Main Languages : Hindi, English, and Rajasthani
Location :Mount Abu is Rajasthan's only hill station. It is 187 km away from Ahmedabad in Gujarat.
Climate :Mount Abu has a very comfortable climate throughout the year, and because of this fact, one can visit Mount Abu throughout the year. During summer, temperatures remain between 23°C and 33°C, while winter temperatures range from 11°C to 28°C.
Best Time to Visit :The city is filled with tourists whole year round, but summer season is the best time to visit Mountabu.
Prime Attractions of Mountabu
Mount Abu was an important Vaishnava and Shaivite pilgrim center up to the 11th century. Today, it is recognized the world over for it's magnificent Jain temples. No visit to Abu can be complete without a trip to the famed Dilwara temples. These temples are the greatest draw of Abu, apart from its salubrious clime. Half hidden by mango groves their sober exterior belies the wealth of their interior ornamentation. Wondrously carved in marble, the Dilwara temples enshrine various Jain tirthankaras, saints. Built between the 11th and 13th century, are famous for their superb carvings in marble.
Another major attraction of Mount Abu tour is Nakki Lake – the Love Lake of the virgin teenager and the aging sage Balam Rasia. Located in the heart of the town Nakki Lake is peaceful lake and popular picnic spot. Nakki Lake enjoys exceptional scenic beauty. According to legend this beautiful lake was carved out by gods with their Nakh (Nails).
Among various worth visiting attractions of Mount Abu, Gaumukh Temple has its own importance. It is situated at the very short distance of 2 km from Mount Abu where famous Vedic Sage Vashistha Muni performed the great fire sacrifice. It is also known as Vashistha Ashram. The temple houses the images of Vashistha, Lord Rama and Lord Krishna. There is a water spring here which flows through the mouth of a marble cow statue and prove the name of temple as Gaumukh Temple. The spring is considered as very sacred among Hindus.
Also known as Andra Point, Honeymoon point offers a panoramic vista of the lush green valley and plains. On account of its exceptional beauty, this area is very popular among honeymooners. If you are honeymooners and want to enjoy its real beauty, stay there till sunset and get sank in its romantic ambience with your life partner. Surely it will be a mesmerizing experience of your life time.
Not only Honeymoon Point, but also Sunset Point is very popular among honeymooners and offers romantic vista of Sunset. Mesmerizing vista of crimson flush of sunset kissing the verdant plains on the horizon is absolutely an incomparable experience.
Bramha Kumaris Spiritual University and Museum
The Bramha Kumaris preach that all religions lead to God and so are equally valid, and the principles of each should be studied. The university aims at establishment of universal peace through 'the importation of spiritual knowledge and training of easy raja yoga meditation' There are over 4000 branches in 60 countries around the world and followers come to Mt. Abu to attend courses at the spiritual University. To attend one of these residential courses you need to contact your local branch and arrange things in advance. There is a museum in the town outlining the university’s teachings and offering mediation sessions.
Adhar Devi Temple
3 km. out of the town, Adhar Devi Temple is chiseled out of a huge rock reached by a flight of 360 stairs. It lead to this Durga temple. You have to stoop to get through the low entrance to the temple. Its a favourite tourist spot. There are fine views over Mt. Abu from up here.
Shri Raghunathji Temple
Situated near the ‘Nakki’ lake is the temple dedicated to Shri Raghunathji with a beautiful image of the deity that was placed here in 14th century A.D. by Shri Ramanand the famous Hindu preacher.
Gardens and Parks
Beautifully laid parks and gardens are interspersed throughout the hilly paradise. Ashok Vatika, Gandhi park, Municipal Park, Shaitan Singh Park and Terrace Garden are some of the noteworthy gardens.
Museum & Art Gallery
Although it is not very interesting the museum, Opposite the GPO does have some items from archeological excavations which date back to 8th to 12 the centuries as well as Jain Bronzes, carvings, brasswork and local Textiles. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 4.30 PM 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.
Trevor’s Tank : Named after the British engineer who constructed it, Trevor’s Tank is a delight for birdwatchers with densely wooded hills that are a haven to pigeons, peacocks and partridges.
It is an impressive fort with some beautiful jain temples enclosed within. Among the noteworthy temples are Achaleswar Mahadev Temple (1412 A.D.) and Kantinath Jain Temple (1513 A.D.). The latter has gold plated image. Mandakini Kund and a sculpture of Parmar Dharavarsh are situated close to the Achaleswar Mahadev Temple. The Fort was built in the 14th century A.D. by Rana Kumbha and is approachable by a motorable road.
The Shiva Temple of Achaleshwar Mahandeva, 11km north, of Mt. Abu has a number of interesting features, including a toe of Shiva, a brass Nandi, and where the Siva Lingam would normally be a deep hole said to extend all the way to the underworld. Outside by the car park is a tank beside which stand 3 stone buffaloes and the figure of king shooting them with a bow and arrows. A legend state that the tank was once filled with Ghee but demons in the form of buffaloes came down and drank each night- until king shot them. A path leads up the hillside to a group of colorful Jain temples with fine views out over the plains.
At the end of the plateau and 15 km from Mt Abu is Guru Shikhar the highest point in Rajasthan at 1721 meters that offers a bird's eye view of the sylvan surroundings of Mt Abu. A road goes almost all the way to the summit.
At the top is the Aarti Rishi Temple, complete with a priest and good views all around. Below the temple is a cafe selling soft drinks and snacks. A small Shaivite shrine and a temple of Dattatreya standing on the shikhar are worth a visit.
This station down on the plains is the rail junction for Mt Abu. The Railway station and bus stand are right next to each other on the edge of the town. Although there are RSTC buses from Abu Road to other cities such as Jodhpur, Ajmer, Jaipur, Udaipur, and Ahemadabad, there is little point in catching them here, as they are all available from Mt Abu itself. Buses operated by private companies also run from Mt. Abu. There are a handful of basic hotels in the main market area which are allright if you have to spend a night else you must prefer the ones in Mt Abu.