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Location: Sirohi, Rajasthan
Nearest Railhead: Abu Road railway station
Nearest Airport: Udaipur
How to reach: by road from Railway station
Famous for: rivers, lakes, waterfalls and evergreen forests
Months open: All year
Best time to visit: Monsoon; November to March
Mount Abu is one of the popular tourist places of Rajasthan. The mount is a part of the
Aravalli ranges of Rajasthan. Mt Abu is a frequently visited place in the district of Sirohi on
the borders of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Mt Abu is the only hill station amidst the vast
stretches of desert and this is another reason for its popularity among the tourists. The
place has a pleasant climate throughout the year which makes a good place to visit
whenever one thinks of a vacation. It has pleasant climate owing to its altitude of 1722m.
Mt Abu has been mentioned in mythology as Mt Arbudaanchal after the son of the
Himalayas. It is also believed that it is here where sage Vashisht retired to perform his final
rites due his differences with sage Vishvamitra. The region has been ruled by gujars,
Chauhan’s, Rajputs and also the British. The rulers have given something to place as they
visited here for retreat from the scotching heat of the desert.
Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temples, Toad Rock, Sunset Point
The region has a unique and colourful culture. The traditions of the old are till today
reflected in the life>
ancient culture. The region has rich music and dance >
and more often than not revolve around the day to day happenings. The musical
instruments include dholak, sitar, manjeera etc. the region has various dance forms like
Ghoomar, Kachchhighori, Kalbeliya and others. Ghoomar is the most popular of all. The
region is also known for Tamasha (puppet show).
Where to go
Dilwara temple is what attracts tourists from all over the world to Mt Abu. The temple is a
group of 5 temples- Vimal Vasahi, Luna Vasahi, Pittalhar, Mahavir swami and Khartar Vasahi,
dedicated to Jain tirthankaras. The temple are centuries old and still intact to hold their
glory the way it was. The construction of the temple dates back to 11 th c AD. It is believed to
have completed in the 13thc as additions kept on happening for around 2c. The architecture
of the temple is grandiose. It is what makes the temple a must visit by tourists. The
architecture of the temple is fine, ornamental and elaborate along with this it is an example
of simplicity. The temple s of immense archaeological importance. It is believed that
Mahavira himself visited the temple making it even more sacred for the Jains. The temples
have decorated pillars and finely carved arches which are its speciality. That temple is open
to tourists only 5 hrs a day from 12pm to 5 pm. While it is open for Jain devotees for a
Mt Abu wildlife sanctuary is another place that you don’t want to miss visiting. The
biodiversity that is found in the region would wipe away the myths associated with the state
of Rajasthan. It was declared a sanctuary in 1960 by the govt of India and since then has
been a protected region. The flora of the region is quite different from vegetation of rest of
Rajasthan the diversity of flora found here is astonishing. Fauna of the region includes
leopard, sloth bears, langur and others along with over 250 species of birds. The region has
cool climate and is a must visit if you are in Mt Abu. Within the sanctuary is Gurushikhara
the highest point in Mt Abu.
Nikki Lake is a beautiful artificial lake in the region. The lake is surrounded by hills on all
sides adding to its beauty. Boating can be done on the Lake.
Other places to visit include Achalgarh Village, Trevors Tank, Toad rock, Arbuda Devi temple,
Raghunath Temple, Gaumukh temple and others.
What to eat
The food in the region is mouth-watering. More than 70% of the region has vegetarian diet
and this cuisine is favourite even of the non-vegetarian lovers. The traditional dishes of the
region include Dal, Baati, Choorma, Gatte ki sabji, Bajre ki Khichdi and more. Several snacks
of Rajasthani origins are famous like Kachori, Bhujiya and others. The sweets of the region
are worth tasting. You miss on something amazing if you don’t try out these sweet such as
Malpua, Mawa, Ghewar and others.
How to reach
Mt Abu does not have an airport of its own. The airport at Udaipur is the closest airport to
the town. There are regular flights to Udaipur from places like Delhi, Mumbai, Jodhpur,
Ahmadabad etc. From the airport taxi and bus is easily available to reach the town.
The railway station at Mt Abu Road is closest to Mt Abu. It is well connected to stations all
over the country. There are trains from Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmadabad and Jaipur railway
stations. From the station taxi is easily available to reach Mt Abu. Bus services are also
available from Udaipur to Mt Abu.
Mt Abu is well connected to nearby towns and cities and also major cities of other states via
road. There are regular bus services to Mt Abu from places like Udaipur, Ahmadabad, Jaipur,
Jodhpur, Indore, Ajmer, Delhi, Kota, Mumbai etc. four wheelers is also a good option to go
to Mt Abu.
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