When in Mount Abu

Picture this. You are in the middle of a parched, arid desert surrounded by thorny cactuses and possibly a few vipers here and there for company, oh and not to forget that never ending thirst down your throat. Wouldn’t you wish to stumble upon an oasis?! Oh yes, you would.

Well that’s Mount Abu for you.

Mount Abu town, the only hill station in Rajasthan, is located at an elevation of 1,220 m (4,003 ft). It has been a popular retreat from the heat of Rajasthan and neighbouring Gujarat for centuries. And rightfully so, for in a region which is known for its unforgiving temperatures, a place like this is indeed a saving grace!

Apart from the climatic relief, this place in true Bollywood style is the abode of several Hindu temples such as - 

The Adhar Devi Temple (also known as Arbuda Devi Temple), carved out of solid rock;

The Shri Raghunathji Temple; and a shrine and temple to Dattatreya built atop the Guru Shikhar peak and

A number of Jain temples including Dilwara Temples, a complex of temples carved of white marble that was built between the 11th and 13th centuries AD. The oldest of these is the Vimal Vasahi temple, built in 1021 AD by Vimal Shah and dedicated to the first of the Jain Tirthankaras and they include the Achaleswar Mahadev Temple (1412) and the Kantinath Temple (1513). It is also the location of the headquarters of the Brahma Kumaris.

The Durga temple, Ambika Mata Temple lies in a cleft of rock in Jagat, just outside Mount Abu town.

Holy! That’s quite a lot of temple-hopping for the religious soul!

But this is not all that is to this gorgeous place, you get to experience your fair share of nature in its pristine glory along with a weather that would tempt you to settle down there.

The Mount Abu Wildlife sanctuary is located in one of the oldest mountain ranges of India, The Aravalli range. It was declared wildlife sanctuary in 1980. It spreads out in a plateau which is about 19 km in length and 6 km in width. In altitude it varies 300 m at the foot to 1722 m at Guru Shikhar, the highest peak in Rajasthan and Aravalli Mountain Range.

 

So if you in the mood for the regular touristy stuff, this may just be the place for you.

Here are a few basic information that may come in handy when in Abu.

City

 Mount Abu

Tehsil

 Abu Road

District

 Sirohi

State

 Rajasthan

Country

 India

Location

 Latitude:24N41  Longitude:72E50

Altitude

 1219 Meters

STD Code

 02974

IST Code

 +91

Average Rainfall

 70 - 200 cm during monsoon.

Clothing

 Heavy Woolen in Winter 
  Light Cotton in Summers

 

 

Litracy Rate

 77%

Climate

 Summer: Max:38°c , Min:26°c
  Winter: Max:24°c , Min:5°c

Best Time to Vist

 Anytime!

Languages

 Hindi, Marwari, English, Guides speaks French, Spanish and German also

 

Happy Travellig!