Mount Abu

The beautiful hill-station lies in the Aravalli range at an estimated altitude of around 1200 meters above sea level, with its highest point being ‘Guru Shikhar’ which is at the height of 1800 meters above sea level. Being the only hill station in the desert state of Rajasthan, it has been a popular escape from the hot weather of Rajasthan and neighboring Gujarat for ages. There is no shortage of places to visit in Mount Abu. Mount Abu has some of the best places to visit like Dilwara Jain Temples, Nakki Lake, Guru Shikhar, Sunset Point, and Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. 

The ancient name of Mount Abu is Arbudaanchal. In ancient books, this area has been referred to as Arbudaranya, and ‘Abu’ is a miniature of this ancient name. As per the belief, Sage Vashistha left to the southern catalyst at Mount Abu following his differences with sage Vishvamitra.

It will take you at least two days to cover all the attractions during Mount Abu sightseeing. Depending upon your choices you can reduce it to 1 or increase it to 3 days as well. This is the only hill station in Rajasthan and just 100 KM far from the City of Lakes; Udaipur. If you are planning to visit Udaipur then you can cover this hill station as well. There are many local buses, shared cabs, and private vehicles available from Udaipur to Mount Abu. Here is a list of places to visit in Mount Abu.

Top 5 Famous Tourist Places to Visit in Mount Abu

Dilwara Jain Temples

This temple is famous for its architecture & history. Located at the distance of approx 2.5 KMs from mount Abu and built by the ministers of Solanki rulers of Gujarat in the 13th century. Dilwara Temple is one of the finest Jain temple known world over for its extraordinary architecture and marvelous marble stone carvings. You will seem this temple is fairly basic from outside but you must hear that every cloud has a silver lining, the interior showcases the extraordinary work of human craftsmanship. Beautiful lush green mountains surrounds the temple which gives you a very pleasant feeling. If you know the value of art then you will spend your many hours just looking at minutely carved ceilings and the pillars.

This temple opens daily even on public holidays and opening time is 12:00 PM and closing time is 06:00 PM. No fees for tourists but Photography is not allowed inside the temple.

Ideal for: History lovers, art lovers, pilgrims
Timings: 12 noon to 6 pm
Duration: 1-2 hours
Tickets: No entry fee

Guru Shikhar

Guru Shikhar, a prominent peak in the Arbuda Mountains of Rajasthan, is the highest point of the Aravalli Range. It rises to a height of 1,722 metres 5,650 ft. It is 15 km from Mount Abu and a road from there leads nearly to the top of the mountain. Guru-Shikhar or ‘the peak of the guru’ named after Dattatreya, a manifestation of Vishnu, and a cave at the summit contains a temple dedicated to him, built in the early 14th Century, plus one dedicated his mother, Anasuya, wife of sage Atri nearby. 

The Mount Abu Observatory is also located in this place which is under the management of Physical Research Laboratory, and is famous for conducting research and experiments regarding astronomical findings. This makes it a frequented tourist destination and popular all over the country.

Ideal for: Trekking, picnic, pilgrims, Viewpoint, photography
Timings: Open all days(9:30 am to 5:30 pm)
Duration: 1-2 hours
Tickets: No entry fee

Nakki Lake

If you are in Mount Abu, then you can’t skip this lake. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mount Abu. According to Hindu Mythology, this ancient lake was dug out from nails by gods for the protection against the demon ‘Bashkali’. Apart from its mythological story, this lake also named as love lake of Mount Abu. Nakki Lake has a very peaceful and romantic atmosphere around it. Sunset Point, Toad Rock, and the Maharaja Jaipur Palace in Mount Abu are very close to it.

The lake is in the length of about a half-mile and in width about a quarter of a mile and 20 to 30 ft. deep towards the dam on the west. It is also one of the largest manmade lakes at the height of 11,000 meters in India. You can do boating do in this Nakki Lake and timings are 09:30 AM to  06:00 PM. 
Mount Abu is also known for its relaxed culture and there are several markets and shops near Nakki Lake, known for its souvenirs, sandalwood products, and other handicraft items.

Ideal for: Picnic, Photography, boating, relaxation
Timings: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Duration: 1-3 hours
Tickets: No entry fee. Boating charges applicable

Nakki Lake - Mount Abu
Evening view of Lake

Sunset Point

The Mount Abu Sunset Point is a famous places to visit in Mount Abu, which lies to the south-west of Ionic Nakki Lake. This spot is popular for watching a scenic view of the sunset every day. It has delightful weather throughout the year so you can visit it during any season.

The central point which is famous for its sunset charm is the one at approx 5 to 10 minutes drive and around thirty minutes walking distance from the Nakki Bazar circle, at the southwest of Nakki Lake. Cabs are available on a sharing basis from the city center to this place at a cost of Rs 10/- per person. It is approx 15 minutes ride to a convenient road, from where one has to walk his way up. This cheery trek of 1km may take about 20 minutes to reach. Make sure to reach the place much before the sunset time, to find a good spot for yourself to enjoy the view.

Ideal for: Relaxation, Photography, spectacular sunset view
Opening Timings: Open all days from sunrise to sunset
Tickets: No entry fee
Duration: 30 to 45 Minutes

Sunset Point - Mount Abu
Sunset view

Wildlife Sanctuary

Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary spreads out into a plateau which is about 19 km long and 6 km wide. In altitude, it ranges from 300m to 1,722m at Guru Shikhar. The popular sanctuary in Rajasthan, established in 1980 and well known for its biodiversity of flora. Around 800 floral species can be found at Mount Abu Sanctuary. It is the only place in Rajasthan where one can sight a variety of orchids.

Wildlife sanctuary is the habitat for many animals and birds and is considered a paradise for nature lovers. This place, divided into many different parts, and Trevor’s Tank is the most popular one. This man-made edifice is home to many crocodiles who are kept here for safe breeding.

Ideal for: Nature, Photography, Adventure
Opening Timings: Open all days (9am – 5:30pm).
Tickets: 300 INR per person for a jeep safari.
Duration: 1-3 hours

Wildlife Sanctuary - Mount Abu
Wildlife Sanctuary

Mount Abu Weather

Both summers and winters are the best time to visit this only hill station in Rajasthan. Although Mount Abu in the monsoon is beautiful, occasional rain will ruin your chances to go sightseeing. You can plan to visit this destination between the months of February and June and after the monsoon that is from September to January when the weather is nice and it is easy to explore all the important attractions.

How to reach Mount Abu

By Flight

Aerial distance from Jaipur to Mount Abu is 400 kms. The nearest domestic airport to Mount Abu is located at Udaipur at a distance of 210 km while the nearest international airport is located at Ahmedabad. Nearest airports(in order) from Mount Abu are Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Jodhpur, and Jaipur.  

By Train

Mount Abu has no railway junction of its own. Nearest railway station 30 kms away on Abu Road which connects many major towns and cities of Rajasthan including Jaipur. Mount Abu is well connected from Ahmedabad and Udaipur by road.

By Road

By road, Mount Abu connected from Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Udaipur. The road distance of Jaipur to Mount Abu is approximately 495 kms and Udaipur to Mount Abu is 160 Kms.
If you are travelling from Jaipur or Udaipur then travelling by bus or by car is the most cost and time effective option. 

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