Mount Abu: Oasis of Rajasthan
Mount Abu is the only hill station of Rajasthan which is sculpted in the Aravali ranges. An otherwise honeymooning treasure trove, the place is more renowned as pilgrimage destination with its Dilwara Jain temples. Dilwara Temples remain swarmed with pilgrims from across the world. The entry is free here but no shoes, cameras and transistors are allowed in.
Besides temples, there are many other places where you can visit such as government museum where archaeological wealth of the region is preserved or Nakki Lake from where you can see sun douse between the Aravali Mountains. If you love trekking and rock climbing, Mount Abu is just perfect for you.
If you are going there in summer, you can also enjoy in mount Abu’s summer festival with a medley of tourist, pilgrims, folk performances, boat races at Nakki Lake, musical events, fireworks, and so on.
For shoppers, so many choices are available here. In the local markets you can find Kota Saris, linen with Sanganeri prints and bangles. In Rajasthan Government emporium, you can get Rajasthani handicrafts and if you are interested in marbles, sandalwood and sandstone, the shops around Nakki Lake could be a better place for you.
For food lovers, here is the cuisine which is basically a blend of Rajasthani and Gujrati tables, since Mount Abu lies so close to Gujarat. Haveli, Nakki Lake Road serves delicious Gujarati and Punjabi food. Maharaja, at Maharaja Hotel is famous for Gujrati Thalis. If you want to sample some fast food, you can try Veena, at Nakki Lake Road.
Now if you are thinking about coming to Mount Abu, you must know the way you can reach here. The nearest airport is located at Udaipur which is 185 km away from Mount Abu. The rail head is called Abu Road, 22 km from Mount Abu. It falls on the broad gauge line between Delhi and Mumbai via Ahemdabad. There are convenient bus services from Ahemdabad, Ajmer, Baroda, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mumbai and Udaipur.
There are many hotels and resorts in Mount Abu for you accommodation where you can enjoy the traditional hospitality coupled with modern amenities. The heritage resorts are worth a splurge in case you are honeymooning.
Winter is the best time to visit Mount Abu, so if you are planning a trip somewhere, this Rajasthan destination could be a good choice.