ABOUT MOUNT ABU:
- Nestled amidst lush forested hills of Aravalli’s is the only hill station of Rajasthan.
- Equally important for pleasure seekers and devoted pilgrims.
- Named after serpent Arbuda (Abu in short), the son of Himalayas, who come here to rescue Nandi, the wahan (Mount) of Lord Shiva.
MODE OF COMMUNICATION:
- Airport: Maharana Pratap Airport, Udaipur (UDR), 185 kms away from Mount Abu.
- Rail: Abu Road Railway Station, Abu Road, 28 kms away from Mount Abu.
- Road: Well connected by road. 222 kms from Ahmedabad and 490 kms from Jaipur.
SIGHTSEEING AT A GLANCE:
FORT & MONUMENTS
Om Shanti Bhawan or Universal Peace Hall Achalgarh
Dilwara Jain Temple Temple of Raghunathji Gau Mukh Temple Adhar Devi or Arbuda Devi Temple Achalgarh Guru Shikar
MUSEUM & AUDITORIUM
Government Museum & Art Gallery
Mount Abu Sanctuary
Toad Rock Sunset Point Honeymoon Point (Anadra Point) Trevor’s Tank Abu Road
FAIRS & FESTIVALS
- Winter Festival
For more information visit https://www.tourism.rajasthan.gov.in/mount-abu.html
ATTRACTIONS OF MOUNT ABU
Dilwara Jain Temple:
- Delightful Dilwara (Devalwara) or the ‘Palace of Temples’ is the major attraction of Mount Abu.
- World renowned temples are noted for excellent architecture and exquisite carvings.
- Main group consists of five temples, which were built between 11th and 12th centuries.
- Pure white marble temple of Vimal Sah or Vimal Vasahi was built in 1031 and is the oldest of the temple group.
- Dedicated to Adinath or Rishabdeo, the first Jain tirthankara.
- Its impressive 48 pillared mandapa (portico) in front of the main sanctum.
- Eight central pillars of the mandapa forms an octagon, which holds up a dome with circular rims and ornately carved pendant like roof.
- This shinning ‘jewel’ of the Abu hills is believed to be dug out by the god’s with their nails (nakh) and thus the name Nakki.
- Perhaps the only artificial lake in the country.
- An altitude of 1200 mts. above sea level.
- Boating facilities are available and one may choose motor boats, ordinary boats, shikaras and paddle boats to explore the serene waters of Nakki.
- Embankments of the lake are dotted with magnificent summer villas of various erstwhile princely states of the country.
- Most of them have been converted into guest houses and hotels.
- Magnificent rocky out crop resembling a ‘Toad’ overlooks the placid waters of the Nakki Lake.
Temple of Raghunathji:
- Sacred shrine near the Nakki Lake is associated with the great preacher Ramanandji.
- Installed an image of Shri Raghunathji (Lord Rama), at the temple in 14th century.
Gau Mukh Temple:
- Ancient site near the Nakki Lake is of immense religious importance.
- An old tank which is filled by a natural spring, flowing a spout, shaped like a cow’s head, hence the name Gau (cow) Mukh (mouth).
- Splendidly sculpted hill temple of Arbuda, the mighty serpent is located nearby, amid scenic surrounding.
- There is also a marble statue of Nandi, who was rescued by Arbuda from a chasm.
- Splendid sunset point lies to the south-west of Nakki Lake.
Honeymoon Point (Anadra Point):
- It affords great views of the verdant valley.
- Superb plains, especially during the sunset time.
Om Shanti Bhawan or Universal Peace Hall:
- Impressive building houses the famous Brahma Kumari’s World Spiritual University.
- It has a big hall devoid of any pillars and can accommodate a gathering of 3,500 people.
Adhar Devi or Arbuda Devi Temple:
- The temple beautifully carved out of a huge rock can be reached by a flight of 360 steps.
Government Museum & Art Gallery:
- It was set up in 1962, within the premises of Raj Bhawan.
- A rich collection of archaeological finds dating back to 8th – 12th century, weapons, musical instruments, ornaments and garments, miniature paintings, sculptures and specimens of wood carving etc. are exhibited here.
Mount Abu Sanctuary:
- Sprawls over a lush area of 288 sq. km., comprising of sub-tropical evergreen forests.
- Jasmine sweeps through the sanctuary making it a paradise for nature lovers.
- It is home to animal species like leopard, sloth bear, wild boar, sambar, chinkara and langur.
- There are also more than 250 species of exotic birds.
- Tank amidst densely wooded hills teems with rich variety of beautiful birds.
- Most commonly seen birds are, pheasants, peacocks and partridges.
ATTRACTIONS AROUND MOUNT ABU
- 10 kms away from Mount Abu city.
- 14th century fort built by Rana Kumbha of Mewar.
- Famous for the temples of Achaleswar Mahadev and the Kantinath Jain.
- 15 kms away from Mount Abu city centre.
- Guru Shikhar or the saint’s pinnacle rises to a height of 1772 mts.
- The highest peak of the Aravalli’s.
- It has a small Shaivite shrine and temple of Dattatreya.
- A bird’s eye view of the sylvan surroundings can be enjoyed from here.
- Medieval town set at the foot 28 kms away from Mount Abu city.
- One can buy pure vermilion (sindhoor or kum kum), incense, oil lamps, beautiful marble images and fragrant flowers here.
- Polished stones of jasper, agate, cornelian, amethyst and necklaces or bracelets of semi-precious stones are available.
- Exquisitely carved ivory or bone statues, bowls and ornaments, scarves and skirts, printed or embroidered with mirror work are other worth purchasing articles.