A Pleasant Retreat Amidst the Hills
How about exploring hills amidst the barren desert land? Well, the idea perfectly goes with a visit to Mount Abu hill station. Situated at the southern corner of the Aravali range at an elevation of 1120 m from the sea level, Mount Abu gets an extra leverage as a tourist place for being the only hill station in the state. It attracts tourists to enjoy an escape from the scorching summer heat and rejoice in the refreshing ambiance.
Mount Abu boasts of having an interesting history. According to Historians, the original inhabitants of the hill station were Gurjars. Their association with Arbuda mountain dates back in many epigraphs and inscriptions in the region. In the early 6th century AD, Gurjars shifted themselves in Arbuda mountain and different parts of the states of Rajasthan and Gujrat. The mythological legends tell that Saint Vasistha performed his last recites and retired to Mount Abu hills.
Tourist Attractions in Mount Abu
Dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras, the temples were constructed between the 11th and the 13th century. These amazingly carved Jain temples display the well-developed aesthetic and artistic insight of artisans of that time.
The site offers you the beautiful mountain view that can be enjoyed from here. The sun slowly drowns itself in the sky between the two mountain peaks and creates an amazing site. The steps leading upto a high terrace offers a mesmerising spectacle of the setting sun.
Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
Established in the year 1960, Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is sprawled in an area of 290 km of the mountain. This wildlife sanctuary beckons tourists to view its rich flora and fauna. Wildlife lovers especially visit the sanctuary on their Rajasthan tour. Some of the main animal species that can be seen here are Jungle Cat, Sambhar, Jackal, Langoor, Indian Fox, Hyaena, Sloth Bear and Indian Civet.
Situated at 4km away from the south of Mount Abu, the temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. Literally, the word 'Gaumukh' means 'from the mount of the cow'. This famous temple in Mount Abu got its name from a natural spring, flowing out of a carved cow head. The temple is built at the site where sage Vashistha is believed to have performed his Agnikul Yagna.
Lying at an elevation of 1200 m, the Nakki Lake is the highest artificial lake in the country. The lake is believed to have engraved by Gods using their fingernails. Maharaja Jaipur Palace and Raghunath Temple are also located on hills adjacent to Nakki Lake. Boating facility can also be availed.
Best Time to Visit
Between February and June or between September and December.
Mount Abu has a number of accommodation options varying from luxury hotels to hill resorts . Medium-priced economy hotels are also available in the hill station.
How to Reach
The nearest airport lies at a distance of 185 km away in Udaipur. It facilitates your with the daily flights from Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai.
Lying 29 km away at Abu Road is the nearest rail head to Mount Abu.
Mount Abu is well-linked by surface network with Jodhpur, which 264 km away and is connected to all the major cities in Rajasthan.
Rejoice in the invigorating environs amidst the desert with India hill station tour!