The only hill station in Rajasthan, Mount Abu lies on a rocky plateau in the Aravalli Range. It boasts spectacular views of the arid plains below and is home to an ancient fort and wildlife sanctuary where Indian leopards roam.
Things to do
Relax on the shores of beautiful Nakki Lake, said to have been dug by nails to offer the gods protection. Explore the waters by pedal boat or on horseback, then capture magnificent views of the lake from the aptly-named Toad Rock that rises on one edge.
Animal lovers should visit the Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary, which encompasses dry deciduous forests and sub-tropical thorn forests where wild roses and orchids grow. The sanctuary is home to more than 250 species of birds, including rare green avadavats, together with crocodiles, sloths and elusive Indian leopards.
Visit the Jain temples of Dilwara, which were built between the 11th and 13th centuries and sit amidst lush forest. Admire the intricate marble carvings of these five sacred temples considered by many to be the most beautiful Jain pilgrimage site in India.
Don’t the Achalgarh Fort, which was built in the 14th century by the Paramara dynasty. It encompasses the 15th-century Achaleshwar Mahadev Temple, said to be built around a toe print of Shiva. It houses a pit believed to be a doorway to the netherworld.
Mount Abu is a five-hour drive from Ahmedabad and has a nearby railway station at Abu Road. Buses travel throughout the region or you can hire a motorbike.