Mount Abu, at 1,200 metres, is the only hill station in Rajasthan and its wooded surroundings provide a great contrast to the desert which dominates much of the rest of the state. Many of the Maharajas had summer houses built here.
As with most hill stations, Mount Abu surrounds a lovely lake. And just outside the town are the magnificent Dilwara temples, one of the finest examples of Jain architecture in India.
What to see
Adhar Devi Temple (2 Km): Chiselled out of a huge rock this beautiful temple Rise also known as Arbuda Devi temple is formed by natural cleft.
Dilwara Jain Tomple (3 Km): The Dilwara Jain temples are a unique and outstanding example of Jain temple architecture. Built between the 11th and 13th centuries, these temples are famous for their exquisite carvings in marble.
Gaumukh Temple (4 Km): A natural spring that flows through a sculpted cow’s head gives the shrine it’s name. A descent of 750 steps leads to the Temple.
Nakki Lake: An artificial lake surrounded by hills.
Om Shanti Bhawan: This Is the Brahma Kumari’s World Spiritual University.
Shri Raghunathji Temple: Situated near Nakki Lake, it is believed that the famous Hindu preacher, Shri Ramanand placed the image of Shri. Raghunathji (Lord Ram) on this site.
Sunset Point (2 Km): This beautiful spot provides an enchanting view of the setting sun.
Toad Rock: (1.2 Km): It is so called because of it’s likeness to a gigantic toad, overlooking Nakki Lake, about to leap into the water.
Trevor’s Tank (3 Km): Trevoes Tank named after a British engineer is a bird watcher’s paradise with thickly wooded hills alive with Pheasants, Peacocks and Partridges.
Air: The nearest airports are Udaipur 185 Km, Ahmedabad 222 Km.
Rail: The nearest railhead is Abu Road 27 Km, linked with Ahmedabad, Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Mumbai.
Road: Mount Abu is connected by motorable roads with Ahmedabad 222 Km, Ajmer 377 Km, Delhi 762 Km, Jaipur 490 Km, Jodhpur 267 Km, Mumbai 767 Km and Udaipur 185 Km.
Area: 25 Sq.Km Temprature: Summer - Max: 33.3 Deq.C. Min: 28.3 Dog C Winter - Max: 23.3 Deg.C. Min: 11.6 Deg.C. Altitude: 1,219 Metres. Best season: Mid-March to June and Mid-September to December. STD Code: 02974
Achalgarh (10.5 Km) This fort has some beautiful temples such as the Achaliswar Mahadev Temple (1412 AD.) and the Kantinath Jain Temple (1513 AD.).
Gurushikhar (15 Km): Gurushikar(1720 Metres) is the highest point on the mount. Besides a small Shaivite shrine on the ‘Shikhr’, there is a temple of Dattatreya.
Ambaji (50 Km.) . A very popular temple dedicated to Amba Mata.
Darshan Timing: 0700 hrs-1030 hrs,1300 hrs-1400 hrs, 1600 hrs-1630 hrs & 1900-2100 hrs.
Palanpur: (79 Km): A former princely state ruled by Nawabs, it is today known for it’s perfumeries, dairy and is a source of manpower for lndia’s diamond cutting industry. The palace of the Nawab and, the Bairam Mahadev Temple, 12 Km from Palanpur are worth visiting.
Siddhpur: A famous pilgrimage centre for Hindus. Places of interest here are the Rudra Mahalaya, Bindu Sarovar, Kapilashram, Govind Mahadev Temple, Havelis of the Vora community wherein marvellous carvings and glass paintings can he seen.
Patan (137 Km): It is famous for its Patola Silk Saris that involve an intricate method of manufacture where the yarn is dyed in various colours before it is woven. Patan has many beautiful Jain temples and carved wooden houses. Rani ki Vav, the stepwell and the Sahastraling lake built during the Solanki rule are shutated on the outsikirts of Patan.
Festival: Dates of Summer Festival at Polo Ground, Mount Abu in 2000 is 1st to 3rd June.