Mount Abu is the only hill station in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is in the Aravalli Range in the Sirohi District of Rajasthan. The mountain forms a distinct rocky plateau 22 km long by 9 km wide. The highest peak on the mountain is Guru Shikhar at 1,722 m (5,650 ft) above sea level. It is referred to as ‘an oasis in the desert’ as its heights are home to rivers, lakes, waterfalls and evergreen forests. Nearest Railway station is Abu Road railway station which is 27 km away. If you are in Mount Abu then visit the places mentioned below for sure.
1. Nakki Lake
The Nakki Lake is located at an altitude of 1200 meters. The Lake offers a serene environment to the people who like to relax in peace. According to local legends, the lake is believed to be made by digging with bare hands and nails hence Nakki. The rock carvings around the lake offer the visitors an added point of interest. People can enjoy boating in the lake and experience the tranquil locations that surround it.
2. Toad Rock
Toad Rock is situated to the south of Nakki Lake in Mount Abu and comprises of a huge rock that looks like a toad about to jump into the water. This rock structure provides a great view of the lake and the surrounding greenery.
3. Dilwara Temples
A cluster of five magnificently constructed temples, offering a peep into the Jain culture and religion, makes the Dilwara Temples a must see in Mount Abu. The foundation of these temples dates back to the 11th century AD. Built with splendid white marble, these temples prove to be of high architectural and religious significance. The Vimal Vashi temple which was constructed by Vimal Shah is dedicated to the first Jain Tirthankaras. The temples boast of Mewar architecture and attract visitors with its majestic artistry.
4. Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the northeastern part of the hill station The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary was established in the year of 1960 and is spread over the total area of 290 sq km. The Guru Shikhar peak, the highest peak of the Aravalli ranges come under the area of this sanctuary. Various species of wild animals and birds find their homes inside this wildlife sanctuary and offers nature lovers vivid views. Animals like bears, foxes, wild boar, panthers and sambar deer can be found roaming inside.
5. Guru Shikar
Guru Shikar is the highest point in Mount Abu and forms the highest point in the Aravalli mountain range. The place is perfect to get a panoramic view of the whole region and is famous for its temple of Guru Dattatreya an incarnation of the Hindu Deities ‘Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva’ in one.
The name refers to a fort and an ancient kingdom, which was originally built by the Paramara Dynasty rulers. The fort was reconstructed in 1452 by Maharana Kumbha the ruler of the Mewar kingdom and was renamed as “Achalgarh’ or the immovable. The main entrances are characterized by two towers carved out of grey granite, which still stands as a memorial of this once pompous and majestic fort. The place is located at an amazing location and is famous for its ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva known as the Achaleshwar Mahadeva Temple.