the scorching sun of the desert. Located in the Aravalli Range, Mount Abu stands tall up to 1722 metres above sea level, with the highest peak being called ‘Guru Shikhar’. It is said that sage Vashistha retired at Mount Abu, and hence, it is a highly significant place in Hindu mythology. Summers are pleasantly warm, while winters are cool and chill, with temperatures dropping below 0 degrees Celsius at times.
This is the highest peak in Mount Abu and draws a lot of tourists to it. Hence, it should be a part of your Mount Abu tour. Once you hike to the top of Guru Shikhar, which is about 1722 metres above sea level, you will see an enchanting view of Mount Abu. You will have to be at a good fitness level to reach the top. You will find a temple dedicated to Guru Dattatreya, who is considered an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, atop Guru Shikhar. A temple dedicated to Guru Dattatreya’s mother can also be found nearby and is worth visiting.
Achalgarh Fort or the immovable fort is an important tourist spot in Mount Abu. It was said to have been built by Paramara Dynasty rulers. However, it was renovated in 1452 by Maharana Kumbha, and given the current name, it stands now. Although the fort is in ruins, it continues to draw visitors towards it. Two towers in grey granite at the main entrance welcome tourists.
It is another important tourist attraction and must be part of your Mount Abu tour. It is considered the largest artificial lake in the world. It is claimed God dug out this lake with their nails to escape from demon Banshkhali. Mahatma Gandhi’s ashes were also immersed here. There is also a fountain in the lake that adds to its beauty. Some eateries nearby offer delicious local cuisines as well.
Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary
If you love nature, birds and animals, then Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary will appeal to you. It covers the forests in the Aravalli Range and features rich flora and fauna. You can see animals such as sambhar, common langur, pangolin, jungle cat, Indian fox, Indian hare, among others. Some 200 species of birds, including grey jungle fowl, can also be sighted here. You can indulge in a jeep safari here through the forests or birdwatching.
Dilwara Jain Temple
This place should be a part of your Mount Abu tour as it is easily one of the best attractions here. Its architectural style, intricate designs on doorways to ceilings, stone-laying methods, and the overall spectacle will leave visitors in awe. It is a complex of five temples by Jain culture. The carved scriptures on the walls and ceilings are straight out of Jain and Hindu mythology. It was built between the 11th and 13th centuries when animals were used to carry the hard marbles. Overall, it is an architectural wonder.
Tourists flock to Toad Rock viewpoint to see the beauty of nature. Located near Nakki Lake, you need to hike to reach the Toad Rock, which is shaped like a toad ready to dive into the lake water. The view from the Toad Rock gives an enchanting view of Nakki Lake and Mount Abu. The structure is attributed to a natural phenomenon that leads to igneous rocks in unique shapes and sizes. You can do camping or a picnic with your family at Toad Rock and soak in the magical view from there.
It must be a part of your Mount Abu tour as it offers an unforgettable experience. This park is located between two peaks in the Aravalli Range – The Guru Shikhar and The Achalgarh. Brahma Kumaris run it. As the name suggests, Peace Park offers an excellent place for meditation where you can be one with yourself. It has stone caves or huts where you can meditate in solitude. It also houses a rock garden home to various species of plants, including Cactaceae and orchids, and different flowers such as hibiscus and coleus, among others. You can also see a video here that explains various ways of meditation.
It is an artificial creation as a crocodile breeding spot. Located 5 kms from Mount Abu, this is a frequently visited tourist spot among locals and travellers. Apart from the crocodiles, you can see various birds and a few wild animals such as bears. You can also picnic here with your family and friends amidst nature. For animals and nature lovers, Trevor’s Tank should be a part of your Mount Abu tour.
Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple
Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple should be a part of your Mount Abu tour. The shiva linga is a natural structure here, and the temple is built around a toe impression of Lord Shiva. The temple has numerous statues of a bull, who is the Vahan or carrier of Lord Shiva. The temple also has a pit, which legends claim is the entry to the netherworld. The temple is famous for its ambience, architectural works, and its various statues. The temple is open on all days.
If you love to view the setting sun and soak in the riveting sight, Sunset Point in Mount Abu is best for you. Located in the southwest of Nakki Lake in the Aravalli Range, you need to hike to reach Sunset Point and catch the sun setting down. You can visit this place with your friends and family, and have a picnic here. The Honeymoon Point, another viewpoint for setting the sun, provides another mesmerising view of the sun going down. Hence, Sunset Point must be part of your Mount Abu tour.