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Mount Abu is a green paradise situated amidst the Aravali ranges in Rajasthan. The hill retreat owes its cool climate to its rich flora covering the entire hillside that includes coniferous trees and flowering shrubs. The road leading to Mount Abu is a curved one characterized by arid region dotted with huge rocks in weird shapes and high velocity winds.
Mount Abu is the only hill station in the desert state. Getting to Mount Abu is easier from Gujarat, since it is to the south of the state in the Aravalli mountains. The closest city, though, is Udaipur. The Dilwara Jain temples have often been compared to the Taj Mahal. There are a few interesting places to grab a bite around the lake, a lot like the Mahabaleshwar lake in Makarashtra, only a lot more picturesque. Mount Abu is especially known for its picturesque sunsets, which are seen best past the hills from the Lake. 

Getting there
Fly Away : Nearest airports are Udaipur and Ahmedabad.
On Tracks : Nearest railhead is Abu Road (27 kms).
On Wheels : By road Mount Abu to Ahmedabad 214 kms, Bombay 835 kms, Delhi 768
kms, Jaipur 515 kms, Udaipur 182 kms, Jodhpur 291 kms, Ranakpur 168 kms.

Sightseeing Overview of Mount Abu
Delwara Jain Temple
These are intricately carved temples constructed between 11th and 13th century A.D. are sheer elegance in marble, dedicated to the jain Tirthankaras. The Vimal Vasahi temple is the oldest of these dedicated to the first Tirthankara. Built in 1031 AD, it is a superb example of temple architecture

Nakki Lake, Mount Abu
Nakki Lake is sacred to Hindus with a legendary tale attached to it. It is believed that the lake was scooped out by fingernails (nakki) by gods attempting to escape the wrath of a demon. There are boats for hire and a pleasant walk around the lake past the Raghunath temple. The Toad Rock is here too. The other rock formations are known as Nandi and Camel rock respectively.

Sunset Point, Mount Abu
This place offer an panaromic view of the sunset.

Trevor's Tank
Trevor's Tank is a bird-watcher's paradise. The thickly wooded hills around it are teeming with pheasants, peacocks and partridges.

Trevor’s Tank
Named after the British engineer who constructed it, Trevor’s Tank is a delight for birdwatchers with densely wooded hills that are a haven to pigeons, peacocks and partridges.

It is an impressive fort with some beautiful jain temples enclosed within. Among the noteworthy temples are Achaleswar Mahadev Temple (1412 A.D.) and Kantinath Jain Temple (1513 A.D.). The latter has gold plated image. Mandakini Kund and a sculpture of Parmar Dharavarsh are situated close to the Achaleswar Mahadev Temple. The Fort was built in the 14th century A.D. by Rana Kumbha and is approachable by a motorable road.

The Shiva Temple of Achaleshwar Mahandeva, 11km north, of Mt. Abu has a number of interesting features, including a toe of Shiva, a brass Nandi, and where the Siva Lingam would normally be a deep hole said to extend all the way to the underworld. Outside by the car park is a tank beside which stand 3 stone buffaloes and the figure of king shooting them with a bow and arrows. A legend state that the tank was once filled with Ghee but demons in the form of buffaloes came down and drank each night- until king shot them. A path leads up the hillside to a group of colorful Jain temples with fine views out over the plains.

Guru Shikhar 
At the end of the plateau and 15 km from Mt Abu is Guru Shikhar the highest point in Rajasthan at 1721 meters that offers a bird's eye view of the sylvan surroundings of Mt Abu. A road goes almost all the way to the summit. 

At the top is the Aarti Rishi Temple, complete with a priest and good views all around. Below the temple is a cafe selling soft drinks and snacks. A small Shaivite shrine and a temple of Dattatreya standing on the shikhar are worth a visit.

Quick Facts about Mount Abu
Best season : March to June and September to October.
Area : 25 sq kms
Climate : Mean Max. Mean Min.
Summer : 22.8 degree C, 23.3 degree C
Winter : 28.5 degree C 11.6 degree C
Languages : Rajasthani, Hindi, English.

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