Mount Abu

Mount Abu: Riding to Rajasthan’s sole hill station

When someone pronounce the name Rajasthan, the first thought that flows into my mind is: “The land of royal Rajputanas”, “The land of magnificent forts and gardens” and “The land which is India’s most ancient civilization i.e. Indus Valley Civilization”. In the same way, when people say Rajasthan, what comes first in your mind? Let me guess…

It may the King (maharaja) with long-weird mustache, or it may be the royal colorful Rajasthani turban which is 9-10 meter long. Another thing which actually conjures up, is the image of white and golden-sand desert (Thar desert). Thar desert whose 70% part lies in Rajasthan (seriously really hot) and rest in Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana and Pakistan. That’s the reason why people are reluctant to visit Rajasthan in summer.

Despite of all these, there is something more in Rajasthan that welcomes you even in summer; and it is the Mount Abu – the only hill station in Rajasthan. It is also consider to be the perfect getaway for all the Rajasthani people and probably for Gujarati people too. But first of all, allow me to give you the insight of this mesmerizing hill station and what makes it so different…

Buzz about Mount Abu

Mount Abu is located in the midst of Southwestern end of Aravalli mountain range (Sirohi district) at about 1200m above sea level. Also, it lies on the border of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Probably, due to this reason, you’ll find it jam packed (with the great blend of Gujarati and Rajasthani culture) even in summer. Moreover, Mount Abu is a fascinating destination which provides some of the most picturesque scenery of Aravalli hills such as famous Dilwara Jain Temple, Nakki Lake, Guru Shikar, and many more. The temperature of Mount Abu remains nearly 20-30 degree Celsius which is much lower than rest of Rajasthan (40-50 degree Celsius). Hence, in early days, Mount Abu was consiedered to the favorite summer destination for Britishers. In-fact, many of the saints in ancient time had lived here and worshiped here.

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The great Mount Abu had welcomed me

Continuing with roadaviator interest in riding on Mount Abu roads, here is why I had to plan a short trip to Mount Abu:

I was off there just for a day…

I was in Jaipur, my college semester examination was near and the sweltering heat was also on its hike. Probably, that’s why I was feeling even more sever heat…. I just needed a break to refresh my mind. As a result, in a quick session I backpacked myself and went for a short trip.

Moreover, my uncle cum travel companion was also feeling very similar to me; escaping the dusty and dry heat of summer. Fortunately, he called me at the right time as I was about to fetch bus tickets. Therefore, finally both of us had decided to trip Mount.

The only thing that I was missing was my camera Nikon D3300 Digital SLR It was totally discharged (I even forgot to take it) and my Blackberry was on 50% battery. I was keeping my fingers crossed; everything will be fine.

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Jaipur to Mount Abu road map

Without any further ado, let me show you some of these places that I’ve visited….

Nakki Lake:

Believe me or not, but this Lake is the most wonderful and photographic spot of Mount Abu. It is perfectly nestled in the midst of green landscape and man-made wonders. I would consider it to the top honeymoon destination of Rajasthan. Nakki Lake is very well maintained, you can do boating and relax by the side of river and taste some of the street food (time-pass food items) or even you can relax in well developed café. Also there are many trekking spot near the Lake. I wish sooner or later I’ll trek them too.

Instead of the same feeling, I had encountered bad weather which in the whole trip had tried to spoil my adventures. But one thing had thrilled me is, the fact that Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were immersed in it. Other than that, timings to visit it is 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM and entry fees is Rs. 100/-

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Serene Nakki Lake view in cloudy weather
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My own portrait with the mother earth, the statue made by Sahara India

Sunset point:

It is situated in the South west of Nakki lake. Many tourists and travelers who have visited it had reviewed it as a perfect destination to sit and enjoy the serenity of jamboree climate and watch the sunset. But, my experience was quite different as sky was full of grey clouds and it was about to rain, so I couldn’t see it. My bad luck… Still, the surrounding and the drive way had shown me the best of it.

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I’ve missed my sunset point due to bad weather

Dilwara Jain Temple:

Dilwara Jain Temple is known for it’s phenomenal work on marble stone. The delicate carving on marble is worth-watching. These temples were built between 11th and 13th century; showcasing the finest art work by the humans. I really appreciate such grandeur and hard-work; even when there are very limited resources present at that time. But unfortunately, the camera is not allowed inside the temple.

Timings are: 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

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Driveway to Dilwara Jain Temple
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Photo Credit: Inside of Dilwara Jain temple
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Photo Credit: Carvings on Pillars of Dilwara Jain Mandir

Guru Shikhar

Guru Shikhar is located in the middle of wildlife sanctuary (15km up to Mount Abu) and it is also the highest point in the entire Mount Abu. The highest point of Guru Shikhar is present at an altitude of 5,676 ft due to which it offers some of the most breath-taking views of the Sanctuary and surrounding. In addition to that, this place has became even more magnificient, since the Dattatreya (Lord Vishnu incarnation) temple is made. There is a cave at the highest point of the peak where footprints of Dattatreya are saved.

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Panaromic view of Telescope from the top of Guru Shikhar

All of the above, Guru Shikhar gives a panoramic view of “telescope” placed near to it. But what makes the telescope more presentable is the accumulation of clouds near to it.. As you can see in the photograph.

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Cloudy view of Guru Shikhar

Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary

It is the habitat for Leopards, Deer, Samba, Pangolin, Hyena and many more. The forest is so long stretched between the mountains that one can see it from the top of various view points. If you are a bird watcher, then it can be a great paradise for you guys as well. You’ll find many exotic birds there.

This wildlife sanctuary requires jungle safari, jungle trekking and wildlife photography. It will include whole of your day, that’s why I’ve skipped the safari part, as I was in Mount Abu for a day only.

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Riding through the roads in the middle of wildlife sanctuary

The presence of such a mystic wildlife, stretched along the Aravalli Hills had surprised me.

As I had just a day to roam around Mount Abu, I missed certain more view points and treks. These are:
  • Trevor’s crocodile park: Famous spot for crocodile breeding and serves best in winter as you can spot lots of animals and exotic birds near to it.
  • Brahmakumari Peace Park: It’s calm environment will make you to surrender yourself in the natural beauty and meditate.
  • Achal Garh Fort: It was built by the Paramara Dynasty and then it was renovated by Mewar kingdom. The presence of Lord Shiva temple make this place more magnificent.
  • Adhar Devi temple: Just take 365 stairs steps (looks like an year) to reach at the top of the cave dedicated to Goddess Durga.
  • Trek Oriya village near Mount Abu and camp at Bhrigu Ashram and Salgaon are some other activites that makes Mount Abu the best hill station of Rajasthan.
  • Full day trekking points are also there which will embark you and your family/freinds to spend time together.
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View of Trevor’s Crocodile Park; I have not gone ideep into it

Some Facts about Mount Abu

  • Hire a bike and roam around Mount Abu at minimal cost i.e. Rs. 300/- for a day. I with my travel companion had done the same thing. This idea serves Bachelors and couples the best.
  • One more thing I’ve noticed: Since Gujarat is a dry state (Alcohol free), so Mount Abu becomes a necessity place to hike and drink beer/whiskey.
  • Being a tourist destination, Mount Abu offers almost every variety of delicious cuisines from across India. But the most likable dish is Daal-Baati-Churma which is off-course Rajasthan’s specialty.
  • Even shopping is more prominent here as one can find lots of glittering shops selling handicrafts, gem stones and other items of Rajasthan.

The presence of such a hill station in Rajasthan which is more-of a hot, dusty and dry state (presence of desert) makes Rajasthan more likable and lovable even in summer. But the only thing that had tried to spoil my trip was weather condition.

All the photographs were clicked by my BlackBerry Z3 mobile phone.
I wish I’d be visiting all of the above mentions place that I haven’t visited, sooner or later… Till then..

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48 comments

  1. Yukti

    Your post revived my childhood memories of visiting Mt. Abu in summers. It is so green and always foggy and misty. Really a peaceful getaway for a small break in Rajasthan.

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    1. prateekgoel

      You are absolutely true!! It is a perfect gateway in desert-Rajasthan. Glad to know, you’ve already visited it.

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  2. Margarette Puno

    Great views of Mount Abu. I kept scrolling and see your shared pics and seems like the place is so nice.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Haha!! Thanks a lot for such a lovely comment! I’m glad you enjoyed it

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  3. toastycritic

    It does look so very beautiful out there. I would love to visit. And the temple looks especially beautiful. It’s too bad you had so much fog that it was hard to get to see some of the vistas.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Haaa you can say that. By the way I like cloudy and foggy conditions but seriously sometimes or in some situations it is annoying, as in this case.

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  4. AnnMarie John

    I was hoping to go to places like this, it’s a surreal and eyeopening experience! The temples are always so breathtaking and so is the view from the mountain! Thanks for the guide and for sharing your journey!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thank you too AnnMarie!! Your comment had made by day.

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  5. helerinablogs

    This looks such a beautiful place to visit. I’d love to see Mount Abu and Nakki Lake. The temple looks gorgeous too.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Yes the temple is simply awesome!! Thanks a lot helerinablogs!

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  6. Nicole Anderson

    What a simply beautiful place Mount Abu is! I just loved this post as well as the fabulous photos you took of the beautiful area as well as publishing the inside of the temple which is just gorgeous. You have to go back there to spend more time and do more justice to this wonderful place as there is clearly so much more to see. I would certainly hope to get there one day.

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    1. prateekgoel

      You are totally correct! I’m planning have another trip to Mount Abu and going to spend around a 3-4 days totally dedicated to its wonders. By the way thanks a lot for such a valuable comment. However, it is currently into flood condition…!!

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  7. Our Family World

    I am amazed at how beautiful Mt. Abu is! I have not been to India, but if I do, I will surely visit all these noteworthy places you mentioned in this post. Thanks for the virtual tour of the place. 🙂

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    1. prateekgoel

      Haha!! I’m glad you like it and want to put these noteworthy places on your bucket-list when you visit India. Thanks a lot for your comment.

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  8. Sarah Kranz

    All these pictures looks gorgeous, definitely a place to keep in mind for the future!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Haan!! Thanks a lot Sarah Kranz for liking my photographs.

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  9. Divyanka Krsna

    This is simply amazing! All these take the beauty of India to the whole new level. Thanks for capturing the most beautiful insights of Rajasthan.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot for your comment Divyanka!! Love your comment.

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  10. audriaallred

    I love posts like this! I love that I can see pieces of the world from my house, especially places I don’t know that I will ever get to visit. Loved it.

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    1. prateekgoel

      That’s true my dear!! Same goes with me as well! I love to see others posts and love to learn about those places.
      Thanks for your comment Audriaallred!!

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  11. Our Family World

    Spectacular views! India sure has a lot of beautiful scenery. Oh, and the carvings on the pillars and beams! That is just fantastic. Hope to be able to visit someday.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot for your valuable comment!!

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  12. Via Bella

    Wow!! 50 degrees Celsius is really hot! I will stay on Mount Abu for the cooler weather but also just look at all that beauty! I really want to add this to my go to list now! Thank you!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Haha you are right really really hot!! If you are not a Rajasthani or citizen of cooler place it can become quite difficult to travel there. Truly said you can visit Mount Abu in winters….!

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  13. Kimberly C.

    Love reading and discovering new places. Wow, all this green is beautiful. Sometimes we forget that there are places like this in the world where nature is at its best. Thank you for taking me there through your pics.

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    1. prateekgoel

      I’ll say thank you too for liking my photographs and commenting your views on it!!!

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  14. aniahalama

    Your photos look amazing and the temple looks beautiful. I love temples, they’re all so unique. This looks like a great trip.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Yes it is the best trip to Mount-Abu I suppose one can have. Thanks for your comment Aniahalama!!

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  15. Whitney Abigail

    Seems like a lovely place to visit – I must go to India one day!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Off-course it is a lovely destination in India. Whenever you visit India, especially Rajasthan, I’ll recommend you to visit it.

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  16. Middle Eats

    Recently my other half and I decided to take three months and travel around India – there is so much to see that we’ll need plenty of time to explore. I’ve been making a list of all the things I want to see on our trip and you’ve just helped me add a bunch of new ones to our itinerary!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Ohh I’m glad to hear that. You’ll definitely enjoy traveling to India. If ever you require help in planning, you can contact me! Haha..(kidding) I hope this post made you to bucket-list Mount Abu as well.

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  17. Le Coin de Mel

    What an amazing adventure! It all looks so grand and beautiful. What a shame you missed the sunset at sunset point though!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot Le Coin!! I totally agree with you! I was feeling so bad to miss the sunset. Miss-fortune!! I’m hoping to visit it again soon.

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  18. simplysensationalfood

    Mount Abu is definitely a wonderful place.I had the privilege to visit it in February 2017 and went to all the mentioned places.I really enjoyed them all.

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    1. prateekgoel

      That’s great! I’m very happy to know that you had visited Mount Abu earlier and enjoyed it.

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  19. Nina

    Wow the Dilwara Temple looks amazing! I would be all about visiting there! I love the views from the lake. I have never been to India but I want to go one day. So I love learning more about the country in general.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Yes Dilwara Jain Temple is a must visit temple out there. Hope you could plan you next trip to India!! Thanks your comment Nina!!

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  20. Jeenu Pillai

    Visiting Mount Abu is on my wishlist. This post makes me more desperate now. Abslutely loved the post.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thank you so much Jeenu!! I’m glad you like it.

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  21. arra odeza (@acodeza)

    Wow what a nice place to do trekking . I love the clouds that touches the mountain. Looks peaceful and clean.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot Arra! Thanks for your comment.

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  22. Sapna

    Wow..Amazing pics with mobile..I too have been to Mt Abu and Nakki lake was my favourite..Waiting for another reason to visit it soon.

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    1. prateekgoel

      That’s great, you’ve traveled to Mount Abu!! I think you too have had similar kind of experience. And thanks for the compliment about my mobile!!

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  23. amillionadventuresblog

    Amazing post! Would definitely visit this place after reading this! 😍😍 Cheers
    – Amillionadventuresblog

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot Amillionadventuresblog! Truly, this place is worth-visit, you’ll never be disappointed…

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  24. Anirudh

    That’s awesome place to spend vacations.!!!! Thnks roadaviator for the delightful light on trip!! You’re better!!!😎

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot Anirudh! Truly, Mount Abu is best destination in Rajasthan to spend Summer weekends!!!

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