Mount Abu is Rajasthan's only hill resort and is very popular locally. The hill station stretches along a 22 km long and 6 km wide plateau. It is situated at an altitude of 1,720 m. The population size of Mount Abu is 15,600. Mount Abu Mount Abubenefits from lower temperatures and cooling breezes. During summer maximum temperature varies between 27-28 degree Celsius, while in winter maximum temperature stays around 22 degree and minimum dips to 10 degree. The main part of the town is around Nakki Talao. The shops and restaurants are clustered in a compact centre. There is attractive countryside to explore as it is well wooded with flowering trees with numerous orchids during the monsoon and a good variety of bird-life.
The mountain is also home to several Hindu temples, including the Adhar Devi Temple, carved out of solid rock, the Shri Raghunathji Temple, and a Shaivite shrine and temple to Dattatreya atop Guru Shikhar. A footprint of Vishnu is on top of Mount Abu. The town of Mount Abu is the world headquarters of Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, a Hindu breakoff group that has been labeled by critics as a cult.
Mount Abu is home to a number of Jain temples. The Dilwara Temples are a complex of temples, carved of white marble, that were built between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. The Vimal Vasahi temple is the oldest, built in 1031 by Vimal Shah, and dedicated to the first of the Jain Tirthankaras. The Lun Vasahi Temple, built in 1231 by the brothers Vastupal and Tejpal, who were ministers of Raja Vir Dhawal, a local ruler of Gujarat who belonged to the Porwal Jain community. Nearby Achalgarh is a fort, built in the fourteenth century by Rana Kumbha of Mewar, which encloses several beautiful Jain temples, including the Achaleswar Mahadev Temple (1412) and the Kantinath Temple (1513).
There are numerous stalls selling trinkets and ready-made clothing. Rajasthan Emporium is near State Bank of India, Raj Bhavan road, opposite bus stand. Other good places to shop are Saurashtra Emporium and Khadi Gramudyog.
Brahma Kumaris Spritual University & Museum
The Brahma Kumaris Spritual University & Museum attracts hordes of visitors from India and abroad. The Brahma Kumaris hold that all religions lead to God and are therefore equally valid. They accordingly put emphasis on studying principles of all religions. The University’s stated aim is the establishment of universal peace through spiritual knowledge and training of yoga meditation.
Adhar Devi Temple
The Adhar Devi Temple, only 3 km north of the town, is an ancient Durga temple built in a natural cleft in a rock. The place affords excellent views of Mount Abu.
The Dilwara Temples of Mount Abu were built between 11 - 13th century and command supreme respect in the heart of Jain community. The beauty of the temple complex is enhanced by the intensive use of white marble which lends it a pristine charm.
How to reach
The nearest Airport to Mount Abu is Udaipur (185 Km) from where one can hire a taxi, travel by bus to get to Mount Abu. Udaipur is well connected by air to Delhi, Mumbai, and Jaipur.
Mount Abu is 264 km from Jodhpur and is connected to all the major cities in Rajasthan by road. Regular buses and taxis ply on this road.
The nearest rail head to Mount Abu is Abu Road 29 Km away. Abu Road is connected to both Ahmedabad and Jodhpur by train. Facility for hiring taxies or travelling by bus are available at the station to get to Mount Abu.