Mount Abu: The Only Hill Station of Rajasthan

Mount Abu

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Geography
  3. History
  4. Places to visit in Mount Abu
  5. Things to Do in Mount Abu
  6. Best time to Visit Mount Abu
  7. How to Reach Mount Abu
  8. Places to Eat in Mount Abu
  9. Popular Places Near Mount Abu
  10. Mount Abu Hotels & Resorts

Introduction

The greenest patch of Rajasthan, the idyllic hill-town of Mount Abu is an ideal getaway for travelers. The lush greenery, sparkling lakes and waterfalls on one side and the rocky mountainous terrain on the other makes this destination a favorite for nature lovers. It is this contrasting landscape that Mount Abu is famous for. With its pleasant weather and a lot of nature hotspots, the town is a great place for outdoor adventures.

Mount Abu Infographic

Geography

The settlement of Mount Abu sits on a plateau at 4004 feet above the sea level. The entire landscape is about 22 km long and 9 km wide. The highest peak of the region is Guru Shikhar at 5650 feet. With ample greenery and waterbodies, it is often called the “Oasis of Rajasthan”.

History

Mount Abu Town

Here’s a little history about Mount Abu. Its current name is a diminutive of its ancient name of ‘Arbudaanchal. In the puranas the region was called Arbudaranya or ‘forest of Arbhuda‘. It is said that sage Vashistha retired to the southern parts of the region after his fallout with sage Vishwamitra. The hill-town had exchanged many hands and rulers over generations – from the Deora-Chauhans to the Gurjars, Rajputs, and to the British Raj, before it became a part of independent India.

Places to visit in Mount Abu

With lush greenery, lakes, waterfalls, and ample natural beauty, Mount Abu sightseeing is a holistic experience. Here are the most famous places in Mount Abu to explore –

Nakki Lake
Nakki Lake
  • Dilwara Jain Temples – one of the most phenomenal Jain temples in the world. The 11th-century temple is known for its exquisite artistry of intricate carvings of marble and stone.
  • Nakki Lake – an expansive, crystal-clear water body of the town. The largest man-made lake atop 1100 meters, this water body is the center of attraction of Mount Abu and a hotspot for boating and picnics.
  • Peace Park – a spiritual center with manicured gardens and ample nature. It is 8 kilometers from the Brahma Kumari’s base camp and sits between Guru Shikhar and Achal Garh.
  • Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary – a huge wildlife sanctuary in the town. Home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna, the sanctuary is one of the best places to visit in Mount Abu in winter months. You can also see migratory birds in December.
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  • Mount Abu Sunset Point – a popular sunset viewing point. It sits on the southwest end of the Nakki Lake and offers stunning views of the setting sun.
  • Temples – Arbuda Devi and Adhar Devi Temple Mount Abu are two most ancient and famous temples of the town. The ancient Arbuda temple of Mount Abu sits in a cave and is famous for Navratri festival, while the Adhar Devi Temple sits on a temple and is a famous pilgrimage destination.
  • Gaumukh Temple Mount Abu – a locally sacred temple dedicated to sage Vashisht.
  • Om Shanti Bhavan and Gyan Sarovar Mount Abu – Om Shanti Bhavan is the international headquarters of Brahma Kumari Ashram while Gyan Sarovar, a few miles away is their spiritual retreat center.

Things to Do in Mount Abu

The stunning location of the town within the steep and rugged Aravalli Mountains and the lush surroundings is the perfect platform for your Mount Abu adventures.

Guru Shikhar
Guru Shikhar
  • Hike through the hills of Mount Abu through any of the 17 nature trails and pathways.
  • Go on treks to Vashtanji and Guru Shikhar, two most famous trekking destinations in Mount Abu.
  • Enjoy camping in the dense forest of the Aravallis. They offer great options for camping and stargazing in summer or autumn.
  • For the ultimate thrill, take a mountain bike ride through the hilly trails, early morning or late night and catch the freshest air in your lungs.
  • Try rock climbing at the cliffs and crevices of Mount Abu. The rugged terrain makes for an apt platform for rock climbers.
Vashtanji Trek
Vashtanji Trek
  • Take a hot air balloon ride to get a bird’s eye view of this scenic town, its mountainous slopes and the picturesque oases.
  • Get adventurous with high-intensity outdoor activities like ziplining, ATV rides, zorbing, flying fox, slingshot, horse riding, and more.
  • Experience a view from the top with a Mount Abu excursion in helicopter and ride around the town.
  • Be a part of the annual Mount Abu Winter Festival in December, the most famous cultural event, showcasing traditional dances, folk music, art, fireworks, and more.
  • If you visit in May, attend the annual Summer Festival which is a two-day carnival. This festival showcases the rich culture of Rajasthan through its melodious folk and classical music, traditional dance forms, and the vibrant costumes.

Best time to Visit Mount Abu

Being on the hills, Mount Abu weather is pleasant almost all through the year. Summers are hot and followed by rainy weather in the monsoons with slight dip in the temperature. Winter days are cool with mellow sun and nights are quite chilly. The hot weather could be harsh; hence, it is in the winters that Mount Abu temperature becomes ideal for adventures. That’s why November to February is the best season to visit Mount Abu.

How to Reach Mount Abu

Mount Abu has excellent connectivity with all major cities and town across India by road, rail, and flights.

By Train

Mount Abu can easily be reached by train. The nearest railway station is at Abu Road, located about 25 KM away. There are a host of trains connecting Mount Abu to major Indian cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Ahmedabad etc. From Abu Road, you will need to book a taxi to reach Mount Abu town.

By Road

There are two options for road travel:

1. You can take a bus – There are daily and direct bus services to the hill station from Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Ahmedabad, and Baroda. Many state and private buses operate between these routes.
2. You can take a car – You can reach Udaipur and rent a car or book a cab to reach Mount Abu. It’s only 165 KM and takes less than three hours to reach via NH27.

For a faster, better, and enjoyable travel experience, we recommend a road trip from Udaipur to Mount Abu by car.

By Flight

There are no direct flights to Mount Abu. The town is served by Maharana Pratap airport in Udaipur. There are a number of daily and direct flights to Mount Abu from Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Delhi, and Mumbai. From other parts of the country, you can also get a stopover flight. To reach Mount Abu from Udaipur, book a convenient Udaipur airport taxi.

Places to Eat in Mount Abu

Although a part of Rajasthan, Mount Abu’s food scene cannot be said to have traditional Rajasthani flair. Instead, its culinary offerings are as modest and simple as the town is. Also, being a popular pilgrimage destination, the food here is predominantly vegetarian but you can also expect a host of meaty affair, that satisfies the touristy palate. You can find a number of restaurants serving everything from local Rajasthani food to Punjabi and Chinese cuisines.

Here are some of the best places to eat in Mount Abu –

  • Mulberry Tree, Main Road – Indian, Chinese and Continental staples served in a family-friendly spot with outdoor garden seating.
  • Jodhpur Bhojanalaya – family restaurant serving pure vegetarian thalis and meals.
  • The Grand Arbuda Restaurant – multicuisine restaurant serving pure vegetarian fare.
  • Chacha Café – local café serving vegetarian and non-vegetarian food and beer with live music and good ambience.
  • Sher-E-Punjab – expansive restaurant serving Punjabi cuisine and bar menu.

Popular Nearby Places Around Mount Abu

If you want to make the most of your vacations, you can step outside the town and visit these interesting places near Mount Abu.

Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary
Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary
  • Achalgarh Fort, 10 KM – An historical locale with medieval monuments, Achalgarh lets you walk back in time. The fort sits on top of a valley flanked by huge walls and ramparts, offering great views. Also visit the Mandakini Lake and trek through the hillocks.
  • Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary, Gujarat, 77 KM – A great place for wildlife lovers, this natural wildlife sanctuary in the Banaskantha district is known for its endemic sloth bears and other endangered species. Spreading across 180 square km of forested land, it is also home to the rich ecosystem of Aravalli. Be on the lookout for the rhesus macaque, leopard, hyena, fox, Indian civet, and of course, the sloth bear.
  • Jawai Dam, 105 KM – An old dam on the Jawai River, the area is also a popular destination for bird watching and leopard sighting. The Jawai Leopard Camp offers stay and tour options to see leopards.
  • Kumbalgarh, 170 KM – The 15th century historical fort stands atop a hillock, at 1100 meters, surrounded by a 20 feet thick wall. The fort premise is dotted with landscaped gardens, temples, old wartime bunkers, and palaces. Also visit the nearby wildlife sanctuary, known for sighting of wolves and leopards.
  • Jodhpur, 260 KM – A must-see place of Rajasthan, the Blue City is a treat for all your senses. Experience the history, art and architecture, culture, and royal vibes at the Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhavan Palace, Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, and more.
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Mount Abu Hotels & Resorts

To make your vacation truly comfortable and memorable, here are some of the best places to stay in Mount Abu –

  • Hillock Resort
  • Hotel Savera Palace
  • Palanpur Palace Resort
  • Cama Rajputana Club Resort
  • Hotel Hilltone
  • The Colonial Manek Manor
  • Stay at Altus Resort
  • The Jaipur House
  • Hotel Kesar Bhawan Palace
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Mount Abu: The Only Hill Station of Rajasthan
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The greenest patch of Rajasthan, the idyllic hill-town of Mount Abu is an ideal getaway for travelers. The lush greenery, sparkling lakes and waterfalls on one side and the rocky mountainous terrain on the other makes this destination a favorite for nature lovers.
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