A sharp contrast to the other parts of the desert state, Mount Abu — the only hill station in Rajasthan, lies in the Aravalli mountain range. Situated at an elevation of 1220 m, it is a popular retreat for the residents as a destination to beat the scorching heat of the desert. Surrounded by lush green hills, the region remains cool and spectacular throughout the year. Referred in many Puranas and epics of Hindu mythology, the region holds a significant place in history. According to legends, Mount Abu was home to many rishis and munis, the Hindu mystics. Beautiful lakes, marvelous temples, hiking trails, gardens and parks, vivid fairs and festivals — Mount Abu distinctively serves the rich heritage of Rajasthan.
How to reach:
By air: Udaipur Airport is the nearest airport to Mount Abu, which is at a distance of 176km.
By rail: Abu Road railway station is the nearest train station, which is 28 km away.
By road: Mount Abu is well connected by highways with the major cities in the state, like Jaipur (480 km), Udaipur (163 km) and Jaisalmer (406 km).
Built between the 11th and 13th centuries, the Dilwara Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage shrines for the Jains. The complex consists of five temples — Luna Vasahi, Vimal Vasahi, Parshvanatha, Pittalhar, and Mahavir Swami Temple, constructed over a different period. Renowned for its stunning architecture and marvelous marble stone carvings, the shrine is adorned with minute statuettes on the walls, gateways, archways, pillars, and panels. Austere in appearance from outside, the interiors of the temple can leave one spell bounded.
Minutely carved pillars and ceilings showcase the extraordinary craftsmanship at its best. It is said that the marble stone blocks were transported on elephants back from the Arasoori Hills in Ambaji. The Dilwara temples are open to tourists from 12 pm to 5 pm daily.
Surrounded by mountains, gardens and rock formations, Nakki Lake is an artificially made lake located at the heart of the hill station. The ancient, sacred lake has interesting legends behind its formation. One saying goes that the Hindu Gods dug the lake with their nails while defending themselves from the demon Bashkali. ‘Nakh’ means nails in Hindi; hence the name ‘Nakki’. The ash remains of Mahatma Gandhi were also immersed in the lake, after which the Gandhi ghat was built in his honor.
The ambiance around the lake in the evening gets romantic. Hordes of couples can be seen strolling by the lake. Boating, aqua zorbing, horse riding are some activities tourists indulge near the Nakki Lake.
At a height of 1772 m, Guru Shikhar is the highest point in Aravalli Range. Located 15 km from Mount Abu, visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the entire region. Guru Shikhar is home to many beautiful and historic temples. Situated on the peaks are temples of Guru Dattatreya, who is believed to be the incarnation of Hindi trinity — Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva, Chamundi Temple, Shiva Temple, and Mira temple. Nearby the temple is a historic bell that was inscribed in 1411 A.D. The view from the Guru Shikhar peak is simply enchanting, making it a perfect spot for photographers.
Perched atop a peak, the Achalgarh Fort is situated 11 km from Mount Abu in Achalgarh village. Surrounded by massive battlement walls, the 15th-century fortress and temples are enclosed within the fortified walls. Built under the reign of the Paramara dynasty, it was later renovated by Maharana Kumbha in 1452 A.D. The Acleshwar temple is well -known for a sculptured image of Nandi, Lord Shiva’s bull. It is said to be made of five metals — gold, copper, bronze, silver, and brass. Nearby the temple is the scenic Mandakini Lake.
Camping at Mount Abu
Amidst large boulders and lush green mountains, camping at Mount Abu is a totally different experience from the usual mountain camping at the Himalayas. As the night sets in, the ambiance gets enchanting and lively. Gather around a bonfire and set the rhythm for the night, watching the clear, dark desert sky. Most of the trekking trails are found in and around the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. Camp overnight and make the most out of the trip to Mount Abu.
Here you can find some of the best campsites in Mount Abu