Mount Abu is surrounded by wooded hills suitable for hiking. Nearby is Lake Nakki, Sun Set Point Observation Deck, and a nature reserve inhabited by leopards, bears, and deer. Mount Abu will bring a pleasant variety to a trip to this region, especially if you come here in the summer. Not far from the city is the Jain temple complex of Dilwara. Like the temples of Ranak Pura, the five temples of Dilwara are decorated with elaborate stone carvings and sculptures of the 11th – 18th centuries. and are considered the best examples of Jain architecture.
The history of Mount Abu relates to those who ruled here in the X – XIII centuries. Rajput clans of Solanki and Paramars, in which many Jain temples were built in the vicinity, especially in Dilwara.
Much later, the British founded a mountain resort here, where they came during the summer heat. Maharajas of Rajasthan also built summer palaces in Mount Abu.
Attractions in Mount Abu: -
Gaumukh Temple: - A temple dedicated to St. Vashishta, which is located near the town of Mount Abu. Saint Vashishta is one of the revered saints. It is believed that it was he, who created the four main Rajput clans. Gaumukh means "cow's throat." This symbolism is beaten by a marble statue of a cow, from whose mouth the spring beats.
Jain Temple Complex Dilwara: - The Delaware Jain Temple Complex is located two and a half kilometers from Mount Abu and consists of five temples. The Dilwara complex was built from the eleventh to the thirteenth century. All temples are built of marble.
Lake Nakki: - The central part of Mount Abu is Lake Nakki. According to local legend, it was formed when the gods scraped a part of the mountain with their nails. In the XIX century. the British built up the shores with colonial houses, and the Rajput Maharajas with summer palaces. The attraction of the lake is the Toda Rock of an unusual shape.
Shaiva Sanctuary of Achaleshwar Mahadeo: - It is believed that the sanctuary appeared when the god Shiva touched this place with his big toe to stop the earthquake. In the sanctuary there is no image of Shiva or his lingam but only yoni with a hole, which, as they say, goes into the underworld. In the sanctuary, there are images of Parvati and Ganesha, as well as a huge metal bull Nandin.
Guru Shikhar: - The temple is located near the observatory, on the highest mountain of Mount Abu. Hundreds of steps lead to the temple. True, the place does not look much like a temple, rather like a cave of hermits - the entrance hangs over the gorge, inside the cave - and inside it there is another small cave where you could sit bending three dead. Guides say that the hermits spent many days and nights there.
Sunset Point: - In the mountains near Lake Naki there is a place where you can enjoy beautiful sunsets. Nearby are many temples and holy places, sannyasis walk, monkeys jump. And in the mountains, there are bears.
Wildlife in Mount Abu: -
Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary: - If you want to enjoy the exotic of local nature, then be sure to visit this place. A walk will take several hours but will bring pleasure. Beautiful views, a memory photo.
Best Time to Visit Mount Abu: -
Nowadays Mount Abu is a mountain resort, popular primarily among newlyweds. The peak of the tourist season is April-June and major holidays (especially Diwali in November).
How to Reach Mount Abu: -
By Air: - The nearest airport is Udaipur
By Train: - Abu Road is the nearest railway station just 28 KM from the main city.
By Road: - Jaipur: Take the NH8 motorway to Beawar, then take the NH14 to Abu Road, then follow the mountain road to Mount Abu.