Mount Abu Tourism
Mount Abu is a famous tourist destination, which serves as a getaway from the heat of Rajasthan, Gujarat and other nearby northern Indian states. It is actually the only hill station in the midst of desert. Apart from picturesque views, the hill station has some of the most renowned temples, and a wildlife sanctuary as well. Mount Abu houses some of the famous Jain temples, such as the Dilwara temples.
Besides the temples and the natural scenery, Mount Abu offers adventure activities in abundance. Tourists also plan vacations around the famous Winter Festival held in Mount Abu each year in December.
Mount Abu is located in the Aravalli range in the Sirohi district of Rajasthan, near the Gujarat border.
How to Reach Mount Abu?
Udaipur houses the nearest airport, the Maharana Pratap Airport, situated at a distance of 185 km from Mount Abu. The airport has direct flights from some of the major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Jaipur.
Abu Road is the nearest railway station from the hill station, at around 28 km from the city. It is connected via direct trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Jodhpur.
Mount Abu is reachable from some of the country's major cities via road, like Delhi, Ajmer, Udaipur, Jaipur and Bundi. Regular buses ply on these routes, which are run by the government and other private operators as well.
Best Time to Visit
Winter season is the best time to visit Mount Abu. Although, due to its height the weather is not extremely hot during summers as well. September to March is good months for travelling in this hill station.
Places to Visit
The top-most tourist destinations in Mount Abu can be listed as:
- Guru Shikhar Peak
- Adhar Devi Temple
- Shri Raghunathji Temple
- Dilwara Jain Temples
- Achalgarh Fort
- Nakki Lake
- Durga Temple
- Trevor's Crocodile Park
- Gaumukh Temple
- Mount Abu wildlife Sanctuary
- Sunset Point
- Hire cabs or auto-rickshaws from pre-paid counters to avoid over-charging.
- Avoid travelling during late nights.
- Wear appropriate, less revealing clothes.
- Try and make bookings at government approved hotels.
The Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) offers some interesting packages for travellers. The cost to travel in and around Mount Abu may vary according to the number of days you wish to spend. It can be higher in case you wish to extend you trip to excursions to nearby tourist attractions.
Other than must-visit famous tourist destinations, Mount Abu offers many activities for those seeking adventure and savouring nature-lovers as well. Some of the most sought-after activities are:
- Rock climbing
- Wildlife & bird watching
- Mountain biking
- The Winter Festival
Hotels and Accommodation Options
Hotels from budget class to three star hotels, to heritage hotels and resorts with panoramic views are available for travellers to choose from. The town has some of the best hotels of India, some with beautiful scenic views. You can also book a government accommodation, which would be more pocket-friendly as well.
How many days are enough to Travel?
On an average, three to four days are enough to visit all the top tourist destinations in Mount Abu.
Mount Abu has delicious food to offer to both vegetarians as well as non-vegetarians. Eateries offer a wide variety of cuisines, such as Gujarati, Rajasthani, North-Indian, and Continental as well. You can try
Some famous Rajasthani dishes you can try while you are in Mount Abu are:
- Mirchi Bada
- Pyaaj Kachori
- Bajre ki roti (millet bread) and Lashun ki chutney (hot garlic paste)
- Mawa Kachori
- Ker-saangri sabji
- Laal Maans (Meat in Red Chilly curry)
- Besan Gatta
The markets of Mount Abu offer a wide variety of handicrafts, textiles and much more, from Rajasthan as well its neighbouring state, Gujarat. You can also shop at the Government Emporiums. Enjoy the great shopping experience at the shops around the Nakki lake.
Here's a list of some interesting products you can shop from Mount Abu:
- Kota sarees
- Sanganeri print fabrics
- Leather articles
- Rajasthani handicrafts
- Marble articles
- Wooden products
- Hand-embroidered wall hangings
- Silver Jewellery
Tourist Helpline Number
Government of Rajasthan Tourist Reception Office at Mount Abu - 02974-235151
References: State Tourism Info
Last Updated on : July 28, 2014