Mount Abu is a renowned Hill Station in Rajasthan which is a state in the western region of India. The state is rich in culture, history and natural resources. The state has the only desert of the sub-continent called as “The Great Indian Desert”.
Rajasthan is an arid zone, but definitely it is a colourful place with people of all sorts including nomads and tribes with colourful dresses and turbans, Sand dunes, palaces, forts, hills, lakes, canals, cities, towns, villages, animals like camels, snakes, elephants, tigers etc., all add effervescence to the pride of Rajasthan. The predominantly dry Rajasthan is not entirely dry as it has a green solace in Mount Abu, Rajasthan’s one and only hill station and the most popular hill station of Rajasthan.
Mount Abu is the one and only hill station in Rajasthan located at an elevation of 1722 m above mean sea level. It is located on the south-western end of world’s oldest mountain ranges known as the Aravalli Range. Mount Abu is a popular tourist destination in Rajasthan for its immense natural beauty, wildlife, architectural and historical destinations. The hill station has an idealistic temperature of a perfect hill station with descending clouds and lush green surroundings. The hill station is famous for the Delwara Jain temples located just 5 kms from Mount Abu town. These temples are totally carved of white marble stone and were constructed in a typical Jain architecture during the 11th and 13th centuries AD. The temple complex houses two temples all in marbles and is a sacred pilgrimage destination for the Jains.
Mount Abu is also famous for the 14th century Achalgarh fort, built by Rana Kumbha of Mewar. The fort houses Jain temples like the Kantinath Temple and the Achaleswar Mahadev Temple. Other places of tourist attractions in Mount Abu are the Wildlife sanctuary, Toad Rock, Nakki Lake believed to have been built by Gods themselves with their nails, Gaumukh Temple, Raghunath Temple and Maharaja Jaipur Palace and the sunset point.
How to Reach
By Air, the nearest airport is Udaipur located at a distance of 210 kms from Mount Abu. By Rail the nearest Railway station is Abu Road which is well connected with some of the major Indian cities as it lies between the Mumbai and Delhi broad-gauge line. By road Mount Abu is well connected with all major cities within and outside the state. Capital Jaipur is at a distance of 505 kms and the nearest city Udaipur is at a distance of 185 kms.
Mount Abu has a pleasant climate. Summers are pleasant with the temperatures maintaining between 23°C and 34°C and in the winter the temperatures are between 11°C and 28°C. It is ideal to visit Mount Abu anytime, but summers are the most preferred if your aim is to escape the heat wave in the rest of country.
Other Places of Interest
Some of the other popular places visited by tourists on a visit to Mount Abu are – Pink city Jaipur, Jodhpur Forts, Ajmer, Pushkar, the lakes of Udaipur, Bundi’s Taragarh Fort, and Bikaner (famous for rat temple) and Jaisalmer.