Located in a vast area of desert and arid region of Rajasthan, Mount Abu is the only hill station. Lying in the Aravali Mountain Range at the Gujarat-Rajasthan border, the place is also a great spot for pilgrimage. Located at an altitude of 1220 m above sea level, Mount Abu is a great tourist attraction with the distinctive blend of the Rajasthani flavours. Also known as “Abu”, it is a beautiful destination to spend a few silent days away from the heat and bustling city life.
Here is a list of travel recommendations and tips for you if you are planning a visit to Mount Abu.
Best time to visit Mount Abu
Relax in the pleasant summers: April – June
Soak in the rains amongst lush greens: July – October
Embrace the winter chill: November- February
One of the most romantic spots, Nakki Lake attracts a large number of tourists every year. There are a lot of water related activities near this lake including boating. Apart from these, there are a few monuments, restaurants and hotels nearby. The Aero Balloon is a great idea to enjoy with the kids. The balloon takes you to the top for few minutes from where you can see the entire Abu.
Activities: Trekking, Picnic and Boating
Timings: 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Admission fee: Rs. 50/- Rs. 100/-
Located inside the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, Guru Shikhar is the highest peak in Mount Abu. Offering panoramic views of the entire place, Guru Shikhar has a serene environment and is the most favoured tourist places. Numerous temples are present here, the temple of Guru Dattatreya is one of the popular temples in this region. It’s advised to pack food and water with you as there are no eateries present.
Timings: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Activities: Picnic, Trekking, Photography, Pilgrimage
Tip: Carrying alcohol is strictly prohibited as this place is considered holy
Located at a distance of 2.5 km away from Mount Abu, the Dilwara Jain temples were built in 11th and 13th century AD. The intricate marble work, smooth sculptures, attractive carvings and perfect stone laying technique makes it a beautiful pilgrimage spot in the world. The temple complex has 5 temples which include Luna Vasahi, Vimal Vasahi, Pithalhar, Mahavir Swami and Khartar Vasahi. The lotus carvings on the ceilings and the countless scenes from the Hindu and Jain mythology on the carved marble sculptures will leave you enthralled.
Timings: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Best for: Art and History lovers, pilgrims
Built by the rulers of the Paramara Dynasty in the 15th century, Achalgarh Fort is a ruined nostalgia of once a majestic fort and an ancient kingdom. Its outstanding location offering breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and the city makes it one of the most popular places to visit in Mount Abu. Also having a religious appeal, a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is present near the fort.
Best for: Pilgrims, Art lovers, Historians, Photographers
Shopping in Mount Abu
For those who want to indulge in a spot of retail therapy, there are a few places to go shopping in Mount Abu. Very limited options are available, but there are enough interesting things – from shopping for beautiful shawls from Kashmir Cottage Emporium and hand woven textiles at the famous Khadi Bhandar, bargaining at the local market for vibrant handcrafted juttis and buying traditional Rajasthani souvenirs- you will find enough means to keep yourself amused.
Eateries in Mount Abu
From hotels housing fine dining areas to street food joints offering yummy food, Mount Abu is jam-packed with eateries that will satisfy your taste buds. The standard and number of restaurants will definitely beat your expectations. Because of a large number of tourists visiting this small hills station during peak season, this small hill town has numerous cafes and multi-cuisine restaurants.
With all these splendid places to visit in Mount Abu, where would you be setting off to first? If you are looking for a variety of elements in your vacation, Rajasthan is the apt state for you and Mount Abu would be your apex.