About Mount Abu
The Aravalli hills stretching from Delhi to Gujarat reach their highest point here
in a mountain, atop which is a picturesque plateau. This is Abu in Sirohi district,
a lush green summer resort and the only hill station in Rajasthan.
Mount Abu has a somewhat steep incline, with ravines cut into its sides, filled
with trees, bushes and beautiful birds. It is a detached hill, and on the plateau
on the summit are granite rocks of fantastic shapes, the space between them covered
The Hill of Wisdom, The Saint's Pinnacle, The Rajput Olympus, the Mon Capitalia
of Pliny. Yes all these are titles for just one place Mount Abu.
The name `Abu is variously described as another name for the son of Himalayas,
a corruption of Arbuddha (hill of wisdom), or Arbuda, the name of the legendary
Abul Fazal (Akbars chronicler) has mentioned in the Akbarnama (a historical record
written during Akbar's time) that the old name of Abu was Arbuda Achal Arbuda
being the name of a spirit who, disguised as a woman, shows way to the wanderers,
and achal meaning mountain.
Tourist Attractions in Mount Abu
Dilwara Jain Temple:
Dilwara Temples are one of the finest Jain temples & many even consider them architecturally
superior to the Taj Mahal. The two temples Vimala Vasahi & Luna Vasahi are singled
out by experts as superb examples of architecture.
These beautifully carved temples built between 11th and 13th century A.D. are sheer
elegance in marble, dedicated to the jain Tirthankaras. The Vimal Vasahi temple
is the oldest of these dedicated to the first Tirthankara. Built in 1031 A.D. (by
Vimal Shah-a merchant and representative of then Gujarat ruler), it is a superb
example of temple architecture.
The central shrine has an image of Rishabhdev and large courtyard with 52 small
shrines ...more on Dilwara
Jain Temple in Mount Abu
A natural spring flowing through a sculpted cows head gives the shrine its name.
The famous yagna of sage Vashishtha was performed here. A beautifully sculpted
hill temple of Arbuada-the mighty serpent stands against the beautiful backdrop.
Nearby is the magnificent marble image of Nandi, the celestial bull rescued by Arbuada.
If you are a visitor to the Mount Abu region and you wish to experience some of
the local religious culture, you must visit the Gaumukh Temple. Once only popular
for Ancient sages and saints to meditate at, the Gaumukh Temple is now a popular
The area is covered with very think forest cover and visiting the place after dark
& rainy season is not recommended without proper information and local guidance,
you should plan for a full day trip to Gaumukh if you want to enjoy the beauty and
nature of this place.
Adhar Devi Temple:
Other attractions include Adhar Devi Temple, which is located 3 km in the north
of town. This ancient Durga temple is chiselled out of a huge rock, which is reached
by a flight of 365 stairs.
It is one of the most believed holiest grounds for tourists and pilgrims across
India. The temple allows panoramic views over the old mountain valley of Mount Abu.
Nakki is a small lake with small islets that can be reached by a boat. The location
of the lake, the rich surroundings and amazing landscape views is a regular crowd
puller....more on Nakki Lake in Mount Abu
Sunset and Honeymoon Point:
Sunset Point, 1.5 km from the tourist office of Mount Abu, is the most popular.
Hoards stroll out here every evening to catch the setting sun, the food stalls and
all the usual entertainment. Is is a one kilometer walk from the road to the viewpoint
or you can hire a horse.
Honeymoon Point, 2.5 kms northwest on Ganesh Road, also known as Andra Point, offers
an enchanting view of the verdant plains and valleys. The place looks most beautiful
during the dusk hours. The route to Honeymoon Point goes past the Nakki Lake.
Guru Shikhar (15 kms):
The highest peak on the mount (1722 mts. above the sea level) allows a birds eye
view of the sylvan surroundings of Mt. Abu.
A small Shaivite shrine and a temple of Dattatreya standing on the shikhar are worth
Brahma Kumaris Spiritual University and Museum:
The university's stated aim is the establishment of universal peace through the
impartation of spiritual knowledge and training of easy raja yoga meditation.
To attend one of these residential courses, contact your local branch and arrange
things in advance. There is no charge- the organization is entirely supported by
donations, as is the accommodation.
Another attraction is Achalgarh in the north of Mount Abu is a cluster of temples,
amongst which Achaleswar Mahadev Temple is noteworthy, built around 1412 A.D and
the Kantinath Jain Temple, build around 1513 A.D. This alluring complex was build
around 14 century by great warrior Rana Kumbha of Mewar.
Trevors Tank is a picturesque location just 5 kilometers from the main town of
Mount Abu, and one of the Mount Abu regions most popular tourist destinations.
It is a nature lovers paradise that is named after the British engineer who built
it.Trevor, the British engineer who built it, was dedicated to building a beautiful
place for people to enjoy and watch nature.
How To Reach Mount Abu
Fly Away: The nearest airport to Mt Abu is the one at Udaipur. It is about
185 kms far from the place. There are regular and connecting flights that serve
to connect Udaipur with the rest of the country.
On Tracks: By train one can avail the services from Abu Road, which is some
25 kms away from the place. The train service connects Mt Abu with many cities and
towns of Rajasthan and beyond Rajasthan.
On Wheels: The road network that hooks up the place with the adjacent cities
and towns is quite good. Long distance bus services are available. Important stations
from which buses are available are Ahmedabad and Jodhpur.
Where To Stay in Mount Abu
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to find the best accommodation in Mount Abu.
Where To Shop in Mount Abu
Marble, sandalwood and sandstone articles can be bought from the shops around
Nakki Lake. Kota sarees, bangles and linen with sanganeri prints are also available.
Rajasthali - famous for Rajasthani Handicrafts, Khadi Bhandar - famous for metal,
stone, wooden and clothing, Rajasthan Emporium - famous for Rajasthani handicrafts,
Nakki Lake - famous for curious in marble, sandalwood and sandstone, Government Emporium - famous for Rajasthan handicrafts like metal, stone and wooden items.