Mount Abu: The Spectacular Hill Station of Rajasthan
The presence of a hill station in Rajasthan, desert state of India, leaves many travelers intrigued. After all, it means something really special to be a gorgeous hilly area set in a state known for its desert and hot climate. The only hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu sits on a plateau on the Aravalli hills near the South-Western border with Gujarat. The peaceful hills of Mount Abu are home to many popular temples, caves, and lakes, which attract tourists in large numbers.
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About Mount Abu
Mount Abu, being the lone hill station in Rajasthan, can boast about its beauty and climate without any guilt. Fortunately, Mount Abu is not another run-of-the-mill hill station of Northern India. Not only is the hill station blessed with natural beauty, the architectural marvels created during Rajputana and British rule make it the perfect destination for history-lovers as well.
Dense forests and spectacular trekking trails of Mount Abu make for a breathtaking view and give a respite from the scorching heat that dominates Rajasthan.
For years, Mount Abu had been home to the rulers of princely kingdoms who built their palaces at the hill station to escape the heat. According to a popular legend, a yagya was performed at Mount Abu by Sage Vashishta, who created the agnikuls. This was the fire-born dynasty of Rajputs who were given the duty of protecting the earth from demons.
Location & How To Reach:
Located at an altitude of 4,000 feet from sea level, Mount Abu is a much more approachable hill station than many of its counterparts in Northern India. At a distance of 763 km from Delhi, Mount Abu is only an overnight-journey from the capital. From Jaipur, the hill station is about 495 km which makes it 7-8 hours away from the capital city of Rajasthan.
Nearest Railway Station: Jodhpur Junction railway station, Jodhpur (296 km away)
Nearest Airport: Maharana Pratap Airport, Udaipur (176 km away)
The summer season in Mount Abu starts mid-April and lasts till mid-June and the temperature remains around 36 degrees. July marks the beginning of monsoon season which lasts till September. The mercury stars to dip from November and the town experiences winters till March. The temperature can go as low as 4 degrees at night.
Things to See & Do In Mount Abu
The small hill town has plenty of attractions to offer to its tourists. From architectural marvels such as Delwara Jain Temple to the wonders of the nature like the Nakki Lake, Mount Abu has an ensemble of all kinds of touristy places.
The crystal-clear water of Nakki Lake makes it one of most enchanting tourist locations of Mount Abu. Although most visitors prefer to enjoy the lake on a boat in the evening, early mornings at the lake are spectacular. Getting a boat is extremely easy due to the availability of a myriad of options. From Swan-shaped boats to boats with oars, tourists can find all types of boats parked on the shores, waiting to give you a breathtaking view of the hill town.
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Delwara Jain Temple
The complex of Delwara temple is home to 5 Jain temples. The impeccable marble work in these temples leaves everyone who visits the temple enchanted. The meticulous carvings on the pillars, doorways, and arches redefine finesse for many.
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The banks of Nakki Lake are brimming with shops that cater mainly to tourists. Handicrafts, antiques and traditional attires—few of the many things that tourists love to take with them as a souvenir. It is recommended for tourists who visit the local market of Mount Abu to check out the unmissable marble statuaries, Kota sari, and tribal jewelry.
Best Time to Visit
Although the climate remains pleasant during the major part of the year in Mount Abu, the months between November and March offer the most favorable climatic conditions to the tourists for a visit.