomenal view of nature from here. Guru Shikhar is home to many temples such as the temple of Guru Dattatreya. The travelers are also likely to get a beautiful bird view of the Aravalli range from the peak of Guru Shikhar. The peak is dedicated to Guru Dattatreya, and thereby the name Guru Shikhar was derived.
Coming to the peak of Guru Shikhar, you must make sure that you visit the temple of Guru Dattatreya. Many Hindus in the Western Indian regions believed that Dattatreya is a God. They believe that Dattatreya is an incarnation of the Divine Trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. The word Datta means “Given,” Datta is called so because the divine trinity have “given” themselves in the form of a son to the sage couple Atri and Anasuya. He is the son of Atri, hence the name “Atreya.” Nearby is an historic bell which was inscribed with 1488 V.S (1411AD.) Unfortunately the old bell has disintegrated and had to be replaced by a new one.
Situated at a distance of 11 km from Mount Abu, Achalagarh Fort was built under the reign of the Paramara dynasty. Later it was renovated by Maharana Kumbha in 1452 CE. The fort was made with the purpose to keep an eye on enemy movements. There is a famous Shiv temple, Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple and Mandakini Lake within the complex of fort. In the center of Achaleshwar Mahadev there is a sculptured image of Nandi (the white bull on which Lord Shiva rides) which is made of 5 meats (bronze, gold, zinc, copper & brass).
It is believed that the Achleshwar temple was built in the 9th century and legend has it that it was built around a toe print of Lord Shiva. There is also a pit that is said to reach to the netherworld. Achleshwar also contains a natural Shivalinga. (A Shivalinga is phallus-shaped and fixed on a base, which is shaped like a yoni. The structure symbolises the supreme creative energy. It is usually made of stone but can also be of wood, metal, crystal, and soapstone.) There are also many other sculpted idols which are made of a crystal like stone. In natural light, this stone looks opaque, but if you place a candle behind the idols they take on a beautiful crystal-like sparkle, the stone is called the crystal stone or sfatik in hindi. nearby the temple, we find the scenic looking Mandakini Lake. This lake is surrounded by rocky hills, and rock walls covered with images of a Rajput king and buffaloes. These pictures are said to represent the legend that says the lake was filled with ghee and the watering hole of demons disguised as buffaloes. This was until they were shot by Raja Adi Pal.
Situated in the Aravali range in Mount Abu, Nakki Lake is a paradise for nature lovers. The lake in itself is about half a mile in length and quarter of a mile in width. Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed in this Holy Lake on 12 February 1948 and Gandhi Ghat was constructed. Nakki Lake the mythological lake with a very interesting story behind its creation is the heart of Mount Abu, the legend has it that this lake was dugg by Gods or Devtas using their nails or nakh that’s why the name Nakki Lake – few sections of local tribes also consider Nakki Lake as a holy lake and worship it, Nakki lake is also the only Indian artificial lake situated at a height of 1200 Mtr’s above sea level. Recently in 2006-2007 Nakki lake was granted a huge financial boost for its protection amongst eight other lakes in India.
Situated within walking distance from the main market and almost 80% of Hotel’s and restaurent’s of Mount Abu, Nakki lake posses the crown of being the heart of Mount Abu. The hub of evening activity and boating – Nakki Lake is the perfect place to spent your evening with your partner, friends and family.
The picture perfect location of the lake surrounded with mountains, gardens and rock formations also make it a very good location for photography. In the evening the setting sun makes the canvas
Lying south west of Nakki Lake, Sunset point is one of the most popular viewpoints in Mount Abu. This viewpoint gets thronged by tourists from all around at the time of sunset. Enjoy the site of orange-colored sun setting behind the Aravali Ranges. Serene surrounding and a pleasant climate make the experience even more memorable. Treat your eyes to the picturesque views of the surrounding area including villages and green valleys while the sun is setting down. After enjoying a nice sunset view, you can shop for souvenirs from the shops near the point. Get your hands on trinkets, wooden toys, marble statues, sandalwood idols and other knick-knacks.
Baylay’s Walk is another popular point near Sunset Point where pony rides are quite popular amongst the visiting tourists. Do not forget to carry your camera to capture these memorable views.
Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple
Achaleshwar Mahadev temple is located next to the Achalgarh Fort in the Achalgarh village which is 11km away from Abu road, a hill station in Sirohi district of Rajasthan. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This is the only temple where Lord Shiva’s Toe is worshiped instead of the Shiv lingam. A huge pancha-dhatu sculpture of divine Nandi along with two large Buffaloes, made of large stone are installed in front of the temple. The alloy used in pancha-dhatu includes five metals namely gold, silver, copper, brass and zinc. Close to the temple, there is a beautiful Mandakini lake which is surrounded by hills on which statues of King Raja Adi Pal and large stone buffaloes are carved. These buffaloes are believed to be representative of demons who flocked to the watering hole, which was filled with ghee until they were shot dead by the king, Raja Adi Pal.
Achaleshwar Mahadev temple, as well as the fort, was constructed during the 9th century AD by the Paramara dynasty. The temple was later reconstructed and renovated by Maharana Kumbha in 1452 CE. The Sanctum has a semi-circular pit in which the image of Right Toe of Lord Shiva can be seen. The water offered by devotees on Shiva lingam disappears gradually, which is still a mystery, In the temple premises, a big and ancient tree of Champa flower can be seen. The temple complex also houses the shrines of deities such as Varah Narsingham, Vaman Bhagwan, Kachhap, Matsya, Ram, Krishna, Buddha, Kalangi Avatar.
Trevor’s Tank is a picturesque location just 5 kilometers from the main town of Mount Abu, and one of the Mount Abu region’s most popular tourist destinations. It is a nature lover’s paradise that is named after the British engineer who built it.
The Mount Abu region in Rajasthan offers a lot to see and do. There are a lot of man made beauties- consisting of temples and other tourist spots. However, the beautiful scenic views, the native flora and the native fauna offer a nature lover’s paradise. If you are a person that appreciates natural beauty, then Trevor’s Tank here at Mount Abu is the perfect place for you to visit on your holiday in Mount Abu. It is also advisable to go for a picnic or a adventure tour (with help of a local guide) and a full day outing at this beautiful location.
Mount Abu Bazaars
Shopping in Mount Abu is a nice experience and if you are fond of stylish ethnic wear, then you must visit Khadi Bazaar, one of the popular markets of Mount Abu. Get your hands on some amazing textiles with khadi work, available in a vast variety. A paradise for Khadi-lovers, this market sells several products made in Khadi. The shops in this market sell, cotton material with attractive mirror-work, traditional Rajasthani clothes such as ghagra and choli, tie and dye products etc. Apart from Khadi stuff, you can also find handloom as well as sandalwood products on display in the shops.
The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the oldest parts of the Mount Abu mountain ranges. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many sightseeing points offering fantastic views. Many people visit the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary just for the sightseeing and views, but most visit The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary for the animals and birds. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is about 7 kilometres long and only 300 metres wide. This means that while you take the long walk down The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary you won’t miss much on either side.
The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is located in one of the regions oldest mountain ranges- The Aravali. The area was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1960. In addition to the sightseeing opportunities, the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is a popular destination for eco-tourism. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary crosses a variety of mountain highs, from 300m to 1722m at Gurashikhar- the highest peak in the Aravali Ranges.
Known as The mascot of Mount Abu, Toad Rock is one of the most frequented point in the itinerary of all visitors. To see the panoramic beauty of the surrounding lake and greenish hilly regions you can climb up the rock and capture the breathtaking scenery. Toad Rock is a enormous rock structure in Mount Abu hanging over the south of calm and cool Nakki Lake. This is located in Aravalli mountain range and is known for its delectable environment. Toad Rock having a physical structure of a toad.This rock by view seems to be overlooking the whole lake. Toad Rock is an infrequent rock formation, which is located near Camel Rock, Nandi Rock and Nun Rock.
People can climb up to the top of the Toad rock and can view the fascinating loveliness of the surrounding lake and greenish hilly regions. It is an excellent example of igneous rock with amazing shapes in the handling of the oldest mountain ranges in the world.
How To Reach :-
Mount Abu is a well known hill-station in Rajasthan state of western India, located in Sirohi district, The mountain forms a distinct rocky plateau 22 km long by 9 km wide. Being a popular holiday destination the place is well connected to rest of the country.
To reach Mount Abu by Rail: Abu Road is the nearest railway station just 28 KM from the main city, Which is very well connected by rail routes to New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, and Mumbai. From Abu Road you can opt for state transport service (usually every hour) or Taxis on both sharing and private basis. To book car/taxi in advance visit here.
To reach Mount Abu by Air: The nearest airport is Udaipur at a distance of 185 km, But Ahmedabad is having better connectivity and daily flights with other parts of the country and is just 221 KM from Mount Abu, from Ahmedabad or Udaipur you can book Taxi in advance.
To reach Mount Abu by Road: Mount Abu is well connected by road with major cities of the country, nearest national highway no. 14 is just 24 KM’s.
Best Time To Visit : –
Mount Abu can be visited any time of the year as the weather is pleasant throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Mt. Abu is during the monsoons, the lush greenery all around and the most amazing weather makes you completely fall in love with the place. Another good time to visit Mount Abu is in between November and March as the temperature is very low and it’s beautiful out there.