Mount Abu – An Amazing Oasis in the Desert of Rajasthan
Mount Abu located in the Aravalli mountain range in the state of Rajasthan, this beautiful place is also called ‘oasis in desert’ by many. Although Rajasthan is known for its desert and extremely hot and dry weather, Mount Abu offers a pleasant contrast in the form of lush forests, beautiful lakes and waterfalls along with the ultra-cool weather, as it is situated about 1,219 meters above the sea level.
Major tourist attractions
Whether it is the local people of Rajasthan who want a temporary respite from the excruciating heat of summer or people travelling from other parts of India and abroad, Mount Abu is a popular tourist destination.
Some of the most popular tourist attractions include,
Believed by the locals to be dug by gods themselves with their nails, this lake is often called the heart of Mount Abu. With almost 80% of hotels and restaurants in the vicinity, this lake is a favorite place to visit with family and friends.
This towering mountain peak which is located at a height of 1,722 meters above the sea level is the highest peak in the entire Aravalli range. It shelters some mythical places like the temple of Guru Dattatreya and the shrine of Devi Ahilya (mother of Dattatreya).
Dilwara Jain Temples:
It is admired as one of the best jain temples in the world. It is a complex of five beautiful marble-carved temples dedicated to five Jain Tirthankars (spiritual masters) namely Mahaveer, Adinath, Parshwnath, Rishbdaoji and Neminath.
At a distance of 8 km from Mount Abu, is this beautiful fort of medieval times. Surrounded by protective stone walls it offers a spectacular bird’s eye-view of the surrounding region. The Achaleswar temple with a 4 tonne statue of Nandi made of panchdhatu (five metals) is a major tourist attraction.
Like most other hill-stations, Mount Abu too offers the spectacle of the setting sun from the mountain top.
Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Trevor’s tank and Gaumukh temple are other worthy attractions of this place.
Not to miss activities
Trekking and Rock Climbing:
If you love to roam in mountains and forests, Mount Abu offers a great opportunity with its lush forests and about 17 nature trails and pathways. More adventurous people can go for rock climbing and rappelling on the steep mountain cliffs.
Mountain biking is another exciting activity to enjoy with friends on the rocky pathways of the hill-station.
Wildlife and Bird Watching:
With a wealth of lush green forests and mountains, the entire region is a treat for wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers.
Don’t miss the opportunity to take your loved ones on an exciting boating experience on the beautiful Nakki Lake surrounded by hills, trees and temples.
Shopping and eating:
A great place to shop for hand-crafted items and textile including kota sarees, artifacts made of leather, marble and wood, silver jewelry, etc. From Gujarati and Rajasthani delicacies to Continental food, you have a wide choice to appease your appetite.
The nearest airport is the Maharana Pratap Airport at Udaipur 185 km from Mount Abu.
Abu road is the closest railway station at 28 km distance which is connected to all the important cities.
Government operated as well as private buses are available to travel to the hill-station from most major cities.
Your budget dictates whether you stay in a budget class accommodation, a 3-star hotel or a posh resort offering panoramic view of the surroundings.
With its picturesque natural surroundings and world-class tourist facilities, Mount Abu should certainly be on top of your list to spend some truly memorable moments with family and friends.