Mount Abu-Verdant Oasis in the hill
A pleasant retreat set amidst the lush forested hills, Mt. Abu is a green oasis in the barren desertscape that's Rajasthan. Situated at the southern tip of the Aravali range the hill retreat owes its cool climate to its rich flora covering the entire hillside that includes coniferous trees and flowering shrubs.
The road leading to Mount Abu is a curved one characterized by arid region dotted with huge rocks in weird shapes and high velocity winds. The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu is more than just a summer retreat. Its stunning array of exquisite Dilwara Jain Temples, dating back 11th- 13th centuries, make it a popular pilgrimage centre.
'Abu' according to a legend, stands for the son of Himalaya, deriving its name from Arbuada, the powerful serpent who rescued Nandi, the sacred bull of Lord Shiva, from a chasm. Mount Abu has been home to many sages and saints. Most famous of them was Sage Vashishtha who is believed to have created four Agnikula Rajput clans from a fire-pit by performing a 'yagna' or fire sacrifice, to protect the earth from the demons.
The Yagna was performed besides a natural spring situated below Abu, emerging from a rock shaped like a cow's head and hence the site was called Gaumukh.
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- Around Mount Abu
Travellers Encyclopedia :
Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan, situated very close to the Rajasthan-Gujarat border, in the Aravali hills. The mountain forms a distinct rocky plateau 22km long by 9 km wide.
Population : 40,000
Area: 25sq. km
Altitude: 1220 mtrs.
Summer : Max. - 33.3°C, Min. - 23.3°C.
Winter : Max. - 23.3°C, Min. - 11.6°C.
100 to 177cms.
Summer Clothes Winter Woolens.
Gujarati, Hindi and English.
Other Useful Information
Banks/ Money Changers
State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, Tel. 3224,
State Bank of India, Tel. 3136,
Bank of Baroda, Tel. 3166,
Union Bank, Tel 3258,
Gramin Bank (Achalgarh).
Summer Festival (1st to 3rd June) : The summer season is the time for exuberant festivities in this sylvan retreat of Rajasthan. The hill town, covered with mango groves, beautiful bauhinia trees and thickets of wild berries, stirs with life in the first week of June every year.
Tribal festivities, folk and classical music performances amidst the lush surroundings and lovely lakes, make it a joyous event.
Chill in :
Mount Abu is a part of Sirohi district of Rajasthan. The nearest railhead is Abu Road, about 29 kms away, in the lowlands. Abu Road is on the railway line from Ahmedabad to Marwar Junction (onwards to Jaipur and Delhi or Jodhpur
key connections are :
Ahmedabad - 221 Kms
Udaipur - 185 kms
Jodhpur - 264Kms via Sirohi Sanderao.
Local Transport : Un-Metered Taxis, Jeeps, Cars and Vans. Taxis, Jeeps and Buses can be hired for onward journey to Mt Abu.
Rent a bike at around Rs300-400 per day (fuel charges extra as per usage). It offers a cheap and flexible mode of moving around the town.
Boating : Boating Facilities at Nakki Lake 8 A.M. to 7 P.M.
Horse Riding : Available at various tourist spots. Also Camel rides are available at Sunset point.
Yoga Center : Om Shanti Bhavan,Tel 3352.
Nature and Wildlife: Mount Abu Treks. See the natural wildlife and beauty of Mount Abu with an experienced, knowledgeable, and highly recommended guide. Enjoy with beauty of nature, spritual university, temples and your family.
Mount Abu offers a wide market to buy different stuffs ranging from clothes, ethnic silver jewelry, statues, marble pieces, rajasthani blankets and many other ranges of gift items. You can always get some help in selecting some gifts for your friends from Tour guide.
Around Mount Abu :
Mount Abu has quite a few popular tourist places nearby which can be included as an itinerary of your tour, a brief description and relavent information links are provided below.
Ambaji Temple, Gujarat : One of the most famous temples of northern India, Ambaji holds the crown of being one of the 51 Shaktipeeths, according to ancient scriptures the heart of the Goddess Ambaji fell on the earth here, It is also beleived that the mundan of Lord Krishna was performed at Ambaji.
Ambaji is 45 KM's from Mount Abu and is very well connected to Mount Abu and Palanpur via bus and private taxi services, Being a popular devotional place good Hotels and dharamshalas facilities for all budgest are easily avalible.
Other Places: Pavapuri, Bheru-Tarak Dham
Dilwara Temples : Beautiful Jain temples, carved of white marble, built between the 11th and 13th centuries AD
Nakki Lake A beautiful lake surrounded by hills on all sides. It is said that various gods dig the earth with their nails (nakh in Hindi) and that's how it derive its name. One can enjoy boating in the lake. Charges are normal - Rs. 160 for half an hour for 2 seater paddle boat and Rs. 220 for half an hour for 4 seater paddle boat.
Brahma Kumari's Universal Peace Hall And University
At 1722 meters above sea level, this is the highest peak of the Aravali range
A short distance away, a fort built in the 14th century by Rana Kumbha of Mewar Also houses Jain temples, Achaleswar Mahadev Temple(1412AD) and the Kantinath Temple (1513AD)
Adhar Devi Temple
Shri Raghunathji Temple
Udaipur - 188kms is nearest Airport. Taxi/Buses available to reach Mt. Abu.
Ahmedabad - 225 kms
Abu Road : 29 kms is the nearest railhead. At Abu Road, car-taxis and cabs are available as well as state transport and private buses to take you to Mt Abu.
Road : Good network of bus services
Key Connections are:
Ahmedabad: 225 Kms
Udaipur: 188 Kms
Jodhpur: 264 Kms via Pali - Sanderao - Sirohi