Mount Abu – Rajasthan’s Lone Hill Station
Mount Abu or mt Abu is Rajesthan’s Lone Hill Station is in Sirohi District, on the state border with Gujarat state, in India. Mt Abu is a 22 kilometer by 9 kilometer rocky plateau (length and breadth). The highest peak is at around 5,650 ft (or 1722 meters) above sea level.
Mt Abu is believed to be the original abode of Gurjars, a pastoral ethnic group of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
There are rivers, waterfalls, lakes and forests in this Mount. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, with an area of 290 square kilometers, was created in the year 1960.
Adhar Devi Temple, which is carved out of solid rock, is a major tourist attraction here. There are many other Hindu and Jain temples in Mount Abu. Dilwara temple is one among them, made of white marble, constructed in between the 11th and 13th centuries A.D.
The Achalgarh fort of 14th century A.D. in Nakki Lake (a very ancient sacred Lake for Hindus) is another major tourist destination in this Mount. There is the Rock on a hill near the Nakki lake, which looks like a Toad and hence called “Toad Rock” (can be seen in the above picture), which is about to jump into the lake. India’s ‘Father of Nation’, Mahatma Gandi’s ashes were immersed here in the Nakki Lake. There is a memorial for Mahatma Gandhi, called “Gandhi Ghat “.
A little away from Mount Abu lies the Durga temple and Ambika Mata Temple, in a cleft of rock in Jagat.
How Do I Go to Mount Abu, Rajasthan’s Lone Hill Station?
Mount Abu railway station is the nearest rail-head at around 26 kilometers from the hill station. Maharana Pratap Udaipur Airport at Udaipur is at around 200 kilometers distance to Mt Abu.
Can you Name a Few Mount Abu Hotels?
Hotel Hillock and Hotel Karnavati are 4 star Mount Abu hotels. The Colonial Hotels, Hotel Chanakya, Hotel Hilltone, Chacha Inn & Hotel Banjara are 3 star Mt Abu hotels. Hotel Maganji’s, Hotel Aradhana by Ashoka & Palanpur Palace Hotel are 2 star Mount Abu hotels.