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Nestled between the Aravalli Range in Rajasthan is where natural beauty meets historical and spiritual importance. The summer capital of Rajputs and one of the few hill stations in Rajasthan. Come take a tour of this picturesque hill station with me!

There are many attractions near Mount Abu too. As mentioned above it is a place of spiritual and religious importance along with mesmerizing views.

Some of these places are Dilwara Jain Temple, Raghunath Temple,  Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple and many more.

Mount Abu

Despite common belief, Rajasthan does have stretches of green land and some of the finest ones are here in Mount Abu. The vibrancy from tribal settlements and the British style bungalows.

This trip to the ‘The Hill of Wisdom’ will certainly leave you contented with its richness and the cultural heritage it carries.

I am sure that this blog will be vital for your trip to Mount Abu, and take you around the best of locations near it to make your visit as memorable as it could be!

Getting to Mount Abu

By Air

Mount Abu By Air

The nearest domestic airport to Mount Abu is the Dabok Airport in Udaipur, by the way, we also have explored Udaipur and blogged it as well! You can check it out here.

The Dabok Airport is about 185km away from Mount Abu, you can take a taxi bus or train to the location.

By Train

Mount Abu By Train

The train is one of the best ways to reach Mount Abu. Abu Road railway station (station code: ABR) is connected well to the cities around and with metro stations as well.

By Road

Mount Abu By Road

A journey to Mount Abu by road is the most budget-friendly option if you are not too far. Ahmedabad-Palanpur Highway/Ahmedabad-Patan Highway are some of the best options.

Best Time to Visit Mount Abu

You can plan your visit according to the following events that happen in Mount Abu:

Summer Festival

The aura gets festive before the onset of monsoon, the whole town gets together and makes everything as lively as it could be. All the cultures of the town bring their best forward and celebrate. 

The Summer Festival of Mount Abu starts on the day of Buddha Poornima, this year it was celebrated from 13-15 th of May.

The town is also a part of many mythological stories, which makes it even more interesting. Mount Abu has a lot to be discovered, doesn’t it?

Dance- Sumemr Festival At Mount Abu

The 3-day festival is started off with a grand procession which stops at Nakki Lake, and then the Rajasthani and Gujarati cultural programmes begin, which include folk dances music and many more fun activities.

The next day’s fun includes competitions of bands, Ghoomar dance, tug of war and the Nakki Lake boat race. To closing act of the festival is a traditional music performance under the dark sky, lit up only by fireworks.

Summer Festival- Mount Abu

Winter Festival

The Winter Festival flaunts the Rajasthani culture by bringing forth the mesmerizing elements of it.

This festival also lasts around three days and includes authentic Marwadi traditions, showcased as food, dance, games and my favourite, the music.

The winter breeze and vibrant landscapes ought to delight you. The onset of this festival is the procession starting from the hill to the Nakki Lake. 

Music at Winter Festival- Mount Abu

Then comes the part I absolutely loved! It’s called Deepan, you might have seen it as a popular practice in India’s profound religious places and temples.

In the ritual hundreds of diyas or deeps, which are earthen lamps lit with oil and cotton. The view it creates is a site for sore eyes, it is enthralling and trust me time seems to stop as you watch it.

The festival is packed with energising activities to choose from! These include games such as Cricket, tug of war, boating and more. There are many many performances as well like the Ghoomar and Daph dances which you will be welcome to join.

Traditional musicians and Qawwali artists create a bubble with their peaceful and sweet music. And don’t forget to take your souvenir from the local shops!

Market in Winter Festival Mount Abu

If you can’t visit Mount Abu during the time of these festivals, the months of November- March are the next best option keeping in mind the weather and avoiding the rush, which assures a comfortable trip.

Top Attractions in Mount Abu

After the festivals, there are tons of places left to explore! Come check them out!

Dilwara Temples

The Dilwara Temples or Delvada Temples are a group of 5 Jain Temples, each dedicated to a different deity in the Sirohi District of Mount Abu. These temples were built in the 11th and 13th   centuries by Vastupal and Tejpal, who were prominent Jain merchants from Gujarat, India.

Dilwara Temples

Made out of white marble and are famous for the very intricate carvings on every part of the temple.

It looks like any other temple from the outside but when you enter it I am sure that just like for me, it will be the one of most detailed works you have seen. 

The temple is built in the Nagara style in a pyramidal structure, when think of these features coming together you can surely tell how sacred and peaceful it must feel.

The devotees that visit this temple, especially on occasions like Paryushana and Mahavir Jayanthi come with endless faith and manifest their devotion.

Nakki Lake

At the foot of the Aravalli Ranges sits the Nakki Jheel is another wonder of nature. Beautiful enough to make you keep gazing at the picturesque scenes. The glistening water will soothe you and the breeze will accompany it.

Nakki Lake

Located at the heart of Mount Abu, bordered by stretches of green land many attractions nearby, such as the Toad Rock only 700 meters away.

You can also boat to add to the romantic aura of this lake. The cost is minimal and the experience is memorable, you can paddle through the lake or choose from the other types of boat rides available there.

Guru Shikhar

The highest peak in the Aravalli Range offers breathtaking panoramic views, of Mount Abu. A hilltop is the ideal sunset and sunrise spot, to gaze at the sky at dusk and dawn at the height of 1722 meters above sea level.

Guru Shakti

The place is said to be sacred, there is a tale saying that Lord Vishnu actually stepped on these mountains and his footprints can still be seen, and hence it is often visited by pilgrims.

Guru Shikhar is named after Guru Dattatreya, it is believed that he resided at the peak of this mountain. The peak has a bell which is rung as a sign of achievement of reaching the top, the reverberations of this bell reach far.

Achalgarh Fort

Built in the 14th century by the Paramara dynasty rulers and was later renovated by Maharana Kumbha in the 15th century. The Achalgarh Fort has the Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple within it dedicated to Lord Shiva. 

Achalgarhf fort

The Achalgarh Fort is now in ruins, but originally it was made as a defensive fortress. Guarding the town and the temple as well. The fort has served its purpose multiple times and the ruins are a testament to that.

The fort sits on a hilltop and hence has breathtaking vistas, especially during sunset. Made using grey granite and other stones with intricate carvings on them. Hanumanpol is the great entrance to this fort, and also the most notable feature.

Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary

Established in 1960, this Sanctuary is located in the mountain ranges of Aravalli spread across approximately 300km of area. It is home to diverse flora and fauna. This place is a nature lovers’ paradise!

Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary

It showcases the beauty of nature with its dense forests, scenic landscapes, and rocky outcrops. The sanctuary is home to many endangered animals such as some species of leopards, sambar deer, langurs, wild boars, and various species of birds.

The place has some of Mount Abu’s best adventures, such as trekking and a wildlife safari too. The best trek is the Bailey’s Trail, followed by Guru Shikhar and the famous site of strange rocks near Shree Rameshwar Shiv Temple.

Outdoor Activities and Adventures


Mount Abu offers a variety of opportunities for outdoor activities, with trekking being one particularly thrilling option.  There are multiple routes you can choose for your trekking adventures, including the trek to Guru Shikhar, the highest summit in Rajasthan.

Another exciting route leads to Achalgarh Fort, where you can witness awe-inspiring panoramic vistas.


The difficulty level is moderate and is suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. The best time for trekking in Mount Abu is during the months of October to March when the weather is pleasant and hassle free.

Rock climbing

Mount Abu can give an exhilarating experience for adventure seekers. The region has several interesting places for rock climbing. Some of these places include the cliffs near Achalgarh Fort and Honeymoon Point.

Rock Climbing

The adventure seekers are guided by instructors and harnessed safely, so the only thrill you have is of climbing and not falling. And when you reach the top you will have the rarest and breathtaking views.

Check out this site for more information.

Wildlife Safari

Mount Abu also has places for wildlife lovers, as said above you can explore the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary which is spread over a vast area and is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including the Indian leopard, langurs, wild boars, and many bird species too!

Wildlife Safari

Wildlife safaris within the sanctuary, provide the visitors with a chance to witness these exotic creatures in their natural habitat. The guided safaris offer a unique experience, allowing travellers to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature.

Boating and Rappeling

Nakki Lake in Mount Abu offers boating opportunities for visitors to have an experience of the lake up close. Pedal boats and rowing boats are some options for you to rent so you can experience the calm waves surrounding you along with the hills and landscapes

Boating and Rappelling

Mount Abu offers several spots for rappelling, such as Trevor’s Tank and the cliffs near Honeymoon Point. Rappelling enthusiasts can enjoy the thrill of descending from steep cliffs with the aid of ropes and harnesses, creating unforgettable memories of adventure in Mount Abu.

Exploring the Local Culture

Mount Abu, located in the state of Rajasthan, India, is not only known for its natural beauty but also for its rich cultural heritage and traditions. The town is home to festivals, traditional handicrafts, and a delightful cuisine that reflects the local culture.

Lets check them out!

Local Festivals

Mount Abu hosts several festivals throughout the year, showcasing the vibrant and diverse culture of the region.

Summer Festival

Summer Festival

This three-day festival takes place before the onset of the monsoon. The festival features cultural performances, folk dances, music concerts, and boat races on Nakki Lake, and ends with a beautiful display of fireworks. It also includes competitions, attracting a large number of tourists.



Celebrated in September or October, Navratri is a nine-night festival dedicated to the worship of the goddess Durga. The festival involves lively processions, traditional music and dance performances, and the energetic Garba and Dandiya Raas dances. The entire town comes alive with enthusiasm and devotion during this time.

Handicrafts and Shopping

Mount Abu offers a wide range of traditional Rajasthani handicrafts, making it a paradise for shoppers. Some places known for handicrafts in Mount Abu are:


Kota Doria and Bandhani Cloths

Mount Abu is renowned for its exquisite Kota Doria and Bandhani textiles. These fabrics are known for their fine woven intricate designs, perfect for sarees, dupattas, and dress materials.

Marble Artifacts

The town is famous for its marble handicrafts, including statues, figurines, vases, and decorative items. Skilled artisans carve intricate designs on marble using traditional techniques, creating stunning pieces of art.



The local cuisine of Mount Abu is Rajasthani, known for its vibrant flavours and rich ingredients. Some popular dishes you must try and are also my personal favourites are:

Dal Bati Churma 

This iconic Rajasthani dish consists of baked wheat bread, lentil curry, and sweet crumbled wheat (my favourite). It is a wholesome and delicious combination that showcases the traditional flavours of Rajasthan.

Gatte ki Sabzi

Made from gram flour dumplings cooked in a spicy tomato-based curry, Gatte ki Sabzi is the most popular vegetarian dish in Rajasthan. It is served with a soft hot roti.

Laal Maas

This fiery meat curry is a Rajasthani speciality, one of India’s spiciest food. It is made with tender mutton cooked in spicy red chilli and yoghurt-based gravy. Laal Maas is best enjoyed with bajra roti or rice.

Accommodation Options In Mount Abu

There are many accommodation options near the top attractions, let’s go through them!


Sterling Resort- Mount Abu

If you want a fancy stay in a lavish property, Sterling Resort is the best option!

A stunning place with amazing views from the rooms. The Sterling Resort has tons of facilities, they cover everything you might need! It is close to all the tourist attractions such as the Nakki Lake. It has also been awarded by Tripadvisor many times! (cherry on the cake: it is a pet-friendly place!)

For more details check out their official website here


Rose Cottage- Mount Abu

Guesthouse is a great option for a stay in Mount Abu. Rose Cottage Guesthouse is an ideal option.

With roses spread all around in the lush green gardens, this place has amazing views. The place is well maintained and has facilities such as free wifi and many more. They have a bonfire to set the tone for the evening as well!

For more details check out this website here


Rajola House- Mount Abu

A house converted into a homestay, Rajola House welcomes you for a warm welcome and a comfy stay.

The Rajola House is just 2.8 kilometres away from the centre of Mount Abu and it is close to Nakki Lake as well. You will have all the amenities here at this stay for a reasonable price. The place will truly make you feel at home.

For more details check out this website here


Hotel Hilltone- Mount Abu

One of the best hotels in Mount Abu is Hotel Hilltone.

The classic Indian hotel rooms with everything that you might need such as free wifi A beautiful hotel with a private balcony in each room, a game room, a large pool, a garden and much more. This hotel has been ranked high on many booking and travel websites such as Tripadvisor

For more details check out their official website here

Practical Tips and Essential Information

To ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip, keep these in mind:

Weather considerations

Mount Abu experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year, but it’s important to consider the weather when planning your trip.

Summers can have quite a high temperature. Monsoon season brings moderate to heavy rainfall. Winters are cool and comfortable.

It is advisable to pack lightweight cotton clothes for summers and carry some warm clothing for winters, especially during evenings and nights.

Local customs and etiquette

When visiting Mount Abu, it’s important to respect the local customs and etiquette. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Dress modestly, especially when visiting religious places or attending cultural events.
  • Remove your footwear before entering temples or other religious sites.
  • Seek permission before taking photographs, especially in rural areas.
  • Maintain physical proximity, as it may be considered inappropriate in the local culture.

Safety and Health

Mount Abu is generally a safe destination, but it’s always advisable to take basic safety precautions. 

  • Keep an eye on your belongings and avoid isolated areas.
  • Carry a first aid kit with basic medical supplies and all basic medications.
  • It’s recommended to drink bottled water or filtered water to avoid waterborne diseases.
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunscreen and sunglasses.

Local transportation

  • Mount Abu is a small town, and most of the popular attractions are within walking distance from the town centre.
  • Auto-rickshaws are a convenient mode of transportation within the town. Make sure to negotiate the fare before starting your ride.
  • Taxis and private cars can be hired for exploring nearby attractions or for a more comfortable journey.


To conclude, Mount Abu is a hidden gem sitting amidst the Aravalli Ranges of Rajasthan. It is not expected to have spirited views of nature, hills and green landscapes stretching to the horizon. 

The culture is showcased in one place during the Summer and Winter festivals. The authenticity of folk dance and music is unmatched. You can’t help but get absorbed in the melody and rhythm. 

It is in the culture to welcome guests as their own, and in no time you will be a part of them in the celebration, introduced to the best of everything. Enjoying the games, competitions and adventures. 

Here, you can get the thrill of trekking, rowing, rock climbing and just exploring the beauties of this land. The art, the culture and the experiences here give you the feeling we all crave as travellers. 

The days I spent here are truly unforgettable and I encourage all the readers to visit Mount Abu and explore it like I did. And don’t forget to come back here to share your experience with us in the comments below. Have you already visited Mount Abu? Share how it went or suggest if I missed anything. 

Thank you for reading!

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