The oldest mountain ranges of India, Aravali, houses a very beautiful sanctuary, Mt. Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. Established in 1960, the sanctuary is a home to many species of flora and fauna. The rocks of this area igneous and due to the weathering effect of wind and water, large cavities are common in them. The sanctuary is famous among the travelers who seek solace and enjoy nature walks. The nature lovers can enjoy eco tourism here. This long and narrow sanctuary spreads like a picturesque plateau from top. National and International tourists who come to Mt. Abu make sure to visit the sanctuary among the plethora of attractions.
The forests of the sanctuary from xenomorphic sub-tropical thorn forests of the foot hills to sub-tropical evergreen forests that run along water courses and valleys at higher altitudes. 112 plant families with 499 genera and 820 species are a treasure of the sanctuary. Ornithologists have identified about 81 species of trees, 89 species of shrubs, 28 species of climbers and 17 species of tuberous plants of medicinal importance
The fauna family of the park is no less in number. You will explore a wide range of fauna, including highly rare, threatened and endangered species. Even lion and tiger have inhabited the sanctuary in the past. The present population of leopard, sambhar, jungle cat, small Indian civet, wolf, hyaena, jackal, Indian fox, common langoor, sloth bear, wild boar, pangolin, common mongoose, Indian hare, porcupine and hedgehog are of major attraction. Even the avian kingdom of the sanctuary is rich. You will find 250 species of birds and most importantly the grey jungle fowl.
Bird Watching can be enjoyed in the sanctuary by exploring. There are more than 250 species of birds in the sanctuary .
In and Around
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Spectacular sight of the setting sun when the hills are covered in the golden glow can be viewed from here.
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.
Best time to visit this place is from February to June
How to Reach
Udaipur is the nearest airport to Mount Abu, 185 km away. Tourists can easily opt for various road transport facilities available at the airport for reaching Mount Abu. A number of domestic airlines have their scheduled flight to Udaipur, which connect the city to the major cities in the country.
The railway station at Abu Road is a two-hour drive from Mount Abu and is well-connected to the rest of the country through a number of trains. It is a major stoppage for a number of important long-distance trains of the Western and Northern Railways.
Mount Abu is well-connected by roads, as it is in close proximity to National Highway No 8 and 14. A small roadway connects the city to National Highway no 8, which in turn connects it to major cities like Jodhpur and Delhi. There is also a good network of roads making it accessible to other important places in the state. With good road conditions you can also travel by private car/taxi. Distance: Jodhpur (326 km), Udaipur (185 km), Ahmedabad (221 km)
Stay / Eat
Where to Stay
Gurushikhar Road, Mount Abu,
Rajasthan – 307 501
Delwara Road, Mount Abu,
Rajasthan – 307 501