Mount Abu is the most famous hill destination in Rajasthan. It is located at a height of 1220 meters from sea level, , and is 58 km from Palanpur. Mount Abu is a famous pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Jain and is visited by a large number of pilgrims from all over the world. The place is also noted for its spellbinding natural beauty. Mount Abu is also referred to as “An Oasis in the Desert”, for the fact that it is the point from where several streams, waterfalls and lakes originate.
Mount Abu, known as ‘Arbudaranya’ as per legendary stories, derives its name from a serpent god named Arbuda. It is believed that the serpent come down to this hill spot to save Nandi, bull of Lord Shiva. Mount Abu attracts archaeologists much due to the plenty of archaeological sites scattered in and around.Mount Abu is estimated that more than three million tourists, domestic and foreign, visit this enchanting place every year and enjoying the body and mind soothing scenic beauty, marvelous flora and fauna.
How to reach Mount Abu
Mount Abu by Air:
Domestic Airlines operates regular flights to Maharana Pratap Airport in Udaipur. This airport is the closest link to Mount Abu as a flight destination. This airport is further connected to Mount Abu by roads.
Mount Abu by Train:
The nearest railhead is the Abu Road Station that is located on the main line between Delhi and Mumbai. The station well connected to all major railheads in India via Delhi and Mumbai.
Mount Abu by Road:
Mount Abu is well connected by road with major cities of the country, nearest national highway no. 14 is just 24 KM’s.
Mount Abu Weather – Best Time to Visit Mount Abu
The climate of Mount Abu is quite cool.
During the summers (April to June) the temperature touches maximum level of 33°C and a minimum of 23°C.
During the winters (November to February) the temperature touches maximum level of 29°C and a minimum of about 12°C.
Mount Abu receives the highest amount of rainfall in Rajasthan, average Rainfall during monsoon is 70-180 cm,
Best time to visit is all through the year.
Tourist Attractions Of Mount Abu
Made completely of marble and adorned with rich carvings, these are several in number and are dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras. The main temple of these, dedicated to the first Tirthankara, is known as Vimal Vasahi. This temple has a large image of the main deity Rishabhdev and 52 other smaller shrines dedicated to different Tirthankaras. The temple is open from sunrise to sunset, but photography is not permitted.
Adhar Devi Temple:
This temple is dedicated to the serpent goddess, Arbuada. It is carved out of a single rock and can be reached only after a climb of 360 stairs.
Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary:
The sanctuary is located in the Aravalli range and is home to a wide range of flora and fauna, including a range of endangered and rare species. Also located here is the Trevor’s Tank, which is located in a thick wooded area and is a popular spot for viewing peacocks and partridges.
It is the most recognized feature of this hill retreat. It is set in the hills and is believed to have been carved out of the nails of Gods, hence the name nakki. It is the only artificial lake in India at a height of 1200 mts and is a popular spot for boating.
This place provides splendid view of the landscape and has an amusement park for kids.
The highest peak in Mount Abu, it stands at a height of 1722 mts and offers picturesque views of the town.
This is a majestic fort in Mount Abu, and houses ancient Jain Temples within it. The two major temples here are Achaleswar Mahadev Temple and the Kantinath Jain Temple.