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Places to visit in Mount Abu

One amongst spectacular destination to roam around in India is Mount Abu. It is situated in Sirohi district of Rajasthan, the largest state of the nation. Different tourist destinations embodying the state have made Rajasthan a mosaic of culture, colours, art, patterns, and forts. Mount Abu is one such destination in Rajasthan which blends nature’s beauty and human creation which contributes a lot to making Mount Abu tourism really famous.

Natural location of Mount Abu is paradoxical in nature which contributes a lot in promotion of Mount Abu tourism. Mount Abu a hill station situated in the desert state is an example of complex physiography that nature has created. It is the highest peak of India’s oldest relic mountains Aravalli ranges. Luxuriant greenery, pleasant weather, cool breeze, intoxicating freshness, vibrant cascades, and waterfall characterize Mount Abu. Peace within which Mount Abu rests makes the visitors enjoy the serenity of nature away from the hustles of modern life that every city is offering. Places to visit in Mount Abu are not few in number. It requires a time period of three to four days to completely enjoy and experience the beauty of places in Mount Abu.

FACTS ABOUT MOUNT ABU

  • According to reports of the survey on Tourism in Rajasthan by the Ministry of tourism, Government of India most of the places to visit in Mount Abu are ‘A’ grade in terms of importance and facilities they provide to support Mount Abu tourism.
  • Mount Abu is an ancient town which has its mention in Hindu mythologies. Name Abu has been derived from word Arbudranya which in ancient literature meant "forest of Arbhu.”
  • Native residents of Mount Abu are believed to be Gujjars – a tribal community which even today has its existence in snow-covered mountains of Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The distinctive characteristic of being rich in greenery and water after being the part of desert state Mount Abu is remarked as the ‘Oasis of Desert.’
  • Brahma Kumaris is World Spiritual Headquarters which gives information about the Yoga, Raj Yoga using visual, audio technologies.

HOW TO REACH MOUNT ABU

An easy, cheap transportation facility available to all the places to visit in Mount Abu is one of the major factors that contribute to the advancement of Mount Abu tourism. Mount Abu is in Sirohi district of Rajasthan which is well served by a web of land and air transportation means. Main cities, district of the state have integrated connections with different places in Mount Abu facilitating and promoting Mount Abu tourism.

BY ROAD: Mount Abu is well connected to roads. If driving not preferred the various cab, luxury, AC, deluxe buses to ordinary buses facilities are provided by Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation from neighbouring cities like Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur Tourism department of state does have provisions of the bus, cab facilities for sightseeing.

BY TRAIN: Abu Road railway station provides connectivity of Mount Abu with major cities like Delhi, Mumbai. The railway station of Jaipur is connected with Sirohi through railway line. Aravali express takes approximately 7 hrs to reach Sirohi from Jaipur. Other two direct trains which can be taken from Jaipur are Lko Adi Express and Yoga Express.

BY AIR: Mount Abu has five domestic airports (Jodhpur, Ajmer, Udaipur, Bikaner, Kota, and Bhagalpur.) which are well served by different air flights. Nearest domestic airport to Mount Abu, Sirohi is Jodhpur airport at a distance of about 187 km. Udaipur Airport or Maharana Pratap Airport is 240 Km from Sirohi. International Airport of Ahmedabad at a distance of about 221 Km is another option which could be availed as it has better connectivity to rest of the cities as well countries.

WHAT TO DO WHILE IN MOUNT ABU

Mount Abu is one such destination that caters to the need of change needed in busy life. Apart from the indigenous natural beauty that Mount Abu offers to its visitors, there are various places to visit in Mount Abu and many activities that one can be the part of while staying in Mount Abu. Mount Abu tourism is promoted due to the dual nature of places to visit in Mount Abu, wherein, on one hand, it gives the opportunity to adventurous people to involve in varied activities, they also provide opportunities to observers to quietly experience the beauty of natural elements.

Trekking

Mount Abu is a peak of Aravallis ranges hereby it is characterized by rugged terrains giving the chance to nature lovers to closely admire the beauty of forests, rough terrains, and long distance walks in the company of nature. Trekking does not demand much of the belongings. However, it is an act of intelligence to carry a stick, water bottle, and some eatables along. Although the terrain of Mount Abu is not very tough yet it is advisable to plan the trekking during the daytime.

Camping

Mount Abu tourism is uplifted by the indigenous Natural beauty of Mount Abu which forces the visitors to spend a peaceful night in the lapse of nature. Camp could be set up in the lush green forest of wildlife sanctuary or some other places to visit in Mount Abu near revering waterfalls. The vast Open clear sky which is unique to Mount Abu mesmerizes one, especially at night. Belongings to be carried along primarily consist of some basic food items as rest of the essential needs are catered by the organizers.

Photography

Mount Abu is rich in biodiversity which apart from earning it the status of sanctuary adds to its natural beauty. Rare species of flowers and wildlife, diverse forests, waterfalls and simple beauty of sunrise and sunset beyond the horizon of the mountain are distinguishable natural characteristics of Mount Abu which demand to be captured in photographs. This activity of Mount Abu tourism demands a camera or a smartphone and an eye of perfection to capture the best within a speck of second.

Wildlife Sanctuary

Mount Abu tourism is greatly benefited from its exotic in terms of plant and wildlife. Lush green forests are a habitat of the variety of wild animals and vibrant bird life. The areal spread of wildlife sanctuary is 290 sq km. Animals one can see in this sanctuary are sloth bear, sambhar, jungle cat, small Indian civet, wolf, hyena, jackal, fox, langur, wild boar, pangolin, mongoose, hare, porcupine, and hedgehog. Some rare species of this sanctuary which are remarkable are brown-headed barbet and grey jungle fowl.

Floral variety of Mount Abu is rare and beautiful. 112 plant species, 449 genera and 820 species of plant world exist in the sanctuary. Some species of medicinal plants also exist in this rich niche. The tree cover of this region is diverse varying from thorny trees at a lower elevation to evergreen trees at high altitude. Bamboo grass marks its boundary towards the southern part.

Sanctuary is open throughout the year from 9 A.M. in the morning to 5 P.M. in the evening. To get more insight into the sanctuary, it is advisable to hire a guide. Cost of the guide varies according to service and season. Entry fee varies between 50 Rs to 100 Rs. Children below the age of 10 years are permitted free entry.

Sightseeing

Guru Shikhar

This is one amongst the places to visit in Mount Abu which is used for trekking and is also visited for the mesmerizing beauty it unfolds at its highest summit. The highest peak of Aravalli ranges Guru Shikhar is located in Mount Abu at an average elevation of 5650 ft above mean sea level. Beautiful cave temple at the summit of this peak is dedicated to Guru Dattatreya (incarnation of Brahma) and his mother goddess Anasuya. The big brass bell hanging outside the cave temple at the peak produces echo when rung by the devotees visiting the temple. The sound of the bell slightly sways the silence of Mount Abu valleys which otherwise rest in complete peace. Pathway consisting of small stairs is also available that can take you to the top. Carrying eatables and water along is a good idea although there are small shops and stalls which provide basic food items. There is no entry fee, and place can be visited all days of the week.

Mount Abu Infrared Observatory

Mount Abu Tourism caters to the taste of all visitors. A little different from other places to visit in Mount Abu is MIRO. Destination apart from offering scenic beauty provides some scientific knowledge as well. Observatory located in close vicinity of peak Guru Shikhar is very beneficial for astronomical observations due to the climatic conditions which it provides. 150 cloud-free nights per year provide the opportunity of photometric observations.

Further, the low amount of water vapour in air at Guru Shikhar makes it site suitable for infrared telescope observation. MIRO is operated by the Astronomy & Astrophysics Division of the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad. Discovery of sub-Saturn or super-Neptune size planet by scientists from Mount Abu Infrared Observatory put India amongst few of the nations that discover stars and planets. This vital source of astronomical information could be visited all days of the week within 8 A.M. and 6 P.M. It is in close vicinity of Guru Shikhar which is a cold area, therefore, it is advisable to carry warm clothes such as a shawl, stroll, cap along. Few eatables should also be packed along.

Nakki Lake

One of the famous spots amongst places to visit in Mount Abu is Nakki Lake which adds to the beauty. Water is the elixir of life. It is that natural creation which is an indicator of life. Any landscape seems to be incomplete if not nurtured by water. Mount Abu has this essential element of nature present in form of Nakki Lake, locally known as Nakki Jheel. Crystal clear water of the lake not only moderates the climate of the region but adds to the scenic beauty of Mount Abu.

It is a pivotal point around which other places to visit in Mount Abu are located. Boating apart from being the activity one can indulge in is also a medium to rejuvenate energy. One can choose to sail around the lake in Shikara boats or to take pedalling boats. The Gandhi ghat along the banks of the Nakki Lake is historical in terms of its existence as it was formed after ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were pelted in Nakki Lake in February 1948. The spot is open all weekdays and can be visited within 9 A.M. to 6 P.M., unlike above two spots this spot is well served with restaurants and hotels which can be availed any time of the day for food requirements.

Trevor’s Tank

Another natural source of water adding charm to Mount Abu tourism is Trevor’s tank. It is one amongst the other places to visit in Mount Abu which simply exhibits existence of the small aquatic ecosystem within the big ecosystem of the forest. Trevor’s Tank is home to amphibians such as crocodiles, water snakes, turtles, frogs, and tortoise. Sometimes also called Crocodile’s park. Lush green forests within which this tank lies is the abode of many wild animals as well; therefore, it is advisable to plan a visit to Trevor’s tank during the daytime. Reaching tank demands a walk of 1 to 2 Km on a rough patch of road, therefore, it is recommended to wear comfortable footwear, casuals and something to cover head especially in summer season. Eatables and energy drinks should be carried along. Entry fee is Rs 30 for Indians, and timings to visit it are between 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Feeding crocodiles and the use of plastic bags is strictly prohibited in this zone.

Dilwara Temple

Dilwara Temple is one of the monuments which embraces the architects of ancient history that India withholds. Dilwara Temple is a historical monument in Mount Abu tourism which reflects rich architectural design, sculptors of Jain religion. The exterior of the temple is not much magnificent to look at, but the interior carvings are marvellous and breathe taking. The structure is built of marble. It basically consists of five small temples which were built between 11 and 13 century. Festivals of Mahavir Jayanti and Paryushan are celebrated with great enthusiasm in the temple.

Sight seekers can visit the temple after 6 P.M. although for Jains temple visiting times are from 6 A.M. in the morning to noon. Working style of the temple is in harmony with nature as the maximum of solar energy is used to heat the water needed for various rituals of temple, mandatory bathing before worshipping an idol is one such ritual which is practised sincerely and efficiently. To maintain the decorum of temple tourist guidelines precisely defines dos and don’ts of the temple. Temple can be visited from 12 noon to 5 P.M, in the evening from Sunday to Saturday. It is surrounded by restaurants and hotels providing delicious cuisines.

Achalgarh Fort

Mount Abu is located in a state which owes its origin and structure to the kings. A structure which exemplifies rich heritage of Mount Abu tourism is Achalgarh fort. Kings in their reign built magnificent buildings either a symbol of their glory, power or victory. Over the period of time era of rulers came to an end but what remains are structures making the future generation wonder about the motives, architecture, behind these grandeur forts.

Like any other fort of Rajasthan, this fort in Mount Abu was also wide in terms of area coverage and was also located at the highest point in Mount Abu so that an intruder could easily be traced from the top. What still remains the site of attraction is Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple of Lord Shiva located just outside the fort. The temple has a belief that toe of Lord Shiva was worshipped here. It also has an idol of Nandi which is believed to have been made of five metals. Three buffaloes standing in front of Lake Mandakini just behind the temple are believed to be three demons. There is no fee on entry to the fort. Fort can be visited from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

Government Museum

Places to visit in Mount Abu have so much of versatility that distinguishable characteristic of these places has been put together under one roof Government Museum. A place to get more insight into the rich heritage and diversity of Mount Abu is to step in Government Museum. The museum was built in 1962 to withhold the rich legacy and make the visitors aware about the same. It is maintained by State Government and it also shows attempts on part of the government to promote Mount Abu Tourism.

It is the homage to artistic sculptors, paintings, idols that are preserved to throw light on the luxuriant and vivid craftsmanship of ancient past. Artistic works especially throw light on archaeological development between the 8th and 12th century, the time period when cholas were ruling the nation. Cholas were great patrons of art and architecture. All the princely states governed by them till today host marvellous pieces of art, temples, monuments, etc. Mount Abu being no exception to it. The lifestyle of the people of Mount Abu is beautifully depicted in the museum through different mediums of paintings, carvings, statues, shops selling commodities that are unique to the people of Mount Abu. Visiting hours to the museum in winters are 9:30 A.M. to 5 P.M. In summers opening timings are slightly early 7:30 A.M. while the closing timings are 5:15 P.M. Museum remain open in all days of the week except Friday.

Lucky’s Wax Museum

Privately maintained museum is one of its own kind amongst different places to visit in Mount Abu. Fun frolic could be doubled at Mount Abu by making a visit to it. As the name suggests it hosts statues of famous celebrities made of wax. To name few of the eminent personalities which have been personified using wax in this museum are ‘Missile Man of India’ A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Playback singer of country Mohammad Rafi, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie. Apart from these statues, there are other activities as well which cater to the need of all age group visiting the museum. It is a tourist magnet in Mount Abu tourism.

The ground floor of the museum is a game arena which provides a variety of games, activities for the children and youth. Other technological inventions such as 9D cinema, Infinitive room, and Vortex room in the museum can make you wonder where you are. You can get laughter attacks by being the part of maze and mirror image. The museum does not forget to cater to the basic need of food as it has well maintained clean and hygienic food court. The museum can be visited in all days of the week from 9 A.M. to 9:30 P.M. Combo tickets are available at different prices to avail the services. An entry fee for the children is not charged.

Dhrudhiya Waterfalls

Mountains are the abode of rivers and tough terrain of the mountains forces rivers to cut through the mountains which ultimately lead to the formation of one of the most beautiful natural feature waterfall. Dhrudhiya Waterfalls in Mount Abu is one such example. These waterfalls cut through the steep hills, fall into a gorge forming a beautiful waterfall. Water is pure and clean. Big boulders resting at the sides allow the visitors to climb up and touch the waterfall. Big boulders, Gushing water and lush green surroundings provide a perfect background for photography. These waterfalls in Mount Abu could double the frolic if visited with family and friends.

Sunset point

One amongst the places to visit in Mount Abu which demands patience, keen observation to experience the best of the beauty. This alone point contributes a lot in promotion of Mount Ab tourism. Sunset beauty at Mount Abu is altogether a creation of nature with no involvement of mankind. Hills of Mount Abu provide various points of the sunset as every upheaval, lowland within hills provide its own angle to setting sun which makes it unique in its own way.

However, the sunset point at Mount Abu near Nakki Lake is worth watching. It is picturesque that nature provides its visitors using different shades and brushes. Every minute, every moment, every day, the beauty, hue, shades used by nature to create this picture would be varied and unique. Each one coming out to be the masterpiece in its own way. For better view it is advisable to reach the point one hour before the sunset as reaching before time will allow you to be the part of the transition phase.

WHERE TO STAY WHILE IN MOUNT ABU

The visitors are provided with great options to stay near places to visit in Mount Abu. It offers well-maintained hotels, restaurants and resorts to stay and enjoy the beautiful pace.

You can find a lot of hotels online via booking apps and sites which also make great offers during peak seasons so keep an eye on that as well.

While you are in Mount Abu try to visit all the places and enjoy as much as you can with friends and family and also the hospitality of Mount Abu is one which will not disappoint you.