Genral Information - Mount abu
Welcome to the only hill resort in the desert land of Rajasthan, Mount Abu. The lushness of Mount Abu makes the hill resort being referred to as the paradise of Rajasthan History :
The natural and the man made beauty come together to make Mount Abu a place worth more than a visit. At the hill station you may enjoy the scenic beauty, the amazing architectural wonders and the archaeology too.
The history of Mount Abu is wrapped up in legends. According to one, Mount Abu derives its name from Mount Arbud when the youngest son of Himalaya, along with the assistance of a snake called Arbud flooded the gorge in the area with water to save Shiva's revered bull. Habitat :
On a more contemporary note, the history of Mount Abu indicates that it was once under the rule of the Chauhan dynasty and later served as summer retreat for the royalty. The British too favored this region and made it their impromptu getaway from the heat and dust of Rajasthan.
Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary is dotted with rolling Aravalli hills. It was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1960. Apart from having several sightseeing places this sanctuary is a draw for nature lovers as it has great potential for Eco-tourism. Place To See :
These forests are a home to 112 plant families with 449 genera and 820 species. Mount Abu is the only place in Rajasthan where one can observe a variety of orchids.
Three species of wild roses and 16 species of feras some of which are quite uncommon have also been reported from here. The South- West part of the Sanctuary is rich in bamboo forests.
The sanctuary is rich in herbal medicinal plants also. About 81 species of tree, 89 species of shrubs, 28 species of climbers and 17 species of tuberous plants of medicinal importance have been known.
Right in the heart of Mt. Abu, surrounded by rugged hills and granite rocks, is the famous
Nakki Lake, which is the foremost tourism attraction. Several royal palaces and colonial bungalows surround the beautiful lake adding to the charm of the surroundings.
Raghunath Temple is a famous shrine in the town, while the rock formations such as
Toad Rock, Nun Rock and Camel Rock are worth seeing. How Get There :
There are several view points, the most popular ones being Sunset Point and
Honeymoon Point. Baylay's Walk is a pleasant 5 Km route from Nakki Lake to the Sunset Point.
Guru Shikhar, the highest point in Mt. Abu offers more panoramic views of the hills and can be reached by a concrete road.
The city of Mount Abu is easily accessible by all means of transportation options. Accomodation :
The nearest airport to Mount Abu is the one in Udaipur, which receives regular flights from Delhi and Mumbai
Numerous buses ply to and fro from Mount Abu to various cities such as Delhi, Udaipur, Ajmer and few other cities as well.
The nearest railway station is at Abu Road, which is 22 km away. You need to take a bus or hire a taxi for to reach Mount Abu from there. Besides, a number of trains connect Mount Abu to Ahmedabad, Mount Abu, Mumbai and Jodhpur.
Accommodation options are easily available in Mount Abu. There are several luxury, deluxe and budget hotels that cater to the needs of the tourists to Mount Abu. Shopping :
Accommodation is easily available in Mount Abu. Though during the peak season i.e. in summers advance booking takes place. Accommodation options range from hotels to dormitories. Thus, there is a place to stay in Mount Abu for the tourists with varying budgets. Even good food is available in Mount Abu. There are several eateries and restaurants that cater to the needs of the tourists. In fact while travelling Mount Abu in holiday you must feast on the delicious delicacies. You may take your pick from the Maharashtrian, Gujarati, Rajasthani, south Indian, Punjabi, Chinese or Continental dishes. The variety offered is so vast that you may try new dishes in every meal. Even the smaller eating joints in Mount Abu are shining clean. Amongst the many delicious dishes you must try out the pao bhaji and the Rajasthani thali.
Like any other Rajasthani city, the shops and markets of Mount Abu too are a riot of colors and forever bustling with activity. Shopping in Mount Abu might leave you a little poorer by the way of cash but it is surely a highly enriching experience. Most of the shops in Mount Abu are lined around the Nakki Lake.
Shopping in Mount Abu is sure to include some very beautiful Kota saris, bangles and linen with Sanganeri prints. Also, you can buy some amazing marble, sandstone and sandalwood curious that act as perfect souvenirs to gift to family and friends. For great handicraft works, don't forget to visit the Rajasthan Government Handicrafts Emporium and the Khadi Bhandar.
The Summer Festival is held every year in the month of Aashadh (June). The steep rocks, tranquil lakes, picturesque locations and the pleasant climate of Mount Abu make it an ideal location for the festival.
The three-day festival is a feast of folk and classical music and a window to the tribal life and culture of Rajasthan The festival begins with the singing of a ballad, which is followed by Gair, Ghoomar and Daph folk dances, which enthrall the spectators.
Sporting events such as the boat race on the Nakki Lake add variety to the festival. The Sham-e-Qawwali is a much-awaited musical extravaganza, as renowned qawwals regale the audience. The grand finale of the festival is a display of dazzling fireworks, which adds to the tourist's delight.
A special occassion for the hill resort, as the people throne from all parts of the country to escape the sizzling heat of the plains, and rejuvenate their snapping energies. They are treated to one of the most exotic festival which lingers in their minds for long.
Gangaur Festival - (March - April)
A festival for young maids and married, dedicated to Gauri, the incarnation of Goddess Parvati. Women pray for prosperity and long life of their husbands, while girls seek good husbands from the goddess. A colourful procession are taken out with pomp and gaiety.
Gangaur hold a special place for the Garasia tribal, inhabitants of the Siorhi - Mt. Abu region. They celebrate this festival over one month. The unusal and interesting feature of their celebration is the procession of the Gangaur image from village to village. The tribal youth get an opportunity to meet and mingle freely, select a life partner of their choice and marry by eloping. A romantics but stange custom, sanctioned by the society.
Patotasav - (March)
Celebrated at Shri Raghunathji Temple.