Mount Abu also known as the summer resort of Rajasthan (See my >>> complete Rajasthan tourism guide) is a place which attracts tourist from all over the world. It is located in the beautiful and ethnic desert state of Rajasthan in North India and has some breath-taking views. Once Mount Abu used to be leisure destination for the ruling royal families of Rajasthan. Known for its scenic beauty, Mount Abu has the perfect landscapes for some great pictures. Situated amidst lush green, forested hills on the highest peak in the Aravali range, Mount Abu is also the summer capital of Rajasthan. Its cool and soothing climate makes it an ideal retreat. Exploring a number of Jain temples, including the Dilwara Temples, a complex carved of while marble, or visit the nearby Achalgarh fort, which houses many beautiful temples of its own are the things that every tourist enjoys during there trip. If you are nature lover than you must visit Mount Abu once in your lifetime. Beautiful lakes, majestic waterfalls, lush green forest, religious monuments and wildlife of this place will make you fall in love with this place. Below is the list of places that every tourist must visit in Mount Abu:
Achalgarh Fort also known as Achalgadh is amongst the beautiful medieval monuments of Mount Abu. It was commissioned by Rana Kumbha, the esteemed designer who was responsible for many huge fortresses in Southern Rajasthan. Achalgarh is just 8 Kilometers from the main Mount Abu town and is well connected by road. When you visit this place you can see the massive battlement walls surrounded all arround the fort, which once built to protect the fort from the enemy. It is situated at the top of a mountain peak and offers picturesque views all year round. It is believed that the Achleshwar temple was built in the 9th century and legend has it that it was built around a toe print of Lord Shiva. Achleshwar also contains a natural Shivalinga. There are also many other sculpted idols which are made of a crystal like stone. In natural light, this stone looks opaque, but if you place a candle behind the idols they take on a beautiful crystal-like sparkle, the stone is called the crystal stone or sfatik in hindi. Nearby the temple, you will find the scenic looking Mandakini Lake. This lake is surrounded by rocky hills, and rock walls covered with images of a Rajput king and buffaloes. These pictures are said to represent the legend that says the lake was filled with ghee and the watering hole of demons disguised as buffaloes. This was until they were shot by Raja Adi Pal.
Dilwara Jain Temple
Dilwara Jain Temples is one of the finest Jain temple known world over for its extraordinary architecture and marvelous marble stone carvings, some experts also consider it architecturally superior to the Taj Mahal. It seems fairly basic temple from outside but every cloud has a silver lining, the temple interior showcases the extraordinary work of human craftsmanship at its best. These temples were built between 11th to 13th century AD, The beautiful lush green hills surrounding the temple gives a very pleasant feeling. The ornamental details of marble stone carvings is phenomenal and unmatched, The minutely carved ceilings and the pillars are just amazing. All this was done at a time when no transport or roads were available at a height of 1200 Mtrs in Mount Abu, Huge blocks of marble stones were transported on elephant backs from the Arasoori Hills at Ambaji to this remote hilly region of Mount Abu. Dilwara temples is also a popular Jain pilgrimage attraction.
Doodh Bawri is a well located at the foot step of the Adhar Devi temple. Doodh Baori is considered as a sacred well with milk colored water. It is believed that this well is the main source of milk for the heavenly world, for gods and goddesses. It is believed that the water in the well has many miraculous powers. Many people offer prayers at this well considering it as Kamadhenu. The view of the temple from the premises of Doodh Baori looks like a small tower at the pinnacle of the mount. Doodh baori is a very intersting place to visit in Mount Abu. The scenic beauty of this place is awsome. Those who love nature and peace must visit this place and spend some time.
If you are visiting the Mount Abu and you wish to experience some of the local religious culture, you must visit the Gaumukh Temple. When you are visiting Gaumukh Temple and its beautiful surrounds, you can enjoy walking excursions, picnics as well as viewing the beautiful temple and its statues. The Gaumukh Temple is also popular for religious pilgrimages and meditation. Once only popular for Ancient sages and saints to meditate at, the Gaumukh Temple is now a popular tourist destination. The Gaumukh Temple is located around 5 kilometers from the Hanuman Temple situated in a wild valley that is reached by climbing down over 700 steps. The area is covered with very think forest cover and visiting the place after dark & rainy season is not recommended without proper information and local guidance, you should plan for a full day trip to Gaumukh if you want to enjoy the beauty and nature of this place.
Guru Shikhar, a peak at an altitude of 1722 meters is the highest point in Rajasthan. It is located at a distance of 15 km from Mount Abu. It has a commanding view of Abu and its surroundings. This peak is the home to the temple of Dattatreya, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and the peak is called Guru Shikhar after him as Guru Dattatreya had dignified this place and his footprints are sanctified here in a rock in a cave. Foot prints of swami Ramanath are also here who enshrined the statue in Raghnathji temple in Abu. Close to the shrine is a temple of Guru Dattatreya’s mother which is too worth- seeing. There is also a huge and giant bell suspended from a wooden frame with an inscription dated 1411 in the Dattatrya temple, its toll is heard upto a long distances from here. The cold sweeping breeze with the panoramic view of the natural scenery full of charm and dense distant forests will fill you with throbing thrill.
Nakki Lake in Mount Abu truly defines romance in Rajasthan. Named as Love Lake of Mount Abu, it is also a largest manmade lake at the height of 11,000 meters in India. It is also a sacred lake for the Garacia tribe of Rajasthan and at the time of their festival in Shukla paksha which falls in April month it is the place of worship and remembrance of their ancestors. People consecrate their nails in the lake on this festival. It is the reason for naming of this lake as ‘Nakki’. Some also believed that Rasia Balam was an aged sage and was the incarnation of Lord Shiva and the teenager was the embodiment of Ma Parvati. Due to betrayal, they will again come back to complete their love. The famous poem ‘Lost Love’ describe their story very well. Boating Facilites are available at Nakki Lake in Mount Abu. Boating is the main attraction of the lake and is one of the must do things in Mount Abu. It is a great thing where you can enjoy the serenity of the lake and the hill station.
Boating Timings: 09:30 am – 06:00 pm
Honeymoon point also known as Andara point is a romantic place specially for newly wed couple. When in Mount Abu, you cannot miss going here. Go for a long romantic walk up to the Honeymoon Point or 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. This is an ideal spot if you are looking for a rather serene spot to spend your time at. This area’s untwining vibe and scenic beauty owes to the fact that this is one of the most popular attractions of Mount Abu. Hold hands, enjoy the pleasant weather and treat your eyes to the mesmerizing beauty spread all around you.
Lying south west of Nakki Lake, Sunset point is one of the most popular viewpoints in Mount Abu. This viewpoint gets thronged by tourists from all around at the time of sunset. Enjoy the site of orange-colored sun setting behind the Aravali Ranges. Serene surrounding and a pleasant climate make the experience even more memorable. Treat your eyes to the picturesque views of the surrounding area including villages and green valleys while the sun is setting down. After enjoying a nice sunset view, you can shop for souvenirs from the shops near the point. Get your hands on trinkets, wooden toys, marble statues, sandalwood idols and other knick-knacks. Baylay’s Walk is another popular point near Sunset Point where pony rides are quite popular amongst the visiting tourists. Do not forget to carry your camera to capture these memorable views.
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. Trevor, the British engineer who built it, was dedicated to building a beautiful place for people to enjoy and watch nature. A visit to Trevor’s Tank offers picturesque scenery and a multitude of views. If you visit Trevor’s tank, you should pack a picnic. It is a popular picnic destination for tourists and locals alike. Trevor’s Tank contains many purpose built viewing stations that offer you the unique opportunity to watch the plentiful wildlife in their natural habitat. This is a very popular night time activity. If you visit Trevor’s Tank during the right season, and you are very quiet, you may be lucky enough to spot one of the wild black bears that inhabit the region.
The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the oldest parts of the Mount Abu mountain ranges. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is home to many sightseeing points offering fantastic views. Many people visit the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary just for the sightseeing and views, but most visit The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary for the animals and birds. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is about 7 kilometres long and only 300 metres wide. This means that while you take the long walk down The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary you won’t miss much on either side. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is full of floral beauty. There is an evergreen forest that meets the water and the valleys on the other side. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary houses around 112 plant families with 449 gene and 820 species. Many of these species are dicots and the rest are monocots. You can also find many orchids at the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. Don’t forget the many roses and bamboo rich areas.