Mount Abu is a beautiful hill station in Rajasthan
. the tourists and the natives alike head here to take a break from the smoldering summer blaze. This veritable Eden served as the Chauhan Rajputs' summer resort.
Later it served as the headquarters of the British Rajputana Residency. Mount Abu is probably one of the few places in the state endowed with lush foliage and a variety of flora and fauna. Besides being a summer getaway, Mount Abu is a sacred pilgrimage spot. Revered sacred by the Hindus and the Jains, Mount Abu is associated with a number of shrines and the religious legends attached to this city. The mystifying and beautiful city is known by many names such as "Hill Of Wisdom", "Saint's Pinnacle" and "Olympus Of Rajasthan".
Udaipur (185km) is the nearest airport while Mount Abu railway station is about 28 km from the city. Regular trains connect Mount Abu with cities such as Ahmadabad and Jaipur. Taxis, jeeps and excellent bus services connect the mountainous town with the rest of the state and cities in Gujarat.
The major festivals celebrated in the city of Mount Abu are the Summer Festival in June, Gangaur in March- April and Patotasav in March. The Summer Festival is a major attraction of the town. The days are spent in enthralling folk art performances such as Ghoomar, Gair, Dhap etc. In the evenings excellent Quawali performances are organized. Quawalis are impassioned music recitals, sometimes satiric but generally loved by the common man. Boat races and roller skating competitions are also held. A brilliant firework display concludes this enrapturing festive event.
Places worth visiting in Mount Abu are:
- Dilwara Jain Temples
- Nakki Lake
- Toad Roak
- Gau Mukh temple
- Sunset Point
- Honeymoon Point
- Government Museum And Art Gallery
- Om Shanti Bhawan Or Universal Peace Hall
- Adhar Devi Or Arbuda Devi Temple
- Mount Abu Sanctuary
Mount Abu houses some of the best hotels and restaurants in the region. Hotel Akashdeep, Hotel Lake Regency Hotel Recluse, and Sunset Inn accord the visitors best possible accommodation while excellent restaurants such as Handi, Mayur, Dawat and Madras Cafe offer the most luscious meals.