Map of Mount Abu

Below is the map of Mount Abu, in Rajasthan. Use the scroller to zoom as per your preference.
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Mount Abu Videos

Nakki Lake:

A short video showing the Nakki Lake of Mount Abu and the sunset.

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Sunrise at Mount Abu:

Some very nice pics of the sun rising at Mount Abu converted into a presentation by this contributor. Nice subtitles added and some soft background music.

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Another nakki Lake Video:

In this video you can see the fog at Nakki Lake, Mount Abu.

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Boating in Nainital Lake:

The pretty hill station of Mount Abu stands as a contrast to the arid landscape of the rest of Rajasthan. Situated in the Aravalli Hills, it has forests, waterfalls, ravines and gigantic rock formations in bizarre shapes. The hilly retreat is known for its pleasant climate throughout the year and was a favourite summer resort of the British. This video also shows some Jain temples with the exquisite carving.

On the rocks!:

This is a video of some youngsters trekking on the rocks at Mount Abu. The shooting is not so good but you get an idea of the adventure. Gujju folks speaking in Gujarati.

Will add some more shortly…

Places to visit in Mount Abu

If you wish to delve into the past you must visit the museum which is located at the Raj Bhavan. It houses a compilation of archeological excavations from as far back as the 8th to 12th century. Here you will come across some fine carvings made in brass and bronze.

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The world headquarters of the Brahma Kumari of lady renunciates is also located here, as is the World Spiritual University of the same denomination. The Brahma Kumaris believe that all religions are equally valid as they all lead to God. They deem that the ideology of all the religions should be researched. The sect’s declared goal is to establish universal peace by imparting spiritual information and instruction of simple raja yoga meditation. More than 4000 branches exist in over 60 countries around the world and the disciples arrive in Mount Abu to attend discourses at the sect’s spiritual university. You would have to contact your local branch for advance arrangements to attend one of these residential courses. However, you could get an introductory course of seven lessons while you are visiting Mount Abu. It would take at least three days for this. This is entirely free of cost. The organization runs totally on donations. There is a museum here where one can observe an outline of the sect’s teachings and where they provide lessons in meditation.

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Evenings are spent on the peaceful Nakki Lake. One could hire a boat here to enjoy a lazy boat ride on the lake. It is virtually in the heart of Mount Abu. There is a legend with regards to how the lake got its name. The legend is that God hollowed out the land over here by using his nails (nakk in Hindi). You can also find some unusual rock formations. Toad Rock is the most famous of these rock formations. It appears like a toad about to take a leap into the lake. The names of other such rock formations are Nun Rock, Nandi Rock and Camel Rock. But one needs to stretch one’s imagination a bit to see it.

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Yet another place to spend the evenings is at Sunset point. People throng here to catch sight of the beauty of the setting sun. One could also get a glimpse of the setting sun from Honeymoon point, The Crags and Robert’s Spur. Another spot to catch a glimpse of a panoramic view is the Shanti Shikhar which is to the west of Adhar Devi temple. If you want to see the lake in its resplendent glory, the best place would be from the terrace of the former Maharaja of Jaipur’s summer palace. Nobody objects if you climb up there to take a photo or look around.

At a distance of 5 kilometers is Trevor’s Tank. This is a veritable paradise for birdwatchers. It offers a sanctuary to partridges, pigeons and peacocks, the national bird of India. It is named Trevor’s Tank after a British engineer who built it.

Temples in Mount Abu

Guru Shikhar is the highest crest in Mount Abu, soaring at 1722 meters above sea level. It dispenses a vivid vision of the backdrop of Mount Abu. Shikhar means the crest of a hill. Standing atop this hill is a shrine dedicated to Lord Dattatrey.

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Another temple worth visiting is the Gaumukh temple which was built in honor of Arbhu the serpent. Adjacent to a lovely setting, this hill temple has some intricate sculpture of the mighty serpent. A superb figurine of Nandi too stands close to it. A cow’s head has been carved out of stone and a natural spring pours out from its mouth. Sage Vashistha is believed to have performed a yagya (sacred prayer) over here.

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You can also visit the Adhar Devi temple. Be prepared to climb up the 360 steps to get a glance at Durga temple built in a natural cleft in the rock.

A distinguished Hindu preacher by the name of Ramanand mounted the idol of Sri Raghunathji here in 14th century AD. This temple called Sri Raghunathji temple is on the periphery of the lake.

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The Dilwara temple is distinguished for having the most exquisite and detailed carvings. The Dilwara temple isn’t just one temple. It is an assembly of temples in one complex. You wouldn’t want to miss seeing these temples if you ever had the opportunity to go to Mount Abu. This temple is sheer poetry carved out of pristine marble. The oldest one of these is a temple called Vimal Vasahi, which was constructed as far back as 1031. This temple is devoted to the first Tirthankar, Adinath. Forty-eight gracefully carved pillars line the path to the courtyard. Around the courtyard are 52 identical cells. Each one of them has an image of cross legged Buddha. In the center of the temple stands the idol of Rishabhdev. The Lun Vasahi temple was constructed in 1231 AD by two brothers called Tejpal and Vastupal to commemorate the 22nd Tirhankara called Neminath. An outstanding illustration of fine craftsmanship is seen even on the pillars, doorways, and door casings.

There are some more temples you could visit within the confines of a fort called Achalgadh, which is at a distance of 8 kilometers. This fort was erected by Rana Kumbha of Mewar in the 14th century AD. There is the Kantinath Jain temple which has some beautiful gold plated icons. Then there is the Achaleswar Mahadev temple with the Mandakini Kund and a figure of Parmar Dharavarsh nearby.

Visiting Mount Abu

The only hill station in Rajasthan is Mount Abu, which is situated on the highest peak of the Aravalli Range in Sirohi district. It is spread over an area of 25 square kilometers. The temperature in the summers could go up as high as 33 degrees Celsius and as low as 23 degrees Celsius, whereas in the winters it is considerably cooler at a maximum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 11 degrees Celsius. Mount Abu was originally called Arbudaanchal. Mount Abu is referred to as an oasis in the desert because it is the only fertile patch in the otherwise barren Rajasthan desert.

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It is fanned out along a 1200 meter high plateau, which is on the southern part of the state. Mount Abu is very close to the southern end of Rajasthan that borders with Gujarat. In fact it is only 58 kilometers away from Palanpur, which is situated in Gujarat. Mount Abu is at a distance of 27 kilometers from the railway station and it is situated on a hilly plateau about 22 kilometers long and 9 kilometer wide. The station is called Abu Road. Transportation is ubiquitously available in the form of taxis, state transport buses and cabs to take you to Mount Abu. Commuting to and from Abu Road is no problem. Mount Abu is connected with other places by bus and by train. Buses are available from Udaipur, Ajmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Delhi and Ahmedabad on a daily basis. You would have a very comfortable ride if you take a luxury cab from Udaipur. You can also opt for a train. Several express trains will take you there since Abu Road is on the track between Mumbai and Delhi. Trains depart from Jaipur, Delhi, Ahmedabad, and even Mumbai for Abu Road. However the closest airport is 210 kilometers away in Udaipur. Mount Abu provides some much needed relief from the hot summers to the people of Gujarat and Rajasthan.

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Mount Abu has been mentioned in the Puranas as Arbudaranya, which literally means the forest of Arbhu. Arbhu was the name of a mighty serpent who had rescued Nandi, the sacred bull of Lord Shiva out of an abyss. The son of Himalya was named Abu after the serpent.

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Mount Abu has been a refuge to many sages and saints. Sage Vasishtha was the most renowned of them all. As per the legend sage Vasistha came to Mount Abu following an altercation with sage Vishwamitra. It is believed that he formed four Agnikula Rajput kinfolk by performing a yagya (sacred prayer) to shelter the earth from the demons.