The town of Mt Abu is Rajasthan’s only hill station, located at the southern extremity of the Aravallis range, at an elevation of 1220 metres. Mt Abu is an easy paced town and a very popular retreat in the summer, with people trying to escape the heat of Rajasthan and Gujarat. In the heart of the town is Lake Nakki which is a major tourist attraction where it is possible to hire boats or take a walk around the lake to see the bizarre rock formations including the Toad Rock. Beside the lake is the 14th century Raghunath Temple and the Maharaja Jaipur Palace is closeby.
Mt Abu has several Jain temples including the beautiful Dilwara group, which were built between 11th and 13th Centuries AD and are carved out of white marble, with some of the best marble carvings in Rajasthan. More fine-looking temples can be found within the Achalgarh fort. The temples are an important pilgrimage site for Jains, who are a small but influential religious minority in India.
The mountain itself (Mt Abu) is the highest peak in the Aravalli Range and known as an “oasis in the desert” due to its lakes, rivers, waterfalls and evergreen forests. The mountain is home to several Hindu temples and at its peak there is said to be a footprint of Vishnu, the supreme-being. A large area of the mountain is now a wildlife sanctuary which was founded in 1960 and is home to a huge range of animals including leopards, jungle cats, wolves, hyena’s and jackals.
A flamboyant showcase of Rajasthani architecture and a firm favourite on tourist itineraries as the third corner of India’s ‘Golden ...