Rajasthan is known to be the land of Kings; royal palaces, rich culture, deserted land and sand dunes, but this charming state also does have another special face. It is its only hill station- Mount Abu. In fact, Mount Abu is not only a famous hill resort as well as a a popular pilgrimage centre for the famous Dilwara Jain temples. In short, Mount Abu is a pleasing green oasis of lush forested hills set in the barren deserted land of Rajasthan. Read on to know more about this amazing hill station of deserted state of Rajasthan.
When to Visit: Being the only hill station in Rajasthan, it can be visited at similar time to any other hill station i.e., from April to June (during summer) and mid September to December (during winter season). So, make your plans accordingly.
How to Reach
Mount Abu is a popular hill station and pilgrim centre of Rajasthan. Therefore, it is very well connected through different modes of transport like, Air, Rail and Road. By Air: The nearest airport from Mount Abu is the Udaipur Airport (185 KM). One can hire taxis / buses or private vehicle from Udaipur to reach Mount Abu. By Rail: The nearest railway station to Mount Abu is the Abu Road Railway station (22 KM), which connects this beautiful hill station to major cities such as Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur and Jaipur etc. By Road: Mount Abu is very well connected by road with all the major cities of Rajasthan and India like, Delhi, Ajmer, Ahmedabad etc. State roadways and private buses or taxis can be used to reach Mount Abu by road.
What to See
Dilwara Jain Temple Complex: Established between 11th and 13th century AD, Dilwara Temples are made up of carved marble. These magnificent temple complexes are dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras. The oldest Jain temple of this complex is dedicated to the first Tirthankara of Jainism. In fact, apart from being a hill station, Mount Abu is best known for Dilwara Jain Temples.
Gaumukh Temple: It is a beautiful temple which is named after sculpted cow’s head from which a natural spring is flowering. It has been said that this temple once served as the venue for famous sage Vashishtha’s yagna. In the background of this mighty temple, there is a beautiful temple of Nandi, a celestial bull that Arbuada rescued.
Adhar Devi Temple: Located at a distance of just 3 KM to the north of Mount Abu, Adhar Devi Temple is a beautiful temple carved out of a huge rock. This temple can be reached by a flight of a total of 360 stairs. The temple is devoted to Hindu Goddess Durga.
Nakki Lake: A famous tourist attraction and picnic spot of Mount Abu, Nakki Lake is a small lake set beautifully amidst the hills. This is the only artificial lake in India which is situated at a height of 1.200 meter. Taking a stroll around and boating across the lake are some popular activities here.
Sunset Point: A popular place in Mount Abu to catch the spectacular glimpses of the setting sun when the mighty hills are covered in the golden glow.
Honeymoon Point: Popularly referred to as Anadra Point, this point of Mount Abu is named so because of offering enchanting views of the lush plains and valleys. This place looks most charming during the evening.