About Mt Abu
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.
Mt Abu Hotels
If you are planning a Mt Abu holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Mt Abu Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Mt Abu.