Mount Abu is a scenic hill station in the Sirohi district of Rajasthan. Located on the Aravalli ranges, it offers a serene retreat and a great leisure destination for travellers who visit Mount Abu for its historical and religious significance.
As mentioned in the Puranas, Arbudaanchal or Arbudaranya were the names given to this region during ancient times. According to one anecdote from Hindu mythology, sage Vasishtha retired in this region, and another tale recounts how a serpent named Arbuda saved the life of Lord Shiva’s bull.
Initially, Mount Abu was ruled by Parmars followed by the Deora Chauhan dynasty and eventually by the Maharaja of Sirohi. Tourist attractions of Mount Abu include religious shrines, impressive monuments and historic forts that evoke an unmatched blend of tradition and sanctity that attract tourists to this peaceful getaway.
A road trip to Mount Abu is filled with a fantastic landscape and a one of a kind experience of the local culture and cuisine. You can opt for a taxi service in Udaipur that can take you from Udaipur to Mount Abu in 6 hours covering a distance of 163 km. If you are travelling from Gujarat, then a Car on rent in Vadodara takes 6 hours and 45 minutes to reach Mount Abu over a distance of 338 km.
Among the famous religious sites, the Dilwara Jain Temple is one of the most popular ones. Its intricate marble architecture is astounding. Built between the 11th and the 13th century, this temple features ornamental stone carvings of mythological scenes from Hindu and Jain mythology.
The panoramic view from Guru Shikhar, the highest point of Mount Abu offers the perfect spot for photography as well as a place for offering prayers in the temple of Guru Dattatreya.
Take a drive to the ancient Achaleshwar Mahadeva Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva that is situated near the Achalgarh Fort. You can even do some shopping for religious souvenirs around the temple complex.
Lal Mandir on Dilwara Road offers a peaceful ambience for tourists who visit this temple to witness Swayambhu Shiva wearing a ‘jenau.’
Pilgrims offer homage to Lord Vishnu at the Raghunathji Temple which also depicts the glorious heritage of Mewar culture.
Agnikund Tank of the Gaumukh Temple is considered as the sacred site of the sacrificial yagna done by Lord Vashistha. A natural spring can be seen here flowing through the wish fulfilling cow’s mouth carved in stone.
Serenity of The Brahmakumaris Peace Park will make you think of meditation, peaceful recreation and experience solitude in the lap of nature.
Tracing back – History
History enthusiasts can drive down to the fascinating Achalgarh Fort with its colourful Jain temples.
The wide variety of arts and artefacts displayed in the Government Museum of Mount Abu bear testimony to the rich past of Rajasthan. Travellers interested in Rajasthani textiles and handicrafts must visit the Chacha Museum.
Exploring the city by cab
Various cab services provide city tour packages to take travellers around Mount Abu or to Chittorgarh and Jodhpur that are nearby, known for their historical significance. Plan your trip in advance. Ask for a knowledgeable cab driver, since many a time they can help you explore the place from a local’s perspective.