Mount Abu, located in the Sirohi District of Rajasthan, is a famous hill station. It is well-known for its natural beauty, comfortable climate, green hills, serene lakes, architecturally beautiful temples and several religious sites. The place is one of the popular pilgrimage sites for Jains. The hill station is at a height of 1220 mts, on the highest peak of the Aravalli range.
Mount Abu enjoys the status of being one of the biggest tourist attractions in Rajasthan because of its illustrious history, ancient archaeological sites and wonderful weather. It is visited by thousands of tourists and devotees every year, mostly during summers and monsoons.
In the last decade, this hill station has emerged as a popular summer and honeymoon destination.
Mount Abu in mythology
This place, also referred to as 'Arbudaranya', is believed to be named after the serpent god, 'Arbuda'. According to legends, the serpent god came down to this hill to protect the holy bull of Lord Shiva, Nandi. The name 'Arbudaranya' was later changed to 'Abu Parvat' or 'Mount Abu'. Historically, this place has been inhabited by Gurjars or Gujjars and their association with the Arbuda Mountains has been recorded in many scriptures and inscriptions, found in the region.
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The major sightseeing attractions of this place are the Nakki Lake, the Sunset Point, the Toad Rock, the city of Abu Road, the Guru Shikhar Peak and the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary. Mount Abu also boasts of several monuments of historical and religious importance, primary being Dilwara Jain Temples, the Adhar Devi Temple, Doodh Baori, Shri Raghunath Ji Temple and the Achalgarh Fort.
Mount Abu is well-connected by road, rail and air. To reach here by air, travellers can catch a flight to the Udaipur Airport, which is around 176 km away.
The climate remains pleasant throughout the year, though the best time to visit this place is the summer season.