Located at the southwestern end of the Aravalli hills at a height of 1220m, Mount Abu is the only hill station of the royal state Rajasthan.It is built arround a lake and surrounded by hills and is the most popular summer resort. Its cool climate, lovely lakes, and breathtaking beautiful Jain temples attracts tourists on a large scale.
The lushness of Mount Abu makes the hill resort being referred to as the paradise of Rajasthan.
There are also interesting treks & picnic spots with awe inspiring scenic beauty. The highest peak on the mountain is Guru Shikhar, at 1722 meters above sea level. It is referred to as 'an oasis in the desert', as its heights are home to rivers, lakes, waterfalls and evergreen forests. This is also the highest point between the Nilgiris in the south and the Himalayan range up north.
Tourist attractions in Mount Abu
The Jain and Hindu temples at Mount Abu make it an important center of pilgrimage. The most famous of theses temples is the Dilwara temple, built between the 11th and 13th centuries.
We recommend following Popular Sightseeing spots in Mount Abu:
Dilwara Temples : These exquisitely carved Jain temples were built between the 11th and the 13th century AD. Dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras, these five marble temples showcase the highly developed aesthetic and artistic sensibilities of craftsmen of the time.
Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary : The sanctuary is known for its rich variety of flora and fauna and attracts wildlife enthusiasts on a large scale. Some of the major animal species found here are Sambhar, Jungle Cat, Indian Civet, Jackal, Indian Fox, Langoor, Wild Boar, Hyaena and Sloth Bear. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1960 and covers 290 km² of the mountain.
Nakki Lake : The Nakki Lake, at a height of 1200 meters, is the highest artificial lake in India. It is located in the heart of the town and is is believed to have carved out by the Gods using their fingernails. Raghunath Temple and Maharaja Jaipur Palace are also on hills near Nakki Lake. Boating facility is also available in this lake.
Achalgarh fort : The Achalgarh fort, built in the 14th century by Rana Kumbha of Mewar, stands nearby. It encloses several beautiful Jain temples, including the Achaleswar Mahadev Temple (1412) and the Kantinath Temple (1513).
Gaumukh Temple : Located at a distance of 4km south of Mount Abu, it is dedicated to Lord Rama .Gaumukh literally means 'from the mouth of the cow'. The Gaumukh Temple in Mount Abu gets its name from a natural spring, which flows out of a sculpted cow head. This temple is built on the spot where sage Vashishta is said to have performed his Agnikul yagna.
Adhar Devi Temple : The Adhar Devi Temple is carved entirely out of a single, huge rock. It can be reached only after a tremendous climb of 360 steps.
Guru Shikhar : This is the highest peak on the Mount Abu which provides an excellent view of the whole town.
It stands at a height of 1722 meters above sea level. A small shaivite shrine and a temple of Dattatreya situated on the top of the hill are the two important points to visit.
Shri Raghunathji Temple: Situated near the ‘Nakki’ lake is the temple dedicated to Lord Raghunath (another name for Lord Rama), the temple holds an ancient idol, which was placed there by Shri Ramanand, the famous scholar and preacher in the 14th century A.D.
Sunset Point: Spectacular sight of the setting sun when the hills are covered in the golden glow can be viewed from here.
Honeymoon Point : The area gets its name from the scores of honeymoon couples that frequent it. Also known as the Andra Point, it offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape. Take time out to visit Honeymoon Point at sunset when the ambiance is very romantic. The place looks most beautiful during the dusk hours.
Museum and Art Gallery : Located at the Raj Bhawan, it was a collection of archaeological excavations dating back to 8th-12th century A.D. It also has Jain bronze carvings,brassworks etc. for viewing