Mount Abu is a beautiful hill retreat of Rajasthan situated amidst the lush forested hills of the Aravali mountain ranges. It is a green oasis in the barren desert of Rajasthan, which calls on many tourists for pleasant holidays.

This place is also a sacred pilgrimage spot for Jains and Hindus. The area brims with several shrines and religious sites, which summon many devotees, tourists, and spiritual thinkers from across the globe.

Because of its mystic beauty and serenity, this place is known by many names, such as Hill of Wisdom, Olympus of Rajasthan and Saint’s Pinnacle.

It is the only hill station in Rajasthan where tourists come to feel the pulsating vibes of natural beauty and spiritualism. The pleasant attractions in Mount Abu will keep you moving throughout your days, whether you go boating on the beautiful Nakki Lake or see a stunning sunset at Toad Rock.

This guide will mention some of the top attractions in Mount Abu to make your visit happy and content with this enchanting destination.

How to reach

Tourists can reach Mount Abu by the following means of transport.

By Air: The nearest airport is Udaipur which is at a distance of around 185 km. One can get direct flights from Udaipur to cities like Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur.

By Rail: The nearest railway station is Mount Abu, around 28 km from Abu. It is connected properly and easily to the major cities in and around Rajasthan.

By Road: A good network of roads links Mount Abu with the key cities in India. Tourists can easily get buses and taxis to and from cities like Ajmer, Delhi, Bundi, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Udaipur.

Popular Tourist attractions in Mount Abu

1. DilwaraJain Temple

These exquisitely carved Jain temples are the top attractions in Mount Abu, which showcase the architectural stupendous of the past. These temples are architectural wonders built in honor of Jain Tirthankaras.

 DilwaraJain Temple

Dilwara Jain temples are renowned for architectural glory, marvelous design and preserved artefacts which enthrall tourists from faraway places.

The temple, which was constructed between the 11th and 13th centuries AD, has five Jain temples (Vimal Vasahi, Luna Vasahi, Pithalhar, Khartar Vasahi, and Mahavir Swami) under its complex.

Vimal Vasahi temple is the oldest Jain temple dedicated to the first Tirthankara. This temple was built in 1031 AD. It is known for its superb temple architecture, which engrosses tourists during their visit. This temple is known for its 48 beautifully carved pillars and large courtyard with 52 small shrines.

Luna Vasahi Temple is the second most popular Jain temple dedicated to the 22nd Tirthankaras Neminath. It was built in 1231 AD. This temple is an example of superb craftsmanship. The architectural glory of this temple lies in its intricate door casings, pillars and sculptures on porticoes.

Timing: 12 noon to 6 pm

Is Dilwara Jain temple a UNESCO Site?

Yes, the Dilwara Jain Temples in Mount Abu are not only a popular attraction but also hold the distinction of being recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Their inclusion on the prestigious list highlights these temples’ exceptional architectural and artistic significance. The intricate marble carvings, delicate craftsmanship, and historical value of the Dilwara Jain Temples have earned them global recognition as a cultural treasure.

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2. Nakki Lake

It is a beautiful lake situated in the backdrop of picturesque Aravali hills. It is famous for its calm and relaxed atmosphere, which allows tourists to spend pleasurable time amidst scenic ambiance.

Nakki Lake

The legend goes that the lake was created by Gods by digging this place with nails. Nakki Lake is a must-visited place on your Mount Abu trip, as it is the place where Mahatma Gandhi‘s ashes were immersed.

The lake is approximately half a mile long and a quarter mile broad and is ideal for boating, trekking, and relaxing. The lake is also surrounded by many eateries that cater to every traveller’s taste.

Timing: 9.30 am to 6 pm

Entry fee: $1 to $2 per person

Is Nakki Lake artificial or natural?

Nakki Lake in Mount Abu is an exciting blend of both natural and artificial elements. While the lake itself is a natural water body, it is believed to have been created by the gods according to Hindu mythology.

The name “Nakki” refers to the legends that suggest the lake was dug by gods using their nails (nakh). This mythological origin adds a touch of mystique to the lake’s natural beauty.

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3. Guru Shikhar

It is one of the top places in Mount Abu that you should incorporate into your itinerary. It is the highest point in Mount Abu and is located about 15 km from the town. It has a temple dedicated to Lord Dattatreya on the peak that is a must-visit.

Guru Shikhar

It is believed that Lord Dattatreya is the incarnation of the Hindu deities Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, all in one.

Guru Shikhar is one of Mount Abu’s most popular tourist destinations, offering mesmerizing views of the surrounding area. Here you can also find the footprints of Swami Ramanath, who cherished the statue in Raghnathji temple in Abu.

The place is also highly recommended for its picture postcard view of the mountains and valleys of the Aravalli Range.

Pro tip: This place is highly sacred, so don’t carry alcohol here.

Also, don’t forget to visit the adjacent Giru Dattatreya’s mother temple.

Timing: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

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4. Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary

Your Mount Abu trip won’t be completed without visiting this Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, which spans 290 square kilometres.

Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary is a paradise for wildlife lovers and is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. From leopards and langurs to various species of birds, the sanctuary offers an opportunity to witness the wonders of nature up close.

The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary has many beautiful flowers, including roses and orchids. There are approximately 112 plant families, 449 genera, and 820 species. Most of these species are dicots, and the rest are monocots.

Embark on a safari or stroll through the sanctuary to explore its hidden treasures.

Timing: 9. 30 am to 5.30 pm

Ticket: $4 to $6 per person for Jeep Safari

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5. Peace Park

Peace Park in Mount Abu offers a serene sanctuary where visitors can find solace, reconnect with nature, and discover inner harmony.

Peace Park

With its lush greenery, meditation areas, captivating fountain, and thoughtfully designed gardens, the park provides a perfect retreat for those seeking respite from the stresses of daily life.

This Brahma Kumaris Peace Park is situated between two tops of the Aravali slopes (Guru Shikhar and Achalgarh).

One of the prime highlights of Peace Park is its emphasis on meditation and yoga. The park offers designated areas for meditation, where you can find peace amid nature.

Visitors should opt for a guided tour to learn more about the recreation centre. They can also watch a short film highlighting the human soul’s importance and interesting ideas identified with Rajyoga’s contemplation.

Timing: 8 am to 7 pm

6. Sunset Point

It is one of the top places in Mount Abu where tourists get an eye-catching view of the sun setting behind the forest of the Mount Abu peaks. From this place, one can also get a panoramic view of the lush green Aravali mountain ranges and the beautiful Nakki Lake.

Sunset Point

Visitors can walk or take a horse ride to reach the sunset point. This point is ideal for travel enthusiasts who want to spend a quiet evening amidst the greens watching the amazing sunset background in the sky.

Sunset Point is also a perfect place to purchase trinkets and knickknacks like marble statues, sandalwood symbols, wooden toys, etc.

Timing: 5 pm to 6 pm

Entry fee: $1 per person

7. Achalgarh Fort

Steeped in history, Achalgarh Fort is a top attraction in Mount Abu. However, it was built during the Paramara Dynasty and later refurbished by Maharana Kumbha( Mewar Kingdom).

Achalgarh is a ruined reminiscence of a once haughty royal fort and an ancient kingdom. Being a popular place to visit in Mount Abu, the fort has a dedicated Shiva temple known as the Achaleshwar Mahadeva Temple.

Achalgarh Fort

Every year, hordes of tourists from all over the world flock to this location due to the superior architecture of the fort, which features two massive towers made of grey granite that mark the entrance.

On the other hand, the temple has a huge foot impression of Lord Shiva, a brass figurine of the cow Nandi, and three sculptures of buffalos near the pond.

Timing: 5 am to 7 pm

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8. Toad Rock

Located near Nakki Lake, it is one of the intriguing attractions of Mount Abu that catches every tourist’s attraction.

The Toad Rock is a one-of-a-kind rock formation that looks like a toad. It gets a lot of curious visitors because of its weird shape and great location. After climbing the rock, you can witness spectacular views of Nakki Lake and the beautiful city.

Toad Rock

This place deserves great attraction from photographers due to its photogenic quality.

Timing: 6.30 am to 7 pm

9. Honeymoon Point

The name itself suggests that it is one of the pleasant attractions in Mount Abu, especially for honeymoon goers.

Honeymoon Point

To witness the beautiful sunset from a mountain top with your loved one, reach the Honeymoon Point at least 30 minutes before sunset. The place’s celestial beauty and the pleasant winds will certainly make your vacation memorable.

The place got its name due to the presence of the Love Rock here. It is also called Anadara Point.

Pro tip: the hike stretch is about 2 km, so carry snacks and a water bottle.

Timing: 6 am to 6 pm

10. Trevor’s Tank or Trevor’s Crocodile Park

Tevor’s crocodile park is famous for the tanks which are made to breed crocodiles. Apart from crocodiles, one can see different species of birds and black deer at this wild sanctuary spot.

You must be extremely lucky to spot a black deer in Tevor’s Crocodile Park. Tourist generally arranges a whole-day picnic to visit this famous spot.

Trevor’s Tank or Trevor’s Crocodile Park

The park got its name after the British specialist who constructed it. Being one of the pleasant attractions in Mount Abu, the park attracts various tourists, including peace seekers to nature enthusiasts and photographers.

Entry fee: $ 3 for foreigners

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11. Shri Raghunath Temple

Sri Raghunath Temple is one of the best places to visit on Mount Abu if you want to spend some time in peace and divinity. Built in the 14th century, the temple is adjacent to Nakki Lake.

The temple is dedicated to Sri Raghunath Ji, who was considered Lord Vishnu’s reincarnation and draws tourists. The temple’s exquisite architecture attracts devotees throughout the year.

Shri Raghunath Temple

If you visit Nakki Lake or Toad Rock, don’t forget to visit this temple.

Timing: 5:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 12:00 pm

12. Adhar Devi Temple

It is Abu’s most important Hindu temple and is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The temple is situated in a cave 3 km from the town and is reached by climbing nearly 365 steps.

It is one of the famous temples in the town, and the view after reaching the top is rewarding for its mountains and valleys.

Adhar Devi Temple

The temple gathers a lot of devotees when Goddess Durga is worshipped, like Navratri. A visit to Adhar Devi Temple is a wonderful adventure and should be on your bucket list when planning a trip to Mount Abu.

Timing: 24X7

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13. Mount Abu Bazaar

Apart from pristine beauty and lush greenery, Mount Abu is an ideal location for shopping. The place embraces tourists with various shopping options around ethnic and organic products.

Mount Abu Bazaar

If you want to purchase high-quality ethnic items, the Government Handicraft Emporium and the Kashmiri Cottage Emporium are the best places.

But if you are interested in local products, Bikki Lake Market and Bansilal Bhurmal will fulfil your desires. These markets have everything from clothes to food items and more.

Mount Abu’s bazaars are a great place to spend your free afternoons and evenings.

14. Gaumukh Temple

Mount Abu is famous for many tourist attractions, and the Gaumukh Temple is one of them. The temple marks the venue where the great Sage Vashishtha’s yagna performed the yagna. You can still see the Agni Kund, where the yagna was performed.

Gaumukh Temple

The temple is a religious spot where pilgrims come from all across the globe. It boasts of the spectacular surroundings which adorn the place.

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15. Universal Peace Hall

Universal Peace Hall, or Om Shanti Bhawan, was built in 1983 and is ideal for get-togethers. The site can accommodate up to 5,000 people.

Universal Peace Hall

It also has an office where interpretation in 16 dialects is done simultaneously. The place is open to all and hosts nearly 8000 visitors per day. While planning Mount Abu sightseeing, include this place in your itinerary.

16. Sirohi

Sirohi serves as the gateway to the enchanting hill station of Mount Abu. This picturesque district offers a unique blend of natural beauty, historical landmarks, and cultural heritage, making it a must-visit destination for travellers.

Sirohi

Located 83 km from Mount Abu, this place is home to many beautiful shrines and temples. Some popular temples include Jiraval Temple, Karodi Dhwaj Temple, Madhusudan, Mungthala and Patranarayan Temple, Mirpur Temple, Pavapuri Temple, Sarneshwar Temple and Vasant Garh.

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17. Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary

Are you looking for a one-day trip from Mount Abu? This National Reserve could be an ideal choice for you.

Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary

Located just 66 km from Mount Abu, Jessore Sloth Bear Sanctuary is home to various animals like civet cats, wild boar, striped foxes and hyenas. The sanctuary has been spread over an area of more than 180 kilometres.

18. Nathdwara

Nathdwara on the Banas River is popular for its ancient temples. The town has the famous Nathdwara Shrinathji Temple, where Lord Shrinath Ji and Lord Krishna are worshipped.

Nathdwara mount abu

Nathdwara means The Gateway to Lord Shrinath’. The town is also famous for traditional Rajasthani-style paintings, Pichwai paintings.

Conclusion

Mount Abu, with its captivating natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, offers a unique experience to travellers.

This hill station has something for everyone, from architectural wonders to serene lakes. Whether you seek spiritual solace, breathtaking views, or simply a peaceful escape from bustling city life, Mount Abu will not disappoint.

So, pack your bags, prepare your camera, and immerse yourself in this stunning destination’s enchanting charms.

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FAQs

How many days are enough to visit Mount Abu?

You need at least 2-3 days to cover most of the parts of this beautiful hill station. This duration would allow you to explore the famous attractions of Mount Abu in a leisurely manner.

What is the best time to visit Mount Abu?

Though Mount Abu is a year-round destination, October to March is the best time to visit this hill station in Rajasthan.

Is Mount Abu safe?

Mount Abu is one of the safest cities in India. Crime rates are minimal, and you can walk on the streets both day and night.