Mount Abu is a popular tourist destination located in Sirohi district of Rajasthan state of Western India. It is situated close to the border of Gujrat and is the highest peak in the Aravalli range forming the only oasis of Aravallies. It is home to many forests and habitats and due to its beautiful location amid the historic backdrop serves as a very popular travel destination.
Once a part of Chauhan kingdom of Rajasthan, the city of Mount Abu has rich and diverse history spreading from royalties to gods and goddesses and many saints that chose the place as their home for worship and religious activities. According to the legend, all the 330 Hindu deities used to visit this sacred mountain. In this place, sage Vashishth resided and performed certain rituals to free the earth from the attacks of demons. Another legend recalls a story illustrating that saint Vashishth’s cow Nandini was trapped in a deep gorge, the sage appealed to Lord Shiva who sent Saraswati , the divine deity of streaming water and flooded the gorge so Nandini can stay afloat. In order to prevent this kind of incidents from happening in future, sage Vashisht insisted Lord Shiva to fill up the gorge permanently and with the assistance of Arbuda, the serpent, the chasm was finally filled for good. The spot used to be known as Mount Arbud which gradually became Mount Abu. The ancient scriptures of Purana also referred the region as Arbudaranya or “the forest of Arbhuda”.
At an elevation of 4,000ft, Mount Abu is a popular tourist spot pertaining to its natural surroundings and good weather condition compared to its neighboring states of Gujrat and Rajasthan. Several religious abodes along with the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary make it an interesting place to pay a family visit. Hindu temples like Adhar Devi temple, Shri Raghunathji temple are flanked by number of Jain temples including Dilwara temple which is carved with white marble and Vimal Vasahi temple which was built in 1021 AD and among the oldest of Jain temples.
How to Reach
Maharana Pratap Airport in Udaipur is the closest to get to the hill station of Mount Abu which is about 185 km away from the airport. The airport connects major cities to Udaipur in Rajasthan although Ahmedabad is better in terms of wide connectivity via air.
Ahmedabad is at a distance of 221 km from Mount Abu. Abu road is the main railway station that connects the place to major cities around the country. The station is only 28 km from the main city.
The place is also well connected via road to different cities through National Highway No. 14 which is just 14 km away from Mount Abu.
Many hotels and guest houses flock the place as it is widely visited during the winter.
With its quintessential charm and majestic temple guarded hillside, the serene valley of Mount Abu creates a unique rhythm of its own to the most tourist-flanked state of Rajasthan.