The beauty on top of the Aravalli range: Mount Abu
Mount Abu is the picturesque and the only hill station in the state of Rajasthan. It is located near the Sirohi district and on top of the beautiful Aravalli Range. It is set at an elevation of about 1220 meters above sea level. The hill station is situated on the Gujarat- Rajasthan border.
Mount Abu is approximately a 7 hour drive from Ahmedabad. Other transport options are also available from Baroda, Udaipur, Jaipur and other Rajasthan and Gujarat cities. The nearest railways station is Abu Road station, which is 20 kms away from the hill station.
As Mount Abu is the only hill station in Rajasthan, it is a popular getaway destination. Not only tourists, but locals also visit this place to get away from the heat and city noise.It has a lot to offer to its visitors who retreat to this hill state for a relaxing holiday. Mount Abu also has an important place in the Hindu mythology as it was referred to as the place where the Sage Vashistha retired.
The highest point of the Aravalli Hills is Guru Shikhar, which is at an elevation of 1722 meters above sea level. Being the highest point, this place provides its visitors with the best view of the entire region. Another popular attraction here is the temple of Guru Dattatreya who is said to be an avatar of Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. The climb to this point through the hilly turns is an amazing experience. This spot is 20 kms away from Mount Abu and is a must visit.
Another popular tourist attraction in Mount Abu is the Nakki Lake. It is a sacred and ancient lake. The Hindu mythology tells us that this lake was dug by the Gods themselves by simple using their nails to shelter form the Demon Bashkali. It is popular for picnics, adventurous activities, trekking, boating and watching the beautiful landscape atop a hot air balloon. It gives you the most splendid view overseeing the Aravalli hills. You also have a number of restaurants, cafes and hotels near the lake. You can get some mouth watering local food at a low price here.
If you love Hindu religious places with some amazing architectural work then your next stop should be the Dilwara Temples complex. There are five Jain temples with some brilliant marble use in the architecture of the temples. The gorgeous carvings and stone laying techniques make it a popular pilgrimage spot. Chalukyas took about 200 years to make these beautiful temples.
Another mesmerizing spot to visit is the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. In 1980, the forest between the Aravalli mountain range was professed as a wildlife sanctuary. It is spread across an area of 288 sqkms. It is home to a huge variety of flora and fauna. The main attraction here is the Leopard. Besides it you can also spot wolfs, jungle cats, hyena, Indian fox and many more.
The most breathtaking spot in Mount Abu is the sunset point. It is one of the most beautiful and romantic places to visit in the hill station. One can enjoy walks or a cup of tea with their partners.
Mount Abu is a must visit as it is an amazing hill station with a blend of typical Rajasthani flavors.