Mount Abu, a surprising mountain retreat, will take you high above the heat wave – where the air is cool and the weather is pleasant. On a drive through the desert, you’ll suddenly find the sands give way to verdant mountains, the beautiful Nakki Lake fringed with lovely trees, cool breeze, and heavenly environs.
There are many other things about this quaint and only hill station in Rajasthan. Apart from the famous Jain Dilwara Temples with their intricately carved facades, the town has ancient Gaumukh Temple and the beautiful Nakki Lake. Listen to locals reciting fables of ancient Indian sages at the Gaumukh Temple and Adhar Devi Temple. Enjoy endless hours deciphering stories of Jainism that are carved intricately on the walls of the Dilwara Temples.
In addition to the temples, the hill station has its own set of peaceful places where you can spend time. A walk through the Peace Park, which is impeccably maintained by a charitable organisation, will cool you off. Enjoy picturesque views from the Sunset Point as well as the Honeymoon Point.
In and Around
The five temples of Dilwara – Vimal Vasahi, Luna Vasahi, Pithalhar, Khartar Vasahi, and Mahavir Swami – have their own uniqueness to speak of. It took the Chalukyas 200 years to build all of them.
Intricately carved with superb marble artwork, the temples’ simplicity lies in the details. Each of the five temples are dedicated to a different Jain Teerthankar- Vimal Vasahi to the Rishabha, Luna Vasahi to Neminatha, Pithalhar to Rishabha, Khartar Vasahi to Parshva, and Mahavir Swami to the great Mahavira.
Was it dug in one night by the love-struck Rasiya Balam? Was it dug purely by using fingernails (nakh)? Or maybe gods found refuge in it while saving themselves from the Bashkali demon. No one really knows the real story behind Nakki Lake.
Reality or fable, one thing is absolutely true that the serene blue waters of the Nakki Lake look beautiful under the clear blue sky. Tourists enjoy sitting by the banks of the lake and taking boat rides on it.
A unique rock formation that looks like a toad, many visitors often come here out of sheer curiosity. You can easily climb on the top of this rock. While you sit on it for a while, enjoy splendorous views of Nakki Lake and the city.
When in Mount Abu, you cannot miss going here. Go for a long romantic walk up to the Honeymoon Point as well as the Sunset Point for some amazing views of the sunset. If walking is not your cup of tea, you can also opt for pony rides that are readily available here.
The Gaumukh Temple is named after the wish-fulfilling cow gifted to Sage Vashishtha by the Devas, after the famous Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean). At the temple, a natural spring flows through a cow’s mouth carved in marble stone.
Just 5 kilometres from the main town, you can easily walk till the temple. On the way, you’ll also come across the mountaineering institute that was once a monastery, and the Gujarat Bhawan. The views of the mountains from Gaumukh Temple are simply superb.
Adhar Devi Temple
This is one of the prime pilgrimage points for the Jain community. Situated atop a cliff, you’ll have to climb a whopping 360 stairs to reach here. The Shrine of Adhar Devi is approachable but through a narrow cave. The temple is carved out of just one piece of rock and is one-of-its-kind example of such architecture in India.
Gurushikhar holds the honor of being not only the highest peak of Mount Abu but the whole of Aravali mountain range, Situated at a height of 1722 meters from the sea-level, Gurushikar provides a breathtaking panoramic view of Mount Abu town and green aravali range.
Trevor’s Crocodile Park
Trevor’s Tank is a picturesque location just 5 kilometers from the main town of Mount Abu, and one of the Mount Abu region’s most popular tourist destinations. It is a nature lover’s paradise that is named after the British engineer who built it.
The markets of Mount Abu offer a wide variety of handicrafts, textiles and much more, from Rajasthan as well its neighbouring state, Gujarat. You can also shop at the Government Emporiums. Enjoy the great shopping experience at the shops around the Nakki lake.
Here’s a list of some interesting products you can shop from Mount Abu:
Sanganeri print fabrics
Hand-embroidered wall hangings
Other than must-visit famous tourist destinations, Mount Abu offers many activities for those seeking adventure and savouring nature-lovers as well. Some of the most sought-after activities are:
Wildlife & bird watching
The Winter Festival
Winter season is the best time to visit Mount Abu. Although, due to its height the weather is not extremely hot during summers as well. September to March is good months for travelling in this hill station.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is Udaipur at a distance of 185 km, But Ahmedabad is having better connectivity and daily flights with other parts of the country and is just 221 KM from Mount Abu, from Ahmedabad or Udaipur you can book Taxi in advance.
Abu Road is the nearest railway station just 28 KM from the main city, Which is very well connected by rail routes to New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, and Mumbai. From Abu Road you can opt for state transport service (usually every hour) or Taxis on both sharing and private basis.
Mount Abu is well connected by road with major cities of the country, nearest national highway no. 14 is just 24 KM’s.
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
Post Box No.18,
The Jaipur House
Near Nakki Lake,
Mount Abu ,
Where to Eat
Mount Abu has delicious food to offer to both vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians. Eateries offer a wide variety of cuisines, such as Gujarati, Rajasthani, North-Indian, and Continental as well. You can try delicious dishes at
Mulberry Tree Restaurant
Hilltone Hotel, Mount Abu
Main Market, Sabzi Mandi
Mount Abu, Rajasthan 307501
Abu Cart Road, Mount Abu,
Some other places are Jaipur House Restaurant, Arbuda Restaurant, Sankalp, and the Chacha Cafe.
Some famous Rajasthani dishes you can try while you are in Mount Abu are:
Bajre ki roti (millet bread) and Lashun ki chutney (hot garlic paste)
Laal Maans (Meat in Red Chilly curry)