Situated amidst lush green, forested hills on the highest peak in the Aravali range, Mount Abu is the summer capital for the Indian state of Rajasthan. Its cool and soothing climate makes it an ideal retreat. Explore a number of Jain temples, including the Dilwara Temples, a complex carved of while marble, or visit the nearby Achalgarh fort, which houses many beautiful temples of its own.
How to Reach Mount Abu:
By Air: The closest airport is at Udaipur (185km) or Ahmedabad about 250km from Mount Abu.
By Rail: Abu Road is the nearest railhead, an hour's drive away from Mount Abu and is connected to Delhi and Ahmedabad by good superfast and express trains.
By Bus: Easiest access to Mount Abu is by road from any city in Rajasthan or Ahmedabad in Gujarat via Udaipur.
Places to visit:
The region is not only rich in vegetation, wildlife and hilly terrains, but also bears spiritual significance for Jains and Hindus. Cool climate, affordable hotels, easy accessibility from western and northern India and scenic beauty keep the hill station occupied throughout the year. Attractions in Mount Abu varying from temples to lakes and wildlife sanctuaries possess their own distinguished history and natural beauty.
A vacation in Mount Abu is incomplete with a visit to:
- Dilwara Jain Temples
- Abu road
- Nakki Lake
- Guru Shikar
Things to do:
Dilwara Jain Temples: The feature that makes it a must visit is the amazing and brilliant use of marble in the architecture. The ornamental carvings and the flawless stone laying technique make it one among the most beautiful pilgrimage spots in the world.
Nakki Lake: According to Hindu mythology the lake was dug out by the Gods by simply using their nails to gain shelter from the Demon Bashkali, however many such mythological stories exist leading to the creation of this lake. Nevertheless, the place is a great spot for picnic with friends and family alike.
Wildlife Sanctuary: It is a sub tropical forest which has an abundance of various species of flora and fauna. While there are traces of past dwellings of the lion and the tiger, but as of now the prime feline predator found here is the Leopard.
Abu Road: Although this is a totally different town, situated near the Banas River, Abu road is a must visit. It normally refers to a railway station which is located in a picturesque surrounding. The weather is generally pleasant; however, to enjoy this place to its fullest, one must visit it between November and December.
Summer season, lasting from the month of April to the month of June is not very hot. The temperature ranges from a minimum of 23°C to a maximum of 33°C. Days are pleasant and nights are generally cool. Monsoon offers moderate showers and provides the best view of the lush green forests. The winters are generally cold with the temperature reaching a low of about 12°C. This season is from November to February and experiences the maximum temperature of about 29°C.